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Pink hopes on horizon for project

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:04
HOPES of seeing Inspector Clouseau on Project Manta's fieldwork trip to Lady Elliot Island next week has researchers and locals alike tickled pink. Named Inspector Clouseau, the pigmented manta is the world's only recorded pink manta ray and the reason ...

Climate-driven farming 'frontiers' pose major environmental risks

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:01
Date: February 12, 2020; Source: PLOS; Summary: Future farming in regions that were previously unsuitable for agriculture could significantly impact biodiversity, water resources, and greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Share: FULL STORY ...

Fragile topology: Two new studies explain the strange electron flow in future materials

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:00
Electrons race along the surface of certain unusual crystalline materials, except that sometimes they don't. Two new studies from Princeton researchers and their collaborators explain the source of the surprising behavior and chart a course for restoring ...

Transcription factor AP2 controls cnidarian germ cell induction

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:48
Germ cells are the exclusive progenitors of gametes. In most studied animals, including humans, germ cells are produced only once during embryogenesis and are not replenished in adult life. DuBuc et al. studied germ cell induction in the clonal cnidarian ...

The James at Ohio State study helping change ovarian cancer treatment options

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:36
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKRC) - The James at Ohio State expert Dr. Floor Backes explains how a new study focusing on a class of drugs that are FDA-approved for other cancers may also offer more ovarian cancer treatment options. -----. The Ohio State ...

Researchers warn that ancient Antarctic ice melt fueled sea-level rise - and it could happen again

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:28
A new study finds that melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet during a warm period more than 100,000 years ago may have caused a multiple-meter rise in global sea levels, and the study's authors are warning that it is a “deeply worrying” finding at a time of ...

Graphene forms under microscope's eye

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:21
Date: February 12, 2020; Source: Rice University; Summary: Scientists record the formation of foamy laser-induced graphene made with a small laser mounted to a scanning electron microscope. The reduced size of the conductive material may make it more ...

Ancient Antarctic Ice Melt Increased Sea Levels by Over 3 Meters — and We're Headed There Again

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:11
Fine layers of ancient volcanic ash in the ice helped the team pinpoint when the mass melting took place. Credit: AntarcticScience.com. Rising ocean temperatures drove the melting of Antarctic ice sheets and caused extreme sea level rise more than 100,000 ...

Designing artificial brains can help us learn more about real ones

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:09
Despite billions of dollars spent and decades of research, computation in the human brain remains largely a mystery. Meanwhile, we have made great strides in the development of artificial neural networks, which are designed to loosely mimic how brains ...

As SpaceX Crew Dragon departs for Cape Canaveral, second quarter launch seeming likely

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:06
The SpaceX vehicle slated to launch astronauts from American soil for the first time in nearly nine years has departed for Kennedy Space Center in preparation for a proposed launch in the second quarter of the year. SpaceX on Wednesday said Crew Dragon ...

Space Business: Ufology

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 17:58
Dear readers,. Welcome to Quartz's newsletter on the economic possibilities of the extraterrestrial sphere. Please forward widely, and let me know what you think. This week: Why we see saucers, NASA bucks, and Boeing's process predicament.

Rare Pink Manta Ray Spotted Near Australia's Lady Elliot Island

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 17:49
Just in time for the rosiest holiday of the year, another diver has snapped a rare photo of Inspector Clouseau, the world's only known pink manta ray. First spotted lurking in the waters off Australia's Lady Elliot Island in late 2015, the 11-foot male fish—cheekily ...

Hasbro's rolling out a Star Wars Imperial Troop Transport Vehicle this spring

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 17:32
Image 1 of 6. Hasbro is releasing a brand-new Imperial Troop Transport for its Star Wars: The Vintage Collection line in Spring2020 (Image credit scores: Hasbro)Image 2 of 6. Hasbro is launching a new Imperial Troop Transport for its Star Wars: The Vintage ...

How I Discovered a 40-Million-Year-Old Whale in Kitchen Limestone

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 17:20
Late one night last September, I received a phone call from a stranger. The man, the owner of a stone-cutting workshop near Cairo, told me he had seen something strange—some kind of fossil—while slicing into a large block of limestone that was to be used ...

Science X Account

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 17:01
Researchers uncover the Moscow subway microbiome (and it's similar to that of New York's public transportation). ITMO University. Recently, a group of ITMO University researchers has looked into the microbiome of the Moscow Subway. Turns out that ...

A massive iceberg twice the size of Washington, DC, just broke off of the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:20
An iceberg that's twice the size of Washington, D.C., just broke off of the Pine Island glacier in Antarctica, scientists reported this week. "The Pine Island glacier recently spawned an iceberg over (115 square miles) that very quickly shattered into pieces," the ...

EGEB: How transparent solar panels could make greenhouses net zero

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:10
In today's Electrek Green Energy Brief (EGEB):. Transparent solar panels might make greenhouses energy-neutral in the future, says a new study. The House Republicans' released their big climate-change 'plan': Carbon capture and trees. Martha's Vineyard ...

You Didn't Touch These Jellyfish, but They Can Sting You With Tiny Grenades

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:01
Jellyfish are very sneaky about stinging. Most are silent. Some have venom that kicks in on a time delay. Many species even manage to get in a few zingers after they're dead. But according to research published Thursday in Communications Biology, the ...

Stinging water mystery solved: Jellyfish can sting swimmers, prey with 'mucus grenades'

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:00
In warm coastal waters around the world, swimmers can often spot large groups of jellyfish pulsing rhythmically on the seafloor. Unless properly prepared with protective clothing, it is best to steer clear of areas that Cassiopea, or upside-down jellyfish inhabit: ...

A radio signal is coming from space every 16 days. What the hell is it?

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 16:00
Fast radio bursts are one of astronomy's tantalizing unsolved mysteries. These sudden pulses of radio waves come from far outside our galaxy. They last about a millisecond. And sometimes, the signals repeat. Until recently, that's about all scientists could tell ...

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