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05/19/2019

Scientists have finally worked out what screaming sounds like Can you tell the difference between a scream and a whistle? Most people consider rough, high-pitched noises a scream – and 70 per cent were tricked by a whistle...
09:52, 05/18/2019

Funding crisis threatens crucial UK ocean monitoring project The array of moorings monitoring a weakening in the Atlantic conveyor belt risk being left in the lurch when funding expires in 2020, leaving key questions about the climate unanswered...
09:52, 05/18/2019

Tiger shark with stomach, teeth removed found on South Carolina beach, gruesome photo shows A 9-foot juvenile tiger shark that had its stomach cut open and its teeth and jaw apparently removed was photographed on a South Carolina beach this week....
03:00, 05/18/2019

No, koalas are not 'functionally extinct', but they are in trouble A conservation group has claimed that koalas are "functionally extinct". That isn't true, but many populations are falling sharply due to habitat loss and global warming...
01:39, 05/18/2019

Manipulating atoms one at a time with an electron beam The ultimate degree of control for engineering would be the ability to create and manipulate materials at the most basic level, fabricating devices atom by atom with precise control. Now, scientists at MIT, the University of Vienna, and several ot...
23:26, 05/17/2019

Steering fusion’s “D-turn” Trying to duplicate the power of the sun for energy production on earth has challenged fusion researchers for decades. One path to endless carbon-free energy has focused on heating and confining plasma fuel in tokamaks, which use magnetic fields to k...
23:26, 05/17/2019

Britain's Guardian newspaper tells staff to avoid saying 'climate change,' use 'climate emergency, crisis or breakdown' instead Britain's Guardian newspaper is officially changing its language concerning climate change, opting to call it instead “climate emergency, crisis or breakdown.”...
20:39, 05/17/2019

Solution for remotely monitoring oil wells wins MIT $100K The winner of Wednesday’s MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition was a startup helping oil well owners remotely monitor and control the pumping of their wells, increasing production while reducing equipment failures that can lead to methane emissions...
17:13, 05/17/2019

Facebook’s A.I. Whiz Now Faces the Task of Cleaning It Up. Sometimes That Brings Him to Tears. Facebook has heralded artificial intelligence as a solution to its toxic content problems. Mike Schroepfer, its chief technology officer, says it won’t solve everything....
15:52, 05/17/2019

Public opinion study in Europe shows drop in anti-immigration sentiment, among other changes Contrary to appearances at times, Europeans have become more receptive to immigration in recent decades. That’s one of multiple new findings from an innovative study on European public opinon co-authored by an MIT political scientist. The study ag...
06:26, 05/17/2019

SpaceX postpones Starlink satellite launch again, for 'about a week' A SpaceX launch already scrubbed once due to inclement weather was postponed again nearly 24 hours later on Thursday, this time for "about a week," in order to update satellite software and "triple-check everything," Elon Musk's rocket company said....
06:00, 05/17/2019

Bedbugs roamed Earth alongside dinosaurs 100 million years ago Bedbugs have been around since the time of the dinosaurs, according to new research, though the parasites didn’t likely pester the prehistoric reptiles....
05:39, 05/17/2019

2,000-year-old remains of nomadic 'royal' unearthed by Russian farmer includes 'laughing man,' haul of jewels and weapons A farmer digging on his land in Russia discovered something unexpected: a 2,000-year-old burial mound containing the remains and artifacts of a nomadic royal -- including a strange "laughing" man skull. ...
21:00, 05/16/2019

How we make complex decisions When making a complex decision, we often break the problem down into a series of smaller decisions. For example, when deciding how to treat a patient, a doctor may go through a hierarchy of steps — choosing a diagnostic test, interpreting the results...
20:39, 05/16/2019

Genus shares surge on deal to market gene-edited pigs in China British livestock genetics firm Genus agreed on Thursday to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to Beijing Capital Agribusiness Co Ltd, which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in the world's biggest pork market....
15:39, 05/16/2019

Britain's Genus signs deal to bring gene-edited pigs to China British livestock genetics firm Genus agreed on Thursday to license its know-how on virus-resistant pigs to state-owned Beijing Capital Agribusiness Co Ltd (BCA), which will seek regulatory approval for the pigs in the world's top pork market....
13:13, 05/16/2019

SpaceX postpones satellite launch in Florida due to high winds Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed its planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first cluster of satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site....
08:00, 05/16/2019

High winds force SpaceX to postpone first launch of Starlink satellites Billionaire Elon Musk's SpaceX postponed a planned Wednesday night blastoff of a Falcon 9 rocket carrying the first 60 satellites for his new Starlink internet service, citing excessive winds over the Florida launch site....
08:00, 05/16/2019

New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency Unlike water, liquid refrigerants and other fluids that have a low surface tension tend to spread quickly into a sheet when they come into contact with a surface. But for many industrial processes it would be better if the fluids formed droplets, whi...
01:00, 05/16/2019

SpaceX to launch first satellites for Musk's Starlink internet service Elon Musk's SpaceX was due to launch 60 small satellites into low-Earth orbit on Wednesday, part of his rocket company's plan to sell Internet service beamed from space to fund his grander interplanetary ambitions....
01:00, 05/16/2019

Massive 800-pound alligator named ‘Mighty Mike’ arrives at Arizona aquarium An 800-pound alligator named “Mighty Mike” has been brought to an Arizona aquarium, making him what some believe is the largest gator outside Florida....
00:00, 05/16/2019

We need to rediscover the wonder of space exploration to save Earth Going into space invites us to consider our position as the dominant species on a fragile planet, and how hard we must fight for it, says Richard Webb...
22:52, 05/15/2019

China's rover peeks under the crust of the far side of the moon China's Yutu 2 rover on the far side of the moon has found material from deep under the satellite's crust, which we have never been able to study before...
22:52, 05/15/2019

Brazil seeks China's OK for genetically modified sugarcane Brazil's agriculture minister will ask Chinese officials on Thursday to greenlight exports to the Asian nation of sugar made from genetically modified (GM) sugarcane, which is expected to be widely used in Brazil in coming years....
22:39, 05/15/2019

Huge 3-legged alligator hobbles across Florida golf course, appears at woman’s home It may not be uncommon to see an alligator in the Sunshine State, but one Florida woman had an unusual experience when she saw a three-legged gator hobbling toward her....
21:52, 05/15/2019

WWII D-Day memorabilia up for auction An iconic piece of World War II history, the bell from a craft that landed on the beaches of Omaha on D-Day, is set to go up for auction later this week....
18:52, 05/15/2019

Ancient Romans used molten iron to repair streets before Vesuvius erupted Ancient workers used molten iron to repair Pompeii's streets before the historic and devastating eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, a team of archaeologists has discovered....
18:52, 05/15/2019

Humans crawled through a cave 14,000 years ago. We can still see their perfectly preserved footprints. About 14,000 years ago, a party of five barefoot people — two adults, one preteen and two children — walked and even crawled through a dark passageway in a cave, according to a new study that analyzed the hand- and footprints these individuals left b...
18:52, 05/15/2019

30 hammerhead sharks died in captivity in France; some ate each other, conservation group claims An aquarium in France is facing legal action over the deaths of 30 scalloped hammerhead sharks, which a marine wildlife conservation group claims were mistreated over an eight-year period in captivity....
18:52, 05/15/2019

$2.5 trillion breathing problem? Ocean plastic endangers bacteria that create oxygen necessary for life It's already been cast as an economic villain, to the tune of $2.5 trillion, disrupting "almost all marine ecosystem services" and suffocating every industry it touches. Now, plastic pollution in oceans could actually be suffocating the planet – by h...
16:26, 05/15/2019

Giant hole in the Martian atmosphere is venting all its water into space There's a hole in the Martian atmosphere that opens once every two years, venting the planet's limited water supply into space — and dumping the rest of the water at the planet's poles....
16:26, 05/15/2019

NASA names new Moon landing program Artemis after Apollo's sister Half a century after NASA sent men to the moon under project " Apollo ," the space agency is now working to land men — and women — on the lunar surface as part of its "Artemis" program....
15:52, 05/15/2019

Crescent Moon looks absolutely gorgeous from space in this astronaut photo An astronaut's vantage point offers a stunning view of not just Earth , but also our nearest neighbor, as proved by this newly published photograph of the moon....
15:52, 05/15/2019

These ancient galaxies are far brighter than expected. Does that signal a cosmic turning point? By staring at the sky for over 200 hours, the Spitzer Space Telescope collected light that finally reached Earth after a 13-billion-year voyage through space....
15:52, 05/15/2019

Breaking record for deepest dive, explorer says Pacific's Mariana Trench 'incredibly peaceful place' Victor Vescovo took the journey to what is believed to be the deepest point mankind has visited in any ocean -- finding shocking things from new species to human trash -- and told Fox News on Tuesday that the discovery of plastic in such far reaches ...
09:13, 05/15/2019

