Science & Technology News

What Makes a Song? It's the Same Recipe in Every Culture

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-11-21 15:15
Humans everywhere bring together pitch, tempo and the like in a similar fashion

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Brain Circuit Involved in Compulsive Drinking Identified in Mice

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-11-21 14:00
Activity in this circuit predicted which animals would keep drinking despite negative consequences

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Office Workers May Be Breathing Potentially Harmful Compounds in Cosmetics

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-11-21 06:45
Some cosmetics and deodorants contain chemicals that, when released into the air, may pose a risk to human health

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New Virtual Reality Interface Enables "Touch" Across Long Distances

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-11-20 14:25
Lightweight, flexible patch conveys a tactile sensation directly to the skin

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Record-Breaking Gamma Rays Reveal Secrets of the Universe's Most Powerful Explosions

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-11-20 13:00
Two teams of astronomers using ground-based telescopes to study gamma-ray bursts have detected the highest-energy light ever seen from celestial sources

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Caught in the act: MeerKAT telescope spies stellar flare

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-11-20 07:07
The MeerKAT radio telescope in the Northern Cape of South Africa has discovered an object which rapidly brightened by more than a factor of three over a period of three weeks. This is the first new transient source discovered with MeerKAT and scientists hope it is the tip of an iceberg of transient events to be discovered with the telescope.

Outback telescope captures Milky Way center, discovers remnants of dead stars

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-11-20 07:07
A radio telescope in the Western Australian outback has captured a spectacular new view of the center of the galaxy in which we live, the Milky Way. The image from the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope shows what our galaxy would look like if human eyes could see radio waves.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Finds Unexplained Oxygen on Mars

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-11-20 06:45
Fluctuating levels of the atmospheric gas, a potential tracer of alien life, have left researchers mystified

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NASA's TESS helps astronomers study red-giant stars, examine a too-close planet

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 16:14
Astronomers have been studying two red-giant stars -- older, 'retired' stars no longer burning hydrogen in their cores. The study details an interesting case of planetary evolution and demonstrates how star studies can be an important part of the mission's search for planets beyond our solar system.

Scientists find evidence of missing neutron star

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:55
The leftovers from a spectacular supernova that revolutionized our understanding of how stars end their lives have finally been spotted by astronomers.

Light-sensing camera may help detect extraterrestrial life, dark matter

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:55
Researchers have made one of the highest-performance cameras ever composed of sensors that count single photons, or particles of light.

Exoplanet axis study boosts hopes of complex life, just not next door

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-11-19 10:54
There's new hope that we aren't alone in the universe, that advanced beings may exist on exoplanets. But they're probably not close by, says a new study on the stability of planetary tilts -- and orbits -- needed to encourage the evolution of complex life.

Targeting Gut Microbes May Help Stroke Recovery

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-11-19 06:45
Growing evidence from mouse studies suggests that a healthy microbiome might improve poststroke outcomes

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How LISA pathfinder detected dozens of 'comet crumbs'

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2019-11-18 16:29
Scientists leveraged LISA Pathfinder's record-setting sensitivity (designed to ripples in space-time produced by, among other things, merging black holes) for a different purpose much closer to home -- mapping microscopic dust shed by comets and asteroids.

Deeper Insights Emerge into How Memories Form

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-11-18 12:45
Forming lasting memories appears to depend on an interaction between glial cells and brain waves that are produced during sleep

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How to observe a 'black hole symphony' using gravitational wave astronomy

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2019-11-18 11:53
Astrophysicists present a compelling roadmap for capturing intermediate-mass black hole activity.

Levitating Drugs, Star Wars Tech and a Simulated Universe: Science GIFs to Start Your Week

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-11-18 11:15
Enjoy and loop on

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Superslippery Toilets Squash Water Wastage

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-11-18 11:00
A slick coating, inspired by the carnivorous pitcher plant, could halve the liquid needed for flushing

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 E.T. Ph.D.: Space Alien Research Could Get Its First Grad Program

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-11-18 06:45
Scientists aim to make the search for extraterrestrial intelligence academically respectable

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Central mysteries of solar physics

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2019-11-15 19:03
Scientists have shed new light on one of the central mysteries of solar physics: how energy from the Sun is transferred to the star's upper atmosphere, heating it to 1 million degrees Fahrenheit and higher in some regions, temperatures that are vastly hotter than the Sun's surface.