Science News – July 9th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, this week NASA’s Juno spacecraft reached Jupiter after a five year journey and is now orbiting the gas giant. The mission will collect in depth data about Jupiter that will help us to understand how the planet formed. Read more from Popular Science here.

Second, this week China finished constructing the world’s largest radio telescope. With a dish the size of 30 football fields the telescope will search for signs of intelligent life in space and can help us learn more about the early days of the universe. Read more from Scientific American here.

Third, researches have discovered evidence of neanderthal cannibalism in northern Europe. Bones were found with signs of having been cut and broken to extract marrow. Read more from Phys.org here.

Those are just a few of the exciting things going on in the world of science this week. Have you heard about any other interesting science news lately? Leave a comment and let us know!

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Science News – July 2nd, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, scientists grew vegetable and cereal plants in soil that was formulated to resemble the soil of Mars, and found that the crops were safe to eat did not have dangerous levels of heavy metals. This raises hopes for future colonization of Mars. Read more from Phys.org here.

Second, scientists have discovered that a gas field in Tanzania contains over six times the world’s current supply of Helium, so we may not run out of the element, which has important medical and industrial applications, as soon as we thought. Read more from Wired here.

Third, a newly discovered species of tarantula has a unique defense mechanism. Rather than launching barbed utricating hairs at attackers like other tarantulas, the new species makes contact with its enemy and jabs the hairs in directly. Read more from the New York Times here.

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Science News – June 25th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, pink snow in the Arctic caused by algae may be speeding up Arctic melting. The algae darkens the snow which causes it to melt faster. Read more from the Washington Post here.

Second, research has found that some genes become active after death and may remain so for days. This knowledge could have applications in determining time of death, understanding evolution, and has implications for organ transplants as well. Read more from Science Magazine here.

Third, NASA has discovered that Earth has another object orbiting it besides the moon. A small asteroid that orbits the sun also circles the Earth, and is now considered a quasi-satellite of our planet. Read more from the Huffington Post here.

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Science News – June 17th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, gravitational waves have been detected a second time by an international team of physicists and astronomers. These type of waves were predicted to exist by Einstein’s general theory of relativity but it was thought they were too weak to ever be measured. As with the first detection these waves were caused by the tight orbit of two black holes. Read more from Phys.org here.

Second, the level of CO2 in the atmosphere in Antarctica has reached 400 parts per million for the first time in 4 million years. This means that even remote regions are catching up with the increasing CO2 levels of more populated areas. Read more from Scientific American here.

Third, a study has found 15 reefs among 2,500 studied across the world that are not dying as quickly as predicted. These spots show some similarities in how they are being managed and conserved that could help shed light on how to manage other reefs that are not fairing as well. Read more from NPR here.

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Science News – June 11th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, four new elements on the periodic table have been given names pending public comment and final approval. The names of the new elements are Nihonium, Moscovium, Tennessine, and Oganesson. Read more from NPR here.

Second, a new study reports that fish have independently evolved bioluminescence 27 times. Fish that have evolved to produce their own light sources show much more diversity than expected. Read more from National Geographic here.

Third, a power plant in Iceland has successfully turned CO2 into stone in a short period of time, providing a possible way to prevent emissions from entering the atmosphere. Read more from the New York Times here.

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Science News – June 3rd, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, X-ray fluorescence spectrometry has revealed that a dagger found in the tomb of King Tut was made from a meteorite. The blade has resisted rust and age and its origin had been a puzzle until now. Read more from the Smithsonian here.

Second, scientists have outlined a plan to create an entire synthetic human genome in the lab. This could lead to medical breakthroughs, but it raises many concerns and would be a daunting task. Read more from NPR here.

Third, the Hubble telescope has taken measurements that conflict with studies of the left over radiation from the Big Bang, and show the Universe is expanding 5 to 9% faster than previously thought. The reason for the discrepancy is not yet known but may have something to do with unknown subatomic particles or with dark energy. Read more from the Guardian here.

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Science News – May 27th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, scientists entered the Bruniquel Cave in southern France, which had been sealed off for thousands of years, and found mysterious semicircles of stalagmites and evidence of fires that had been created by Neanderthals. Uranium dating shows the rings were stacked up 175,000 years ago, which makes them among the oldest structures created by our human relatives ever found. What the purpose of the structures was is still a mystery. Do you have a theory? Read more from the Smithsonian here.

Second, astronomers using the world’s most powerful telescope and a gravitational lensing technique were able to detect the faintest galaxy of the early universe yet found. The galaxy was born just after the Big Bang and appears to us as it was 13 Billion years ago. Read more from Phys.org here.

Third, the American military has reported the first instance of a bacteria resistant to colistin, a drug considered the last resort in killing superbugs. Although resistant to this last resort drug, the bacteria in this case was luckily not resistant to a class of drugs called carbapenems, and the patient who was carrying the bacteria is now well. However, if bacteria that are resistant to carbapenems are also able to acquire the resistance to colistin they may be unstoppable. Read more from the New York Times here.

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Science News – May 20th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere jumped by the largest amount on record in April, a rise that was amplified by El Nino. Even without the effect of El Nino, carbon dioxide levels have been increasing at a progressively faster pace in recent years. Read more from the Washington Post here.

Second, on Tuesday a brilliant meteor was seen falling over the Northeastern U.S. as an object likely between the size of a basketball and a shopping cart entered the atmosphere. A Maine museum is offering a $20,000 reward for a sizeable chunk of the object if found. Read more from Space.com here.

Third, trees have been observed “resting” their branches at night for the first time, a phenomenon that could be likened to sleep. Researchers used lasers to determine that birch tree branches drooped by as much as ten centimeters over night and returned to their original positions by day. Read more from New Scientist here.

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Science News – May 13th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, the U.S. government is now launching the “National Microbiome Initiative”, a major research project intended to fund the study of microorganisms that could have implications for treating diseases, cleaning up oil spills, and increasing crop yields among other things. Read more from the New York Times here.

Second, this week NASA announced that the Kepler Space Telescope had revealed 1,284 new exoplanets, increasing the number of known alien planets by 60%. Nine new potentially habitable planets were among those found. Read more from Space.com here.

Third, scientists have discovered what was thought to be impossible, a complex cell that has no mitochondria. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of eukaryotic cells, however a microbe isolated from the gut of a Chinchilla appears to use a different form of machinery, possibly acquired from bacteria. Read more from NPR here.

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Science News – May 6th, 2016

Science News! Let’s take a look at some of the important developments in science this week…

First, SpaceX has successfully landed a booster rocket on a ship at sea for the second time. SpaceX’s mission is to develop reusable spacecraft that could drastically cut the cost of space travel. Read more from Scientific American here.

Second, this week the earth is passing through the tail of Halley’s Comet and meteor showers will occur, peaking on the 5th or 6th. Read more from the Smithsonian here.

Third, researches have used math to estimate that there may be a trillion species on earth, meaning that 99.999% of species have not yet been discovered. Read more from Live Science here.

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