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Advances In Science

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When researchers fed mosquitoes a drug used to treat people for obesity, the insects were less interested in hunting for their next human meal ticket. Karen Hopkin reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Feb 16, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have developed dozens of new graphene-based prototypes. These technologies aim to turn mobile phones into life saving devices. [...]
Sat, Feb 16, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Deer populations have exploded in North American woodlands, changing forest ecology—and how sounds, like birdsong, travel through the trees. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, Continue reading at the source
After months of unrelated political turmoil, multiple stop-gap spending bills, and an unprecedented government shutdown, NASA's 2019 budget was finally signed into law. [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, Continue reading at the source
In the course of their life, open star clusters continuously lose stars to their surroundings. The resulting swath of tidal tails provides a glimpse into the evolution and dissolution of a star cluster. Thus far only tidal tails of massive globular clusters and dwarf galaxies have been discovered in the [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Astronomers have found a river of stars, a stellar stream in astronomical parlance, covering most of the southern sky. The stream is relatively nearby and contains at least 4000 stars that have been moving together in space since they formed, about 1 billion years ago. [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Elephants have six sets of teeth over their lives, sometimes two sets at once. At those times, they can extract more nutrition from food and put on weight. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Feb 15, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Geophysicists used data from an enormous earthquake in Bolivia to find mountains at the base of the mantle's transition zone, located 660 kilometers below our feet. Their statistical model didn't allow for precise height measurements, but these mountains may be bigger than anything on the surface of the Earth. The [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have created an extremely light, very durable ceramic aerogel. The material could be used for applications like insulating spacecraft because it can withstand the intense heat and severe temperature changes that space missions endure. [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Measurements of gravitational waves from approximately 50 binary neutron stars over the next decade will definitively resolve an intense debate about how quickly our universe is expanding, according to new findings. [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
At around 8 pm February 12, 2019, Pacific Standard Time (PST), the final commands were transmitted to Opportunity, the Mars Exploration Rover that defied all odds [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
New therapeutic molecules show promise in reversing the memory loss linked to depression and aging. These molecules not only rapidly improve symptoms, but remarkably, also appear to renew the underlying brain impairments causing memory loss in preclinical models. [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Flexible tool use is closely associated to higher mental processes such as the ability to plan actions. Now a group of cognitive biologists and comparative psychologists found out that the apes carefully weighed their options. To do so the apes considered the details such as differences in quality between the [...]
Thu, Feb 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The rover Opportunity has called it quits after working for more than 14 years on Mars. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
One of the most successful and enduring feats of interplanetary exploration, NASA's Opportunity rover mission is at an end after almost 15 years exploring the surface of Mars and helping lay the groundwork for NASA's return to the Red Planet. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A new dinosaur that wears its 'heart' on its tail provides new clues to how ecosystems evolved on the African continent during the Cretaceous period. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The Planetary Society staff has selected our top ten favorite episodes of Planetary Radio. Listen now. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
InSight has gone two for two, placing the second of its instruments gently on the Martian ground. [...]
Wed, Feb 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Although millennials' memory of recent pop tunes drops quickly, their ability to identify top hits from the 1960s through 1990s remains moderately high. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Feb 12, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Conservation biologists can track the whereabouts of endangered species by the sounds they make, avoiding cumbersome trackers and tags. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Feb 09, 2019, Continue reading at the source