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 – 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 – 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 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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New John Oliver Video on Science!

“Science is by its nature imperfect, but it is hugely important and it deserves better than to be twisted out of proportion and turned into morning show gossip.” A hilarious but informative new talk by John Oliver on how science is misrepresented and sensationalized. Check it out –> https://youtu.be/0Rnq1NpHdmw

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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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Science News – April 29th, 2016

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

First, SpaceX and NASA are planning a collaboration to land an unmanned spacecraft on Mars as early as 2018. The eventual goal will be to send humans to Mars by 2030. Read more from the Washington Post here.

Second, researchers have discovered a new species of titanosaur, the largest animals that ever lived on earth. The new dinosaur weighed as much as two elephants, but had a brain the size of a lime. Read more from the Smithsonian here.

Third, astronomers have discovered that Makemake, a dwarf planet in the Kuiper Belt, has it’s own moon. The discovery of the moon should provide scientists with the opportunity to learn more about the dwarf planet than they could have if it did not have a satellite. Read more from Space.com here.

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Science News – February 5th, 2016

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

First, a new study published in Science concludes that humans have facilitated the decline of honeybees by our actions. By introducing Asian honeybees to Europe and then introducing European bees to the Americas we caused the spread of a mite and a virus among the populations. Honeybees are now transferring these issues to other types of bees, further compounding the problem. Read more from the Washington Post here.

Second, a fusion reactor has produced the first hydrogen plasma, created by super heating hydrogen gas to a temperature of 80 million degrees Celsius.  The project is intended to explore the feasibility of fusion power, which would create clean and virtually limitless energy. Read more from Discovery News here.

Third, a fossilized Jurassic insect has been discovered that looks very similar to modern butterflies. Despite the similarity in appearance this insect lived 40 to 85 million years before modern butterflies had begun to evolve. Fossils of delicate insects are very rare, and the fossil even appears to show an eye spot on the wing. Read more from the Smithsonian here.

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Science News – January 2nd, 2016

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

First, researchers at Princeton University have produced 3D footage of the brain activity of a nematode. This is the first time that such a detailed view of brain wide neural activity with single neuron resolution in a free moving animal has been captured, and could help in understanding how neurons coordinate motion and behavior. Read more from Princeton here.

Second, scientists have found that they can change the social behavior of ants using epigenetic drugs. By changing gene expression, but not the DNA sequence itself, the researchers were able to alter the behavior of individual ants that would usually act in accordance to the ant caste to which they belonged. Read more from Phys.org here.

Third, researchers have successfully used gene editing to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. A system was used that deleted DNA preventing cells from producing a protein that is essential for muscle function, and a virus was used to deliver the alteration into the cells of the mice. Read more from the BBC here.

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Science News – December 27th, 2015

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

First, on Christmas Eve an asteroid at least 3600 ft long passed by the earth at a distance 6.8 million miles (about 28 times the distance between earth and the moon). Three years from now this same asteroid will pass even closer at a distance of 1.8 million miles. Read more from NASA here.

Second, researchers have found a new way to disperse and stabilize nano particles in molten metals to create a super strong but lightweight metal that could be used to make lighter airplanes, cars, spacecraft, etc. Read more from Phys.org here.

Third, a new species of deep ocean shark, dubbed the “ninja lantern shark” has been discovered. The shark is uniformly black and has less light emitting photophores than other lantern shark species. Read more from the Huffington Post here.

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