Despite Measles Warnings, Anti-Vaccine Movement May Be Growing A “vaccine symposium” in Rockland County was denounced by health authorities and some ultra-Orthodox rabbis, who said the speakers were spreading dangerous propaganda....
05:00, 05/15/2019

Free-floating DNA to reveal the health of river and lake ecosystems The mix of DNA floating in rivers and lakes will finally be used to monitor the state of aquatic ecosystems, after years of tests to prove the technique works...
22:26, 05/14/2019

2,600-year-old military castle uncovered in Egypt An Egyptian archaeological mission has unearthed the ancient remnants of a 2,600-year-old military castle, meaning it dates back nearly three millennia...
19:13, 05/14/2019

Archaeologists discovered a hidden chamber in Roman emperor Nero's underground palace Archaeologists have discovered a hidden vault in the ruins of Roman Emperor Nero's sprawling palace, hidden under the hills near Rome's ancient Colosseum....
19:13, 05/14/2019

NASA seeks funds for return to Moon NASA unveiled plans to accelerate human exploration of the moon, including a requested $1.6 billion budget increase for 2020, larger spending boosts proposed for later years and enhanced commercial opportunities for rocket and spacecraft suppliers....
16:52, 05/14/2019

Stunning images reveal whale narrowly missing boat during breach Incredible images show a humpback whale breaching from the Pacific Ocean and narrowly missing a fishing boat Monterey Bay, Calif., before returning to the sea....
16:52, 05/14/2019

Carbon Dioxide Concentration in the Earth’s Atmosphere Has Hit Levels Unseen for 3 Million Years The concentration of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere has reached levels not seen for 3 million years, scientists at Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii said Monday – offering a dire warning about the impact of human activity on the p...
16:13, 05/14/2019

You should update WhatsApp to avoid a surveillance vulnerability WhatsApp has rushed to roll out a security fix for a surveillance vulnerability. The firm says people should upgrade to the latest version of the app...
14:13, 05/14/2019

Historic deep dive into Pacific's Mariana Trench yields 'obvious human contamination' On the deepest dive ever executed into the Mariana Trench, an American investor-turned-explorer discovered what appeared to be plastic litter nearly seven miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean....
11:13, 05/14/2019

Mysterious 'Sub-Neptunes' are probably water worlds Water worlds that each possess thousands of times more water than Earth does may be more common than Earth-like rocky planets in the Milky Way galaxy , a new study finds....
11:13, 05/14/2019

How a declining environment affects populations Stable ecosystems occasionally experience events that cause widespread death — for example, bacteria in the human gut may be wiped out by antibiotics, or ocean life may be depleted by overfishing. A new study from MIT physicists reveals how these eve...
09:13, 05/14/2019

Generating high-quality single photons for quantum computing MIT researchers have designed a way to generate, at room temperature, more single photons for carrying quantum information. The design, they say, holds promise for the development of practical quantum computers. Quantum emitters generate photons t...
09:13, 05/14/2019

The Moon Is Shrinking, and It’s Causing Powerful ‘Moonquakes’ The moon is getting smaller, which causes wrinkles in its surface and moonquakes, according to a new study. As the moon’s interior cools, it shrinks, which causes its hard surface to crack and form fault lines, according to research sponsored b...
08:13, 05/14/2019

An Explorer Just Made the Deepest Ever Manned Sea Dive — and He Found a Plastic Bag An American explorer who set a new record for the deepest ever manned sea dive says he saw a plastic bag and candy wrappers at the bottom of the ocean. Victor Vescovo, 53, visited Challenger Deep, which is the deepest known point in the ocean in the ...
05:52, 05/14/2019

Greening the chemical industry requires massive amount of renewables To go green, the chemicals industry could use carbon dioxide from the air instead of fossil fuels, but this would require vast amounts of renewable energy...
05:39, 05/14/2019

Trump seeks extra $1.6 billion in NASA spending under goal of returning to moon The Trump administration asked Congress on Monday to increase NASA spending next year by an extra $1.6 billion to accommodate the accelerated goal of returning Americans to the surface of the moon by 2024....
03:13, 05/14/2019

Quakes show that moon, gradually shrinking, is tectonically active The moon may be dynamic and tectonically active like Earth - not the inert world some scientists had believed it to be - based on a new analysis disclosed on Monday of quakes measured by seismometers in operation on the moon from 1969 and 1977....
03:13, 05/14/2019

Essay: Why Apollo 10 Stopped Just 47,000 Feet From the Moon In a year when we’ll celebrate Apollo 11’s 50th anniversary, it’s worth remembering the pathfinders who completed the same mission with one critical order: don’t actually land on the moon....
01:00, 05/14/2019

Caught between criminals and cops To a resume rich in policy and security studies, work experience, and publications, Andrew Miller may now add the unlikely skill of video production. While investigating the impact of gang violence on Lagos, Nigeria, the sixth-year political science ...
23:39, 05/13/2019

Measuring chromosome imbalance could clarify cancer prognosis Most human cells have 23 pairs of chromosomes. Any deviation from this number can be fatal for cells, and several genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome, are caused by abnormal numbers of chromosomes. For decades, biologists have also known that...
23:39, 05/13/2019

Blue Moon: Here's how Blue Origin's new lunar lander works WASHINGTON — Yesterday, Blue Origin's billionaire founder, Jeff Bezos , revealed the company's plans to land a spacecraft named "Blue Moon" on the lunar surface....
19:13, 05/13/2019

Ancient neutron-star crash made enough gold and uranium to fill Earth's oceans Enough gold, uranium and other heavy elements about equal in mass to all of Earth's oceans likely came to the solar system from the collision of two neutron stars billions of years ago, a new study finds....
19:13, 05/13/2019

Climate change is an emergency we can solve The UK parliament has declared a “climate emergency”. Urgent action is absolutely necessary, but it needs to be carried out with calm hope, not panicked despair...
18:13, 05/13/2019

'Bomb carbon' from Cold War nuclear tests found in deep ocean trenches A new study has found that the nuclear tests performed during the Cold War during the 1950s and 1960s have left a very disturbing legacy on our planet — they have infiltrated the bodies of crustaceans in deep ocean trenches....
16:39, 05/13/2019

Titan’s seas may be coated in organic goop that stops waves forming Saturn’s moon Titan has liquid methane seas that are remarkably calm, which may be because a layer of organic “snow” fallen from the atmosphere kills any waves...
10:13, 05/13/2019

Dr. Arthur Zitrin, Bioethicist and Death Penalty Foe, Dies at 101 An authority on bioethics at New York University for decades, Dr. Zitrin sought to discipline physicians who assisted in executions by lethal injection....
04:26, 05/13/2019

Gorillas make hilarious attempts to avoid rainfall at South Carolina zoo in viral video Gorillas may share only 98 percent of their DNA with humans, but they didn’t let that stop them from behaving like their distant cousins when it comes to staying out of the rain....
22:26, 05/12/2019

Artificial sponges could pull uranium from seawater for nuclear power Seawater is full of far more uranium than we can mine from the ground, and specialised sponges could let us harvest it to use in nuclear power plants...
13:00, 05/11/2019

French officials say centuries-old inscription on rock is a 'mystery,' offer reward to decipher it Calling all history buffs: A French village is offering a reward to anyone who can decipher an unusual inscription on a centuries-old rock located on a nearby beach....
03:52, 05/11/2019

MIT, Blue Origin to cooperate on sending research experiment to the moon MIT and Blue Origin have signed a memorandum outlining plans to pursue mutual interests in space exploration. MIT will develop one or more payload experiments to be launched aboard Blue Origin’s Blue Moon, a flexible lander delivering a wide variety ...
01:00, 05/11/2019

Jeff Bezos Is Promising the Moon — But There Are Plenty of Reasons to Doubt Him You may not have given a lot of thought to your plans for 2024, but more and more people in the space business have. For reasons not entirely clear, 2024 has become the big year for big promises. The trend started in 2017 with SpaceX founder Elon Mus...
22:13, 05/10/2019

Building a community for statistics and data science at MIT and beyond As a focal point for statistics at MIT, the Statistics and Data Science Center (SDSC) reflects the unique nature of statistics at MIT: steeped in cutting-edge computation, with both theoretical explorations and novel applications across departments a...
20:52, 05/10/2019

Elon Musk goes after Bezos’ Moon lander with lewd joke As the race for space dominance among private companies heats up, SpaceX's Elon Musk has taken a pot shot at Jeff Bezos' newly announced Moon lander with a crude joke....
20:13, 05/10/2019

Grave of ancient Christian 'prince' reveals its treasures, is UK’s 'King Tut’s tomb' Archaeologists in the U.K. have revealed new details of the earliest Christian royal burial ever found in Britain, which they compared to the famous King King Tutankhamun's tomb...
20:13, 05/10/2019

Times Insider: To Tell the Story of Biodiversity Loss, Make It About Humans The authors of a sweeping United Nations report on species in danger of extinction faced the same question I often do in reporting: Why should anyone care about the loss of nature?...
18:26, 05/10/2019

