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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.

A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study. The research team found a threefold increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2011 in South-East England. [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
On February 6, 2018, I found myself shoulder to shoulder with two of my heroes: Bill Nye on the left, Buzz Aldrin on the right. Our eyes were fixed on the first vertical Falcon Heavy rocket. Figuring the world's most powerful rocket might send me flying backwards once the countdown [...]
Fri, Sep 21, 2018, Continue reading at the source
By studying the genome of a kind of octopus not known for its friendliness toward its peers, then testing its behavioral reaction to a popular mood-altering drug called MDMA or 'ecstasy,' scientists say they have found preliminary evidence of an evolutionary link between the social behaviors of the sea creature [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Imagine your liver being just a big puddle. Some organelles in your cells are exactly that including prominent ones like the nucleolus. Now a synthetic organelle engineered in a lab shows how such puddle organs can carry out complex life-sustaining reaction chains. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists working to bioengineer the entire human gastrointestinal system in a laboratory now report using pluripotent stem cells to grow human esophageal organoids. This is the first time scientists have been able to grow human esophageal tissue entirely from pluripotent stem cells (PSCs), which can form any tissue type in [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Searching for a more direct connection between the gut and the brain, researchers were shocked to see that distance spanned by a single synapse, relaying the signal in less than 100 milliseconds, less than the blink of an eye. The finding has profound implications for the understanding of appetite and [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Mammals are unique in many ways. We're warm-blooded and agile in comparison with our reptilian relatives. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
In the modern world, people cooperate with other people including strangers all the time. We give blood, tip providers of various services, and donate to charity even though there is seemingly nothing in it for us. Now, researchers who've studied Hadza hunter-gatherer people in Tanzania over a six-year period have [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Astronomers report the first detection of matter falling into a black hole at 30% of the speed of light, located in the center of the billion-light year distant galaxy PG211+143. The team used data from the European Space Agency's X-ray observatory XMM-Newton to observe the black hole. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
A novel mathematical approach has uncovered that some animal cells have robust 12-hour cycles of genetic activity, in addition to circadian or 24-hour cycles. [...]
Thu, Sep 20, 2018, Continue reading at the source
On Jan. 1, NASA's New Horizons will perform a high-risk, high-reward flyby of an ancient world on the outskirts of the solar system. [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
On International Talk Like a Pirate Day, here's an eye-patch-witness account of how science helps in all peg-leg walks of life, even piracy -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Attention Kiwi space fans! I'm embarking shortly on a speaking tour of New Zealand. I hope to meet lots of Planetary Society members and supporters, and sign a few copies of my book. [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
The marine mammals have extraordinarily sensitive touch—which helps them nab prey in the absence of other sensory cues. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Wed, Sep 19, 2018, Continue reading at the source
With my first issue of The Planetary Report as editor, I am taking the magazine open-access. Return to Mercury features articles by Elsa Montagnon on BepiColombo and by Long Xiao on the Chang'e-4 and -5 landers. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Elsa Montagnon details the challenges of delivering BepiColombo's two spacecraft from Earth to Mercury. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Long Xiao previews two ambitious Chinese lunar missions, one of which will make the first-ever landing on the far side of the Moon. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Sriram Bhiravarasu anticipates India's 2019 lunar venture with an orbiter, lander, and rover. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source
Casey Dreier observes the genesis of a new space agency in Australia, and how The Planetary Society helped make it happen. [...]
Tue, Sep 18, 2018, Continue reading at the source