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The cerebellum may have played an important role in the evolution of the human brainThe cerebellum -- a part of the brain once recognized mainly for its role in coordinating movement -- underwent evolutionary changes that may have contributed to human culture, language and tool use, according to a new study.
5 jSharks use Earth's magnetic fields to guide them like a mapSea turtles are known for relying on magnetic signatures to find their way across thousands of miles to the very beaches where they hatched. Now, researchers have some of the first solid evidence that sharks also rely on magnetic fields for their long-distance forays across the sea.
5 jEarliest evidence of humans changing ecosystems with fireA new study provides the earliest evidence to date of ancient humans significantly altering entire ecosystems with flames. The study combines archaeological evidence -- dense clusters of stone artifacts dating as far back as 92,000 years ago -- with paleoenvironmental data on the northern shores of Lake Malawi in eastern Africa to document that early humans were ecosystem engineers.
6 jBats know the speed of sound from birth, scientists discoveryUnlike humans, who map the world in units of distance, bats map the world in units of time. What this means is that the bat perceives an insect as being at a distance of nine milliseconds, and not one and a half meters, as was previously thought.
6 jLightning and subvisible discharges produce molecules that clean the atmosphereScientists have found that lightning bolts and, surprisingly, subvisible discharges that cannot be seen by cameras or the naked eye produce extreme amounts of the hydroxyl radical and hydroperoxyl radical. The hydroxyl radical is important in the atmosphere because it initiates chemical reactions and breaks down molecules like the greenhouse gas methane.
12 jWas North America populated by 'stepping stone' migration across Bering Sea?A new study documents the newly named Bering Transitory Archipelago and then points to how, when and where the first Americans may have crossed. The authors' stepping-stones hypothesis depends on scores of islands that emerged during the last ice age as sea level fell when ocean waters were locked in glaciers and later rose when ice sheets melted.
12 jGlobal glacier retreat has acceleratedScientists have shown that almost all the world's glaciers are becoming thinner and losing mass -- and that these changes are picking up pace. The team's analysis is the most comprehensive and accurate of its kind to date.
12 jMammals evolved big brains after big disastersA large study reveals the way relative brain size of mammals changed over the last 150 million years.
12 jIcy clouds could have kept early Mars warm enough for rivers and lakesA new study led by a planetary scientist uses a computer model of Mars to put forth a promising explanation onto how Mars once contained rivers and lakes: Mars could have had a thin layer of icy, high-altitude clouds that caused a greenhouse effect.
15 jA new perspective on the genomes of archaic humansResearchers examined 14,000 genetic differences between modern humans and our most recent ancestors at a new level of detail. They found that differences in gene activation -- not just genetic code -- could underlie evolution of the brain and vocal tract.
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SARS-CoV-2 uses a multipronged strategy to impede host protein synthesis
Nature, Published online: 12 May 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03610-3SARS-CoV-2 uses a multipronged strategy to impede host protein synthesis
12 hThe epidemiological impact of the NHS COVID-19 App
Nature, Published online: 12 May 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03606-zThe epidemiological impact of the NHS COVID-19 App
12 hThe 100 memes that immortalize my PhD defence
Nature, Published online: 12 May 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01273-8Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour chose an unusual way to capture an academic rite of passage, with a little help from her friends.
12 hQuantum drums, COVID patents and head injuries
Nature, Published online: 12 May 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01245-yThe latest science news, in brief.
12 hEvidence-based medicine: how COVID can drive positive change
Nature, Published online: 12 May 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01255-wThe pandemic has spawned too many uninformative clinical trials and reviews. Reform is needed to ensure the world gets the high-quality evidence it needs.
12 hHow COVID broke the evidence pipeline
Nature, Published online: 12 May 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01246-xThe pandemic stress-tested the way the world produces evidence — and revealed all the flaws.
12 hPublisher Correction: Whole-genome doubling confers unique genetic vulnerabilities on tumour cells
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2021; doi:10.1038/s41586-021-03591-3Publisher Correction: Whole-genome doubling confers unique genetic vulnerabilities on tumour cells
1 jCOVID-19: build on Belgium’s psychosocial findings
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01277-4COVID-19: build on Belgium’s psychosocial findings
1 jMice with severe COVID symptoms could speed vaccine effort
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01251-0A new rodent model of COVID-19 promises an easier and quicker way to test treatments and vaccines.
