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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.

A team of scientists using the highest-frequency capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) has uncovered jets of warm water vapor streaming away from a newly forming star. The researchers also detected the 'fingerprints' of an astonishing assortment of molecules near this stellar nursery. [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The relatively swift adaptability of tiny, acorn-dwelling ants to warmer environments could help scientists predict how other species might evolve in the crucible of global climate change, according to biologists. [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new study has found that diets both low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers of carbohydrates had the lowest risk of mortality. The study also found that low-carb diets that replace carbohydrates with proteins and fats from plant sources were associated [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Milkweed grown with more carbon dioxide in the air supplies fewer toxins to monarch butterflies that need the toxins to fight off gut parasites. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Aug 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Astronomers have found evidence that the faintest satellite galaxies orbiting our own Milky Way galaxy are among the very first galaxies that formed in our universe. [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Crows are what's known as 'partial migrants'—as cold weather approaches some crows fly south, while others stay put. And that behavior appears to be ingrained. Christopher Intagliata... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A fabric coating with thin, lightweight and flexible pressure sensors that can be embedded into shoes and other functional garments, sensors that can measure everything from the light touch of a finger to being driven over by a forklift. And it's comfortable to boot! [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Chang'e-4 spacecraft will make use of a newly launched relay satellite to stay in touch with Earth. [...]
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Though progress is being made on Mars Sample Return, a new report from the National Academies recommends NASA have a long-term plan for robotic Mars exploration, and work to ensure communications infrastructure is maintained at the Red Planet. These recommendations largely align with those made by The Planetary Society in [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Flowering plants are well known for their special relationship to the insects and other animals that serve as their pollinators. But, before the rise of angiosperms, another group of unusual evergreen gymnosperms, known as cycads, may have been the first insect-pollinated plants. Now, researchers have uncovered the earliest definitive fossil [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
For ants and robots operating in confined spaces like tunnels, having more workers does not necessarily mean getting more work done. Just as too many cooks in a kitchen get in each other's way, having too many robots in tunnels creates clogs that can bring the work to a grinding [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers used electrospray technology to create ultra-thin, ultra-smooth polyamide membranes for reverse osmosis. This scalable process allows for better control of a membrane's fundamental properties, avoids the use of chemical baths, and can be applied to a variety of membrane separation processes. [...]
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Lab-based mimicry allowed an international team of physicists to probe hydrogen under the conditions found in the interiors of giant planets -- where experts believe it gets squeezed until it becomes a liquid metal, capable of conducting electricity. [...]
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New work reveals that the genetic factors underlying fragile X syndrome, and potentially from other autism-related disorders, stem from defects in the cell's ability to create unusually large protein structures. They found that mutations in the gene Fmr1 create problems in the and the reproductive system. They can lead to [...]
Thu, Aug 16, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Let's check in on NASA's Juno spacecraft, which completed its 14th close flyby of Jupiter last month. [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source
About 80 percent of Earth's biomass is plant life, with humans about equal to krill way down the heft chart. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Aug 15, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Michigan Scientific Literacy Survey of 2017 found that last year's total solar eclipse got Americans more interested in celestial science. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A lack of new missions keeps scientists guessing on what shaped the planet's surface. [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The insects fashion and use "baffles"—sound controllers—made of leaves to produce sound more efficiently. Jason G. Goldman reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Aug 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The Planetary Society's Space Policy and Advocacy team publishes quarterly reports on their activities, actions, priorities, and goals in service of their efforts to promote space science and exploration in Washington, D.C. [...]
Mon, Aug 13, 2018, Continue reading at the source