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Advances In Science

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Chewing gums found in western Sweden contain the oldest human DNA found in Scandinavia. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
New research finds that bonobo mothers take action to ensure their sons will become fathers. This way bonobo mothers increase their sons' chance of fatherhood three-fold. [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Researchers are building 'spidey senses' into the shells of autonomous cars and drones so that they could detect and avoid objects better. [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Synthetic biologists have hacked bacterial sensing with a plug-and-play system that could be used to mix-and-match tens of thousands of sensory inputs and genetic outputs. [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A seemingly counterintuitive approach -- converting one greenhouse gas into another -- holds promise for returning the atmosphere to pre-industrial concentrations of methane, a powerful driver of global warming. [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
New research paints an intricate picture of Earth's mantle as a geochemically diverse mosaic, far different from the relatively uniform lavas that eventually reach the surface. [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The stark difference between the Moon's heavily-cratered farside and the lower-lying open basins of the Earth-facing nearside has puzzled scientists for decades. Now, new evidence about the Moon's crust suggests the differences were caused by a wayward dwarf planet colliding with the Moon in the early history of the solar [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Computer simulations provide compelling evidence that an insulating layer of gas hydrates could keep a subsurface ocean from freezing beneath Pluto's icy exterior. [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A new study Finland shows that a moderately high intake of dietary cholesterol or consumption of up to one egg per day is not associated with an elevated risk of stroke. Furthermore, no association was found in carriers of the APOE4 phenotype, which affects cholesterol metabolism and is remarkably common [...]
Mon, May 20, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Frances Arnold, the CalTech scientist who shared the 2018 Prize in Chemistry, says evolution can show us how to solve problems of sustainability. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, May 17, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have found that opsin 3 -- a protein closely related to rhodopsin, the protein that enables low-light vision -- has a role in adjusting the amount of pigment produced in human skin, a determinant of skin color. [...]
Fri, May 17, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A multidisciplinary team has provided new insight into underlying mechanisms controlling the precise size of cells. The researchers found that 'the adder,' a function that guides cells to grow by a fixed size from birth to division, is controlled by specific proteins that accumulate to a threshold. [...]
Fri, May 17, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has successfully imaged the impact site of the Beresheet lander, which made a really good run at performing the first privately funded Moon landing on 11 April, but crashed after the failure of its main engine. [...]
Thu, May 16, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Growing up in a home filled with books enhances enhances intellectual capacity in later life, even if you don't read them all. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, May 16, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The first science results from the unprecedented Chang'e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission's Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang'e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which suggests it has discovered material derived from the [...]
Wed, May 15, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A study finds that kids, especially daughters, are effective at teaching their parents about climate issues. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
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NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is currently sweeping arcs between the asteroid's north and south poles. [...]
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Ammonia from penguin poop gets carried on Antarctic winds, fertilizing mosses and lichens as far as a mile away. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, May 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
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The White House released a long-awaited supplemental budget request for NASA today. It proposes an additional $1.6 billion for an accelerated human spaceflight effort to land on the Moon in 2024. This boosts the President's budget request for NASA to $22.6 billion in fiscal year 2020, which is approximately $1.1 [...]
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