1 jFlashy plants draw outsize share of scientists’ attention
Nature, Published online: 11 May 2021; doi:10.1038/d41586-021-01263-wBlue-flowered plants get the most scientific love; those with green or brown flowers, not so much.
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Astronomers see a Rare “Double Quasar” in a Pair of Merging Galaxies
What’s better than a quasar? That’s right, two quasars. Astronomers have spotted for the first time two rare double-quasars, and the results show us the dynamic, messy consequences of galaxy formation. Every galaxy is thought to host a supermassive black hole in its center. When galaxies merge, their black holes merge along with them. During …
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57 mBlue Origin Will Finally Fly Passengers to the Edge of Space in July
Blue Origin has a charitable auction going and whoever makes the highest bid will win a ride to space the New Shepard rocket!
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10 hStarlink and OneWeb Have Their First Avoidance Maneuver With Each Other’s Constellations
Two companies, OneWeb and SpaceX, are racing to put fleets of thousands of communication satellites into orbit. In March they had their first near-miss. Avoidance maneuvers were successful, but how many more close calls will they face in the future? SpaceX has already launched over a thousand of its Starlink global broadband internet satellites, and …
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20 hHow can White Dwarfs Produce Such Powerful Magnetic Fields?
White dwarfs have some surprisingly strong magnetic fields, and one team of astronomers may have finally found the reason why. When they cool, they can activate a dynamo mechanism similar to what powers the Earth’s magnetic field. Some white dwarfs have magnetic fields a million times stronger than the Earth, but the origins of those …
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21 hIngenuity Makes a one-way Trip for the First Time, Flying to a new Landing Site
Ever feel like no matter how far you fly you end up in the same spot? Ingenuity certainly does. The helicopter that has been making dozens of headlines lately for all of the firsts it is achieving as part of its mission on Mars so far has only returned back to its original take-off point. …
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21 hNASA is Getting Serious About a Radio Telescope on the Moon
It’s widely known by now that the “dark side” of the moon, made famous by Pink Floyd, isn’t actually dark. It gets as much sunlight as the side that is tidally locked facing Earth. However, it is dark in one very important way – it isn’t affected by radio signals emanating from Earth itself. What’s …
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23 hBoth Uranus and Neptune Have Really Bizarre Magnetic Fields
The magnetic fields of Uranus and Neptune are really, seriously messed up. And we don’t know why. The magnetic fields of most planets (if they even have one) are pretty straightforward. The planet spins in a certain direction, and the field roughly lines up with that direction of spin. Sure, the fields may wander a …
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1 jYoung Stars can Evaporate Nearby Disks Before They can Form Planets
Many planetary systems may get snuffed out before they even get a chance to form, according to new research. The culprit: nearby stars, capable of evaporating entire protoplanetary disks just when they begin to form. Stars tend to form in clusters as a single giant nebula fragments into many smaller pieces. Naturally, some stars will …
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1 jA new Method Simulates the Universe 1000 Times Faster
Cosmologists love universe simulations. Even models covering hundreds of millions of light years can be useful for understanding fundamental aspects of cosmology and the early universe. There’s just one problem – they’re extremely computationally intensive. A 500 million light year swath of the universe could take more than 3 weeks to simulate.. Now, scientists led …
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1 jIt’s Official, Astronaut Bill Nelson is NASA’s new Administrator
Bill Nelson, a former astronaut, Senator, and longtime advocate for space, was recently sworn in as the 14th Administrator of NASA
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AI that mimics human typos on a smartphone could improve keyboardsAn artificial intelligence that mimics how people type on a smartphone – including making errors – could help improve the standard of on-screen keyboards in the future
2 hRubber slabs washed up in Brazil traced to Second World War shipwreckIn 2018, hundreds of slabs of rubber washed up on the Brazilian coastline – they have been identified as cargo from the shipwrecked SS Rio Grande from the Second World War
2 hCerne Abbas Giant may have been carved into hill over 1000 years agoThe Cerne Abbas Giant carved into an English hillside seems to date to the late Saxon period or early Medieval times, and may have been hidden by grass for centuries
10 hRare video of giant squid reveals it stalks jellyfish in deep waterThe giant squid is famously elusive, but researchers have captured the first known footage of it hunting by using a decoy jellyfish attached to a camera
14 hShould you worry about glass bridges after one shattered in China?High winds are reported to have broken a glass-bottomed bridge in China, leaving a man clinging to a handrail above a 91-metre drop – but just how safe is glass as a bridge-building material?
