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Advances In Science

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For the first time in almost a year, the Dawn mission control room at JPL is aglow with blue. [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Hayabusa2 is approaching asteroid Ryugu! Here's how to stay on top of mission news and the mission's planned schedule for 2018. [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Iron-rich rocks near ancient lake sites on Mars could hold vital clues that show life once existed there, research suggests. [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Certain types of bacteria and viruses are readily ejected into the atmosphere when waves break; others less so, researchers reported. A team of chemists, oceanographers, microbiologists, geneticists, and pediatric medicine specialists are attempting to understand how far potentially infectious bacteria and viruses can travel and if those that pose the [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists integrated NASA's New Horizons discoveries with data from ESA's Rosetta mission to develop a new theory about how Pluto may have formed at the edge of our solar system. [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NASA and Orbital ATK are planning a one-minute test burn before Cygnus leaves the station. [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
An evolutionary analysis of pop tunes revealed that over the past 30 years songs have grown sadder—but the big hits buck that trend. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, May 25, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Sixty-six million years ago, the world burned. An asteroid crashed to Earth with a force one million times larger than the largest atomic bomb, causing the extinction of the dinosaurs. But dinosaurs weren't the only ones that got hit hard -- in a new study, scientists learned that the planet's [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Earlier this year, the last remaining male northern white rhinoceros (NWR) died in captivity, nearly cementing the fate of this subspecies for extinction. In the wild, continuing threats of poaching, habitat destruction, and small population size have contributed to the rhinos' status as critically endangered. Yet, novel conservation efforts that [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have built an ingestible sensor equipped with genetically engineered bacteria that can diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other gastrointestinal problems. [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists can predict which storks will migrate to Africa in autumn and which will remain in Europe. [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A study offers an explanation for a mysterious and sometimes deadly weather pattern in which the jet stream, the global air currents that circle the Earth, stalls out over a region. Much like highways, the jet stream has a capacity, researchers said, and when it's exceeded, blockages form that are [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Boldness correlates with the mating success, but not body size or sex, of yellow-spotted monitor lizards roaming the remote Oombulgurri floodplains of tropical Western Australia, ecologists report. Bold individuals expose themselves to much higher risk of being eaten by predators during the dangerous wet season. The researchers demonstrated quantifiable behavioral [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Why it's important to study the deep similarities, and the critical differences, between humans and the apes to seek an anthropological and evolutionary explanation. [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
One of the great things about space exploration is how it can shift your perspective. And you don't even need to leave home. [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Habitat is a new podcast about a year-long HI-SEAS mission in Hawaii. [...]
Thu, May 24, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Pediatric cardiologist Ismée Williams discusses her young-adult novel Water In May, about a teenage girl whose newborn has a life-threatening heart condition. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, May 23, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Revisiting images of Earth taken from the uncrewed Apollo 4 command module in 1967. [...]
Wed, May 23, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Returning to the Moon won't be easy, even though we've been there before. [...]
Tue, May 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Right after the last Mastcam-Z team meeting a year ago (link here to last two blog posts), our team finalized the design of the cameras, and then the fantastic voyage of creating Martian panoramic zoom cameras began. [...]
Mon, May 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source