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Our Strange Era
Now Has a Name
in case you missed it
Jul 5, 2020 1:50 PM CDT
Our Strange Era Now Has a Name
Scientists say it's time for an in-depth study of animals during the pandemic
- Jellyfish gliding through the calm waters of Venice, Italy. Wild mountain goats "running rampant" in a small Welsh town. Deer seen in "usually bustling areas" of Toronto. At least anecdotally, there's evidence of animals advancing during our absence, for which scientists have coined a new term: the...
Form of Matter
Is Created in Space
Jun 20, 2020 2:00 PM CDT
Strange 'Fifth' Form of Matter Is Created in Space
Scientists probe quantum physics on the International Space Station
- Strange things are happening inside a box on the International Space Station. Physicists are using the box—called the Cold Atom Lab—to generate a quantum state of matter that could help unlock a few secrets of the universe, LiveScience reports. Called Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs), the matter is basically a...
No Longer the Same
May 20, 2020 4:25 PM CDT
Hurricanes Are No Longer the Same
A new study confirms what scientists have predicted
- Are hurricanes getting worse? That's what climate models have long predicted, and now there's evidence: A new study finds that hurricanes have indeed grown more powerful in recent decades, LiveScience reports. "The trend is there and it is real," lead study author James Kossin tells the...
First-Ever Radio Signal Hits
Earth From Inside Our Galaxy
May 3, 2020 2:25 PM CDT
First-Ever Radio Signal Hits Earth From Inside Our Galaxy
And scientists think they've found the source
- Intrigued by radio signals from outer space? Scientists have spotted a fast radio burst from inside the Milky Way—the first ever from our own galaxy—and say it might solve the riddle of other such bursts from the cosmos, Science Alert reports. This signal was discovered Tuesday and reported...
Emails Show Fallout
After 'Crazy' Trump Claim
Feb 1, 2020 3:30 PM CST
Emails Show Fallout After 'Crazy' Trump Claim
NOAA scientists reacted to Trump saying that Hurricane Dorian would hit Alabama
- A flurry of newly released emails from scientists and top officials at the federal agency responsible for weather forecasting clearly illustrates the consternation and outright alarm caused by President Donald Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian could hit Alabama, the AP reports. A top National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...
Plan to Edit
Dec 8, 2019 3:00 PM CST
Plan to Edit Baby Genes May Have 'Created New Mutations'
MIT Technology Review is far from impressed
- Looks like a highly controversial attempt to create HIV-immune babies didn't work out and may have even gone wrong, the
reports. This according to an
MIT Technology Review
report on the work of Chinese scientist He Jiankui, who sparked outcry with his plan to edit the embryonic genes...
Discovery Points to Invisible
'Fifth Force' of Nature
Nov 24, 2019 12:30 PM CST
Discovery Points to Invisible 'Fifth Force' of Nature
Researchers in Hungary spot a mysterious proton
- They're calling it X17—and it might help solve a great mystery of nature. Scientists in Hungary say they've twice stumbled on the previously unknown particle while seeking evidence of a "fifth force" guiding our visible universe, CNN reports. "X17 could be a particle, which connects...
Hate Blind Spots While Driving?
This Teen Has a Solution
Nov 1, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
Hate Blind Spots While Driving? This Teen Has a Solution
14-year-old Alaina Gassler created innovative workaround
- A Pennsylvania teen has won $25,000 and, perhaps soon, the gratitude of every driver in America with what Mashable calls a "simple but innovative" invention that gets rid of blind spots. A release from the Society for Science & the Public announced that the "girls shine" in...
Satellites May Be Powerful
Tool for Whale Strandings
Oct 18, 2019 12:58 PM CDT
Satellites May Be Powerful Tool for Whale Strandings
Researchers say high-resolution images can 'revolutionize' detection
- In 2015, scientists described the largest known mass stranding of whales off the coast of Chile. Surveyors who used boats and planes to explore the remote beaches of Patagonia in the months after the deaths said at least 343 great whales, mostly endangered sei whales, had washed up. It turns...
From Nobel's Chem
Oct 9, 2019 7:04 AM CDT
From Nobel's Chem Prize Winners: Batteries
John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham, and Akira Yoshino brought us lithium-ion batteries
- The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to the US' John B. Goodenough and M. Stanley Whittingham, and Japan's Akira Yoshino for the development of lithium-ion batteries, per the AP . "Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and are used in everything from mobile phones to laptops...
Black Holes Contain
a Mysterious Force
Oct 5, 2019 1:30 PM CDT
Black Holes Contain a Mysterious Force
Some of them are helping the universe expand, study says
- Black holes are dense singularities that suck up matter, right? Not always, according to two scientists who say some black holes are likely objects filled with a mysterious energy. In Astrophysical Journal , Kevin Croker and Joel Weiner argue that the expansion of the universe—which is accelerating, apparently due to...
World's Most 'Bizarre'
Get Their Due
Sep 13, 2019 5:33 AM CDT
World's Most 'Bizarre' Science Discoveries Get Their Due
Among this year's Ig Nobel winners: a diaper-changing device, study on pizza as health food
- Training surgeons is as easy as training dolphins or dogs—at least according to a study that Thursday earned a 2019 Ig Nobel, the annual Nobel Prize spoof that rewards weird, sometimes head-scratching scientific discoveries. This year's winners included, per the AP : Dutch and Turkish researchers who figured out...
Chilling New Material
Appears to Be 'Alive'
Apr 21, 2019 1:35 PM CDT
Chilling New Material Appears to Be 'Alive'
Cornell University scientists point to a future of 'lifelike' robots
- 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
, Cornell engineers say they've invented a biomaterial based on artificial DNA that has its...
Trolls Target Female Scientist
Apr 13, 2019 2:50 PM CDT
Trolls Target Female Scientist
Online commentators diminish the work of Katie Boumann
- 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....
Nocturnal Rats Do
Apr 6, 2019 1:50 PM CDT
Nocturnal Rats Do Something Never Seen Before
The kangaroo rats are seen in amazing slow-motion video
- 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,
reports. "Both rattlesnakes and kangaroo rats are extreme athletes, with their maximum performance occurring during...
on 'Mindblowing' Find
Mar 23, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
Scientists Stumble on 'Mindblowing' Find
The Qingjiang fossil site contains 53 new species
- 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
reports. Reported in
, the Qingjiang site in China includes at least 4,351 fossils representing 101 species, 53 of them new...
Study: Most Flat Earthers Get
Their 'Facts' From YouTube
Feb 18, 2019 1:55 AM CST
Study: Most Flat Earthers Get Their 'Facts' From YouTube
'Their algorithms make it easy to end up going down the rabbit hole'
- 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...
Study Confirms 'Missing Link'
Jan 19, 2019 4:20 PM CST
Study Confirms 'Missing Link'
A new species apparently bridged the gap with our ape-like ancestors
- 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
that walked upright but spent time in...
Bizarre Claims Made at
Indian Science Meeting
Jan 9, 2019 5:33 PM CST
Bizarre Claims Made at Indian Science Meeting
Such as ancient Hindus inventing stem cell technology
- 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 106
annual meeting this month may be at odds with that goal. One speaker at the event, for...
Here Are the Best Science
Books of the Year
Dec 7, 2018 11:55 AM CST
Here Are the Best Science Books of the Year
- 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...
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