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New clues as to why mutations in the MYH9 gene cause broad spectrum of disorders in humans

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:36
Left: The fruit fly provides a unique opportunity to “watch” the effects of disease-associated mutations in the gene that encodes the myosin II motor protein. Schematic of myosin-driven body axis elongation during fruit fly development. Right: These changes in ...

Collision liquified the 4th-largest astroid, turning it into a dwarf planet

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:34
The bodies of our Solar System's asteroid belt have violent pasts. Some, like the dwarf planet Ceres, have seen their interiors restructured under the force of gravity while having their surfaces blasted by collisions. Smaller asteroids have experienced ...

Astronaut participates in Earth-to-space call with school

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:22
CARIBOU, Maine (AP) — The first Maine woman to travel to space used a rare Earth-to-space call to tell students from her alma mater to never stop dreaming big. The astronaut is Jessica Meir, a native of Caribou, who became the 15th woman to walk in ...

Greenland ice cap melt measured by satellites — and it's enough to cover Tasmania in 5m of water

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:22
In late July, polar scientist Martin Stendel was sweltering at his desk in Copenhagen as Europe suffered its worst ever heatwave. Key points: Greenland's ice cap is melting, and that water is draining into the ocean, contributing to sea level rise; In July this year, ...

Something crashed into Earth and helped wipe out mammoths and other animals 13000 years ago, study says

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:21
By Ashley Strickland, CNN. CNN — Around 13,000 years ago, giant animals such as mastodons, mammoths, saber-toothed cats and ground sloths disappeared from the Earth. Scientists have found evidence in sediment cores to support a controversial theory ...

New Research Reveals Facial Recognition Software Misclassifies Transgender, Non-Binary People

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:21
New research from University of Colorado Boulder indicates that popular facial analysis services including Amazon, Clarifai, IBM, and Microsoft misclassify individuals who do not identify with the traditional gender binary. Over the past decade, facial ...

Something crashed into Earth and helped wipe out mammoths and other animals 13000 years ago, study says

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:18
(CNN) Around 13,000 years ago, giant animals such as mastodons, mammoths, saber-toothed cats and ground sloths disappeared from the Earth. Scientists have found evidence in sediment cores to support a controversial theory that an asteroid or a comet ...

Human activities boosted global soil erosion already 4000 years ago

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 19:12
Soil erosion reduces the productivity of ecosystems, it changes nutrient cycles and it thus directly impacts climate and society. An international team of researchers, including Professor Pierre Francus at the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), ...

If NASA gets back to the Moon, it has some pretty cool plans lined up

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 18:29
Look! Here's an artist's conception of an astronaut on the Moon. It appears as though she is installing a geophone. NASA. Here's the plan to reach the Moon by 2024. NASA. Here's the science to be done by 2024. NASA. Here's a peek at the plan beyond 2024 ...

NASA wants city skies filled with drones delivering packages and people

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 18:26
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, speaking at the Commercial USV Expo, touted an urban future with thousands of drone deliveries a day. Stephen Shankland/CNET. In less than a decade, the air above at least one United States city will be buzzing with ...

'First Light' Achieved on an Experiment That Could Crack The Mystery of Dark Energy

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 18:11
As an astronomer, there is no better feeling than achieving “first light” with a new instrument or telescope. It is the culmination of years of preparations and construction of new hardware, which for the first time collects light particles from an astronomical object.

Scientists transplant millions of coral 'babies' to save choked inshore sections of Great Barrier Reef

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 18:11
Scientists are deploying millions of coral larvae on the Great Barrier Reef as part of an underwater war to combat algae choking parts of the World Heritage site. Key points: An overgrowth of algae is threatening the survival of coral off Magnetic Island ...

NASA rocket launch will be visible from Philly this weekend, if you know when to look

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 18:01
NASA rocket launches are often associated with locales Houston and Florida, but Philly's aeronautical obsessives will be able to watch a rocket launch this weekend from the comfort of their own city. Northrop Grumman, a private aerospace and defense ...

Do wormholes exist? Scientists aren't sure, but they may know how to spot them

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 17:38
Wormholes are a veritable mainstay when it comes to science fiction. They're the ever-convenient methods of travel so many characters use to get from one place to another in just enough time to avert a crisis. Here's the thing about them, though: scientists ...

Tracking satellites through crowdsourcing

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 17:35
A newly announced project called TruSat uses crowdsourced data to track satellites in an effort to hold companies and nations operating in space accountable. Why it matters: Space junk is a growing concern for those in the space industry, as companies plan ...

Who Will Build the First Commercial Space Station?

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 17:16
When Michael Suffredini decided to retire from the Johnson Space Center in 2015, he knew he wasn't actually done with space. “I was just looking for the right opportunity to use everything I'd learned,” he says. The Texas native had learned a lot during an ...

Bird bacteria work like a come-on to other birds

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 17:12
Birds use odor to identify other birds, but if the bacteria that produce those odors changes, it can make it tough to communicate or find a mate, new research shows. Smell is a basic sense vital for the survival of humans and animals. It warns of danger, aids in ...

NASA reveals 'galaxy of horrors' exoplanet posters in time for Halloween

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 17:11
Welcome to the sinister side of space, where "no one can hear you scream," as the original "Alien" movie poster warned. Just in time for Halloween, NASA released two new posters on Tuesday showcasing exoplanets HD 189733 b and PSR B1257+12 c, ...

Can't stop putting your hand in the candy dish? Scientists may have found why

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 16:28
Research has indicated that melanin-concentrating hormone is linked with appetite for food or drugs, but scientists hadn't previously understood how it affects impulse control. (Photo/iStock). A national team of scientists has identified a circuit in the brain that ...

Bird eggs have different colors around the world, and this study has an idea why

Google Science Feeds - Tue, 10/29/2019 - 16:17
Bird eggs come in different shapes, sizes, and patterns. Biologists have long puzzled over why these differences happen in the first place, but the major drivers of variation have remained unclear. Of course, there are many different parameters at play: genetic ...

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