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Advances In Science

Science news and discoveries made possible through the contributions and work of the Estate Foundation and the Morrison Fellowship Prize.

Infrared cameras are the heat-sensing eyes that help drones find their targets even in the dead of night or through heavy fog. Hiding from such detectors could become much easier, thanks to a new cloaking material that renders objects -- and people -- practically invisible. [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Certain motifs in swamp sparrow songs can last hundreds, even thousands of years—evidence of a cultural tradition in the birds. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Eating foods high in salt is known to contribute to high blood pressure, but does that linear relationship extend to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and death? Recent cohort studies have contested that relationship, but a new study using multiple measurements confirms it. [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers tested the hearing of beluga whales in an Alaskan bay, and found that they seem to have suffered little hearing loss due to ocean noise. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Jun 22, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The innate immune system, our first line of defense against bacterial infection, has a side job that's equally important: fine-tuning our metabolism. [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The US oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations each year, 60 percent more than estimated by the US Environmental Protection Agency, according to a new study. [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
An international team of researchers has found that the bedrock below the remote West Antarctic Ice Sheet is rising much more rapidly than previously thought, in response to ongoing ice melt. [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers explored the genetic connections between brain disorders at a scale far eclipsing previous work on the subject. The team determined that psychiatric disorders share many genetic variants, while neurological disorders (such as Parkinson's or Alzheimer's) appear more distinct. The results indicate that psychiatric disorders likely have important similarities at [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Astronomers have made the most precise test of gravity outside our own solar system. By combining data taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, the researchers show that gravity in this galaxy behaves as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, confirming [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Changes in a brain signalling system contribute to the development of alcohol addiction-like behaviors in rats, according to a new study. The findings indicate a similar mechanism in humans. [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new study shows that a caffeine concentration equivalent to four cups of coffee promotes the movement of a regulatory protein into mitochondria, enhancing their function and protecting cardiovascular cells from damage. [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Ryugu has continued to grow in Hayabusa2's forward view, resolving into a diamond-shaped body with visible bumps and craters! They've done hazard searches, optical navigation imaging, and measured the rotation rate at 7.6 hours. [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have analyzed data from K2, the follow-up mission to NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, and have discovered a trove of possible exoplanets amid some 50,000 stars. The scientists report the discovery of nearly 80 new planetary candidates, including a particular standout: a likely planet that orbits the star HD 73344, [...]
Thu, Jun 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
How dangerous are near-Earth asteroids, and what will we do if we find one headed toward Earth? [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Foods high in both carbs and fats tickle the brain's reward circuits more so than snacks that showcase just one or the other. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Jun 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Hayabusa2 continues to approach asteroid Ryugu, revealing the 900-meter-wide world in all its glory. [...]
Mon, Jun 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Juno spacecraft data suggest lightning on Jupiter is much more common than we thought—but it congregates near the poles, not the equator as on Earth. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sun, Jun 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source