Science & Technology News

Trouble Brewing? Climate Change Closes In on Beer Drinkers

Scientifc America - 10 hours 27 min ago
Increasing droughts and heat waves could have a devastating effect on barley stocks—and beer prices

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Giant planets around young star raise questions about how planets form

Science Daily Astronomy - 10 hours 42 min ago
Researchers have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets in orbit around it, the first time that so many massive planets have been detected in such a young system. The system has also set a new record for the most extreme range of orbits yet observed: the outermost planet is more than a thousand times further from the star than the innermost one, which raises interesting questions about how such a system might have formed.

How Accurate Are Online DNA Tests?

Scientifc America - 13 hours 57 min ago
Geneticist and author Adam Rutherford examines the evidence

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Search for Alien Life Should Be a Fundamental Part of NASA, New Report Urges

Scientifc America - 14 hours 42 min ago
A blue-ribbon committee finds the science of astrobiology is worthy of deep integration into the space agency’s exploration efforts

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Lab-Grown Human Retinas Illuminate How Eyes Develop Color Vision

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-10-12 06:45
The mini organs may help scientists develop therapies for eye disorders such as color blindness and macular degeneration

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How to Identify Almost Anyone in a Consumer Gene Database

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-10-11 16:20
New techniques that dig more deeply into genetic databases may soon make the anonymity of their customers’ DNA impossible to safeguard

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Death of a massive star and birth of compact neutron star binary

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2018-10-11 14:31
The unexpectedly gentle death of a massive star suggests that it was being robbed by a dense companion lurking out of sight.

Same-Sex Mice Parents Give Birth to Healthy Brood

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-10-11 11:00
Gene editing and stem cell research have allowed for alternative rodent reproduction

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Why Did Hurricane Michael Rev Up to Category 4 So Quickly?

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-10-11 07:30
Scientists have made major strides in recent years in understanding why storms rapidly intensify

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Clara Is a Story of Exoplanets, Existential Longing--and Real Science

Scientifc America - Thu, 2018-10-11 06:45
A conversation with the director and a science advisor behind a new film on the search for extraterrestrial life

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New telescope almost doubles known number of mysterious 'fast radio bursts'

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-10-10 13:23
Astronomers have nearly doubled the known number of 'fast radio bursts'-- powerful flashes of radio waves from deep space. The team's discoveries include the closest and brightest fast radio bursts ever detected and they have proved that fast radio bursts are coming from the other side of the Universe rather than from our own galactic neighborhood.

Mystery at the center of the Milky Way solved

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2018-10-10 09:36
Astronomers have now found the explanation to a recent mystery at the center of the Milky Way galaxy: the high levels of scandium discovered last spring near the galaxy's giant black hole were in fact an optical illusion.

How Accurate Are Personality Tests?

Scientifc America - Wed, 2018-10-10 06:45
Precious few personality assessments are known to be reliable, and researchers say their use outside academia is debatable

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Icy warning for space missions to Jupiter's moon

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2018-10-09 10:24
A location often earmarked as a potential habitat for extra-terrestrial life could prove to be a tricky place for spacecraft to land, new research has revealed.

The threat of Centaurs for the Earth

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2018-10-09 10:24
Astrophysicists have investigated the long-term path development of Centaurs -- small icy bodies that orbit the Sun between Jupiter and Neptune.

A Simple Blood Test Could Detect a Deadly Disorder in Pregnant Women

Scientifc America - Tue, 2018-10-09 06:45
Preeclampsia can be treated, yet screenings are out of reach for many women

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When is a nova not a nova? When a white dwarf and a brown dwarf collide

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2018-10-08 08:35
Astronomers have found for the first time that a white dwarf and a brown dwarf collided in a 'blaze of glory' that was witnessed on Earth in 1670.

What Linguistics Can Tell Us about Talking to Aliens

Scientifc America - Mon, 2018-10-08 06:45
Linguist Sheri Wells-Jensen explains the pitfalls in our assumptions about extraterrestrials

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Lunar craters named in honor of Apollo 8

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2018-10-05 11:14
The Working Group for Planetary System Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union has today officially approved the naming of two craters on the Moon to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission. The names are Anders's Earthrise and 8 Homeward.

Why Are There So Few Female Leaders?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2018-10-05 06:45
A gender gap persists across fields, but women are more likely to be perceived as leaders after longer interactions

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