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.

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 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 – 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.

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 – January 9th, 2016

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

First, the seventh row of the periodic table has been completed with the addition of four new chemical elements. The super heavy elements, that exist only for a fraction of a second, were created when researchers smashed lighter nuclei together. For now the elements have been given placeholder names until those proposed by their discoverers are approved. Read more from New Scientist here.

Second, an international scientific panel has made the case for designating a new geological epoch, called the “Anthropocene”, due to the long term changes humans are making to the earth. The scientists say that materials like aluminum, plastic, and concrete, and events such as nuclear testing, will mark our presence far into the future. Read more from the BBC here.

Third, new studies suggest that humans carry Neanderthal genes that may be responsible for more severe allergies. Researches identified three genes that are involved in our immune system and our body’s reaction to foreign substances, and found that those who carry these genes are likely to have an overreaction to substances like pollen and animal hair. Read more from NPR here.

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