Science News Science News Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:53:08 -0600 Feed Informer Watch live tonight! Slooh webcasts the 'Super Pink Moon' @ 7:30 pm ET urn:uuid:c337540a-bfc0-b8e5-1e55-29e678f9c946 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 17:11:43 -0500 Astronomers with the Slooh online observatory will stream live views of the "Super Pink Moon" in a free webcast today (April 7) at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT). Watch it live here! Space calendar 2020: Rocket launches, sky events, missions & more! urn:uuid:42a0ba69-35bc-1fa6-7d84-61400552c6d9 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:44:06 -0500 Here's a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2020, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences. Here's the best way to enjoy the 'Super Pink Moon,' according to a NASA astronomer urn:uuid:c6218f18-edcc-96af-de8c-d0c8f1f8345e Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:29:26 -0500 Tonight (April 7), the moon will be at its brightest and largest for the whole year during the "Super Pink Moon." It's now or never: Visual events have 100 milliseconds to hit brain target or go unnoticed ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:3931a010-1deb-6418-fcba-aa9f92b14e6e Tue, 07 Apr 2020 16:07:42 -0500 Researchers have defined a crucial window of time that mice need to key in on visual events. Common coronaviruses are highly seasonal, with most cases peaking in winter months ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:c016ab18-a953-ab75-11e9-b83bfe090281 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:49:49 -0500 Of the seven coronaviruses known to infect people, four cause common respiratory infections that are sharply seasonal and appear to transmit similarly to influenza, according to a new study. How forest loss leads to spread of disease ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:2062e977-6d8f-e58b-dd66-0921dc8c4027 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:49:47 -0500 In Uganda, loss of forested habitat increases the likelihood of interactions between disease-carrying wild primates and humans. The findings suggest the emergence and spread of viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, will become more common as the conversion of natural habitats into farmland continues worldwide. Genes sow seeds of neuropsychiatric diseases before birth, in early childhood ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:27260d57-6bc7-1553-d855-9c6d0860d852 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:49:45 -0500 From early prenatal development through childhood, the prefrontal cortex of the human brain undergoes an avalanche of developmental activity. In some cases, it also contains seeds of neuropsychiatric illnesses such as autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia, according to a new genetic analysis. Magnetic monopoles detected in Kagome spin ice systems ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:4cc2db3f-8cd9-48b7-9605-4c90b5b34d4c Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:08:25 -0500 Magnetic monopoles are actually impossible. At low temperatures, however, certain crystals can contain so-called quasi-particles that behave like magnetic monopoles. Now an international cooperation has proven that such monopoles also occur in a Kagome spin ice system. The evolution of color: How butterfly wings can shift in hue ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:4e532711-0ea1-6b8d-c71a-76e8170fb636 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 14:08:21 -0500 A selective mating experiment by a curious butterfly breeder has led scientists to a deeper understanding of how butterfly wing color is created and evolves. Astronaut Anne McClain's estranged wife charged with lying about alleged 'space crime' urn:uuid:094dd90a-e193-0dac-575e-aeb4cbcfe6e0 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:49:09 -0500 NASA astronaut Anne McClain's estranged wife has been charged with lying about a "space crime" that she alleged McClain committed. Committee waves off landing Apollo lunar module on new $1 coin urn:uuid:1af51280-c46b-ec24-2b63-03d70aa4fdab Tue, 07 Apr 2020 13:19:41 -0500 A proposal to land the Apollo lunar module on the reverse side of a new $1 coin has been waved off by the committees reviewing the design. Protecting the high seas: Identify biodiversity hotspots ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:fcd454ef-a487-f018-05dc-3e80436eeb65 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:15:07 -0500 Researchers use big data to identify biodiversity hotspots that could become the first generation of high seas marine protected areas. Statement on chest imaging and COVID-19 ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:03323aa5-b8da-7284-163e-5deccde24d19 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:15:05 -0500 A multinational consensus statement on the role of chest imaging in the management of patients with COVID-19 has just been published. How serotonin balances communication within the brain ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:87b30bfa-413d-b3ea-9ecd-07d59bb1ce78 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:15:01 -0500 Our brain is steadily engaged in soliloquies. These internal communications are usually also bombarded with external sensory events. Hence, the impact of the two neuronal processes need to be permanently fine-tuned to avoid their imbalance. A team of scientists has revealed the role of the neurotransmitter serotonin