In crisis-hit Argentina, cancer researcher turns to game show for funds Amid a swirling economic crisis and protests over budget cuts for research in Argentina, one scientist has found a novel way to fundraise: winning money on a television game show....
17:52, 05/10/2019

Google Celebrates Lucy Wills, Who Found a Simple Solution to Improve the Health of Pregnant Women Everywhere The pioneering English hematologist Lucy Wills, whose research into women’s health during pregnancy changed the lives of millions around the globe, was celebrated in Friday’s Google Doodle. Wills conducted research into prenatal macrocyti...
15:26, 05/10/2019

Ambient plant illumination could light the way for greener buildings Buildings of the future may be lit by collections of glowing plants and designed around an infrastructure of sunlight harvesting, water transport, and soil collecting and composting systems. That’s the vision behind an interdisciplinary collaboration...
10:00, 05/10/2019

How to tell whether machine-learning systems are robust enough for the real world MIT researchers have devised a method for assessing how robust machine-learning models known as neural networks are for various tasks, by detecting when the models make mistakes they shouldn’t. Convolutional neural networks (CNNs) are designed to ...
10:00, 05/10/2019

Incredible pictures show lion undergoing cancer treatment at South African hospital A lion in South Africa has become something of an internet sensation after the animal was photographed receiving treatment for cancer at a hospital in the city of Tshwane....
02:26, 05/10/2019

Unique genetic adaptation lets deep-sea fish see color in the darkness While people and other vertebrates are color blind in dim light, some deep-sea fish may possess keen color vision to thrive in the near total darkness of their extreme environment thanks to a unique genetic adaptation, scientists said on Thursday....
02:13, 05/10/2019

Billionaire Bezos unveils moon lander mockup, embraces Trump's lunar timetable Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander being built by his Blue Origin rocket company and touted his moon goals in a strategy aimed at capitalizing on the Trump administration's renewed push to establish a ...
02:13, 05/10/2019

‘It’s Time to Go Back to the Moon.’ Jeff Bezos Unveils Blue Origin’s Lunar Mission (WASHINGTON) — Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos says he’s going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there. Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic...
00:39, 05/10/2019

Billionaire Bezos discloses plans for moon presence, unveils lander mockup Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, founder of rocket company Blue Origin, unveiled on Thursday a mockup of a lunar lander spacecraft and discussed missions to the moon in a strategy tailored to the U.S. government's renewed push to establish a luna...
23:13, 05/09/2019

A Smackdown in the Kennedy Clan Summons Up the History of Presidents and Vaccines Family quarrels are usually private things—unless of course, the family is famous. A public spat among boldface names broke out on May 8, when three members of the Kennedy clan published a piece on Politico declaring that Robert F. Kennedy, Jr....
23:00, 05/09/2019

It may become impossible to tell if Iran starts making a nuclear bomb US hostility to arms control treaties has put Iran back on a path to building nuclear weapons, and inspectors could be left blind if the deal collapses...
22:39, 05/09/2019

A quarter of people who meditate experience negative mental states More than a quarter of people who regularly meditate say they have experienced negative mental states, including anxiety, fear and disturbed emotions...
22:39, 05/09/2019

Billionaire Jeff Bezos to unveil plans for moon presence, sources say Billionaire entrepreneur Jeff Bezos will unveil plans on Thursday for missions to the moon tailored to the U.S. government's renewed push to establish a lunar outpost in just five years, people familiar with the matter said....
18:52, 05/09/2019

Painting a fuller picture of how antibiotics kill Most antibiotics work by interfering with critical functions such as DNA replication or construction of the bacterial cell wall. However, these mechanisms represent only part of the full picture of how antibiotics act. In a new study of antibiotic...
17:39, 05/09/2019

Bizarre deep-sea tubeworms discovered off North Carolina: Popped out 'like a jack in the box' A bizarre deep-sea tubeworm has been discovered off the coast of North Carolina, the first time the creature has ever been found this far north in the Atlantic Ocean....
17:26, 05/09/2019

Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant Is Shutting Down The Pennsylvania facility, site of a disaster in 1979, has been struggling financially. It will close by the end of September, according to the company that owns it....
07:52, 05/09/2019

5,000-year-old mass grave suggests importance of family in ancient cultures, research finds A 5,000-year-old grave found in Poland was discovered to be filled with extended family members and appear to have been buried by someone who knew them, according to new research....
04:00, 05/09/2019

Bat-winged dinosaur was intriguing detour in evolution of flight A fossil unearthed in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution of flight and the advent of birds, scientists said on Wednesda...
01:00, 05/09/2019

Chernobyl's Red Forest mapped by drones as scientists discover radioactive hotspots Chernobyl’s ghostly Red Forest, one of the most radioactive sites on the planet, has been mapped by specially-equipped drones to measure the extent of its contamination....
22:00, 05/08/2019

Humans have interfered with most of the world's greatest rivers Long free-flowing rivers are incredibly biodiverse, but they have become increasingly rare and confined to remote regions in the Arctic, Amazon and the Congo basin...
21:13, 05/08/2019

Uber and Lyft increased traffic delays in San Francisco by 40 percent Uber and Lyft say they help cut down on vehicle congestion, but a new analysis of San Francisco traffic found they did the opposite over a six year period...
21:13, 05/08/2019

Scientists think they've found the ancient neutron star crash that showered our solar system in gold Two astronomers think they've pinpointed the ancient stellar collision that gave our solar system its cache of precious gold and platinum — some of it, anyway....
18:00, 05/08/2019

Monster Mars dust storms may have helped blow Red Planet's water away Huge Mars dust storms like the one that killed NASA's Opportunity rover may have helped to blow some of the Red Planet's ancient water away for good, researchers say....
18:00, 05/08/2019

$2.5 trillion 'Holy Grail' found? Breakthrough discovery could lead to 100 percent recyclable plastics, scientists say Plastic pollution in the world's oceans may have a $2.5 trillion impact, negatively impacting  "almost all marine ecosystem services," including areas such as fisheries, recreation and heritage. But a breakthrough from scientists at Berkeley Lab coul...
18:00, 05/08/2019

2,000-year-old cosmic fossil found from star explosion Chinese astronomers saw millenia ago Astronomers found a 2,000-year-old cosmic fossil embedded in a field of stars — likely the leftovers of an explosion that Chinese astronomers saw and wrote about long ago....
18:00, 05/08/2019

Scientists dunked test tubes in hot springs to recreate life’s origins Nearly 4 billion years after life arose on Earth, researchers have been trying to recreate the first steps towards life in hot, bubbling pools in New Zealand...
13:52, 05/08/2019

Wireless movement-tracking system could collect health and behavioral data We live in a world of wireless signals flowing around us and bouncing off our bodies. MIT researchers are now leveraging those signal reflections to provide scientists and caregivers with valuable insights into people’s behavior and health. The sy...
06:26, 05/08/2019

Explosions of universe’s first stars spewed powerful jets Several hundred million years after the Big Bang, the very first stars flared into the universe as massively bright accumulations of hydrogen and helium gas. Within the cores of these first stars, extreme, thermonuclear reactions forged the first hea...
06:26, 05/08/2019

The (evolving) art of war In 1969, the Soviet Union moved troops and military equipment to its border with China, escalating tensions between the communist Cold War powers. In response, China created a new military strategy of “active defense” to repel an invading force near ...
06:26, 05/08/2019

The U.S. Wanted to Hide Nukes in Arctic Ice Tunnels. The Plan Blew Up in Their Faces As far as these things go, Camp Century was a pretty good cover. It was nominally designed as an underground military research station, located about 150 miles east of the American air base at Thule, Greenland. The stated purpose of Camp Century was ...
00:26, 05/08/2019

Why visual stimulation may work against Alzheimer’s Several years ago, MIT neuroscientists showed that they could dramatically reduce the amyloid plaques seen in mice with Alzheimer’s disease simply by exposing the animals to light flickering at a specific frequency. In a new study, the researchers...
20:00, 05/07/2019

Tissue chip headed to International Space Station for osteoarthritis study On May 4, a National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)-supported tissue-chip system with direct clinical applications to health conditions here on Earth was launched on the SpaceX CRS 17/Falcon 9 rocket. Hundreds of millions of peo...
20:00, 05/07/2019

Australia’s Politics May Be Changing With Its Climate Australia feels the brunt of climate change. Now, as elections approach, its politicians are trying to figure out how to manage the anxiety of voters....
18:00, 05/07/2019

Alphabet's GV leads funding in gene editing company Verve Therapeutics GV, Alphabet Inc's venture capital arm, led a $58.5 million investment to launch Verve Therapeutics, a new biotech focused on developing therapies that edit the human genome to treat heart diseases....
13:00, 05/07/2019

Ocean activity is key controller of summer monsoons Each summer, a climatic shift brings persistent wind and rain to much of Southeast Asia, in the form of a seasonal monsoon. The general cause of the monsoon is understood to be an increasing temperature difference between the warming land and the com...
07:00, 05/07/2019

