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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.

LightSail 2 is launching on the next SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It is one payload of many on the mission known collectively as STP-2. Space Test Program (STP) is a crucial part of the US Air Force's development of advanced [...]
Sat, Jun 15, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have isolated a cluster of neurons in a mouse's brain that are crucial to making the squeaky, ultrasonic 'songs' a male mouse produces when courting a potential mate. [...]
Fri, Jun 14, 2019, Continue reading at the source
People appear to consume between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles annually, and that's probably a gross underestimate. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Researchers have discovered one of the first concrete examples of how the microbiome can interfere with a drug's intended path through the body. Focusing on levodopa (L-dopa), the primary treatment for Parkinson's disease, they identified which bacteria out of the trillions of species is responsible for degrading the drug and [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Using advanced technologies to explore the inner workings of bacteria, biologists have provided the first example of cargo within bacteriophage cells transiting along treadmill-like structures. The discovery demonstrates that bacteria have more in common with sophisticated human cells than previously believed. [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
When scientists subjected two-toned pygmy squid and bigfin reef squid to carbon dioxide levels projected for the end of the century, they received some surprising results. [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
New research suggests most of Earth's heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called a collapsar. [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The use of Bitcoin causes around 22 megatons in carbon dioxide emissions annually -- comparable to the total emissions of cities such as Las Vegas or Hamburg. [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
New research indicates that zebras' stripes are used to control body temperature after all -- and reveals for the first time a new mechanism for how this may be achieved. [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Spending at least two hours a week in nature may be a crucial threshold for promoting health and wellbeing, according to a new large-scale study. [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
At the third Scientific American “Science Meets Congress” event, “Solving the Plastic Waste Problem”, experts examined the question of biodegradability. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Thu, Jun 13, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A chemical residue study of incense burners from ancient burials at high elevations in western China has revealed psychoactive cannabinoids. The finding provides some of the earliest evidence for the use of cannabis for its psychoactive compounds. [...]
Wed, Jun 12, 2019, Continue reading at the source
A survey of 300 stars in search of exoplanets finds that massive, Jupiter-like gas giants are found just about where Jupiter is in our own solar system. [...]
Wed, Jun 12, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The last quarter has seen few changes in the roster of planetary exploration spacecraft. SpaceIL's lunar lander Beresheet is now on the lunar surface. Its descent on 11 April seemed to go nearly perfectly. Unfortunately, a cascade of events shortly before its planned landing caused it to hit the ground [...]
Tue, Jun 11, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Two feature articles bring you the excitement and science of exploring two very different representatives of the solar system's smaller worlds. [...]
Mon, Jun 10, 2019, Continue reading at the source
The first of two new columns rounds up all the ways Society members are making a difference for space. [...]
Mon, Jun 10, 2019, Continue reading at the source
IN THE EARLY hours of 22 February, light was just beginning to brighten the campus of JAXA's Institute of Space and Astronautical Sciences (ISAS) in Kanagawa, Japan. It should have been a quiet time, but the Hayabusa2 control room was packed with people. We were about to land on an [...]
Mon, Jun 10, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Rosetta is a European Space Agency mission with contributions from its member states and NASA. Operating such a complex mission with its 11 instruments and Philae lander is a success story in itself, but Rosetta's greatest success is the science it delivered. [...]
Mon, Jun 10, 2019, Continue reading at the source
Apollo 11'S landing on 20 July 1969 was the day humans first set foot on another world. For the risky, challenging endeavor, NASA sought a smooth landing site, one lacking craters or mountains. [...]
Mon, Jun 10, 2019, Continue reading at the source