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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.

Thanks to recent investments by our members in The Planetary Society's Space Policy & Advocacy program, we now have the resources to institute a strategic effort to support the exploration of space in an international context. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new study on the timescale of plant evolution has concluded that the first plants to colonize the Earth originated around 500 million years ago -- 100 million years earlier than previously thought. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have identified four viruses that can produce insulin-like hormones that are active on human cells. The discovery brings new possibilities for revealing biological mechanisms that may cause diabetes or cancer. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers who've gotten the first look at a deep-sea 'dumbo' octopod hatchling report that the young octopods look and act much like adults from the moment they emerge from an egg capsule. Dumbo octopods are so named because their fins resemble Dumbo the elephant's ears. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have identified fifteen genes that determine our facial features. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By eavesdropping on the calls of blue whales, researchers hope to get a more accurate picture of the massive mammals' distribution and abundance. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Some of the biggest discoveries we make in planetary science rely on the seemingly simple act of picking up and analyzing pieces of other worlds. When things go awry, scientists and engineers can sometimes squeeze amazing science out of a tough situation. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Nocturnal animals can use the stars and the Milky Way to find their way during the darkest hours. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
With their insensitivity to decoherence what are known as Majorana particles could become stable building blocks of a quantum computer. The problem is that they only occur under very special circumstances. Now researchers have succeeded in manufacturing a component that is able to host the sought-after particles. [...]
Mon, Feb 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Thermoelectric materials can use thermal differences to generate electricity. Now there is an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of producing them with the simplest of components: a normal pencil, photocopy paper, and conductive paint are sufficient to convert a temperature difference into electricity via the thermoelectric effect. [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new study finds 73 percent of mesopelagic fish caught in the Northwest Atlantic had microplastics in their stomachs -- one of the highest levels globally. Typically living at depths of 200-1,000 meters, these fish could spread microplastic pollution throughout the marine ecosystem, by carrying microplastics from the surface down [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Using high-intensity pulses of infrared light, scientists found evidence of superconductivity associated with charge 'stripes' in a material above the temperature at which it begins to transmit electricity without resistance -- a finding that could help them design better high-temperature superconductors. [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Fossils that preserve entire organisms (including both hard and soft body parts) are critical to our understanding of evolution and ancient life on Earth. However, these exceptional deposits are extremely rare. New research suggests that the mineralogy of the surrounding earth is key to conserving soft parts of organisms, and [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By analyzing 130 years of seabird feathers, researchers determined that food webs are losing complexity in the Pacific—meaning less resilient ecosystems. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Feb 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Austrian Space Forum is leading a four-week Mars mission in Oman's Dhofar Desert. [...]
Thu, Feb 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NASA has announced changes to how engineers are operating Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in order to prolong its life as long as possible, long enough to support the Mars 2020 rover mission. [...]
Wed, Feb 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The bombardier beetle can spray its hot brew of toxic chemicals even after bring swallowed, to force a predator into vomiting it back out. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Feb 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source