The U.N. Reports That 1 Million Species Could Go Extinct. It Shows How Hard It Will Be to Heal the Planet There’s an awful lot of awful in the just-released summary of a new U.N. report on biodiversity and ecosystem. There’s the tenfold increase in plastic pollution since 1980, for example. There’s the 400 million tons of heavy metals, ...
06:13, 05/07/2019

United States Rattles Arctic Talks With a Sharp Warning to China and Russia Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking in Finland at a meeting of the Arctic Council, warned both countries against “aggressive” actions in the region....
23:13, 05/06/2019

India Hunts Man-Eating Tiger Blamed for 13 Deaths In a way, India’s effort to protect tigers has become a victim of its own success. Their numbers are growing, and they’re coming into contact with people more often....
22:26, 05/06/2019

SpaceX Dragon Safely Reaches ISS After Weekend Launch (CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — A SpaceX shipment arrived at the International Space Station on Monday with a “cosmic catch” by a pair of Canadians. The Dragon capsule delivered 5,500 pounds (2,500 kilograms) of equipment and experiments. ...
22:13, 05/06/2019

Hurricane Michael unearths evidence of fort occupied by hundreds of freed slaves Tangled up in the root balls of enormous trees toppled by Hurricane Michael , which ripped through Florida last October, was an archaeological treasure: ammunition and artifacts from Fort Gadsden, a site occupied by one of the largest communities of ...
22:00, 05/06/2019

Leonardo da Vinci's 'claw hand' injury may solve Mona Lisa 'mystery' New research suggests that Leonardo da Vinci suffered severe nerve damage to his right hand after fainting and falling. The injury may have impacted the famous artist’s painting skills in his late career, experts say....
22:00, 05/06/2019

Traces of five drugs found on 1000-year-old South American ritual kit Cocaine and components of ayahuasca were detected on an ancient pouch found in Bolivia, providing evidence of hallucinogen use in pre-Columbian times...
21:26, 05/06/2019

Astronauts may have vision problems because of liquid in their brains In microgravity, astronauts’ brains fill with fluid and it doesn’t drain for months after they return to Earth, which may be why their vision worsens...
21:26, 05/06/2019

A new approach to targeting tumors and tracking their spread The spread of malignant cells from an original tumor to other parts of the body, known as metastasis, is the main cause of cancer deaths worldwide. Early detection of tumors and metastases could significantly improve cancer survival rates. However...
21:26, 05/06/2019

Merging cell datasets, panorama style A new algorithm developed by MIT researchers takes cues from panoramic photography to merge massive, diverse cell datasets into a single source that can be used for medical and biological studies. Single-cell datasets profile the gene expressions ...
18:26, 05/06/2019

North Atlantic Ocean productivity has dropped 10 percent during Industrial era Virtually all marine life depends on the productivity of phytoplankton — microscopic organisms that work tirelessly at the ocean’s surface to absorb the carbon dioxide that gets dissolved into the upper ocean from the atmosphere. Through photosynt...
18:26, 05/06/2019

Dead 37-foot humpback whale washes up on New York beach in state’s first stranding of year: officials A 37-foot long humpback whale washed up dead on a Westhampton beach in New York over the weekend, marking the state’s first large whale stranding of the year, officials said....
18:13, 05/06/2019

Loss of the UK’s ash trees due to fungal disease may cost £15 billion Ash dieback, a fungal disease in the UK’s ash trees, could cost the country nearly £15 billion in clean-up and lost ecosystem benefits like carbon sequestration...
18:00, 05/06/2019

Kids can make sceptical parents change their minds on climate change A special curriculum for kids helped them persuade their parents to see climate change as a threat, and it had the most effect on conservative parents...
18:00, 05/06/2019

Destruction of nature is as big a threat to humanity as climate change A million species are threatened by human activity, but it's not too late to save what's left of our planet's biodiversity, says a major new UN report...
14:26, 05/06/2019

Navy plans to document UFO sightings, but keep them confidential Extraterrestrials, take note: The U.S. Navy plans to set up an official reporting and investigative system that will monitor reports from its pilots about unidentified flying objects....
12:39, 05/06/2019

'Transformative changes' are needed to save nature and ourselves, major climate report claims A range of "transformative changes" -- like a revamped food production system and reworked financial sector -- are needed to save nature and humanity, according to the first United Nations assessment on the state of nature in 15 years. ...
00:00, 05/06/2019

Reindeer are eating seaweed to survive climate change, scientists say As the planet warms due to climate change, the Arctic winters are seeing longer open water spells and less sea ice. It also now rains more often than snow during this period, something that is directly affecting wildlife like the Svalbard reindeer....
17:13, 05/04/2019

We’ve spotted a strange asteroid that’s spinning itself to pieces There’s a new type of asteroid that has a tail like a comet because it’s spinning so fast it’s constantly falling apart and leaving a trail of debris behind it...
10:13, 05/04/2019

Six suborbital research payloads from MIT fly to space and back Blast off! MIT made its latest foray into research in space on May 2 via six payloads from the Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, tucked into Blue Origin’s New Shepard reusable space vehicle that took off from a launchpad in West Texas. It wa...
01:00, 05/04/2019

One of the Most Visible Meteor Showers of 2019 Is Happening This Weekend. Here Is How to Watch It The peak of the Eta Aquariid meteor shower will coincide with a new moon this weekend, meaning the conditions will be ideal to view the annual flurry of burning space debris. Here is what you need to know to catch a glimpse. What is a meteor shower? ...
23:13, 05/03/2019

Rare Einstein audio recording of the famed physicist talking about the A-bomb surfaces An incredibly rare audio recording of arguably the world's most famous theoretical physicist, Albert Einstein, is set to go up for auction tomorrow, May 4. Perhaps even more startling are the topics on the recording – Einstein's love of music, the di...
17:26, 05/03/2019

Space capsule engulfed by flames SpaceX finally confirmed Thursday its crew capsule was destroyed in ground testing two weeks ago and conceded that the accident is “not great news” for the company’s effort to launch astronauts this year....
17:26, 05/03/2019

Antarctic meteorite holds a tiny speck of stardust that's older than the solar system A tiny speck of stardust , hidden within a meteorite from Antarctica, is likely older than our sun — and was catapulted into our celestial neighborhood by an ancient star explosion that predates the formation of our solar system....
11:52, 05/03/2019

Study demonstrates seagrass’ strong potential for curbing erosion Most people’s experience with seagrass, if any, amounts to little more than a tickle on their ankles while wading in shallow coastal waters. But it turns out these ubiquitous plants, varieties of which exist around the world, could play a key role in...
08:52, 05/03/2019

SpaceX confirms crew capsule destroyed in April test accident Nearly two weeks after a fiery explosion during a ground test of its new crew capsule, SpaceX confirmed on Friday that the vehicle was destroyed, but neither the company nor NASA, its primary customer, have publicly acknowledged the nature of the mis...
03:52, 05/03/2019

Buzz Aldrin calls for human 'migration' to Mars: ‘We explore, or we expire’ Buzz Aldrin argued that the U.S. should be working towards “the great migration of humankind to Mars,” as a matter of the “ultimate survival” of humanity, in an op-ed for The Washington Post....
03:26, 05/03/2019

Putting vision models to the test MIT neuroscientists have performed the most rigorous testing yet of computational models that mimic the brain’s visual cortex. Using their current best model of the brain’s visual neural network, the researchers designed a new way to precisely con...
02:52, 05/03/2019

Top Executives of Insys, an Opioid Company, Are Found Guilty of Racketeering The defendants were accused of conspiring to bribe doctors to prescribe a fentanyl-based painkiller and misleading insurers about patients’ need for the drug....
02:13, 05/03/2019

McKesson, Drug Distribution Giant, Settles Lawsuit Over Opioids in West Virginia The state accused the nation’s largest drug distributor of flooding rural counties with opioids. McKesson denied the allegations in a $37 million settlement....
02:13, 05/03/2019

‘Not Great News.’ SpaceX Confirms Its Crew Capsule Was Destroyed in Ground Testing (CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — SpaceX finally confirmed Thursday its crew capsule was destroyed in ground testing two weeks ago and conceded that the accident is “not great news” for the company’s effort to launch astronauts this ye...
01:39, 05/03/2019

Science Academy Pushes to Eject Members Found Guilty of Sexual Harassment A preliminary vote by the National Academy of Sciences was the latest move to address discrimination against women in historically male-dominated science fields....
23:39, 05/02/2019

Study reveals how glial cells may play key epilepsy role A new study provides potential new targets for treating epilepsy and new fundamental insights into the relationship between neurons and their glial “helper” cells. In eLife, scientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory report finding...
20:00, 05/02/2019

Hubble spots giant 'buckyballs' jiggling like Jell-O in space The Hubble Space Telescope recently spied new evidence of a peculiar molecule: wiggly buckyballs, which have intrigued astrophysicists since they were discovered in space nearly a decade ago....
18:52, 05/02/2019