17 hCovid-19 news: Concern over black fungus in covid-19 patients in IndiaThe latest coronavirus news updated every day including coronavirus cases, the latest news, features and interviews from New Scientist and essential information about the covid-19 pandemic
17 hScience with Sam: Are there volcanoes in space?From cataclysmic supervolcanos on Earth to ice plumes on Enceladus, the solar system is a wildly volcanic place. This is your guide.
18 hNuclear reactions at Chernobyl are spiking in an inaccessible chamberSubreactor room 305/2, which has been inaccessible since the Chernobyl meltdown 35 years ago, is emitting neutrons that point to a growing nuclear fission reaction
21 hDid you know? Some people can taste musicSynaesthesia is a condition that creates strange connections between the senses, allowing some people to experience music and words differently
21 hThe US is getting worried about microwave weapons that may not existAlleged attacks on US personnel in Cuba and Washington DC have been linked to microwave weapons, but may just be mass hysteria. Now the US is developing sensors to warn against such attacks
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Twelve Must-Sees When the Smithsonian Reopens Udvar-Hazy Center May 5The massive showcase facility offers plenty of space for social distance along with plenty of air and space travel history
295 jGermany Will Return Benin Bronzes to Nigeria in 2022Culture Minister Monika Grütters describes the move as a "historic milestone"
22 jApollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins on the Past and Future of Space ExplorationOn the occasion of the lunar landing's 50th anniversary, we spoke to the former director of the National Air and Space Museum
661 jIn Ponzi We TrustBorrowing from Peter to pay Paul is a scheme made famous by Charles Ponzi. Who was this crook whose name graces this scam?
8198 jActivist Group Will Return Stolen Confederate Monument—After Converting It Into a Toilet"White Lies Matter" had pledged to deliver the stone chair intact if the United Daughters of the Confederacy displayed a specific banner
34 jWatch 150 Years of Asian American History Unfold in This DocumentaryThe five-part PBS series chronicles the community's story through archival footage, interviews
363 jEntirely Digital Artwork Sells for Record-Breaking $69 MillionThe sale marks the third-highest auction price achieved by a living artist
82 jVirtually Celebrate Peak Bloom With Ten Fun Facts About Cherry BlossomsThis year's National Cherry Blossom Festival will feature a mix of in-person and online events
433 jOne of the Last Privately Owned Botticelli Portraits Just Sold for $92 MillionThe 15th-century painting, which went up for auction at Sotheby's Thursday, depicts a young Florentine man
228 jThe Award-Winning Artist ADÁL Has Died. Read One of His Final InterviewsThe Puerto Rican artist won the National Portrait Gallery's People’s Choice award for his devastating image 'Muerto Rico'
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A rooted phylogeny resolves early bacterial evolution
A rooted bacterial tree is necessary to understand early evolution, but the position of the root is contested. Here, we model the evolution of 11,272 gene families to identify the root, extent of horizontal gene transfer (HGT), and the nature of the last bacterial common ancestor (LBCA). Our analyses root the tree between the major clades Terrabacteria and Gracilicutes and suggest that LBCA was a free-living flagellated, rod-shaped double-membraned organism. Contrary to recent proposals, our analyses reject a basal placement of the Candidate Phyla Radiation, which instead branches sister to Chloroflexota within Terrabacteria. While most gene families (92%) have evidence of HGT, overall, two-thirds of gene transmissions have been vertical...
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As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we answer 7 lingering vaccine questionsAs U.S. vaccination efforts shift to get shots to the hard-to-reach, we take a look at some big questions about vaccines that still remain.
17 hMorphing noodles start flat but bend into curly pasta shapes as they’re cookedShape-shifting pasta could potentially cut down on packaging and save space during shipping.
