Science & Technology News

Cool halo gas caught spinning like galactic disks

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-06-18 17:43
Astronomers have discovered cool halo gas spinning in the same direction as galactic disks in typical star-forming galaxies. Their findings suggest that the whirling gas halo will eventually spiral in towards the galactic disk where it can fuel star formation.

Two new Earth-like planets discovered near Teegarden's Star

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2019-06-18 12:35
An international research team has discovered two new Earth-like planets near one of our closest stars. Teegarden's Star is about 12.5 light years away and is one of the smallest known stars.

Why Some Amazonian Societies Survived and Others Perished amid Pre-Columbian Droughts

Scientifc America - Tue, 2019-06-18 08:00
Confronting climate change, cultures with intensive, specialized land use were vulnerable. Those that endured cultivated multiple crops and helped edible rainforest species prosper

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NASA's Cassini reveals New Sculpting in Saturn Rings

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2019-06-17 16:46
As NASA's Cassini dove close to Saturn in its final year, the spacecraft provided intricate detail on the workings of Saturn's complex rings, new analysis shows.

Sun's history found buried in Moon's crust

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2019-06-17 16:46
The Sun's rotation rate in its first billion years is unknown. Yet, this spin rate affected solar eruptions, influencing the evolution of life. Scientists think they've figured it out by using the Moon as critical evidence.

Domestication Made Dogs' Facial Anatomy More Fetching to Humans

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-06-17 15:00
Wolves lack the muscles that allow dogs to raise their eyebrows and make puppy dog eyes

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Meteors help Martian clouds form

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2019-06-17 12:51
Researchers think they've solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its clouds.

Gene Increases Risk for Pot Addiction

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-06-17 12:15
First gene associated with cannabis abuse likely affects how people respond to the drug

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In the Wiggle of an Ear, a Surprising Insight into Bat Sonar

Scientifc America - Mon, 2019-06-17 06:45
It could lead to drones that fly like bats

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Better Memory Through Electrical Brain Ripples

Scientifc America - Fri, 2019-06-14 11:15
A study in mice shows improved cognitive performance when these bursting signals move around memory circuits

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The Bitter Truth: Scientists Sequence the Almond Genome

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-06-13 16:00
Cracking the nut’s “cyanide problem” could make it easier to cultivate sweeter varieties of this ancient snack

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Earth's heavy metals result of supernova explosion, research reveals

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-06-13 12:10
New research suggests most of Earth's heavy metals were spewed from a largely overlooked kind of star explosion called a collapsar.

NASA's Fermi mission reveals its highest-energy gamma-ray bursts

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2019-06-13 12:10
For 10 years, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has scanned the sky for gamma-ray bursts (GRBs), the universe's most luminous explosions. A new catalog of the highest-energy blasts provides scientists with fresh insights into how they work.

Ecological Detectives Hunt for San Francisco's Vanished Waterways

Scientifc America - Thu, 2019-06-13 06:45
Recovering “ghost creeks” from past landscapes can help protect the city’s future amid climate chaos

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Jupiter-like exoplanets found in sweet spot in most planetary systems

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-06-12 16:29
A survey of 300 stars in search of exoplanets finds that massive, Jupiter-like gas giants are found just about where Jupiter is in our own solar system.

Astrophysicist announces her discovery that could rewrite story of how galaxies die

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-06-12 16:29
A breakthrough finding overturns assumptions about the maturation of galaxies and may represent a phase of every galaxy's life cycle that was unknown until now.

Table salt compound spotted on Europa

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-06-12 16:28
Researchers have discovered that the yellow color visible on portions of the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa is actually sodium chloride.

Using Ganja to Get High Dates Back Millennia

Scientifc America - Wed, 2019-06-12 14:50
Ancient site points to weed’s role in burial rites

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Crash with Antlia 2 gave the Milky Way the ripples in its outer disc, new evidence shows

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-06-12 14:13
The newly-discovered dark dwarf galaxy Antlia 2's collision with the Milky Way may be responsible for our galaxy's characteristic ripples in its outer disc, according to a new study.

Gemini Planet Imager analyzes 300 stars

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2019-06-12 14:06
Analysis from halfway through the Gemini Planet Imager's planetary survey hints that our solar system may have rare qualities which could possibly be related to the habitability of Earth.