Leonardo da Vinci's hair allegedly found A pair of Italian scientists said they've discovered a hunk of hair that may have belonged to Leonardo da Vinci , and they want to use DNA testing to confirm whether it came from the famous Renaissance inventor and artist....
18:52, 05/02/2019

Ice Age bear and wolf-like creature found in underwater Mexican cave Divers excavating an underwater cave in Mexico have discovered the bones of giant meat eaters that lived there during the last ice age, a new study reported....
18:52, 05/02/2019

Battle of the exomoon: Astronomers can't agree on controversial find What appeared to be the first moon ever discovered around a planet circling another star may not really exist, but it seems like we’ll never know for sure...
16:39, 05/02/2019

Info on UFO sightings not to go public, Navy says The U.S. Navy has drafted new guidelines for pilots and other employees to report “UFOs,” but none of the information will be public, according to a report.  ...
16:00, 05/02/2019

Leonardo da Vinci 500th anniversary: Rare 'Horse and Rider' sculpture in the spotlight On the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, and a sculpture based on a rare model made by the great artist and inventor is in the spotlight....
16:00, 05/02/2019

3 Questions: Salvatore Vitale on LIGO’s latest detections It’s been just three weeks since LIGO resumed its hunt for cosmic ripples through space-time, and already the gravitational-wave hunter is off to a running start. One of the detections researchers are now poring over is a binary neutron star merge...
15:00, 05/02/2019

LIGO and Virgo detect neutron star smash-ups The following press release was issued jointly today by the LIGO Laboratory, LIGO Scientific Collaboration, and Virgo Collaboration. On April 25, 2019, the National Science Foundation's Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) an...
15:00, 05/02/2019

New approach could accelerate efforts to catalogue vast numbers of cells Artistic sketches can be used to capture details of a scene in a simpler image. MIT researchers are now bringing that concept to computational biology, with a novel method that extracts comprehensive samples — called “sketches” — of massive cell data...
11:13, 05/02/2019

Thermodynamic insights could lead to better catalysts One of the most fundamental chemical reactions that takes place in energy-conversion systems — including catalysts, flow batteries, high-capacity energy-storing supercapacitors, and systems to make fuels using solar energy — has now been analyzed in ...
11:13, 05/02/2019

Seven charts that explain what net zero emissions means for the UK The Committee on Climate Change has urged the government to adopt a target of net zero emissions by 2050. These seven charts show how that might unfold, and what it means for the UK economy...
08:00, 05/02/2019

UK climate report: What your life could be like in a low-carbon future An ambitious plan to cut the UK's greenhouse gas emissions will see the country completely transform many aspects of daily life. Here's what it will mean for you...
08:00, 05/02/2019

UK government told to adopt world's most ambitious climate target The UK's climate advisers have called on the government to effectively eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, including international flights and shipping...
08:00, 05/02/2019

Man in New Mexico spots huge snake 'soaking in the morning sun' in front of office building A man heading to work at the National Weather Service’s (NWS) location in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, came across a slithery surprise when saw a lengthy Glossy snake soaking up some sun....
00:00, 05/02/2019

Quantum measurement could improve gravitational wave detection sensitivity Minutes before dawn on Sept. 14, 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) became the first-ever instrument on Earth to directly detect a gravitational wave. This work, led by the LIGO Scientific Collaboration with prominen...
22:26, 05/01/2019

A comprehensive map of how Alzheimer’s affects the brain MIT researchers have performed the first comprehensive analysis of the genes that are expressed in individual brain cells of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. The results allowed the team to identify distinctive cellular pathways that are affected i...
22:26, 05/01/2019

Study: For low-income countries, climate action pays off by 2050 The following announcement was released jointly by MIT and the International Food Policy Research Institute. Successful global efforts to substantially limit greenhouse gas emissions would likely boost GDP growth of poorer countries over the next 30...
22:26, 05/01/2019

Major discovery suggests Denisovans lived in Tibet 160,000 years ago The first Denisovan remains discovered outside Siberia suggest our extinct cousins lived at extreme altitude in Tibet long before our species made it there...
22:13, 05/01/2019

Introducing this week’s new-look New Scientist magazine Welcome to the redesigned New Scientist, with a brighter, fresher feel. All your old favourites are still here and we now have more columns and puzzles. We hope you enjoy it...
22:13, 05/01/2019

Is there anything we can do to stop Greenland from turning green? The speed and scale of Arctic melting is shocking even hardened researchers – the need to act now has never been clearer, says our chief reporter Adam Vaughan...
22:13, 05/01/2019

Denisovans, mysterious extinct humans, conquered high altitudes A jawbone found in a cave on the Tibetan Plateau in China is providing surprising insights into Denisovans, the enigmatic extinct cousins to Neanderthals and our own species, including that they were pioneers at enduring high-altitude environments....
21:00, 05/01/2019

Astronaut Terry Virts: How Apollo 11 inspired my space journey Terry Virts was just a year old when Neil Armstrong took and Buzz Aldrin took their historic first steps on the Moon. A few years later, the epic Apollo 11 mission sparked a lifelong passion for space in the youngster, laying the foundations for his ...
19:26, 05/01/2019

First moon landing manual could fetch $9 million at auction The detailed manual used by U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to land on the moon in 1969 is going up for auction in July and could fetch up to $9 million, New York auctioneers Christie's said on Wednesday....
19:13, 05/01/2019

South Koreans jailed over ‘treasure-laden’ Russian shipwreck scam A court in South Korea has sentenced several business executives to prison after they tricked investors out of millions of dollars in a fraud involving a supposedly ‘treasure-laden’ Imperial Russian shipwreck....
19:00, 05/01/2019

Exclusive: AI to monitor UK roads for accidents or unusual behaviour Some councils in the UK are going to test artificial intelligence on their CCTV cameras for automatically detecting traffic accidents and unusual road behaviour...
13:26, 05/01/2019

Alaska's excelsior glacier is being replaced by a lake 5 times the size of Central Park Seventy years ago, Alaska's Excelsior Glacier stretched its cold fingers from a vast plain in the state's southern edge nearly all the way to the North Pacific Ocean....
00:52, 05/01/2019

'Hippie chimps' had sex with mysterious 'ghost ape' hundreds of thousands of years ago Mysterious "ghost apes" may have interbred with the great apes known as bonobos just as modern humans repeatedly had sex with now-extinct human lineages, a new study finds....
00:52, 05/01/2019

Moon mystery solved? Study suggests giant space rock hit Earth 4.5B years ago A new study suggests that the formation of Earth's Moon may have stemmed from a giant space rock that hit our planet nearly 4.5 billion years ago, while it was still forming....
00:52, 05/01/2019

Beehives in Texas attacked, set on fire, killing half a million bees, officials say Dozens of beehives were attacked and set on fire in Texas over the weekend, an act “beyond comprehension” that killed an estimated half a million bees, officials said....
00:52, 05/01/2019

Alligators bellow at Florida zoo, video shows: ‘It sounds like something out of Jurassic Park’ Aside from roaming farther from the water in search for mates during warmer seasons, alligators also bellow -- a prehistoric sound that was caught on video at a Florida zoo last week....
00:52, 05/01/2019

'Organs on chips' set for launch to the International Space Station The next resupply mission to the International Space Station will contain sophisticated ‘organs-on-chips’ designed to provide valuable scientific data for future human spaceflight and diseases on Earth....
00:52, 05/01/2019

Newly recognised form of dementia could now be easier to diagnose Limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy (LATE) is distinct from Alzheimer’s disease and tends to affect people near the end of their lives...
19:00, 04/30/2019

LIGO may have just spotted a black hole devouring a neutron star In a cosmic clash of the titans, we may have just spotted a black hole eat a neutron star - the first collision seen between a mixed pair of these massive objects...
18:00, 04/30/2019

NASA chief warns asteroid threat is real: ‘It’s about protecting the only planet we know to host life' NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine is sounding the alarm that an asteroid strike is not something to be taken lightly and is perhaps Earth's biggest threat....
15:52, 04/30/2019

China's human-like monkeys spark concerns A computer scientist who is credited as a researcher on a Chinese medical experiment that saw monkey brains implanted with human genes to make them more human, has slammed the project as ethically unacceptable....
15:52, 04/30/2019

Alumnus gives MIT $4.5 million to establish the Broderick Fund for Phytocannabinoid Research The following news is adapted from a press release issued in conjunction with Harvard Medical School. Charles R. Broderick, an alumnus of MIT and Harvard University, has made gifts to both alma maters to support fundamental research into the effects...
15:13, 04/30/2019

Sales of opioid painkiller codeine have halved in Australia Sales of codeine have halved in Australia after an over-the-counter ban and fears that people would be driven to stronger prescriptions have not come true...
14:52, 04/30/2019

Weird chromosome may have spurred evolution of thousands of songbirds Songbirds appear to have an extra chromosome in cells involved in sexual reproduction. The extra DNA could help explain why there are so many songbird species...
14:00, 04/30/2019

First exomoon might not actually exist as astronomers reach stalemate What appeared to be the first moon ever discovered around planet circling another star may not really exist, but it seems like we’ll never know for sure...
14:00, 04/30/2019

