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 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 – 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 of the Week – November 6th, 2015

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

First up, like the dodos featured in our latest design, four species of birds in the UK are facing extinction. The species include Atlantic puffins, European turtle doves, Slavonian grebes and pochards. The birds have been added to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species for birds. This represents an unfortunate addition to the list of species in the UK and worldwide that are declining. Read more details from the BBC here.

Second, a new winged dinosaur has been discovered in South Dakota and has been dubbed the “Dakotaraptor” (Dakotaraptor steini). At 17 feet long it is one of the biggest raptors ever found. The fossil shows quill knobs that indicate the presence of feathers, although it’s unlikely that the raptor was capable of flight. See more details and awesome photos from the Smithsonian here.

Third, physicists have created small amounts of anti-matter using particle accelerators, and have found that the attractive forces of anti-protons are similar to those of regular protons. Further experiments may reveal ways in which anti-matter is different from regular matter. More details from NPR here.

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