in this scenario. They discovered that distinct serotonergic receptor types control the gain of both streams of information in a separable manner. How wallflowers evolved a complementary pair of plant defenses ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:8bb94c95-c6e4-b861-bd3b-9c93a4db5c13 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:59 -0500 A pair of chemicals used by wallflowers and their kin to ward off predators have evolved to complement each other, with one targeting generalist herbivores and the other targeting specialized herbivores that have become resistant to the generalist defense. Researchers suggest a special diet against asthma ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:8d7a4b33-545e-e942-8c36-83a814b3983a Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:57 -0500 Can a special diet help in certain cases of asthma? A new study at least points to this conclusion. According to the study, mice that were switched to a so-called ketogenic diet showed significantly reduced inflammation of the respiratory tract. What type of cells does the novel coronavirus attack? ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:d9403236-f670-37e3-df65-14970e875c04 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:53 -0500 Scientists have examined samples from non-virus infected patients to determine which cells of the lungs and bronchi are targets for novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infection. Simulations show extreme opinions can lead to polarized groups ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:861bbf6d-1770-aaa6-0c89-a0b0872da0ae Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:44 -0500 Researchers use a theoretical model to examine what effect extreme views have on making the entire system more polarized. The group's network-based model extends a popular approach for studying opinion dynamics, called the Cobb model, and is based on the hypothesis that those with opinions farther from the middle of a political spectrum are also less influenced by others, a trait known to social scientists as 'rigidity of the extreme.' Adding a pinch of salt to El Niño models ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:1b511793-b018-3128-a444-e3fbe19ecc09 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:42 -0500 When modeling the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) ocean-climate cycle, adding satellite sea surface salinity -- or saltiness -- data significantly improves model accuracy, according to a new study. First-ever photo proof of powerful jet emerging from colliding galaxies ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:2bce3d42-a7a3-da3c-7897-8d9a8ca99d0b Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:40 -0500 Researchers have reported the first detection of a relativistic on-axis jet emerging from two colliding galaxies -- the first photographic proof that merging galaxies can produce jets of fast-moving charged particles. Scientists had previously discovered that jets could be found in elliptical-shaped galaxies, which can be formed in the merging of two spiral galaxies. Now, they have an image showing the formation of a jet from two younger, spiral-shaped galaxies. Bubble dynamics reveal how to empty bottles faster ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:7fc17699-6c52-618c-9840-a8ae4937379c Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:38 -0500 Researchers have discovered how to make bottles empty faster, which has wide-ranging implications for many areas beyond the beverage industry. They explore this bottle-emptying phenomenon from the perspective of bubble dynamics on a commercial bottle by using high-speed photography. Image analysis allowed them to conceptualize various parameters, such as liquid film thickness, bubble aspect ratio, rise velocity and bottle emptying modes. Engineers and chemists 'program' liquid crystalline elastomers to replicate complex twisting action simply with the use of light ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:04d6fd28-2d15-30d0-f2ab-90af5a4d717f Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:37 -0500 Researchers designed a polymer known as a liquid crystal elastomer (LCE) that can be 'programmed' to both twist and bend in the presence of light. Especially in the field of soft robotics, this is essential for building devices that exhibit controllable, dynamic behavior without the need for complex electronic components. Babies retain even detailed events during a nap ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:1af2d1fd-b076-10e6-5794-44330816849f Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:35 -0500 While sleeping the brain goes through previously experienced things, consolidates new memory contents and summarizes similar experiences into more general knowledge. This also applies to babies. However, they can more than just generalize what they have learned. A recent study shows: during sleep a baby's brain also consolidates the details of its individual experience and protects them from generalization and is therefore also important for what is known as episodic memory. Disagreements help team perception ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:dd96e7c3-9ad3-7001-bcf5-61c54a4d438a Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:33 -0500 Team disagreements might be the key to helping soldiers identify objects in battle, researchers say. Cancer scientists aim to use protein power to stop tumor growth ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:6d6b34cf-24d7-d5f7-b5db-9c8c83be8df9 