Science & Technology News

How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response

Scientifc America - Sat, 2018-06-23 09:00
No new cases have been reported for two weeks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Should Law Enforcement Need a Warrant to Track Your Cell Phone?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-06-22 12:00
In Carpenter v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court is about to tackle its biggest case related to the Fourth Amendment and privacy of data generated by cell phones

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Einstein's Greatest Theory Validated on a Galactic Scale

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-06-22 08:00
Astronomers have used a pair of galaxies far beyond the Milky Way to test general relativity with unprecedented precision

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Analysis of a Million-Plus Genomes Points to Blurring Lines Among Brain Disorders

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-06-22 06:45
Schizophrenia shares some genetic variants with several psychiatric conditions—and similar overlaps are seen for personality traits and migraines in a massive study

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Scientists Pinpoint Brain Region That May Be Center for Alcohol Addiction

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-06-21 15:15
Researchers map out a cellular mechanism that offers a biological explanation for alcoholism, and could lead to treatments

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Coffee, Tea, or More Coffee?

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-06-21 14:45
New research in mice details the mechanism of how caffeine seems to help the heart

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Einstein proved right in another galaxy

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-06-21 14:10
Astronomers have made the most precise test of gravity outside our own solar system. By combining data taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope, the researchers show that gravity in this galaxy behaves as predicted by Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, confirming the theory's validity on galactic scales.

Nearly 80 exoplanet candidates identified in record time

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-06-21 12:19
Scientists have analyzed data from K2, the follow-up mission to NASA's Kepler Space Telescope, and have discovered a trove of possible exoplanets amid some 50,000 stars. The scientists report the discovery of nearly 80 new planetary candidates, including a particular standout: a likely planet that orbits the star HD 73344, which would be the brightest planet host ever discovered by the K2 mission.

Harder Evidence Builds that Viruses Play a Role in Alzheimer's

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-06-21 11:00
A study seeking new drug targets for the disease unexpectedly implicates two types of herpes

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Old star clusters could have been the birthplace of supermassive stars

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-06-21 10:10
Astrophysicists may have found a solution to a problem that has perplexed scientists for more than 50 years: why are the stars in globular clusters made of material different to other stars found in the Milky Way?

Here's Why Expanding Protected Areas Isn't Saving Nature

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-06-21 06:45
A new study proposes tools to gauge when an ecosystem is “intact”—and what might happen if that changes

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Martian dust storm grows global: Curiosity captures photos of thickening haze

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-06-20 17:09
A storm of tiny dust particles has engulfed much of Mars over the last two weeks and prompted NASA's Opportunity rover to suspend science operations. But across the planet, NASA's Curiosity rover, which has been studying Martian soil at Gale Crater, is expected to remain largely unaffected by the dust. The Martian dust storm has grown in size and is now officially a 'planet-encircling' (or 'global') dust event.

Last of universe's missing ordinary matter

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-06-20 15:00
Researchers have helped to find the last reservoir of ordinary matter hiding in the universe.

Separating Families May Cause Lifelong Health Damage

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-06-20 13:36
A noted pediatrician and advocate for immigrant children says the effects will last well beyond the separation

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Surgery in space

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-06-20 09:48
With renewed public interest in manned space exploration comes the potential need to diagnose and treat medical issues encountered by future space travelers.

Babysitting Mammals Keep It in the Family

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-06-20 06:45
Blood relations may be the key factor for mole rats, meerkats and others. But how do humans fit in?

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Jaguars Thrive in Lightly Logged Forests

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-06-19 06:45
Responsibly harvested areas may serve as habitat corridors for the big cats

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Best evidence of rare black hole captured

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 14:18
Scientists have been able to prove the existence of small black holes and those that are super-massive but the existence of an elusive type of black hole, known as intermediate-mass black holes (IMBHs) is hotly debated. New research shows the strongest evidence to date that this middle-of-the-road black hole exists, by serendipitously capturing one in action devouring an encountering star.

Hunting molecules to find new planets

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 11:30
It's been impossible to obtain images of an exoplanet, so dazzling is the light of its star. However, astronomers have the idea of detecting molecules that are present in the planet's atmosphere in order to make it visible, provided that these same molecules are absent from its star. Thanks to this innovative technique, the device is sensitive to the selected molecules, making the star invisible and allowing the astronomers to observe the planet.

Explosive volcanoes spawned mysterious Martian rock formation

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-06-18 10:25
Explosive volcanic eruptions that shot jets of hot ash, rock and gas skyward are the likely source of a mysterious Martian rock formation, a new study finds. The new finding could add to scientists' understanding of Mars's interior and its past potential for habitability, according to the study's authors.