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After Massive Beetle Outbreaks, Some Western Forests Show Signs of Recovery

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 20:02
Just a few years after simultaneous bark beetle outbreaks decimated trees in the Rocky Mountains, scientists have found that large portions of these high-elevation forests are already showing signs of recovery, according to a new study of 14,000 trees ...

NASA's New Horizons mission sheds new light on how planets form

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 20:01
NASA's New Horizons mission is providing scientists with fresh insight into how planets form. The mission is also boosting scientific knowledge about the formation of planetesimals, described by NASA as “the building blocks of the planets.” In a statement, the ...

Satellite megaconstellations prompt new warning from astronomy group about impact on science

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 20:00
The more astronomers consider the advent of satellite megaconstellations, the more anxious they get. Now, the International Astronomical Union (IAU), a premier group of astronomers, has spoken out again, voicing scientists' concerns about how the ...

Biologists Solve Mystery of 'Stinging Water'

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:58
Snorkelers in mangrove forest waters inhabited by the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea xamachana report discomfort due to a sensation known as 'stinging water.' When Tohoku University's Dr. Cheryl Ames and colleagues looked at toxin-filled mucus the ...

Fighting climate change at the sink: A guide to greener dishwashing

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:38
Date: February 12, 2020; Source: University of Michigan; Summary: If you're an environmentally conscious consumer, you've probably heard that today's highly efficient dishwashers use less energy and water than traditional hand-washing techniques. Share:.

Scientists discover largest bacteria-eating virus. It blurs line between living and nonliving.

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:33
Huge bacteria-killing viruses lurk in ecosystems around the world from hot springs to freshwater lakes and rivers. Now, a group of researchers has discovered some of these so-called bacteriophages that are so large and so complex that they blur the line ...

Scientist ramp up search for Alien life

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:27
Experts at the SETI Institute, a US organisation dedicated to tracking extraterrestrial intelligence, are developing state-of-the-art techniques to detect signatures from space that indicate the possibility of extraterrestrial existence. These so-called ...

Tiny area of brain may be 'engine of consciousness', scientists suggest

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:11
New research suggests a tiny part of the brain plays a key role in enabling consciousness. The findings might someday be used to bring people out of comas, treat consciousness disorders or ensure patients stay anesthetized during intensive procedures.

Discovery brings nanoscale thermal switches needed for next-gen computing

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:10
Date: February 12, 2020; Source: U.S. Army Research Laboratory; Summary: Researchers have developed nanoscale thermal switches that are key to thermal management of nanoscale devices, refrigeration, data storage, thermal computing and heat ...

Great ape brains have a feature that we thought was unique to humans

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:09
Our brains could have more in common with our ape cousins than previously thought, which might require us to rethink ideas on the evolution of brain specialism in our early human ancestors. The left and right sides of our brains aren't symmetrical; some ...

Dunes use turbulence as a buffer to prevent collisions

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:08
Sand dunes are amazing. They sing, they move, they organize into regular structures—and then those structures can fall apart. Dunes can collide and combine into a single dune, and a single dune can break into multiple dunes. We are all familiar with ...

How did dinosaur parents know when their kids had a fever?

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 19:00
From the time that dinosaur fossils were first discovered, these creatures have fascinated scientists and laypeople alike. In the academic world, their remains provide important clues into the prehistoric world; in popular culture, dinosaurs have inspired ...

Coral reefs: Centuries of human impact

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:53
Coral reefs account for one-third of all biodiversity in the oceans and are vital to humanity. But long-standing human stressors including agricultural run-off and overfishing and more recent ocean warming from climate change have all contributed to ...

Cosmic Rays from beyond Solar System Affect Atmosphere of Titan

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:49
Using data from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), a team of Japanese researchers has found that Galactic cosmic rays affect the chemical reactions involved in the formation of nitrogen-bearing organic molecules in the atmosphere of ...

Hydropower dams cool rivers in the Mekong River basin, satellites show

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:44
Using satellite data to monitor the surface temperature of the Sesan River over time, the team saw temperature drops that corresponded with the completion of major dams (labeled in red), but not minor dams (labeled in blue). During dry season of 2001, the ...

Coronavirus: How do you self-isolate successfully?

Health News BBC - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:39
From food delivery to dealing with family, here's how those told to isolate themselves can avoid spreading the virus.

New Research Launching to Station Aboard Northrop Grumman's 13th Resupply Mission: NASA

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:33
NASA astronaut Tim Kopra commanded the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm to release the Cygnus spacecraft on June 14, 2016. After Cygnus was a safe distance away, ground controllers at Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio ...

NASA's Next Low-Cost Planetary Science Missions Will Visit Venus or the Outer Solar System

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:31
With its selection of four candidates for its coveted Discovery class of interplanetary missions, the space agency seeks to handle some unfinished business. By David W. Brown on February 14, 2020. Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter. Share on Reddit.

A Record 90 Dams in 26 States Were Removed in 2019. Here's Why That's Good News

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:19
A record 26 states removed a total of 90 dams in 2019 to revive rivers and strengthen communities and ecosystems around the country. A record 26 states removed a total of 90 dams in 2019 to revive rivers and strengthen communities and ecosystems ...

Mysterious fast radio burst repeats in 16-day rhythm

Google Science Feeds - Fri, 02/14/2020 - 18:19
EarthSky.org. 1. Location of the newly discovered repeating fast radio burst – labeled FRB 180916.J0158+65 – in the outskirts of a spiral galaxy some 500 million light-years from Earth. B. Marcote et al./ Arxiv. For the first time, a fast radio burst has been found ...

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