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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 new medical-diagnostic device made out of paper detects biomarkers and identifies diseases by performing electrochemical analyses -- powered only by the user's touch -- and reads out the color-coded test results, making it easy for non-experts to understand. [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Plate tectonics has shaped the Earth's surface for billions of years: Continents and oceanic crust have pushed and pulled on each other, continually rearranging the planet's façade. As two massive plates collide, one can give way and slide under the other in a process called subduction. The subducted slab then [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have created a system called 'Interactive Robogami' that lets you design a robot in minutes, and then 3-D-print and assemble it in as little as four hours. [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Photosynthesis provides energy for the vast majority of life on Earth. But chlorophyll, the green pigment that plants use to harvest sunlight, is relatively inefficient. To enable humans to capture more of the sun's energy, scientists have taught bacteria to cover themselves in tiny, highly efficient solar panels to produce [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Imagine you're on your way to Mars, and you lose a crucial tool during a spacewalk. Not to worry, you'll simply re-enter your spacecraft and use some microorganisms to convert your urine and exhaled carbon dioxide into chemicals to make a new tool. That's one goal of scientists developing ways [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Quaternary ammonium compounds, or 'quats,' used as antimicrobial agents in common household products inhibit mitochondria, the powerhouses of the cell, as well as estrogenic functions in cells, a new in vitro study indicates. Quats are used as antiseptics in toothpastes, mouthwashes, lozenges, nasal sprays, eye drops, shampoos, lotions, intravaginal spermicidal [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A team of engineers has developed stretchable fuel cells that extract energy from sweat and are capable of powering electronics, such as LEDs and Bluetooth radios. The biofuel cells generate 10 times more power per surface area than any existing wearable biofuel cells. The devices could be used to power [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Baleen whales are amongst the largest animals to have ever lived and yet very little is known about their breeding habits. One researcher's second look at previously found baleen whale fossils from Japan provides new evidence of a now long-gone breeding ground of the extinct baleen whale Parietobalaena yamaokai dating [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Individuals who have a high level of moral reasoning show increased activity in the brain's frontostriatal reward system, both during periods of rest and while performing a sequential risk taking and decision making task according to a new study. [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A new study analyzed multiple species of Inga, a genus of tropical trees that produces defensive chemicals, and their various insect herbivores. The researchers found that closely-related plants evolved very different defensive traits. Additionally, their analysis revealed that herbivores may drive evolution of plant defenses, but may not show coevolutionary [...]
Tue, Aug 22, 2017, Continue reading at the source
David Baron, author of the new book American Eclipse, talks about how seeing his first total solar eclipse turned him into an eclipse chaser. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Aug 19, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A petroglyph spotted in Chaco Canyon may depict a total solar eclipse witnessed by the Pueblo people. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, Continue reading at the source
The upcoming solar eclipse isn't just about watching the Moon block out the Sun. A suite of NASA-funded science experiments will to study the unseen effects of the eclipse on Earth's atmosphere. [...]
Fri, Aug 18, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Why you should think twice before you give an app access to your phone's address book. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Sunday, August 20 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of Voyager 2. Tuesday, September 5, will be the 40th anniversary for Voyager 1. Throughout the next three weeks, we'll be posting new and classic material in honor of the Voyagers. Here's a preview. [...]
Thu, Aug 17, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Next week's solar eclipse will reveal the Sun's corona, nearby bright planets and stars, and, if we get extremely lucky, a comet! [...]
Wed, Aug 16, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Ravenna, population 1,400, sits on the plains of central Nebraska, and almost on the center line of the path of totality for the upcoming Great American Eclipse. Nebraska native Shane Pekny reports on how this small town is preparing for the big event. [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017, Continue reading at the source
Bill Nye, CEO of The Planetary Society, has some suggestions for staying safe during next week's solar eclipse. [...]
Tue, Aug 15, 2017, Continue reading at the source
A new device promises to tell police when a driver has been sending messages while behind the wheel, but is it legal? Larry Greenemeier reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, Aug 14, 2017, Continue reading at the source
With the North American Total Solar Eclipse coming on August 21, people across the continent are getting eclipse mania! Astronomer Tyler Nordgren has written a detailed book on eclipses with a special focus on the August 21st event. [...]
Mon, Aug 14, 2017, Continue reading at the source