New polymer films conduct heat instead of trapping it Polymers are usually the go-to material for thermal insulation. Think of a silicone oven mitt, or a Styrofoam coffee cup, both manufactured from polymer materials that are excellent at trapping heat. Now MIT engineers have flipped the picture of t...
08:26, 04/30/2019

Wealthy, Male American Students Are More Likely to BS, Study Says Students who are wealthier and male are more likely than others to claim that they know more than they actually do, says a new study. The study, which reviewed surveys of 40,000 15-year-old students from across nine English-speaking countries, found ...
03:00, 04/30/2019

For better deep neural network vision, just add feedback (loops) Your ability to recognize objects is remarkable. If you see a cup under unusual lighting or from unexpected directions, there’s a good chance that your brain will still compute that it is a cup. Such precise object recognition is one holy grail for a...
21:39, 04/29/2019

NASA aims to probe mysterious atmospheres of Uranus and Neptune Nearly 30 years after a NASA spacecraft visited the farthest planets in our solar system, Uranus and Neptune, the space agency is looking to go back....
19:00, 04/29/2019

Does fracking for gas have a future in the UK after key resignation? The resignation of shale gas commissioner Natascha Engel over earthquake rules is far from the only reason to think fracking's prospects are bleak in the UK...
17:00, 04/29/2019

An Indian village has many more twins than can be explained One in eleven people in a village in India is a twin. Though nobody knows the underlying causes, cousin marriage and disease epidemics have now been ruled out...
17:00, 04/29/2019

Asteroid collision impact drill set for this week World governments have been concerned for decades about a potential asteroid collision and the chaos it would cause Earth. Now, the actions of what agencies around the world are being shared with the public for the first time ever on social media....
16:13, 04/29/2019

Climate is an emergency: Let's not leave action to activists Movements such as Extinction Rebellion may look political, but climate change is above politics – and it is up to all of us to force governments to take action...
13:26, 04/29/2019

Scientists on a sailboat just found nearly 200,000 viruses hiding in Earth's oceans Scientists aboard a single sailboat have identified nearly 200,000 marine virus species, increasing the number of known marine viruses from the 15,000 documented in previous surveys....
11:26, 04/29/2019

Israeli Spacecraft Fails to Make Historic Privately Funded Moon Landing (YEHUD, Israel) — An Israeli spacecraft crashed into the moon just moments before touchdown, failing in an ambitious attempt to make history Thursday as the first privately funded lunar landing. The spacecraft lost communication with ground con...
20:13, 04/28/2019

SpaceX Launches a Mega Rocket and Successfully Lands All Three Boosters for the First Time (CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.) — SpaceX launched its second supersized rocket and for the first time landed all three boosters Thursday, a year after sending up a sports car on the initial test flight. The new and improved Falcon Heavy thundered into t...
20:13, 04/28/2019

Black Hole Given the Hawaiian Name ‘Powehi.’ Here’s What That Means The black hole that was captured in a first-ever picture this week has been named “Powehi,” courtesy of a language professor at the University of Hawaii-Hilo. Powehi means “embellished dark source of unending creation”, accord...
20:13, 04/28/2019

Scientists Restore Some Brain Activity in Recently Slaughtered Pigs (NEW YORK) — Scientists restored some activity within the brains of pigs that had been slaughtered hours before, raising hopes for some medical advances and questions about the definition of death. The brains could not think or sense anything, ...
20:13, 04/28/2019

Meet ‘Mr. Earth Day,’ the Man Who Helped Organize the Annual Observance Nearly 50 years after 20 million Americans participated in the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, more than 190 countries mark the annual day for raising awareness of environmental causes. And the stakes only grow as the years go by. Though Earth Day...
20:13, 04/28/2019

Climate Change Has Already Increased Global Inequality. It Will Only Get Worse Scientists have long predicted that warmer temperatures caused by climate change will have the biggest impact on the world’s poorest, most vulnerable people. New research now indicates that’s already happened over the last several decades...
20:13, 04/28/2019

There’s a Real-Life Inspiration for Game of Thrones’ Valyrian Steel. Here’s How Its Long-Lost Secrets Were Revealed Warning: This post contains spoilers for Game of Thrones. As the Game of Thrones saga winds down, Valyrian steel has never been more important. It’s one of the few substances known to kill White Walkers, but only about a half-dozen known charac...
20:13, 04/28/2019

Emperor Penguin Population Sees Steep Decline in Antarctica’s Second-Largest Breeding Ground (WASHINGTON) — For the past three years, virtually nothing has hatched at Antarctica’s second biggest breeding grounds for emperor penguins and the start of this year is looking just as bleak, a new study found. Usually 15,000 to 24,000 b...
20:13, 04/28/2019

It’s Not Your Imagination: That Toddler is Judging You There are few things as irresistible as the face of a toddler: the tiny nose, the ingenuous eyes, the utter scrumptiousness of the cheeks. Well, guess what. They don’t think nearly as highly of your face. Kids may not say it, but by the time th...
20:13, 04/28/2019

How slippery surfaces allow sticky pastes and gels to slide An MIT research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming. The slippe...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Designing water infrastructure for climate uncertainty In Kenya’s second largest city, Mombasa, the demand for water is expected to double by 2035 to an estimated 300,000 cubic meters per day. In Mombasa’s current warm and humid climate, that water comes from a substantial volume of precipitation that ma...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Breakthrough in boiling Engineers must manage a maelstrom in the core of operating nuclear reactors. Nuclear reactions deposit an extraordinary amount of heat in the fuel rods, setting off a frenzy of boiling, bubbling, and evaporation in surrounding fluid. From this churni...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle Human skeletal muscles have a unique combination of properties that materials researchers seek for their own creations. They’re strong, soft, full of water, and resistant to fatigue. A new study by MIT researchers has found one way to give synthetic ...
20:00, 04/28/2019

“Nanofiber yarn” makes for stretchy, protective artificial tissue The human body is held together by an intricate cable system of tendons and muscles, engineered by nature to be tough and highly stretchable. An injury to any of these tissues, particularly in a major joint like the shoulder or knee, can require surg...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Water Innovation Prize goes to startups targeting methane and wastewater A startup with a cheap technology for purifying textile wastewater and another with a system to help reduce methane emissions from cattle were named co-winners of the MIT Water Innovation Prize on Thursday. After eight student finalist teams pitch...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Imaging system helps surgeons remove tiny ovarian tumors Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed only after it has reached an advanced stage, with many tumors spread throughout the abdomen. Most patients undergo surgery to remove as many of these tumors as possible, but because some are so small and widespread...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Advocating for federal research funding on Capitol Hill In late March, 29 MIT graduate students, postdocs, and undergraduates traveled to Washington to speak with members of Congress about the need for continued federal investment of science and technology R&D in fiscal year 2020 and beyond. The delegati...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Designing ocean ecological systems in the lab Researchers from MIT have discovered simple rules of assembly of ocean microbiomes that degrade complex polysaccharides in coastal environments. Microbiomes, or microbial communities, are composed of hundreds or thousands of diverse species, making i...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Nanoparticles take a fantastic, magnetic voyage MIT engineers have designed tiny robots that can help drug-delivery nanoparticles push their way out of the bloodstream and into a tumor or another disease site. Like crafts in “Fantastic Voyage” — a 1960s science fiction film in which a submarine cr...
20:00, 04/28/2019

Mars Science Lab launch delayed two years NASA's launch of the Mars Science Laboratory -- hampered by technical difficulties and cost overruns -- has been delayed until the fall of 2011, NASA officials said at a news conference Thursday in Washington....
19:52, 04/28/2019

Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reaches moon but landing unsuccessful: support team The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet reached the moon on Thursday but its planned controlled, or "soft", landing was unsuccessful, the support team said....
18:52, 04/28/2019

Oh, brother! NASA twins study shows how space changes the human body An American astronaut experienced multiple biological changes in space but returned to normal - with some exceptions - after coming back to Earth, according to a study involving twin brothers that shed light on how space flight affects the human body...
18:52, 04/28/2019

Elon Musk's SpaceX sends world's most powerful rocket on first commercial flight The most powerful operational rocket in the world, SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, launched its first commercial mission on Thursday from Florida in a key demonstration for billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's space company in the race to grasp lucrative mili...
18:52, 04/28/2019

Israeli spacecraft crashes onto moon after technical failures Israeli spacecraft Beresheet crashed onto the moon on Thursday after a series of technical failures during its final descent, shattering hopes of a historic controlled landing on the lunar surface....
18:52, 04/28/2019

'Seeing the unseeable': Scientists reveal first photo of black hole Using a global network of telescopes to see "the unseeable," an international scientific team on Wednesday announced a milestone in astrophysics - the first-ever photo of a black hole - in an achievement that validated a pillar of science put forward...
18:52, 04/28/2019

Israel plans new moonshot after maiden mission fails The aerospace company behind Israel's failed first moonshot said on Saturday it would pursue a second mission with funds raised from private donors and the public....
18:52, 04/28/2019

