Science & Technology News

Fruit Flies Plug into the Matrix

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-09-25 06:45
A new budget-friendly virtual-reality system helps researchers study the brains of small animals

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Bird Brains Are Far More Humanlike Than Once Thought

Scientifc America - Thu, 2020-09-24 15:15
The avian cortex had been hiding in plain sight all along. Humans were just too birdbrained to see it

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Solving the strange storms on Jupiter

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2020-09-24 10:19
Geometric storm patterns on Jupiter's south pole have been a mystery to scientists, but researchers may have uncovered how they form.

Is There Life on Venus? These Missions Could Find It

Scientifc America - Wed, 2020-09-23 13:15
Following a tantalizing discovery, these spacecraft could be headed to Earth’s twisted twin in search of the truth

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Centuries-old conjecture about formation of the solar system verified

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2020-09-23 12:46
Using a limited set of mathematical equations, a mathematical sciences professor said he has confirmed a 224-year-old math conjecture about the origins of our solar system, providing insights about the process that leads to the formation of solar systems across the universe.

Shadow of black hole in M87 galaxy is wobbling and has been for a while

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2020-09-23 12:46
A new analysis reveals the behavior of the supermassive black hole in the center of the M87 galaxy across multiple years, indicating the crescent-like shadow feature appears to be wobbling.

COVID-19 Testing Lab Shows How Colleges Can Reopen Safely

Scientifc America - Wed, 2020-09-23 06:45
More than 100 colleges in the Northeast have partnered with the Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard to test their students and staff

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The Most Vulnerable Ransomware Targets Are the Institutions We Rely On Most

Scientifc America - Tue, 2020-09-22 10:40
Many vital public institutions such as hospitals and fire stations lack cybersecurity to ward off popular malware

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Water on exoplanet cloud tops could be found with hi-tech instrumentation

Science Daily Astronomy - Tue, 2020-09-22 10:24
Astronomers have shown that water vapor can potentially be detected in the atmospheres of exoplanets by peering literally over the tops of their impenetrable clouds.

Powerful New Observatory Will Taste Neutrinos' Flavors

Scientifc America - Tue, 2020-09-22 09:00
The Chinese JUNO experiment will aim to answer a mystery about the particles’ mass

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3-D Printing inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

Scientifc America - Tue, 2020-09-22 06:45
In vivo bioprinting might also help repair hernias and treat infertility

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NASA's IRIS spots nanojets: Shining light on heating the solar corona

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2020-09-21 11:55
Researchers report the first ever clear images of nanojets -- bright thin lights that travel perpendicular to the magnetic structures in the solar atmosphere, called the corona -- in a process that reveals the existence of one of the potential coronal heating candidates: nanoflares.

Comet discovered to have its own northern lights

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2020-09-21 11:38
Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own far-ultraviolet aurora, data reveal. It is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been documented on a celestial object other than a planet or moon.

Astronomers discover an Earth-sized 'pi planet' with a 3.14-day orbit

Science Daily Astronomy - Mon, 2020-09-21 11:17
Scientists have discovered a 'pi Earth' -- an Earth-sized planet that zips around its star every 3.14 days, in an orbit reminiscent of the universal mathematics constant.

For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Number 42

Scientifc America - Mon, 2020-09-21 06:45
Here is how a perfectly ordinary number captured the interest of sci-fi enthusiasts, geeks and mathematicians

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Solar storm forecasts for Earth improved with help from the public

Science Daily Astronomy - Fri, 2020-09-18 11:33
Scientists used observations recorded by members of the public to increase accuracy of computer model predictions of when harmful CMEs will hit Earth.

Can an Algorithm Help Solve Political Paralysis?

Scientifc America - Fri, 2020-09-18 06:45
As faith in government hits historic lows, organizers in the U.K. are trying a new math-based approach to democracy. Would it work in the bitterly divided U.S?

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Hubble captures crisp new portrait of Jupiter's storms

Science Daily Astronomy - Thu, 2020-09-17 18:04
Hubble's sharp view is giving researchers an updated weather report on the monster planet's turbulent atmosphere, including a remarkable new storm brewing, and a cousin of the famous Great Red Spot region gearing up to change color -- again.

Earthquake Sounds Could Reveal How Quickly the Ocean Is Warming

Scientifc America - Thu, 2020-09-17 14:00
A new way of measuring the temperature of the seas could fill in gaps left by limited direct monitoring

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Can life survive a star's death? Webb telescope can reveal the answer

Science Daily Astronomy - Wed, 2020-09-16 11:36
When stars like our sun die, all that remains is an exposed core -- a white dwarf. A planet orbiting a white dwarf presents a promising opportunity to determine if life can survive the death of its star, according to researchers.