Rare 10-million-year-old fossil unearths new view of human evolution
by Christopher Carbone on September 18, 2019 at 9:16 pm
A 10-million-year-old fossilized ape has given scientists new insights into human evolution. The ape skeleton, known as Rudapithecus, was initially discovered in Hungary; its preserved pelvis was studied by an international team of researchers, who found ...
Team closes in on 'holy grail' of room temperature quantum computing chips
by Cong Liu on September 18, 2019 at 8:41 pm
To process information, photons must interact. However, these tiny packets of light want nothing to do with each other, each passing by without altering the other. Now, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have coaxed photons into interacting with ...
Study gives the green light to the fruit fly's color preference
on September 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm
For more than a century, the humble and ubiquitous fruit fly has helped scientists shed light on human genetics, disease, and behavior. Now a new study by University of Miami researchers reveals that the tiny, winged insects have an innate time- and ...
Asteroid alert: NASA tracks three large rocks approaching Earth as fast as 26500MPH
by Sebastian Kettley on September 18, 2019 at 8:30 pm
NASA expects the asteroids to individually approach our planet on Saturday, September 21. The space rocks are estimated to measure between 59ft (18m) at their smallest and 275.6ft (84m) at their largest. All three have been named NEOs or Near-Earth ...
Designing a Moon Suit for the 21st Century
by Marc Kaufman on September 18, 2019 at 8:08 pm
One of the last times former astronaut John Grunsfeld was in NASA's immense underwater training pool in Houston, wearing a spacesuit and practicing for his third and final Hubble Space Telescope repair in 2009, he felt a growing pain in his shoulder.
This neutron star is 'almost too massive to exist,' Astronomers say in new study
on September 18, 2019 at 7:55 pm
Astronomers have measured what they believe is the most massive neutron star ever seen, and it's "almost too massive to exist." Neutron stars are what remains when a star goes supernova and dies, making them some of the densest objects in the universe ...
Recently Discovered Neutron Star Is Almost Too Massive to Exist
by Jason Daley on September 18, 2019 at 7:37 pm
Astronomers at the Green Bank Observatory in West Virginia have located the most massive neutron star on record, so dense that it may be close to the cusp of collapsing into a black hole. Neutron stars are one of the evolutionary end points for high-mass ...
Asteroid Dust Triggered an Explosion of Life on Earth 466 Million Years Ago
by Meghan Bartels on September 18, 2019 at 7:34 pm
Consider the possibility that an asteroid may have transformed the picture of life on Earth — but forget the dinosaurs and the massive crater, and rewind an extra 400 million years from that dramatic moment. Back then, life was primarily an oceanic affair and ...
The weirdest star in the galaxy could be circled by a 'melting moon'
by Eric Mack on September 18, 2019 at 7:18 pm
This illustration show's an artist's vision of what Tabby's Star might look like with a surrounding ring of debris. NASA/JPL-Caltech. There's a new theory about the curious star that erratically dims and re-brightens. As more data comes in, it's seeming less and ...
Lack of sleep triggers gut health change behind severe inflammation
on September 18, 2019 at 7:01 pm
Working the night shift or generally getting a lack of sleep at night may trigger gut changes that pave the way for a number of inflammatory intestinal disorders, according to a new study. The reason boils down to the body's internal clock and how easily it can ...
Watch a robot made of robots move around
by Eva Frederick on September 18, 2019 at 6:58 pm
Good news for small, helpless robots who long to be a part of something bigger: Researchers have found a way to create “robots made of robots” that can move around, even though the individual parts can't travel on their own. To create this robot horde, ...
Elephant Seal 'Supermoms' Producing Lots Of Pups: UCSC Research
by Toni McAllister on September 18, 2019 at 6:33 pm
"Supermoms" accounted for more than half (55 percent) of the total pup production at the Año Nuevo rookery north of Santa Cruz. By Toni McAllister, Patch Staff. Sep 18, 2019 2:31 pm ET. Reply. 0. Elephant seals at Año Nuevo State Park. (California Dept. of ...
Shedding light on dark matter
by Julie Stewart on September 18, 2019 at 6:30 pm
Dark matter makes up an estimated 85 percent of the universe, according to scientists. But, despite years of study, scientists still do not know what dark matter is. One of the great challenges for physicists is to reconcile that quandary. An interdisciplinary ...
A giant asteroid crash caused an ancient ice age on Earth, but also gave life a boost
by Ashley Strickland on September 18, 2019 at 6:05 pm
(CNN) Earth endured an ancient ice age 466 million years ago when a giant asteroid broke apart and sent waves of dust toward our planet over the next 2 million years, according to a new study. And surprisingly, while the massive inflow of dust caused global ...
NASA's Juno orbiter has captured a solar eclipse on Jupiter
by Johnny Simon on September 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm
NASA's Juno orbiter has captured stunning images of the swirling, hypnotic beauty of Jupiter in the three years it has been observing our solar system's largest planet. On Sept. 12, Juno sent back a scene from a close orbit of 8,000 kilometers. Data processed ...
Study finds that learning to read enhances the brain in more ways than one
by Alexandra Pattillo on September 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm
Conventional wisdom says that brain space is like Manhattan real estate: limited and extremely valuable. In turn, researchers have suspected that certain activities that are processed in the brain, like learning to read or observing a person's face, compete for ...
Will Amateurs Be Able to See the New Interstellar Comet?
by Bob King on September 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm
We're all crossing our fingers we'll see the new comet in our telescopes. Here are some tips on making the best of this rare apparition. Amateur captures C/2019 Q4. Comet Borisov (C/2019 Q4) — at center — slowly slides across the sky in this time-lapse ...
A World of Searing Heat and Melted Ice Caps: Climate Model of Early Eocene is 'Scary Finding' for Earth's Future
by Hannah Osborne on September 18, 2019 at 6:01 pm
Scientists have discovered how a spike in carbon dioxide over 50 million years ago may have caused global temperatures to soar to their highest levels in 66 million years—something they have dubbed a "scary finding" in relation to climate change today.
Learning to read recycles visual cortical networks without destruction
by CR Rao on September 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Learning to read is associated with the appearance of an orthographically sensitive brain region known as the visual word form area. It has been claimed that development of this area proceeds by impinging upon territory otherwise available for the ...
Porosity production in weathered rock: Where volumetric strain dominates over chemical mass loss
on September 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Weathering in the critical zone causes volumetric strain and mass loss, thereby creating subsurface porosity that is vital to overlying ecosystems. We used geochemical and geophysical measurements to quantify the relative importance of volumetric strain and ...