Science News Science News Respective post owners and feed distributors Tue, 22 Jan 2013 09:53:08 -0600 Feed Informer Isle of Man marks Apollo 13 50th with new 'One Giant Leap' stamps urn:uuid:15a2f51c-9b0f-431a-3d7b-d70d87367c04 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 17:30:35 -0600 A former NASA manager who was in mission control when Apollo 13 "had a problem" worked with a small postal service to celebrate the missions's 50th anniversary with new set of stamps. 12 trippy objects hidden in the zodiac urn:uuid:dd4c6c4e-f02d-c0e3-c5cc-2998e3df359c Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:55:03 -0600 Your daily horoscope: If it's your birthday today (or any other day), congratulations! You are very lucky. You were born into a universe of endless mystery and wonder — a vast and busy place where galaxies eat each other for fun and old suns explode into majestic rainbows of gas whenever they get too tired. (May we all hope for a similar end.) Picking up a pingpong paddle may benefit people with Parkinson's ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:bc067fe0-720c-989a-6ced-2162a9f79fbc Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:17:57 -0600 Pingpong may hold promise as a possible form of physical therapy for Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's who participated in a pingpong exercise program once a week for six months showed improvement in their Parkinson's symptoms, according to a preliminary study. Seeds in Tibet face impacts from climate change ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:c1cf6e9b-9eac-15d2-029f-558f21c2ed0f Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:17:55 -0600 A new study examines how warming and increased precipitation (rain and snow) harms the seeds in the ground of the Tibetan Plateau and elsewhere. Electrolyte supplements don't prevent illness in athletes ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:9a207bd9-510f-d8b1-ed93-f8c54bc4a83d Tue, 25 Feb 2020 16:17:49 -0600 Electrolyte supplements popular with endurance runners can't be relied on to keep essential sodium levels in balance, according to researchers. Space calendar 2020: Rocket launches, sky events, missions & more! urn:uuid:86c706e9-db7b-56af-f339-1ff29c6c8bd5 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:58:33 -0600 Here's a guide to all the rocket launches and astronomical events in 2020, as well as milestones for space missions, anniversaries and conferences. A faster, easier way to build diamond ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:8c1879c0-3cf3-5279-4528-cc9016504365 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:42:19 -0600 With the right amount of pressure and surprisingly little heat, a substance found in fossil fuels can transform into pure diamond. MicroRNA regulates process vital to placenta growth in early pregnancy ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:95fe2485-5cdf-ac37-89e7-5936decb28d5 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:42:15 -0600 Researchers have discovered how a very large human non-protein coding gene regulates epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) -- a process that contributes to placental implantation during early pregnancy, as well as cancer progression and spread. EMT plays a key role in proper placenta growth, critical to the health of the mother and her growing fetus. The USF Health team showed that robustly activating the chromosome 19 microRNA cluster using CRISPR technology inhibited EMT. Using social media to understand the vaccine debate in China ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:1f58fce6-808b-3ced-6d9f-354914413246 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:42:13 -0600 Vaccine acceptance is a crucial public health issue, which has been exacerbated by the use of social media to spread content expressing vaccine hesitancy. Studies have shown that social media can provide new information regarding the dynamics of vaccine communication online, potentially affecting real-world vaccine behaviors. Cosmic cookies! Astronaut weighs in on the future of baking in space urn:uuid:3609e38c-0373-b87a-168d-06b19868585f Tue, 25 Feb 2020 15:13:49 -0600 Recently, a batch of baked chocolate chip cookies returned from space, signifying a major step forward towards the future of how humans will eat and thrive in space. Instrument may enable mail-in testing to detect heavy metals in water ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:4db26fd7-73be-c465-017a-7516e6705491 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:43:46 -0600 Researchers have developed an approach called SEPSTAT, for solid-phase extraction, preservation, storage, transportation, and analysis of trace contaminants. The method is based on a small, user-friendly device the team developed, which absorbs trace contaminants in water and preserves them in a dry state so the samples can be easily dropped in the mail and shipped to a laboratory for further analysis. Small farmers sink or swim in globalization's tsunami ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:a03bad34-5eed-074f-0df1-3a1fa0d7234e Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:43:44 -0600 From a synthesis of 12 cases, researchers found when smallholder farmers are connected to faraway systems, the key is to empower them to higher agency and more livelihood opportunities. The do's and don'ts of monitoring many wildlife species at once ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:264594a9-bf27-143f-16a0-86a65145b5b9 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:43:41 -0600 A new analysis of 92 studies from 27 countries