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Chilling New Material Appears to Be 'Alive'

Cornell University scientists point to a future of 'lifelike' robots

(Newser) - Scientists have created a new material—some are calling it a little machine—that's oddly lifelike and points to a possible future in which robots are "alive," TheNextWeb reports. In Science Robotics , Cornell engineers say they've invented a biomaterial based on artificial DNA that has its... More »

Trolls Target Female Scientist

Online commentators diminish the work of Katie Boumann

(Newser) - Katie Boumann's rise to scientific stardom came with a downside: online trolls who claimed her work was really done by a man, CNN reports. The 29-year-old MIT graduate helped create the algorithms and imaging process that allowed scientists to produce the first-ever image of a black hole on Wednesday.... More »

Nocturnal Rats Do Something Never Seen Before

The kangaroo rats are seen in amazing slow-motion video

(Newser) - The kangaroo rat is tiny, but oh-so fast. Two new studies and a slow-motion video show how the rodents perform speedy maneuvers when a sidewinder rattlesnake comes along—including a powerful kick, National Geographic reports. "Both rattlesnakes and kangaroo rats are extreme athletes, with their maximum performance occurring during... More »

Scientists Stumble on 'Mindblowing' Find

The Qingjiang fossil site contains 53 new species

(Newser) - Scientists are expressing shock and elation over a fossil-find that revisits life half a billion years ago—and may just shake up our view of evolution, the Guardian reports. Reported in Science , the Qingjiang site in China includes at least 4,351 fossils representing 101 species, 53 of them new... More »

Study: Most Flat Earthers Get Their 'Facts' From YouTube

'Their algorithms make it easy to end up going down the rabbit hole'

(Newser) - Researchers believe they have figured out why a growing number of people all around the world believe that the Earth is flat. Texas Tech University assistant professor of science communication Asheley Landrum says interviews with 30 "Flat Earthers" at conventions in 2017 and 2018 revealed that all but one... More »

Study Confirms 'Missing Link'

A new species apparently bridged the gap with our ape-like ancestors

(Newser) - Two early humans found in Africa 10 years ago appear to represent a "missing link" with our ape-like ancestors, CNN reports. A new study broke ground this week by saying the two-million-year-old partial skeletons are from a new species called Australopithecus sediba that walked upright but spent time in... More »

Bizarre Claims Made at Indian Science Meeting

Such as ancient Hindus inventing stem cell technology

(Newser) - The expressed purpose of the India Science Congress Association is to “advance and promote the cause of science in India.” But some of the information shared at the organization’s 106th annual meeting this month may be at odds with that goal. One speaker at the event, for... More »

Here Are the Best Science Books of the Year

Per Smithsonian.com

(Newser) - Smithsonian.com says we're currently living in "exciting" and "slightly alarming" times, at least when it comes to science. To keep everyone in the know, and well prepped to handle whatever breakthroughs and obstacles may be thrown our way in 2019, the site has whittled down... More »

Dumb and Dumberer? IQ Surveys Say Yes

After steadily rising for decades, IQ scores appear to be falling

(Newser) - It's official: We're not getting any smarter. Worse, media exposure might be to blame. Researchers analyzed 730,000 IQ scores of Norwegian men entering the country's military draft who were born between 1962 and 1991, per ScienceAlert . They found that IQ scores rose almost 0.3 points... More »

Oldest Known Spider Killed by Wasp at Age 43

That was one old arachnid

(Newser) - The world's oldest known spider was killed after living to the ripe old age of 43. Per Fox News , the female trapdoor spider was killed by a parasitic wasp in October after she was studied by scientists starting at her birth in 1974. The findings were published in a... More »

Rapper Starts GoFundMe to Prove Earth Is Flat

What a world

(Newser) - Everyone knows the Earth is round, but what one rapper is presupposing is: What if it isn't? It's 2017, and flat-Earth theories are making something of a comeback (NBA stars seem to be uniquely susceptible ). Mashable reports one person who thinks we've been lied to by... More »

Girl Scouts Have 23 New Badges, With Science Focus

Biggest new batch in a decade for the group

(Newser) - From tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors, Girl Scouts may now earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA, per the AP . The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and... More »

IKEA Serving Bowl Sets Man's Grapes on Fire

'There was one intense point where [the sun] hit the twigs'

(Newser) - A man found himself in the middle of an unexpected science experiment in Sweden after he set his bowl of grapes in the sun. Richard Walter says he was outside near his Blanda Blank stainless steel serving bowl from IKEA when he noticed his grapes were on fire. "'... More »

In Scales vs. Feathers Dino Debate, Some New Evidence

T. rex skin fossil suggests the carnivore was scaled

(Newser) - Just when you were getting used to the idea of dinosaurs being covered in downy feathers , new evidence suggests that this theory may not apply to one of natural history’s most famous carnivores. Science reports that though cousins of the Tyrannosaurus rex likely sported feathers, a new study examining... More »

Marches for Science Hit Cities Around the World

'Science is for everyone, and should be supported by everyone'

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of scientists, students, and research advocates rallied from the Brandenburg Gate to the Washington Monument on Earth Day, conveying a global message of scientific freedom without political interference and spending necessary to make future breakthroughs possible, the AP reports. "We didn't choose to be in... More »

Neil DeGrasse Tyson Delivers 'Most Important' Message Yet

He targets science deniers in 4-minute video

(Newser) - Climate change and evolution are as undeniable as E=mc2, says celebrity astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, but "people have lost the ability to judge what is true and what is not." "The sooner you understand that, the faster we can get on with the political conversations about how... More »

It's Getting More Difficult to Read Science Papers

Researchers: It's because of technical jargon, also regular old jargon

(Newser) - Put off by the high-level mumbo-jumbo that proliferates in science journals? You're not alone, Swedish researchers have found. In a study published in the preprint server bioRxiv , William Hedley Thompson and his Karolinska Institute team checked out more than 700,000 English-language abstracts from nearly 125 biomedical journals from... More »

Why These Immigrants Gravitate to Math, Science

The age one came to the US plays a role

(Newser) - It's formally called the Regeneron Student Talent Search, but it's more casually known as the "Junior Nobel"—and the high schooler who wins the elite science prize walks with $250,000. A study on last year's finalists turned up something interesting, reports Teen Vogue : 83%... More »

Young Inventor Now Facing Schizophrenia Diagnosis

Joey Hudy's family faces mounting debt to help son

(Newser) - A science phenom known for impressing President Obama with his marshmallow air cannon at the 2012 White House Science Fair faces crushing debt after being diagnosed with a mental illness. Joey Hudy, now 20, is undergoing treatment for schizophrenia at a live-in facility in Tennessee that costs his family $25,... More »

Hawking: 'I May Not Be Welcome' in US Under Trump

Acclaimed physicist notes his criticism of president's environmental policy

(Newser) - Stephen Hawking is afraid he might be persona non grata in America, reports the Guardian , due to the Trump administration's views on the environment and British cosmologist's past criticism of those views. In a conversation Monday with ITV's Good Morning Britain, Hawking said the US has swung... More »

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