On Saturn's moon Titan, plentiful lakeside views, but with liquid methane Scientists on Monday provided the most comprehensive look to date at one of the solar system's most exotic features: prime lakeside property in the northern polar region of Saturn's moon Titan - if you like lakes made of stuff like liquid methane....
18:52, 04/28/2019

Yale study revives cellular activity in pig brains hours after death Yale University scientists have succeeded in restoring basic cellular activity in pigs' brains hours after their deaths in a finding that may one day lead to advances in treating human stroke and brain injuries, researchers reported on Wednesday....
18:52, 04/28/2019

Out of a drawer and into your nightmares comes a vicious ancient beast When Ohio University integrative biologist Nancy Stevens peered into a drawer in the wooden cabinets on the top floor of a Nairobi museum in 2010, she saw a chunk of rock containing massive teeth and knew she had come across something important....
18:52, 04/28/2019

Back on Earth, China's Mars simulation base greets first visitors About 100 excited Chinese teenagers completed a five-hour tour of a space colony against a desolate backdrop not unlike the desert planet of Tatooine, the home world of Luke Skywalker....
18:52, 04/28/2019

China draws up tighter rules on human gene and embryo trials: Xinhua China's top legislature will consider tougher rules on research involving human genes and embryos, the first such move since a Chinese scientist sparked controversy last year by announcing he had made the world's first "gene-edited" babies....
18:52, 04/28/2019

Elon Musk's SpaceX suffers capsule anomaly during Florida tests Elon Musk's SpaceX suffered an anomaly in one of its Crew Dragon capsules while conducting engine tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Saturday, the company said....
18:52, 04/28/2019

China to announce rules soon to regulate commercial rocket industry China's national space agency said on Tuesday it will soon announce rules to regulate commercial rocket manufacturing, test flights and launches, state media reported, as the number of private startups in the nascent sector surged in the past year....
18:52, 04/28/2019

NASA probe detects likely 'marsquake' - an interplanetary first NASA's robotic probe InSight has detected and measured what scientists believe to be a "marsquake," marking the first time a likely seismological tremor has been recorded on another planet, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California reported on Tues...
18:52, 04/28/2019

Scientists turn brain signals into speech, may help people who cannot talk People robbed of the ability to talk due to a stroke or another medical condition may soon have real hope of regaining a voice thanks to technology that harnesses brain activity to produce synthesized speech, researchers said on Wednesday....
18:52, 04/28/2019

German scientists create see-through human organs Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants....
18:52, 04/28/2019

SpaceX escape engines were test fired before mishap: panel A NASA safety panel said on Thursday that Saturday's accident on a SpaceX astronaut capsule happened after eight engines were test fired, but offered scant details on what caused the mishap or the extent of the damage....
18:52, 04/28/2019

Fly me to the moon: Germany eyes slice of lucrative space market BERLIN Reuters) - Facing tough competition from China, the United States and even tiny Luxembourg, Germany is racing to draft new laws and attract private investment to secure a slice of an emerging space market that could be worth $1 trillion a year...
18:52, 04/28/2019

Hot rubble from volcanoes races over land on a carpet of air bubbles Clouds of rocks and gas known as pyroclastic flows spew out of volcanoes and race over land at terrifying speeds, skating on an air pocket beneath the rubble...
18:26, 04/28/2019

First ever picture of a black hole may be revealed this week The Event Horizon Telescope aims to capture an image of the black hole at the heart of the Milky Way – and its first results will be released on 10 April...
18:26, 04/28/2019

NASA's method of paying for its giant rocket belongs in the Apollo era Contracts that leave NASA meeting all the extra development costs for its Space Launch System make no sense when firms like SpaceX offer fixed-price flights...
18:26, 04/28/2019

LIGO has spotted another gravitational wave just after turning back on One week after LIGO switched back on, it has already detected the gravitational waves from another pair of merging black holes, marking the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Antarctica team to search world's oldest ice for climate change clues Scientists are setting out to drill for the world’s oldest ice, in a bid to shed light on a dramatic tipping point in the world’s climate 900,000 years ago...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Climate change means nearly all glaciers in the Alps may disappear A study of what will happen to glaciers in the Alps under various climate scenarios suggests they will almost completely disappear if we keep pumping out carbon dioxide...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Promising treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome fails large trial Rituximab has been found to be worse than a placebo at alleviating the symptoms of CFS or ME, suggesting that antibodies aren’t to blame for the condition...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Salmonella can hijack immune cells to spread around the body Salmonella bacteria can use immune cells as vehicles to escape from the gut. They control them by changing the way the cells react to electrical signals...
18:26, 04/28/2019

We could solve the biggest problem in maths in the next decade Whoever solves the long-standing P versus NP maths problem will win $1 million. Now a poll of computer scientists suggests the solution may be found sooner than expected...
18:26, 04/28/2019

A four-day work week could improve our health and cut carbon emissions Campaigners want us to reduce our working hours to boost mental health, increase productivity and lower carbon emissions, but is it really that simple?...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Everything you need to know about the first black hole image Space and physics reporter Leah Crane answers New Scientist readers’ questions on the first ever images of a black hole from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)...
18:26, 04/28/2019

First black hole picture: The big mysteries we still need to solve We finally have the first real image of a black hole, so researchers can begin studying these cosmic mysteries in detail. Here is what they are hoping to learn...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Israel's Beresheet lunar lander has crashed on the moon The first privately funded lunar lander, SpaceIL’s Beresheet spacecraft, suffered an engine failure and crashed as it was attempting to land on the moon...
18:26, 04/28/2019

What happened when one twin went to space and the other stayed home? Astronaut twin brothers Scott and Mark Kelly took part in a unique space travel experiment and it turns out that space changes your urine but not your faeces...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Even remote mountain glaciers are contaminated with microplastics Plastics are leaving no corner of the planet untouched. Tiny pieces, called microplastics, have now been found in a mountain glacier for the first time...
18:26, 04/28/2019

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket has flown its first commercial flight The Falcon Heavy rocket’s maiden flight was last February, but now it has launched a satellite for a paying customer for the first time, which is a big step for SpaceX...
18:26, 04/28/2019

How hackers use tricks to make money from your clicks Online clicks are worth big money. Now hackers are using a cunning set of click-tricks to make money from people visiting websites without them realising...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Scientists must worry in public about the dangers of their creations The US Department of Defense is ending its contract with cold war-era advisory group JASON. That’s OK – today’s scientists need to air concerns in public, says Audra J. Wolfe...
18:26, 04/28/2019

BBC climate doc adviser: Earth is sending us really powerful messages Chris Rapley, scientific advisor on the BBC's new climate change documentary, talks rising temperatures, hammering home the message, and David Attenborough...
18:26, 04/28/2019

A mission to Alpha Centauri affirms humanity's faith in the future Designing and building spacecraft that can traverse 4.3 light years in just two decades is an unprecedented challenge, but one well worth undertaking...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Facebook and Instagram may have to remove like buttons for UK children The like function on Facebook and Instagram could be removed and privacy settings set to max for UK children under new proposed social media guidelines...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Prescriptions for UTIs may be making antibiotic resistance even worse New evidence shows two thirds of urinary tract infections are treated wrongly. To fight back we must develop fast, accurate diagnostics, says Colin Garner...
18:26, 04/28/2019

There is water just under the surface of the moon that we could use When there’s a meteor shower on the moon, the impacts cause puffs of water, which means that it’ll be simple for us to get that water to use for exploration...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Our nearest neighbour Proxima Centauri may host a second exoplanet Proxima Centauri is the closest star to the solar system, and it may be home to a frigid planet six times the size of Earth in addition to the possibly habitable Proxima b...
18:26, 04/28/2019

We have zero tolerance for unclean water. Air should be no different Faced with incontrovertible evidence of risk, we adopted the policies that protect us for water-born disease. Now we must do the same for our polluted air...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Men who have children later in life may prime their kids for longevity Older dads may change the chromosomes in their sperm so that their children will be able to live longer lives – a phenomenon similar to Lamarckian evolution...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Why electric cars are a hot topic in Australia's forthcoming election Most parties in Australia's upcoming election want more electric cars, but providing enough charging points across such a vast country has proven difficult...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Measles has made a shocking return to the US. Can it be stopped? Measles outbreaks across the US are forcing public health officials to take drastic action to get people vaccinated, threatening fines or even jail time...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Pig brains have been partly revived after death - what does this mean? Pig brains have been partly revived after their bodies were killed. But what does this mean and how could it be used to help people in emergency situations?...
18:26, 04/28/2019

We’ve found the first type of molecule to form after the big bang The first atoms fused into molecules about 400,000 years after the big bang, and now we’ve seen signs of those earliest types of molecule in a distant nebula...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Viewing media coverage of traumatic events may fuel long-term distress When a violent world event occurs, you may want to find out as much about it as possible. But exposure to media coverage may cause long-term anxiety and stress...
18:26, 04/28/2019

