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We should listen to the words of Carl Sagan

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:52
Editor: In this time of division and power grabbing in our world and our country that has led to a locked in view of most of our population, it is time to listen to the words of Carl Sagan. His wisdom is not paralleled by anyone that I can think of in my memory.

A dash of silicon improves boron carbide body armor

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:08
Legend says Genghis Khan instructed his horsemen to wear silk vests underneath their armor to better protect themselves against an onslaught of arrows during battle. Since the time of Khan, body armor has significantly evolved—silk has given way to ...

Jewel beetles' sparkle helps them hide in plain sight

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:00
A jewel beetle (Sternocera aequsignata). Credit: Bristol Museums, Galleries & Archives. Bright colors are often considered an evolutionary tradeoff in the animal kingdom. Yes, a male peacock's colorful feathers may help it attract a mate, but they also make it ...

Scanning system in sperm may control rate of human evolution

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 16:00
Maturing sperm cells turn on most of their genes, not to follow their genetic instructions like normal, but instead to repair DNA before passing it to the next generation, a new study finds. Led by NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers and published ...

Borexino Detector Spots 53 Geoneutrinos

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:48
An underground particle detector called the Borexino detector has detected 53 antielectron neutrinos emanating from the Earth, so-called geoneutrinos. The interior of the Borexino detector. Image credit: Borexino Collaboration. Neutrinos and their antimatter ...

Physicist obtain atomically thin molybdenum disulfide films on large-area substrates

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:42
Researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology have managed to grow atomically thin films of molybdenum disulfide spanning up to several tens of square centimeters. It was demonstrated that the material's structure can be modified by ...

Turtle tracking reveals key feeding grounds

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:40
Loggerhead turtles feed in the same places year after year - meaning key locations should be protected, researchers say. University of Exeter scientists used satellite tracking and "stable isotope ratios" - a chemical signature also used by forensic scientists - to ...

First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:32
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space. While looking more or less normal, the best cookies required two hours of baking time last month up at the International Space Station. It takes far ...

Meteor crater discovered in Australia is world's oldest

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:27
When we gaze out into our solar system and observe its several planets and many moons, one thing tends to be true of just about all of them: They have lots and lots of impact craters. Each of those scars on a planet or moon's surface tells a story and while ...

Indigenous participation in renewables and the four directions of sustainability

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:25
As more renewable projects move ahead, there are four key aspects to meaningful Indigenous participation to keep in mind. The Forrest Kerr Hydroelectric Project in B.C. is now partly owned by the Tahltan First Nation. This past summer, the Tahltan Nation ...

LEGO launches model version of International Space Station

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:23
Coming to a playroom near you – LEGO announced the International Space Station as its newest building set. The company is promising you an “out-of-this-world building experience” with their new building set. The 864-piece station includes the space ...

New study suggests hot flashes may alter hippocampal and prefrontal cortex function to decrease verbal memory

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:22
Date: January 23, 2020; Source: The North American Menopause Society (NAMS); Summary: If you're having difficulty identifying the right word to express yourself clearly or remembering a story correctly, you may blame menopause. A new study suggests ...

Copper Age Italy hosted large, complex networks of metal exchange

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:16
Jan. 23 (UPI) -- During the 4th and 3rd millennia BC, the Late Neolithic, Italy was home to complex metalwork exchange networks, according to new isotopic analysis of Copper Age artifacts. Recent studies have revealed Neolithic populations in Italy were ...

First Ancient DNA from West Africa Illuminates the Deep Human Past

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 15:08
A team of international researchers, which includes a Saint Louis University Madrid anthropologist, dug deep to find some of the oldest African DNA on record, in a new study published in Nature. Africa is the homeland of our species and harbors greater ...

Life's Frankenstein beginnings

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:56
When the Earth was born, it was a mess. Meteors and lightning storms likely bombarded the planet's surface where nothing except lifeless chemicals could survive. How life formed in this chemical mayhem is a mystery billions of years old. Now, a new study ...

Unveiling the biggest and most detailed map of the fly brain yet

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:56
Janelia and Google scientists have constructed the most complete map of the fly brain ever created, pinpointing millions of connections between 25,000 neurons. Now, a wiring diagram of the entire brain is within reach. In a darkened room in Ashburn, ...

Beings That Are Smarter than Humans Inhabit the Galaxy

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:45
“If, as appears to be probable, vegetation exists on Mars, life has developed on two out of the three planets in our system where it has any chance to do so. With this as a guide, it appears now to be probable that the whole number of inhabited worlds within the ...

Carbon Dioxide Reached a New High in Humanity's Existence

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:45
We're not even through the first month of 2020, and we already broke the record for the day with the most carbon dioxide in all of human history. Carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere hit 415.79 parts per million (ppm) at Mauna Loa Observatory on Tuesday.

Reach for the Stars: Secrets of Saturn keep coming

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:44
Though the Cassini Mission ended in September 2017 with the spacecraft's spectacular planned plunge into Saturn's atmosphere, the data it collected is the gift that keeps on giving. Recent analysis of some of this data enabled a research team from the Free ...

How NASA's Webb Telescope will continue Spitzer's legacy

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 14:42
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, then known as the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, launches from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday, Aug. 25, 2003. Credit: NASA. As one window to the universe closes, another will open with an ...