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 2018-02-21 17:01 

Nature

Science needs to redefine excellence...

The concept of research excellence is ubiquitous, but its meaning depends on context....

 2018-02-21 16:59 

Nature

Italian election leaves science out in the cold...

Researchers hold out little hope that the next government will improve their underfunded research system....

 2018-02-21 16:57 

Nature

How to make replication the norm...

The publishing system builds in resistance to replication. Paul Gertler, Sebastian Galiani and Mauricio Romero surveyed economics journals to find out how to fix it....

 2018-02-21 16:36 

New Scientist

Rock dusting on farms could cool the climate, so let's try it...

Crushed basalt applied to agricultural land could soak up billions of tons of carbon dioxide and boost crops. Let's put it to the test, says Olive Heffernan...

 2018-02-21 16:08 

The Daily Galaxy

"The Starmaker" --How Do Supermassive Black Holes Shape Their Galaxies?...

A schematic view of the fact that an ionized gas outflow (green) driven by the central supermassive black hole does not affect the star formation of its host galaxy. This situation may occur if the ionized gas is outflowing perpendicularly......

 2018-02-21 16:06 

Phys.org

From compost to composites: An eco-friendly way to improve rubber...

The concept of "from trash to treasure" holds true for the world of composting, where food waste is recycled into fertilizer for gardens. But what if compost could go beyond fertilizer? Now, one group reports in ACS Omega that by collecting the ga...

 2018-02-21 16:05 

Phys.org

'Chameleon' ocean bacteria can shift their colors...

Cyanobacteria - which propel the ocean engine and help sustain marine life - can shift their colour like chameleons to match different coloured light across the world's seas, according to research by an international collaboration including the Univer...

 2018-02-21 15:50 

Phys.org

Magnetic field traces gas and dust swirling around supermassive black hole...

Astronomers reveal a new high resolution map of the magnetic field lines in gas and dust swirling around the supermassive black hole at the centre of our Galaxy, published in a new paper in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. The team, led ...

 2018-02-21 15:49 

TreeHugger

Is bone broth really a magical elixir?...

Sorry, but no. Everyone needs to simmer down, strain out the hype, and realize it boils down to another food fad....

 2018-02-21 15:34 

livemint

Artificial intelligence poses risks of misuse by hackers, say researchers...

Rapid advances in artificial intelligence are raising risks that malicious users will soon exploit the technology to mount automated hacking attacks, cause driverless car crashes or turn commercial drones into targeted weapons...

 2018-02-21 15:00 

Forbes

[ Starts With A Bang Blog ]

The Pillars Of Creation Haven't Been Destroyed, After All...

Images taken 20 years apart show the rate of evaporation, and they'll take much more than mere thousands of years to destroy....

 2018-02-21 14:56 

Space.com

Space Calendar 2018: Launches, Sky Events & More...

Here's a guide to the major astronomical events of the next year, as well as space launches and milestones for spacecrafts already in travel....

 2018-02-21 14:50 

Space.com

SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Due to High-Altitude Winds...

SpaceX called off an attempted launch of its Falcon 9 rocket in California today (Feb. 21) due to strong high-altitude winds, according to the company's CEO, Elon Musk....

 2018-02-21 14:34 

Phys.org

New insight into plants' self-defense...

Chloroplasts are the ultimate green machines—the parts of plant cells that turn sunlight into food in a fairly famous process known as photosynthesis....

 2018-02-21 14:33 

Phys.org

Spore formation model could advance medicine...

Michigan State University scientists have produced experimental and modeling results that shed light on how a particular type of enzyme functions during spore formation, potentially advancing human health and disease research....

 2018-02-21 14:12 

NPR

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Can We Change The Past?...

Putting humans and consciousness aside, at the level of quantum particles Wheeler's Delayed-Choice experiments show that actions in the present can influence the past, says physicist Marcelo Gleiser....

 2018-02-21 14:00 

New Scientist

Huge underwater landslides and tsunamis may be caused by ooze...

