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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 cerebellum -- a part of the brain once recognized mainly for its role in coordinating movement -- underwent evolutionary changes that may have contributed to human culture, language and tool use, according to a new study. [...]
Thu, May 06, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Sea turtles are known for relying on magnetic signatures to find their way across thousands of miles to the very beaches where they hatched. Now, researchers have some of the first solid evidence that sharks also rely on magnetic fields for their long-distance forays across the sea. [...]
Thu, May 06, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Space lawyers explain what happens if an object from something like debris from a rocket causes damage or harm. [...]
Wed, May 05, 2021, Continue reading at the source
A new study provides the earliest evidence to date of ancient humans significantly altering entire ecosystems with flames. The study combines archaeological evidence -- dense clusters of stone artifacts dating as far back as 92,000 years ago -- with paleoenvironmental data on the northern shores of Lake Malawi in eastern [...]
Wed, May 05, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Unlike humans, who map the world in units of distance, bats map the world in units of time. What this means is that the bat perceives an insect as being at a distance of nine milliseconds, and not one and a half meters, as was previously thought. [...]
Wed, May 05, 2021, Continue reading at the source
It seems like the males will do anything, even fake nearby danger, to get females to stick around to mate. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, May 04, 2021, Continue reading at the source
As NASA's Juno spacecraft prepares for its extended mission, it’s worth taking a look back at why Jupiter’s lightning remains one of the planet's most fascinating enigmas. [...]
Tue, May 04, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Earth, the only planet known to support life, offers liquid water, an oxygen-rich atmosphere, and protection from the Sun’s harmful radiation. [...]
Fri, Apr 30, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Remembering a space pioneer and seeing a rover from a whole new perspective. [...]
Fri, Apr 30, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have found that lightning bolts and, surprisingly, subvisible discharges that cannot be seen by cameras or the naked eye produce extreme amounts of the hydroxyl radical and hydroperoxyl radical. The hydroxyl radical is important in the atmosphere because it initiates chemical reactions and breaks down molecules like the greenhouse [...]
Thu, Apr 29, 2021, Continue reading at the source
A new study documents the newly named Bering Transitory Archipelago and then points to how, when and where the first Americans may have crossed. The authors' stepping-stones hypothesis depends on scores of islands that emerged during the last ice age as sea level fell when ocean waters were locked in [...]
Thu, Apr 29, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Scientists have shown that almost all the world's glaciers are becoming thinner and losing mass -- and that these changes are picking up pace. The team's analysis is the most comprehensive and accurate of its kind to date. [...]
Thu, Apr 29, 2021, Continue reading at the source
A large study reveals the way relative brain size of mammals changed over the last 150 million years. [...]
Thu, Apr 29, 2021, Continue reading at the source
The rosy-faced lovebirds that live in Phoenix appear to be free riding on our urban climate control. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com [...]
Tue, Apr 27, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Asteroids and comets that come close to Earth can pose a very real threat to our planet, but impacts from these objects aren’t inevitable. With proper planning we can prevent this natural disaster from happening. [...]
Tue, Apr 27, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Some of the most significant impacts that humans (and dinosaurs) have witnessed. [...]
Tue, Apr 27, 2021, Continue reading at the source
A new study led by a planetary scientist uses a computer model of Mars to put forth a promising explanation onto how Mars once contained rivers and lakes: Mars could have had a thin layer of icy, high-altitude clouds that caused a greenhouse effect. [...]
Mon, Apr 26, 2021, Continue reading at the source
Researchers examined 14,000 genetic differences between modern humans and our most recent ancestors at a new level of detail. They found that differences in gene activation -- not just genetic code -- could underlie evolution of the brain and vocal tract. [...]
Mon, Apr 26, 2021, Continue reading at the source
The Planetary Society helped the world hear sounds from Saturn's moon Titan when the European Space Agency's Huygens probe recorded its descent there in 2005. [...]
Mon, Apr 26, 2021, Continue reading at the source
We check in our last round of grant winners, who are helping to defend Earth from dangerous asteroids. [...]
Mon, Apr 26, 2021, Continue reading at the source