A virus we thought was harmless to humans may worsen cystic fibrosis Bacteriophage viruses target microbes and not human cells – but paradoxically, they make it harder to treat bacterial infections in people with cystic fibrosis...
18:26, 04/28/2019

BBC Earth from Space: satellite images give new view on conservation The BBC's new documentary, Earth from Space, explores how scientists use satellite imagery to view and understand some of nature's biggest challenges...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Zero-gravity robot cleaner could automatically sterilise the ISS Cleaning the International Space Station is laborious work, so hygiene firm GermFalcon has made a drone that works in zero-gravity to do the job instead...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Dog owners are more likely to get the recommended amount of exercise A UK survey found that 80 per cent of dog owners get their recommended 150 minutes of physical activity a week, but just 62 per cent of people without dogs do...
18:26, 04/28/2019

AI that spots inequality could monitor living conditions in cities An algorithm that can detect inequality in cities from Google Street View images, could be used to monitor projects aimed at improving living conditions...
18:26, 04/28/2019

An interstellar rock may have hit Earth in 2014 but nobody noticed In 2017 astronomers spotted the first interstellar object in our solar system, ‘Oumuamua, but our planet may have been hit by a meteor from another star in 2014...
18:26, 04/28/2019

How maths could fix the problems with India’s voting machines The world’s biggest election is under way in India. Trust in the machines used to vote is low, but better maths could spot manipulation or errors, says Edd Gent...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Baby boom for the kakapo, New Zealand’s critically endangered parrot There are fewer than 150 adult kakapo in New Zealand, but this year’s bumper crop of almost 90 chicks renews hope that the bird can be saved from extinction...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Huge dinosaur may have stood on its toes with fleshy pads for balance Rhoetosaurus brownei lived 170 million years ago. Despite the dinosaur weighing 24 tonnes it may have stood on its tiptoes with fleshy pads for balance...
18:26, 04/28/2019

UK government directs £4.6 million to tackling illegal wildlife trade Efforts to disrupt grey parrot trade in Cameroon and reduce demand for turtle products in Nicaragua are among 14 projects to win funding from the UK government...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Black hole breakthrough: a lot done, much more to do The first direct image of a black hole is another triumph for Einstein's general relativity – but to make further progress we must look for even better theories...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Australia’s dingoes may keep feral cats in check and protect wildlife Feral cats have contributed to the extinction of 20 of Australia’s native mammals, but another predator – the dingo – might stop them causing more damage...
18:26, 04/28/2019

SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule lost after 'anomaly' during ground test The Crew Dragon capsule is intended to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station, but a possible explosion during a ground test may set launches back...
18:26, 04/28/2019

NASA’s InSight lander on Mars has felt its first marsquakes Measuring seismic activity on Mars could help us figure out how much water the planet has, and now NASA’s InSight lander has felt marsquakes for the first time...
18:26, 04/28/2019

The UK has already had more wildfires in 2019 than any year on record Just four months into 2019, the UK has been hit by more large wildfires than in the whole of 2018. Fires are thought to be made more likely by climate change...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Clever chemistry could make fertiliser with a smaller carbon footprint There could finally be a way to make vital agricultural fertiliser without releasing huge amounts of greenhouse gases – but will it work on an industrial scale?...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Samsung folding phone delayed after reviewers break them too easily Several people given early access to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, broke the screen after a day's use. Samsung now says it will delay the release of the device...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Mind-reading device uses AI to turn brainwaves into audible speech People's brainwaves have been converted into speech using electrodes on the brain. The method could one day help people speak who have lost the ability...
18:26, 04/28/2019

‘Rule-breaking’ crab fossils have weird shrimp and lobster features A newly-discovered type of crab from the Cretaceous period looks like it had the eyes of a larva, the mouth of a shrimp, and the carapace of a lobster...
18:26, 04/28/2019

China’s efforts to cut pollution in Beijing may make it worse overall Heavy polluting industries are being moved away from Beijing in an attempt to cut air pollution, but this could actually result in more pollution not less...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Robotic tube for surgery autonomously navigates inside a beating heart A robotic catheter can move autonomously inside a heart to the location where surgery is required. It has a camera for vision and has been tested in 5 pigs...
18:26, 04/28/2019

21 million children miss first dose of measles vaccine every year An estimated 169 million children worldwide have missed out on getting the first dose of a measles vaccine, including more than half a million in the UK...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Glaciers contain radioactive isotopes from nuclear tests and accidents Traces of nuclear weapons testing and accidents like Chernobyl have been found in glaciers around the world. It is unknown if they pose a risk to health...
18:26, 04/28/2019

The science behind Extinction Rebellion’s three climate change demands Ministers are expected to meet with climate protestors next week, but what do they want? Rupert Read, of Extinction Rebellion, explains the group’s demands...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Peanut allergy immunotherapy may actually do more harm than good Treatments intended to desensitise people to peanuts had shown promise in tests, but an analysis suggests they may make dangerous allergic reactions more likely...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Google has created a maths AI that has already proved 1200 theorems An AI made by Google has written mathematical proofs for more than 1200 theorems and may one day go on to tackle problems mathematicians don't know how to solve...
18:26, 04/28/2019

How did the ancient Egyptians catch and mummify millions of ibises? Egyptians mummified millions of sacred ibises thousands of years ago. Analysing their DNA seems to show they were sourced from the wild rather than large farms...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Sensors made from gummy bears could monitor how children chew A sensor made with a gummy bear could help researchers study how children chew. It's cheap to make and offers a tasty treat for the child being tested...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Cyclone Kenneth is one of the strongest storms to hit mainland Africa Cyclone Kenneth made landfall in Mozambique on 25 April and may have been intensified by climate change. The storm could dump nearly a metre of rain in the next few days...
18:26, 04/28/2019

Rare rhino conceived by artificial insemination born at Florida zoo Zoo Miami welcomed the birth of a rare rhino on Tuesday, which was the first rhino ever to be conceived from induced ovulation and artificial insemination, the Florida zoo said....
18:13, 04/28/2019

400-year-old Pilgrims Bible stolen from US as part of $8M heist returns home: FBI A rare Bible, stolen in the 1990s from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh as part of an extensive years-long heist with an estimated $8 million worth of items, has returned home, according to the FBI....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Plastic pollution in worlds' oceans could have $2.5 trillion impact, study says A new study suggests that the plastic pollution problem in the world's oceans is having an economic impact that is startling – perhaps as much as $2.5 trillion....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Physicists closer to solving mystery of weird glowing ring around Milky Way's Black Hole DENVER — Astronomers watched a high-speed gas cloud slam into the matter getting sucked toward Sagittarius A* — the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way — and then zip away into space....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Australian officials killing millions of feral cats with poisoned sausages Australian officials are airdropping poisonous sausages across the country in order to kill millions of feral cats that have taken over the continent....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Hospitals Stand to Lose Billions Under ‘Medicare for All’ Private insurance pays hospitals much more than the federal government does for patient care. If Medicare for all means Medicare rates, expect an industry backlash....
18:13, 04/28/2019

The Giants at the Heart of the Opioid Crisis Civil suits filed by three states accuse pharmaceutical distributors of flooding the country with opioids while devising systems to evade regulators....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Global Wealth Gap Would Be Smaller Today Without Climate Change, Study Finds Most of the world’s poor countries are poorer than they would have been had greenhouse gas emissions not altered the climate. In some rich countries, it's the opposite....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Interior Department Launches Investigation of Potential Ethics Violations Among Staff The probe, the second in as many weeks, looks into a complaint that Interior Department staff offered agency access to former employers or lobbying clients....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Global Health: Measles Outbreak Infects 695, Highest Number Since 2000 The outbreak, linked to skepticism about vaccines, has led to extraordinary measures, including $1,000 fines and bans on unvaccinated children in public....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Global Health: Religious Objections to the Measles Vaccine? Get the Shots, Faith Leaders Say Devout parents who are worried about vaccines often object to ingredients from pigs or fetuses. But the leaders of major faiths have examined these fears and still vigorously endorse vaccination....
18:13, 04/28/2019

‘There’s Poison in the Sea’: An Oil Spill Fouls a Tropical Eden On Rennell, an impoverished Pacific island, mining had already scarred the land. Now an oil spill has polluted the water and threatens a World Heritage site....
18:13, 04/28/2019

In Washington, Juul Vows to Curb Youth Vaping. Its Lobbying in States Runs Counter to That Pledge. Juul has told the F.D.A. it will do all it can to stop youth vaping. But in state capitols and city halls around the country, the company is embracing measures that undermine that vow....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Wary of Chinese Espionage, Houston Cancer Center Chose to Fire 3 Scientists The director of the National Institutes of Health said that 55 similar investigations into possible foreign exploitation of American research are happening nationwide....
18:13, 04/28/2019

Can Humans Help Trees Outrun Climate Change? A dark synergy of extreme weather and emboldened pests could imperil vast stretches of woodland. Foresters are only starting to wrestle with solutions....
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