conducted by ecologists suggests that many recent multi-species studies of wildlife communities often incorrectly use the analytical tools and methods available. Technology such as trail cameras and drones have 'revolutionized wildlife monitoring studies' in recent years, says organismic and evolutionary biologists 'but if not properly used in well-designed research, they will compromise the reliability of the results obtained.' Weight-based bullying linked to increased adolescent alcohol, marijuana use ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:8af77767-2e84-af25-3f15-0e2143d3c739 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:43:38 -0600 Adolescents who are bullied about their weight or body shape may be more likely to use alcohol or marijuana than those who are not bullied, according to new research. Big data could yield big discoveries in archaeology ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:7b8dfea9-1ef4-b750-1ebc-63cb57c3ba9d Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:43:33 -0600 Centuries of archaeological research on the Inca Empire has netted a veritable library of knowledge. But new digital and data-driven projects are proving that there is much more to discover about pre-colonial life in the Andes. Cut derelict spaceships into spare parts in 'Hardspace: Shipbreaker' urn:uuid:abdf5c7f-1a91-441a-cace-aa9c559ae207 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 14:00:14 -0600 The developers of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak have announced a new game, coming to Early Access this summer. How sleep helps teens deal with social stress ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:96eb217b-86cc-d72b-1b4d-6ffc130e57f9 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:35:11 -0600 Study found that adequate sleep allowed students to cope with discrimination and challenges associated with ethnic or racial bias. It also helps them problem-solve more effectively and seek peer support when faced with hardships. Meet the 17-year-old who discovered an alien planet: A Q&A with high school student Wolf Cukier urn:uuid:d58e8b37-eb07-9c38-2f07-c73bf1dd67ad Tue, 25 Feb 2020 13:31:00 -0600 17-year-old high school student Wolf Cukier made a major discovery on the third day of his NASA internship, when he noticed the telltale signs of a distant planet orbiting two stars. Heatwave exposure linked to increased risk of preterm birth in California ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:97b0eb3f-79b2-9a7f-488b-7e73b85814aa Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:37:36 -0600 A new study found that exposure to heatwaves during the last week of pregnancy was strongly linked to an increased risk of preterm delivery -- the hotter the temperature or the longer the heatwave, the greater the risk. Insulin signaling suppressed by decoys ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:5219f983-57f1-7a7b-fa80-2964408cb782 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 12:37:33 -0600 The discovery of an insulin 'decoy' molecule shakes up understanding of insulin signaling, with implications for diabetes, longevity and aging research. Shrinking sea ice is creating an ecological trap for polar bears ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:389b6e73-2225-7cd1-badb-06f09bdf19cf Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:50:25 -0600 The decision of each individual bear to stay on the ice or to move to land appears to be linked to the energetic cost or benefit of either option, and the potential of having to swim to reach land. Adaptation: Competition and predation may not be the driving force scientists thought ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:250227bf-0351-7d5a-0f65-27ebfb87a766 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:29:59 -0600 Species adapt to their local climates, but how often they adapt to their local communities remains a mystery. To find answers, researchers examined over 125 studies testing local adaptation in over 100 species of plants and animals. From China to the South Pole: Joining forces to solve the neutrino mass puzzle ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:65bd93b7-0ce2-0b78-0353-86efbd3d2085 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:29:56 -0600 A new study indicates that the next generation of neutrino experiments may well find the answer to one of the most pressing issues in neutrino physics. The effects of obesity mirror those of aging ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:b6b475e2-0f1c-e86a-1f09-90ba4c5225e6 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 11:29:54 -0600 R esearchers argue that obesity should be considered premature aging. They look at how obesity predisposes people to acquiring the kinds of potentially life-altering or life-threatening diseases normally seen in older individuals: compromised genomes, weakened immune systems, decreased cognition, increased chances of developing type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other illnesses. Glacier algae creates dark zone at the margins of the Greenland Ice Sheet ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:24716acb-3aae-c0f7-8f2d-3f32afba2505 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:19 -0600 New research has revealed new insights into how the microscopic algae that thrives along the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet causes widespread darkening. Simple self-charging battery offers power solutions for devices ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:8c071a85-0b5c-8fd4-36bb-57a59e152a6b Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:17 -0600 