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Researchers Express Concern as Arctic Sea Fails to Freeze at Latest Date on Record

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 19:05
Researchers and scientists have expressed concern after the main nursery of Arctic sea ice in Siberia has failed to freeze at the latest date on record. The Guardian reports that the annual freeze in the Laptev Sea has yet to happen, and it's in part because of a ...

How genetic variation gives rise to differences in mathematical ability

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 19:02
DNA variation in a gene called ROBO1 is associated with early anatomical differences in a brain region that plays a key role in quantity representation, potentially explaining how genetic variability might shape mathematical performance in children, according ...

Researchers develop an efficient, low-energy method for upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into valuable molecules

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 19:00
When we started using plastics about 70 years ago, not much thought—if any—was given to the implications of their lifespan and the fact that they can take centuries to decompose. Consequently, as plastics have diversified and become easier to manufacture ...

The upside of aging

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:55
A primary goal of science is to produce robust and generalizable theories of empirical phenomena. For psychologists, the phenomena of interest are the human mind and behavior. Both the robustness and generalizability of psychological theories have come ...

Creating value from plastic waste

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:55
When plastic waste is buried in landfills or incinerated, it generates heat and carbon dioxide. However, plastic waste also offers great opportunities if its economic value can be increased substantially through upcycling processes that convert it into more ...

Galactic “Mystery Source” of Gamma Rays Identified: Record-Setting “Black Widow” Pulsar

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:52
Volunteer distributed computing project Einstein@Home discovers neutron star in unusual binary system. After more than two decades, an international research team led by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitational Physics (Albert Einstein Institute; AEI) in ...

The upside of aging

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:46
Summary. A primary goal of science is to produce robust and generalizable theories of empirical phenomena. For psychologists, the phenomena of interest are the human mind and behavior. Both the robustness and generalizability of psychological theories ...

Heat-reflecting paint keeps things cool without AC

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:45
A new white paint can keep surfaces up to 18 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than their ambient surroundings, researchers report. The paint would absorb nearly no solar energy and send heat away from the building, replacing the need for air conditioning, ...

Mystery of unusual neutron star system revealed after 20 years, thanks to thousands of volunteers

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:36
After more than two decades, an international research team has identified a galactic mystery source of gamma rays: a heavy neutron star with a very low mass companion orbiting it. Using novel data analysis methods running on about 10,000 graphics cards ...

Researchers develop a simplified method to modify disease signaling with light

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:33
Most diseases are caused by aberrant cell signaling processes, and basic research in cell signaling is needed to identify targets for future therapeutic approaches, especially in cases where no cures or effective treatments are currently available. Cellular ...

SC health leaders, University of SC to lead year-long 'SC STRONG' initiative to evaluate COVID-19

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:31
(WBTV) - South Carolina health leaders and the University of South Carolina are leading an extensive initiative to fortify the state's response to COVID-19. Health officials say this science-guided, year-long project will provide information about disease ...

Cicada-inspired waterproof surfaces closer to reality, researchers report

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:25
A multidisciplinary group that studies the physical and chemical properties of insect wings has demonstrated the ability to reproduce the nanostructures that help cicada wings repel water and prevent bacteria from establishing on the surface. The new ...

Simple actions can help people survive landslides

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 18:12
Date: October 22, 2020; Source: University of Washington; Summary: Simple actions can dramatically improve a person's chances of surviving a landslide, according to records from 38 landslides in the US and around the world. People who survived ...

Alabama lieutenant governor tests positive for COVID-19

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:28
Alabama's lieutenant governor tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday after previously criticizing a statewide mask mandate. “After being notified this afternoon that a member of my Sunday school church group had acquired the coronavirus, I was ...

Ozone Hole Over Antarctic Is Bigger Than Ever

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:22
As if 2020 couldn't get any worse. The ozone hole over Antartica is the largest, and the deepest, it has ever been. The ozone layer is an important part of ensuring the Earth and its inhabitants are kept safe from absorbing harmful ultraviolet radiation from the ...

NASA picks Intuitive Machines to land an ice-mining drill on the moon

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:20
NASA has tapped the Houston-based company Intuitive Machines to land an ice-mining drill on the south pole of the moon in 2022. Advertisement. Under the deal, NASA will pay Intuitive Machines $47 million to deliver the space agency's Polar Resources ...

Simplified method to modify disease signaling with light

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:17
Date: October 22, 2020; Source: University of Turku; Summary: Cellular optogenetics is a technique that allows researchers to use light to precisely control cell signaling and function in space and time enabling the investigation of mechanisms involved in ...

Midland Memorial Hospital taking a step back amid COVID-19 surge

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:04
MIDLAND, Texas — If you have loved ones in the hospital, there are new policies in place that you should know about. One includes the visitation policy. Only pediatric patients, mothers in labor, and patients who need someone to speak for them will be ...

We're having a blue-moon Halloween this year

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 17:00
The astronomical definition of a blue moon has nothing to do with the moon having a tinge of the color blue. It all has to do with mathematical odds. The synodic period of the moon, an astronomical term, is 29.5 days. That's the time it takes the moon to go ...

A New Map of All the Particles and Forces

Google Science Feeds - Thu, 10/22/2020 - 16:45
The force-carrying particles (namely the photon, which conveys the electromagnetic force; the W and Z bosons, which convey the weak force; and the gluons, which convey the strong force) are put on the same footing as the matter particles those forces act ...

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