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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.

The Trump administration is shrinking Utah's desert monuments, stripping some federal protections for wild pollinators. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sun, Dec 09, 2018, Continue reading at the source
At 02:22 local time December 8 (18:22 UTC), a Long March 3B lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center, carrying the Chang'e-4 lander and rover toward the Moon. [...]
Fri, Dec 07, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Spider silk belongs to the toughest fibers in nature and has astounding properties. Scientists have now discovered new molecular details of self-assembly of a spider silk fiber protein. [...]
Fri, Dec 07, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The first unbiased survey of protoplanetary disks surrounding young stars in the Taurus star-forming region turned up a higher-than-expected number of disks with features suggesting nascent planets, according to a new study. [...]
Fri, Dec 07, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Bioplastics are often promoted as an environmentally and climate-friendly alternative to conventional petroleum-based plastics. However, a recent study suggests that shifting to plant-based plastics could have less positive effects than expected. Specifically, an increased consumption of bioplastics in the following years is likely to generate increased greenhouse gas emissions from [...]
Fri, Dec 07, 2018, Continue reading at the source
An estimate of dog intelligence requires looking at non-dogs as well to understand what's special to canines and what is just typical of the taxonomic groups they're in. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Fri, Dec 07, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers spent two years testing chemical compounds for their ability to inhibit the malaria parasite at an earlier stage in its lifecycle than most current drugs, revealing a new set of chemical starting points for the first drugs to prevent malaria instead of just treating the symptoms. [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By combining ocean models, animal metabolism and fossil records, researchers show that the Permian mass extinction in the oceans was caused by global warming that left animals unable to breathe. As temperatures rose and the metabolism of marine animals sped up, the warmer waters could not hold enough oxygen for [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A new organic polymer blend allows plastic electronics to function in high temperatures without sacrificing performance. [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Fluoride-based batteries have the potential to last up to eight times longer than those in use today. [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Although helium is a rare element on Earth, it is ubiquitous in the universe. It is, after hydrogen, the main component of stars and gaseous giant planets. Despite its abundance, helium was only detected recently in the atmosphere of a gaseous giant by an international team. The team has observed [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
USGS announces an assessment of continuous oil and gas in Texas and New Mexico's Delaware Basin, the largest USGS has ever conducted, with an estimate of 46.3 billion barrels of oil and 281 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have discovered information about a gene that sets primates -- great apes and humans -- apart from other mammals, through the study of a rare developmental brain disorder. [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By analyzing the network connections between 47,000 films on IMDb, researchers found the most influential films ever made. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Dec 06, 2018, Continue reading at the source
After a 2-billion-kilometer journey that began in September 2016, NASA's OSIRS-REx spacecraft has arrived at Bennu. [...]
Mon, Dec 03, 2018, Continue reading at the source
NASA's Anne McClain, Canada's David Saint-Jacques, and Russia's Oleg Kononenko are on their way to the ISS. [...]
Mon, Dec 03, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The longest-lived Martian explorer remained silent in November, presumably still sleeping at her site halfway down Perseverance Valley, along the western rim of Endeavour Crater. [...]
Sun, Dec 02, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In the last few decades blue whale calls have been getting lower in pitch—and a rebound in their numbers may be the reason. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Sat, Dec 01, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In the brief period of public and political goodwill generated by NASA's latest success at the Red Planet, now is the time to secure a commitment for the next steps at Mars: sample return. [...]
Wed, Nov 28, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Smart meters on showerheads encouraged hotel guests to conserve—even though they personally saved no money. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Nov 27, 2018, Continue reading at the source