A new type of battery combines negative capacitance and negative resistance within the same cell, allowing the cell to self-charge without losing energy, which has important implications for long-term storage and improved output power for batteries. Researchers report making their very simple battery with two different metals, as electrodes and a lithium or sodium glass electrolyte between them. Human Populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption 74,000 years ago ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:8f78288e-2024-2fe2-feb9-94997236b07f Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:16 -0600 Researchers present evidence that Middle Palaeolithic tool-users were present in India before and after the Toba super-eruption 74,000 years ago. The findings support arguments that Homo sapiens was present in South Asia prior to major waves of human expansion 60,000 years ago, and that populations endured climatic and environmental changes. Human populations survived the Toba volcanic super-eruption 74,000 years ago ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:479b2e94-6f9b-677c-7aa6-fdf7c2bcecb8 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:16 -0600 Researchers present evidence that Middle Palaeolithic tool-users were present in India before and after the Toba super-eruption 74,000 years ago. The findings support arguments that Homo sapiens was present in South Asia prior to major waves of human expansion 60,000 years ago, and that populations endured climatic and environmental changes. Lab-free infection test could eliminate guesswork for doctors ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:206515fc-e7b9-538e-46ca-6aa18c051301 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:14 -0600 A new infection test, made up of sheets of paper patterned by lasers, has been developed by researchers to allow diagnosis at the point of care -- helping doctors give patients the right treatment, faster. Ulcerative colitis linked to missing gut microbes ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:dd45e663-2da5-9c0e-ca97-27c715e794b2 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:12 -0600 About 1 million people in the United States have ulcerative colitis, a serious disease of the colon that has no cure and whose cause is obscure. Now, a study by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators has tied the condition to a missing microbe. Unique non-oxygen breathing animal discovered ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:92c04341-c80f-cc71-dc9a-8ff76d7c8c4a Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:08 -0600 Researchers have discovered a non-oxygen breathing animal. The unexpected finding changes one of science's assumptions about the animal world. Stimulating resonance with two very different forces ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:86cb92e9-131d-6c01-c17f-c44127b22484 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:44:06 -0600 In some specialized oscillators, two driving forces with significantly different frequencies can work together to make the whole system resonate. Genetic resistance to lethal virus found in key farmed fish species ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:70749253-89f5-d0e0-f086-e3fb01de1d0c Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:36:30 -0600 Resistance to a deadly disease that is affecting the second most farmed fish in the world has been found to be mainly due to differences in genes between families of the same fish. The breakthrough could help protect stocks of Tilapia fish, which is an important food source in Africa, Asia and South America and worth nearly $10 billion to the global economy. Desire for excitement fuels young offenders to commit crime, then skill takes over ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:8295c014-ec81-c638-178f-73ff3dffcbed Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:36:26 -0600 Young burglars are driven by a desire for excitement when they initially commit crime, new research has found. Lights, camera, action... the super-fast world of droplet dynamics ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:62538d4e-0240-2f86-467f-4d15f91b445e Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:36:25 -0600 Cameras shooting up to 25,000 frames a second have been used to capture the moment two droplets of liquid come together and mix -- and it is opening up research into new applications for 3D printing. Hot Wheels is rolling out 2 remote-controlled Cybertrucks (cracked widow and all) in 2020 urn:uuid:480d7cb1-659b-39b5-b585-ca6185bd041c Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:10:01 -0600 Tesla's futuristic Cybertruck is now a Hot Wheels toy. And it comes complete with a "cracked window sticker," so you can relive some of the vehicle's wildest moments. What can the coronavirus outbreak teach us about bringing Mars samples back to Earth? urn:uuid:411fac12-9d00-d2fe-11e6-c9cc05a6159a Tue, 25 Feb 2020 10:02:01 -0600 A new virus called SARS-CoV-2 is a coronavirus that has caused an outbreak of a disease called COVID-19. But what does that have to do with Mars? Synthesizing a superatom: Opening doors to their use as substitutes for elemental atoms ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:2951c212-bf5c-bbb2-1453-06ed17e4dbc3 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:50:09 -0600 Scientists have demonstrated how superatoms of a desired valency, stability, and volume can be synthesized in a solution medium by altering the number of atoms in a cluster structure. This is an important step in realizing the practical application of superatom clusters as substitutes for elements in chemical reactions. Cynicism and disrespect: A vicious cycle ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:b521268a-aecd-7ea1-9b3b-af99564df1c2 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:50:06 -0600 An international study with data from Europe and the USA has found that disrespectful treatment leads to cynical beliefs about human nature. These cynical beliefs, in turn, again lead to disrespectful treatment. 