Science & Technology News

Spiders Seem to Have REM-like Sleep and May Even Dream

Scientifc America - Mon, 2022-08-08 15:10

Jumping spiders have REM-like twitches when they sleep, suggesting dreams may be much more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously realized

What Is Paxlovid Rebound, and How Common Is It?

Scientifc America - Mon, 2022-08-08 14:00

President Biden is part of a minority of people who have experienced Paxlovid rebound, but experts say the drug should still be prescribed for those who need it

Nearly $53 Billion in Federal Funding Could Revive the U.S. Computer Chip Industry

Scientifc America - Mon, 2022-08-08 11:05

The CHIPS and Science Act aims to support domestic semiconductor production, new high-tech jobs and scientific research—even NASA

The Robocalls Problem Is So Bad That the FCC Actually Did Something

Scientifc America - Fri, 2022-08-05 06:45

A cybersecurity expert explains how we might learn to trust our phones again

Extinction Risk May Be Much Worse Than Current Estimates

Scientifc America - Thu, 2022-08-04 11:00

A machine-learning algorithm predicts that more than half of the thousands of species whose conservation status has yet to be assessed are probably in danger of disappearing for good

Planetary Debris Disks Discovered with Citizen Scientists and Virtual Reality

Scientifc America - Thu, 2022-08-04 09:00

Members of the public are helping professional astronomers identify nascent planetary systems

A Staph Vaccine Trial Failure Shows Challenges of Stopping Common Bugs

Scientifc America - Thu, 2022-08-04 06:45

Learning from past failures in the development of staph vaccines may inform how other vaccines for common bugs should be developed

Genetic Counselors Scramble Post-Roe to Provide Routine Pregnancy Services without Being Accused of a Crime

Scientifc America - Wed, 2022-08-03 07:30

The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade means that prenatal advice to patients can suffer and that counselors can face lawsuits and criminal charges

With New Study, NASA Seeks the Science behind UFOs

Scientifc America - Wed, 2022-08-03 06:45

Although modest in scope, a NASA research project reflects shifting attitudes toward the formerly taboo subject of UFOs

Salty Sea Spray Keeps Lightning Strikes Away

Scientifc America - Tue, 2022-08-02 11:00

Particles of sea salt in the air could stop clouds from charging up for a lightning strike

Forensic Experts Are Surprisingly Good at Telling Whether Two Writing Samples Match

Scientifc America - Tue, 2022-08-02 06:45

A study to counter the lack of evidence for handwriting analysis shows it is effective if an examiner has the right training

Algorithm That Detects Sepsis Cut Deaths by Nearly 20 Percent

Scientifc America - Mon, 2022-08-01 06:45

Over two years, a machine-learning program warned thousands of health care providers about patients at high risk of sepsis, allowing them to begin treatments nearly two hours sooner

This Sticker Looks Inside the Body

Scientifc America - Fri, 2022-07-29 14:00

A new stick-on ultrasound patch can record the activity of hearts, lungs and other organs for 48 hours at a time

There Is an Effective Treatment for Monkeypox, but It's Hard to Get

Scientifc America - Fri, 2022-07-29 13:30

A smallpox antiviral that’s effective against monkeypox is tied up in red tape, and gay-health advocates are pushing to make it easier to access

Scientists Invent a Paper Battery--Just Add Water

Scientifc America - Fri, 2022-07-29 12:00

A new disposable battery is made of paper and other sustainable materials and is activated with a few drops of water

Are Skittles Toxic from Titanium Dioxide?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2022-07-29 11:00

A recent lawsuit claims a chemical called titanium dioxide, used in Skittles candies, harms people. It’s hard to find strong evidence for that, however

Don't Fear China's Falling Rocket--Fear the Future It Foretells

Scientifc America - Fri, 2022-07-29 07:30

Long considered trivial, the effects of rocket launches and reentering space debris on global warming and ozone loss could soon become too large to ignore

Physics Particles Fly as Practical Tools

Scientifc America - Fri, 2022-07-29 06:45

Protons, muons, neutrinos and other particles are moving beyond the realm of physics to help in a myriad of ways

In a First, Tiny Crustaceans Are Found to "Pollinate" Seaweed like Bees of the Sea

Scientifc America - Thu, 2022-07-28 14:00

Small marine critters ferry around seaweed sex cells, the first recorded example of “pollination” in algae

Seismic Missions Could Reveal the Solar System's Underworlds

Scientifc America - Thu, 2022-07-28 06:45

Seismology has been a long-overlooked tool in planetary exploration, but the success of NASA’s InSight lander has reignited the field