Layers of ooze in the seabed may be responsible for submarine "megaslides" that dwarf ordinary landslides and can cause tsunamis...

 2018-02-21 13:40 

Phys.org

Genetic study suggests humans may be evolving in a way that prevents alcoholism...

A pair of researchers with the University of Pennsylvania has found evidence suggesting humans may be evolving in a way that will prevent alcoholism in the future. In their paper published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, Kelsey Elizabeth Johnso...

 2018-02-21 13:39 

Phys.org

New study brings Antarctic ice loss into sharper focus...

A NASA study based on an innovative technique for crunching torrents of satellite data provides the clearest picture yet of changes in Antarctic ice flow into the ocean. The findings confirm accelerating ice losses from the West Antarctic Ice Sheet and re...

 2018-02-21 13:30 

Phys.org

Triplefin fish found to have controlled iris radiance...

A team of researchers with the University of Tbingen in Germany has found an example of a fish that is able to control light reflected from organs next to its pupils—a form of photolocation. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open...

 2018-02-21 13:24 

TreeHugger

Another American city bans headphones and texting while walking...

Montclair, California jumps on this silly victim-blaming bandwagon....

 2018-02-21 13:15 

Phys.org

New paper links ancient drawings and the origins of language...

When and where did humans develop language? To find out, look deep inside caves, suggests an MIT professor....

 2018-02-21 13:06 

TreeHugger

Photo: Cute fish escapes from cartoon...

This Eastern smooth boxfish looks as if it's on the lam from an animated film....

 2018-02-21 12:51 

Phys.org

Researchers achieve random access in large-scale DNA data storage...

University of Washington and Microsoft researchers revealed today that they have taken a significant step forward in their quest to develop a DNA-based storage system for digital data. In a paper published in Nature Biotechnology, the members of the Molec...

 2018-02-21 12:50 

Phys.org

Co-evolution black hole mystery deepened by a new ALMA observation...

Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to observe an active galaxy with a strong ionized gas outflow from the galactic center, a team led by Dr. Yoshiki Toba of the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA, Tai...

 2018-02-21 12:49 

BBC

Tasmanian tiger 'joeys' revealed in 3D...

Scientists scan Tasmanian tiger specimens to better understand the marsupial's development in the pouch....

 2018-02-21 12:45 

BBC

Government loses clean air court case...

Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government's plans to tackle air pollution....

 2018-02-21 12:17 

Phys.org

Green toads with multiple genomes have ancestors that are only distantly related...

Diploid vertebrates have two sets of chromosomes, one from each parent. In contrast, polyploidy, meaning to possess three or more sets of chromosomes, is very rare in animals. To find out how new vertebrate species have evolved, and, more generally, how t...

 2018-02-21 12:00 

ScienceNews.org

A new study eases fears of a link between autism and prenatal ultrasounds...

On almost every measure, prenatal ultrasounds doesn't appear to be related to a risk of developing autism, a recent study finds....

 2018-02-21 11:51 

LiveScience.com

The Case of the Missing Thumb: Man Arrested After Stealing Terracotta Warrior Digit...

Man who stole the thumb from the left hand of a Chinese Terracotta Warrior was arrested....

 2018-02-21 11:46 

The Conversation

To slow climate change, the US needs to address nuclear power's dismal economics...

Construction at Plant Vogtle, Georgia, Dec. 1, 2014. USNRC , CC BY In late December 2017, the Georgia Public Service Commission faced a major decision: whether to cancel construction of two nuclear power reactors at Plant Vogtle, near Waynesboro, which ha...

 2018-02-21 11:35 

Space.com

Vector Planning First Orbital Launch This Summer...

Vector, one of a growing number of companies developing small launch vehicles, plans to carry out its first orbital launch this summer from Alaska....

 2018-02-21 11:22 

Space.com

'Star Trek Online' Offers Custom 3D-Printed Starships...