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:31 -0500 Scientists have created a new therapy option that may help halt tumor growth in certain cancers such as prostate, which is among the most common types of cancer in men. Common protein in skin can 'turn on' allergic itch ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:b733d7ba-9460-dc32-2e5f-9a97eef9a5b2 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:29 -0500 A commonly expressed protein in skin -- periostin -- can directly activate itch-associated neurons in the skin, according to new research. Blocking periostin receptors on these neurons reduced the itch response in a mouse model of atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Personalized microrobots swim through biological barriers, deliver drugs to cells ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:44d5f468-079e-1f41-0d42-d9d79a04c7d8 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:14:27 -0500 Biohybrid robots on the micrometer scale can swim through the body and deliver drugs to tumors or provide other cargo-carrying functions. To be successful, they must consist of materials that can pass through the body's immune response, swim quickly through viscous environments and penetrate tissue cells to deliver cargo. Researchers fabricated biohybrid bacterial microswimmers by combining a genetically engineered E. coli MG1655 substrain and nanoerythrosomes, small structures made from red blood cells. See the 'Super Pink Moon' online in live webcasts today urn:uuid:f5e6a510-0813-cdc4-ae7c-8f67b72611f2 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:05:10 -0500 A "Super Pink Moon" will rise into the evening sky today (April 7), and you can watch it online with webcasts from The Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh. How to see the 'Super Pink Moon' online in live webcasts today urn:uuid:428d3a49-848f-2a9b-3376-aaa38b0b310b Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:05:10 -0500 A "Super Pink Moon" will rise into the evening sky today (April 7), and you can watch it online with webcasts from The Virtual Telescope Project and Slooh. Event Horizon Telescope spots weird black-hole jet mystery inside quasar urn:uuid:e15beacd-de1b-73ea-47c6-46ad6e7f59b7 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 11:07:41 -0500 At the same time the Event Horizon Telescope was gathering data to create the first-ever image of a black hole, it was also observing an even stranger object. Watch live today! Slooh webcasts the 'Super Pink Moon' @ 7:30 pm ET urn:uuid:9de71774-fb91-1b7b-06cc-97fc14bec997 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 10:31:01 -0500 Astronomers with the Slooh online observatory will stream live views of the "Super Pink Moon" in a free webcast today (April 7) at 7:30 p.m. EDT (2330 GMT). Watch it live here! Lymphoma's different route revealed ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:4df78850-5093-cb9b-844d-b45e1aedbb15 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:34:55 -0500 Researchers observe the very early stages of blood vessel development in lymph node tumors. The findings suggest a potential treatment target to slow lymphoma tumor growth. Are gamma-ray bursts powered by a star's collapsing magnetic fields? ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:219ea0e4-e7b9-3b9c-b31f-04f3c916e5b1 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:34:50 -0500 In its final moments of life, a distant massive star releases an intense burst of high-energy gamma radiation - a Gamma Ray Burst (GRB) - the brightest sources of energy in the universe, detectable to humans through powerful telescopes. Scientists have long been divided over what powers these extraordinary explosions. Now research suggests a dying star's collapsing magnetic field may hold the answers. SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, the last of its kind, heads back to Earth from space station urn:uuid:8cf08340-3448-e09b-078d-9326e722162e Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:29:31 -0500 A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is headed back to Earth today (April 7) to wrap up a successful resupply mission to the International Space Station. It's the end of an era for SpaceX. SpaceX Dragon cargo ship, the last of its kind, returns to Earth from space station urn:uuid:92456cdd-a1b2-f747-c98a-8b87c337a355 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:29:31 -0500 A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship returned to Earth today (April 7) to wrap up a successful resupply mission to the International Space Station. It's the end of an era for SpaceX. Climate change triggers Great Barrier Reef bleaching ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:949946ac-6099-4a5c-df78-65a390ab8d0c Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:18:01 -0500 The Great Barrier Reef is suffering through its worst bleaching event. This is the third bleaching within the space of five years. New practices improve stroke care ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:326a602c-aedf-fedf-66a8-046a1ea10a05 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 09:17:58 -0500 A new method of evaluating and prioritizing treatment for patients with suspected acute stroke, which has been used by the Stockholm health authority since 2017, has led to faster health interventions and better patient care, shows a new study. Scientists develop new way to identify the sex of sea turtle hatchlings ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:20a97a64-6f1b-e4b8-2270-9bdf770c4e81 