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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.

For UNESCO World Arabic Language Day, Danielle Adams reconstructs the Arabian night sky. [...]
Tue, Dec 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
New Horizons is rapidly approaching its New Year's encounter with the most distant world ever visited, 2014 MU69. Closest approach will be at a distance of 3,500 kilometers at about 05:33 on 1 January UTC. [...]
Tue, Dec 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
An international team of palaeontologists has discovered that the flying reptiles, pterosaurs, actually had four kinds of feathers, and these are shared with dinosaurs -- pushing back the origin of feathers by some 70 million years. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A team of astronomers has discovered the most-distant body ever observed in our solar system. It is the first known solar system object that has been detected at a distance that is more than 100 times farther than Earth is from the sun. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
New NASA research confirms that Saturn is losing its iconic rings at the maximum rate estimated from Voyager 1 and 2 observations made decades ago. The rings are being pulled into Saturn by gravity as a dusty rain of ice particles under the influence of Saturn's magnetic field. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Globally archaeological heritage is under threat by looting. The destruction of archaeological sites obliterates the basis for our understanding of ancient cultures and we lose our shared human past. Research shows that satellite data provide a mean to monitor the destruction of archaeological sites. It is now possible to understand [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Casey Dreier assesses the significance of the Apollo program on its 50th anniversary. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Vicky Hamilton explores how OSIRIS-REx used its Earth flyby to test instruments on the way to asteroid Bennu. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Michael L. Wong asks how our understanding of the origin of life on Earth informs our search for it elsewhere. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The tradition of giving to charities like The Planetary Society at year's end often brings up questions about how to make those gifts, as well as their tax implications. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Bruce Betts reports on LightSail 2's status and looks to the future of solar sailing. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Emily Lakdawalla adds several spacecraft but retires several more from her at-a-glance spacecraft locator. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
More than 85 well-preserved dinosaur footprints -- made by at least seven different species -- have been uncovered in East Sussex, representing the most diverse and detailed collection of these trace fossils from the Cretaceous Period found in the UK to date. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Planetary Radio host Mat Kaplan has spent sixteen years sharing the “passion, beauty, and joy” of space exploration with the world. We picked our sixteen favorite episodes to share with you. [...]
Mon, Dec 17, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Starting December 16, ocean scientists will live-tweet the BBC documentary series Blue Planet II, available via Netflix. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
New research shows that an experimental HIV vaccine strategy works in non-human primates. In the study, rhesus macaque monkeys produced neutralizing antibodies against one strain of HIV that resembles the resilient viral form that most commonly infects people, called a Tier 2 virus. [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
When making sense of the massive amount of information packed into an ice core, scientists face a forensic challenge: how best to separate the useful information from the corrupt. Tools from information theory, a branch of complexity science, can quickly flag which segments, in over a million data points, require [...]
Fri, Dec 14, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Millions of years from now, the geologic record of the 'Anthropocene' will be littered with plastics, yes, but also chicken bones. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Research in mice identifies a set of neurons responsible for sustained pain and resulting pain-coping behaviors Findings point to the existence of separate neural pathways that regulate threat avoidance versus injury mitigation Study can inform new ways to gauge the efficacy of candidate pain therapies by assessing behaviors stemming from [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have found a bacteria-killing virus that can listen in on bacterial conversations -- and then they made it attack diseases including salmonella, E. coli and cholera. [...]
Thu, Dec 13, 2018, Continue reading at the source