'Arms race' between bacteria and viruses ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:d1dc4845-e234-f278-97f6-8676181f1bfb Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:50:04 -0600 A new study helps improve our understanding of bacteria and viruses. Psychiatry: Five clearly defined patterns ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:4fef3a01-d346-76c3-f66c-455bc2496b37 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:50:02 -0600 Psychiatrists have used a computer-based approach to assign psychotic patients diagnosed as bipolar or schizophrenic to five different subgroups. The method could lead to better therapies for psychoses. New RNA mapping technique shows how RNA interacts with chromatin in the genome ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:437bf9d4-3cb6-e95c-db3c-37264378ecbf Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:50:00 -0600 A group led by scientists from the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) in Japan have developed a new method, RADICL-seq, which allows scientists to better understand how RNA interacts with the genome through chromatin--the structure in which the genome is organized. Discovery of bacterial ancestor yields new insight on calcium channels ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:33c3e7ba-24e6-78d2-cff0-e066644ab797 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:49:58 -0600 The discovery of a calcium channel that is likely a 'missing link' in the evolution of mammalian calcium channels has been reported today. New metabolic engineering strategy for effective sugar utilization by microbes improves bioproduction of polymer raw materials ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:3f747b98-1c6f-721b-b165-f9799925ff22 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:49:56 -0600 Using biomass and microbes to synthesize useful chemical compounds is an environmentally friendly alternative to petrochemical production, however it is difficult to produce sufficient amounts. A team has succeeded in improving the yield of the target chemical muconic acid by developing a new strategy to metabolically engineer the bacteria used in bioproduction, so that it would utilize different kinds of sugar absorbed from the biomass for separate aims. Mangrove forests provide cause for conservation optimism, for now ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:330c3476-efa5-7e7b-e57d-d54f44211236 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:49:54 -0600 An international team of researchers has found that globally, mangrove loss rates have reduced by almost an order of magnitude between the late 20th and early 21st century -- from what was previously estimated at one to three per cent per year, to about 0.3 to 0.6 per cent per year, thanks in large part to successful mangrove conservation efforts. When it comes to conservation, ditch the 'canary in the coal mine' ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:ae30c4f5-948d-957e-b258-b1206cb4c9d8 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:49:52 -0600 With habitat loss threatening the extinction of an ever-growing number of species around the world, many wildlife advocates and conservation professionals rely on the proverbial 'canary in the coal mine' -- monitoring and protecting a single representative species -- to maintain healthy wildlife biodiversity. But new research from UBC's Okanagan campus suggests that habitats are better served if conservation efforts focus on a collection of species rather than a single 'canary.' Exceptional catapulting jump mechanism in a tiny beetle could be applied in robotic limbs ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:22594d9d-5f92-45af-27dc-4f4979282daf Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:49:51 -0600 The fascinating and highly efficient jumping mechanism in flea beetles has been described. Despite having been known since 1929, the explosive jump has not been fully understood. Kerbal Space Program 2 trailer shows off nuclear propulsion, metallic hydrogen and torchships urn:uuid:325ebe80-c0d7-8089-1c65-545576518a1e Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:45:16 -0600 Kerbal Space Program 2 may have been delayed, but that hasn't slowed down development or the dreams of a billion tiny green things. New study associates intake of dairy milk with greater risk of breast cancer ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:84b685d2-3ca5-3d19-3b0f-67b60f0fa393 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:13:23 -0600 Intake of dairy milk is associated with a greater risk of breast cancer in women -- up to 80% depending on the amount consumed -- according to a new study. New sandboxing approach in web browser increases security ScienceDaily: Latest Science News urn:uuid:826a7cdd-3bce-4707-f758-f99798fd45c1 Tue, 25 Feb 2020 09:13:21 -0600 A powerful new approach to securing web browsers, using a tool called WebAssembly, is getting its first real-world application in the Firefox browser. Developed by a team of researchers, the approach shifts some of the browser code into 'secure sandboxes' that prevent malicious code from taking over the user's computer.