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 08:39:22 -0500 A new minimally invasive technique greatly enhances the ability to measure neonate turtle sex ratios. This is the first time that differences in sex-specific protein expression patterns have been identified in blood samples of hatchlings with temperature-dependent sex determination. The technique is a crucial step in assessing the impact of climate change on imperiled turtle species and will enable more accurate estimates of hatchling sex ratios at a population level and on a global scale. Watch live Today! SpaceX Dragon cargo ship to leave International Space Station urn:uuid:d05005af-c107-4681-6b06-318b2f0e7ae5 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:16:26 -0500 A SpaceX Dragon cargo ship will depart the International Space Station today, April 7, and you can watch it live on NASA TV. Here's how. On This Day in Space: April 7, 1983: 1st spacewalk from a NASA space shuttle urn:uuid:7c8df398-71a3-ac65-ccc1-23d1d18d5072 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 07:02:18 -0500 On April 7, 1983, astronauts took the first spacewalk outside of a space shuttle during mission STS-6. See how it happened in our On This Day in Space video series! No, the 'Super Pink Moon' isn't really pink … though we wish it was urn:uuid:73388389-b0cb-2286-1790-83ce82456eae Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:41:04 -0500 As much as I (an avid lover of all things pink) would love for the "Super Pink Moon," which comes out tonight (April 7) to actually be pink, it won't be. A spacecraft headed to Mercury will observe the moon this week during an Earth flyby urn:uuid:22244baa-3073-c629-2fc7-fc3e7808ee24 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:40:53 -0500 The moon will stun Earthling skywatchers this evening (April 7) with the biggest full moon of the year, but later this week humans will catch a very different view of our companion, in infrared light. New genetic tools expand capacity to investigate microbes ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:422e80b4-8ac3-e502-5b4e-567751b5441f Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:27:25 -0500 A team of international scientists has developed a suite of more than 200 new genetic techniques for using marine microbes to investigate a host of questions in biology. The new tools are an essential step forward in understanding the cellular instructions that underpin microbial life in the sea. Litter problem at England's protected coasts ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:f36fcc9c-0f63-e800-7030-f3e09b3494c7 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:27:22 -0500 Beaches in or near England's Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have the same levels of litter as those in unprotected areas, new research shows. Treatment relieves depression in 90% of participants in small study ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:b04729c4-9c21-5bb1-019e-c9f94484e3c5 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:27:16 -0500 A new form of magnetic brain stimulation rapidly relieved symptoms of severe depression in 90% of participants in a small study. Lipid gradient that keeps your eyes wet ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:d0bd1178-36b0-2a03-9698-7aa30364fc6a Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:27:14 -0500 New understandings of how lipids function within tears could lead to better drugs for treating dry eye disease. Engineered virus might be able to block coronavirus infections, mouse study shows ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:50d43cf2-dd2c-b136-1393-414e07a81788 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:27:12 -0500 No vaccines exist that protect people against infections by coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, or the ones that cause SARS and MERS. As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc, many labs around the world have developed a laser-like focus on understanding the virus and finding the best strategy for stopping it. Researchers now suggest that the approach they took for a MERS virus vaccine may also work against SARS-CoV-2. Stream pollution from mountaintop mining doesn't stay put in the water ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:91c05892-c2ab-eff1-8460-91e7652116e9 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 06:27:02 -0500 Since the 1980s, a mountaintop mine in West Virginia has been leaching selenium into nearby streams at levels deemed unsafe for aquatic life. Now, even though the mine is closed, a new study finds high concentrations of selenium in emerging stream insects and the spiders that eat them along the banks, an indication that the contaminant moves from water to land as it moves up the food chain. 'Super Pink Moon' rises tonight! Teach your kids about the biggest full moon of 2020 urn:uuid:a42d72f9-6db7-1df9-61de-55c39323eae1 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 05:00:00 -0500 Tonight (April 7), if you look up at the night sky, you'll see the "Super Pink Moon," the biggest supermoon of the year, shining big and bright. Trailblazing astronomer Margaret Burbidge, who helped reveal what happens inside stars, dies at 100 urn:uuid:9534a179-b6c9-e110-2c7c-f3f0fbd467a1 Tue, 07 Apr 2020 04:45:44 -0500 Margaret Burbidge, an astronomer who made vital contributions to our understanding of what happens inside stars and who worked on instruments that flew on the Hubble Space Telescope, has died at 100.