Science & Technology News

Could Newly Found "Peacekeeping" Cells Be a Weapon against COVID-19?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-03-27 15:00
In mice, these white blood cells tamp down inflammation in the lungs

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ALMA resolves gas impacted by young jets from supermassive black hole

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2020-03-27 11:37
Astronomers obtained the first resolved image of disturbed gaseous clouds in a galaxy 11 billion light-years away by using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The team found that the disruption is caused by young powerful jets ejected from a supermassive black hole residing at the center of the host galaxy. This result will cast light on the mystery of the evolutionary process of galaxies in the early Universe.

Ocean Species Are Shifting toward the Poles

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-03-27 11:00
Changes in species abundance can throw food chains out of whack and put livelihoods at risk

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Here's How Coronavirus Tests Work--and Who Offers Them

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-03-27 08:30
PCR-based tests are being rolled out in hospitals nationwide, and the Food and Drug Administration is fast-tracking novel approaches as well

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Empathy Machine: Humans Communicate Better after Robots Show Their Vulnerable Side

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-03-27 06:45
The behavior of such machines influences how people treat one another

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Paired with super telescopes, model Earths guide hunt for life

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2020-03-26 14:44
Astronomers have created five models representing key points from our planet's evolution, like chemical snapshots through Earth's own geologic epochs. The models will be spectral templates for astronomers to use in the approaching new era of powerful telescopes, and in the hunt for Earth-like planets in distant solar systems.

Looking for dark matter close to home

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2020-03-26 14:44
Eighty-five percent of the universe is composed of dark matter, but we don't know what, exactly, it is.

Milky Way Dark Matter Signals in Doubt after Controversial New Papers

Scientifc America - Thu, 2020-03-26 14:00
New analyses question whether mysterious gamma-ray and x-ray light in the galaxy actually stems from an invisible mass

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Astronomers use slime mould to map the universe's largest structures

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2020-03-26 12:41
The behaviour of one of nature's humblest creatures and archival data from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope are helping astronomers probe the largest structures in the Universe.

Coronavirus Vaccines May Not Work for the Elderly--and This Lab Aims to Change That

Scientifc America - Thu, 2020-03-26 09:00
A team at Boston Children’s Hospital is searching for ways to boost a vaccine’s effectiveness for those who need it most

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The Effects of COVID-19 Will Ripple through Food Systems

Scientifc America - Thu, 2020-03-26 08:00
Staple crops are likely to be less affected by measures to control the virus, but farmers growing more specialized ones could feel the pinch

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Collision on One Side of Pluto Ripped Up Terrain on the Other, Study Suggests

Scientifc America - Thu, 2020-03-26 06:45
A new computer model shows how a buried ocean on the dwarf planet might have enabled seismic waves to travel

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Will String Theory Finally Be Put to the Experimental Test?

Scientifc America - Wed, 2020-03-25 06:45
Physicists have found a way the theory might limit the cosmic inflation that is thought to have expanded the early universe

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Paris Climate Agreement Architects Make a Case for "Stubborn Optimism"

Scientifc America - Tue, 2020-03-24 06:45
It is possible for the world to cut emissions enough to limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. But tenacious belief will be needed to achieve that goal

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Star formation project maps nearby interstellar clouds

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2020-03-23 10:13
Astronomers have captured new, detailed maps of three nearby interstellar gas clouds containing regions of ongoing high-mass star formation. The results of this survey, called the Star Formation Project, will help improve our understanding of the star formation process.

Lessons from Past Outbreaks Could Help Fight the Coronavirus Pandemic

Scientifc America - Mon, 2020-03-23 06:45
The 1918 influenza pandemic and 2002–2003 SARS outbreak suggest social distancing measures, communication and international cooperation are the most effective methods to slow COVID-19

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Expanding universe: We may be in a vast bubble

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2020-03-20 19:27
The few thousand galaxies closest to us move in a vast 'bubble' that is 250 million light years in diameter, where the average density of matter is half as large as for the rest of the universe. This is the hypothesis put forward by a theoretical physicist to solve a conundrum that has been splitting the scientific community for a decade: at what speed is the universe expanding?

Larry Brilliant Helped to Eradicate Smallpox--and He Has Advice for COVID-19

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-03-20 08:00
The doctor’s firsthand experience with epidemics gives him a unique view of our current health crisis

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How to Triage Patients Who Need Intensive Care

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-03-20 06:45
A new computer model analyzes when to admit people to intensive care units—and when to move them out—which could help doctors handle the coronavirus surge

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Near Real-Time Studies Look for Behavioral Measures Vital to Stopping Coronavirus

Scientifc America - Thu, 2020-03-19 12:00
The goal is to identify the best means of encouraging individuals to change the way they live. Young people may need more convincing

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