"Star Trek Online" players can put a lot of time into choosing, outfitting and customizing their starships, and now that work can follow them into the real world — with hand-painted 3D- printed starships based on their exact designs....

 2018-02-21 11:21 

Space.com

National Space Council Meets with VP Mike Pence Today: Watch It Live...

The newly re-established National Space Council will hold its second meeting on Wednesday (Feb. 21) at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and you can watch it live online....

 2018-02-21 11:20 

Space.com

How a New 'Happy Suit' Would Protect Astronauts from the Stresses of Space...

Researchers from Florida Polytechnic University are developing a "happy suit" that they claim will protect astronauts from the psychologically harrowing effects of space travel....

 2018-02-21 11:17 

TreeHugger

BP predicts: Plastics bans will slow oil demand growth...

Although the rest of their predictions are best viewed through oil-tinted spectacles......

 2018-02-21 11:15 

LiveScience.com

That Teeny-Tiny Speck in This Image Is the Tesla Roadster...

The Tesla Roadster is far, far away, but that didn't stop two paparazzi scientists from taking its picture....

 2018-02-21 11:03 

Phys.org

Observing and controlling ultrafast processes with attosecond resolution...

Many chemical processes run so quickly that they are only roughly understood. To clarify these processes, a team from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed a methodology with a resolution of quintillionths of a second. The new technol...

 2018-02-21 10:57 

Phys.org

Stable gas hydrates can trigger landslides...

Like avalanches onshore,many processes cause submarine landslides. One very widespread assumption is that they are associated with dissociating gas hydrates in the seafloor. However, scientists at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel have now f...

 2018-02-21 10:52 

Phys.org

Helping in spite of risk: Ants perform risk-averse sanitary care of infectious nest mates...

Ants care for their sick nestmates in different ways, depending on their own immune status. When they themselves are susceptible to dangerous superinfections, they use a different method to care for sick colony members compared to ants that are not suscep...

 2018-02-21 10:45 

Scientific American

Matching DNA to a Diet Does Not Work...

The results come from a rigorous, $8 million study...

 2018-02-21 10:00 

NPR

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Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes...

More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there....

 2018-02-21 10:00 

Scientific American

Seas Will Rise for 300 Years...

And the longer it takes to reduce carbon emissions, the higher they will go...

 2018-02-21 09:13 

Phys.org

Nearly a decade after Mars Phoenix landed, another look...

A recent view from Mars orbit of the site where NASA's Phoenix Mars mission landed on far-northern Mars nearly a decade ago shows that dust has covered some marks of the landing....

 2018-02-21 09:12 

Phys.org

Some black holes erase your past...

In the real world, your past uniquely determines your future. If a physicist knows how the universe starts out, she can calculate its future for all time and all space....

 2018-02-21 08:58 

livemint

Ultramassive black holes discovered in far-off galaxies...

Astronomers have detected massive black holes, which are growing faster than the stars in their respective galaxies, in the universe, say researchers...

 2018-02-21 08:22 

Phys.org

Tasmanian tiger just another marsupial in the pouch...

Australia's ill-fated Tasmanian tiger looked like any other marsupial when born but assumed dog-like features by the time it left the mother's pouch, scientists said Wednesday in shedding new light on its puzzling evolution....

 2018-02-21 08:15 

Phys.org

Distant tropical storms have ripple effects on weather close to home...

The famously intense tropical rainstorms along the Earth's equator occur thousands of miles from the United States. But atmospheric scientists know that, like ripples in a pond, tropical weather creates powerful waves in the atmosphere that travel all...

 2018-02-21 08:10 

Phys.org

Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years...

Modern humans have brains that are more than three times larger than our closest living relatives, chimpanzees and bonobos. Scientists don't agree on when and how this dramatic increase took place, but new analysis of 94 hominin fossils shows that ave...

 2018-02-21 08:00 

Scientific American

7 Beliefs of Emotionally Healthy People...

Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen reveals 7 big beliefs healthy people share...

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