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.

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 – 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.

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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