21 hVaccine hesitancy is nothing new. Here’s the damage it’s done over centuriesPockets of people have railed against vaccines as long as the preventives have existed.
1 jPfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine is OK for kids 12 to 15 years old, FDA saysWith the vaccine cleared for high schoolers and many middle schoolers, focus now turns to clinical trials testing COVID-19 vaccines in younger kids.
1 jScientists remotely controlled the social behavior of mice with lightNew devices — worn as headsets and backpacks — rely on optogenetics, in which bursts of light toggle neurons, to control mouse brain activity.
1 jPlanet-forming disks around stars may come preloaded with ingredients for lifeMethanol spotted around a hot, young star probably originated in interstellar space, suggesting some chemistry for life may start before stars form.
1 jA common antibiotic slows a mysterious coral diseaseApplying the antibiotic amoxicillin to infected lesions halted tissue death in corals for at least 11 months after treatment.
1 jHow India’s COVID-19 crisis became the worst in the worldScientists say a laxed attitude toward masking and social distancing plus the rise of new variants may have fueled India’s coronavirus surge.
2 jMild zaps to the brain can boost a pain-relieving placebo effectBy sending electric current into the brain, scientists can enhance the pain-relieving placebo effect and dampen the pain-inducing nocebo effect.
4 jT. rex’s incredible biting force came from its stiff lower jawT. rex could generate incredibly strong bite forces thanks to a boomerang-shaped bone that stiffened the lower jaw, a new analysis suggests.
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Military and Environmentalists Align to Protect Key Coastal Salt MarshDevelopment and sea-level rise threaten this crucial habitat and natural line of defense against storm surge -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
16 hThose Who Investigate Premature Deaths Should Have Medical TrainingCoroners are not typically required to have medical expertise—and that’s a problem -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
17 hHow Each of Us Can Prepare for the Next PandemicCooperative Extension programs have a long history of teaching readiness and survival skills—and with more funding, they could help us get ready for future outbreaks -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
18 hArtificial Light Keeps Mosquitoes Biting Late into the NightIt is like when your cell phone keeps you awake in bed—except mosquitoes do not doom scroll when they stay up, they feast on your blood. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
21 hGiant Mud Volcano Reveals Its Powerful Explosive SecretsScientists probe an exceptionally explosive phenomenon -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
23 hHuge Chinese Rocket Falls to Earth over Arabian PeninsulaDebris from the 20-metric-ton booster reportedly splashed down in the Indian Ocean north of the Maldives -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
1 jBiden's Climate Bet Rests on Enacting a Clean Electricity StandardIt is uncertain if a highly divided Congress will pass such a mandate -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
1 jDamage to a Protective Shield around the Brain May Lead to Alzheimer's and Other DiseasesThe blood-brain barrier deteriorates with aging, but animal studies indicate repairs can make old brains look young again -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
1 jBrood X Cicadas Are Emerging at LastThe Great Eastern Brood has been underground for 17 years. Here’s what the insects have been up to down there -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
1 jBiodiversity Conservation Should Start in Biden's BackyardThe president can set a powerful example for the U.S. and the world by filling the White House grounds with America’s native plants and animals -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Heads for Earth with Asteroid SampleAfter nearly five years in space, NASA’s Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security, Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft is on its way back to Earth with an abundance of rocks and dust from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.
1 jNASA Announces New Associate AdministratorNASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson announced Monday Robert D. Cabana, who has served as director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center since 2008, will serve as associate administrator effective Monday, May 17.
1 jJurczyk Retires as NASA Associate AdministratorSteve Jurczyk, who served as acting NASA administrator from Jan. 20 to May 3, 2021, announced Monday he will retire on Friday, May 14, after more than three decades of service at NASA.
1 jNASA, Axiom Agree to First Private Astronaut Mission on Space StationNASA and Axiom Space have signed an order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station to take place no earlier than January 2022.
1 jNASA Administrator Statement on Chinese Rocket DebrisNASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson released the following statement Saturday regarding debris from the Chinese Long March 5B rocket.
3 jNASA Selects Contractor for Quiet Supersonic Flight Community TestingNASA has awarded a contract to Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. of Burlington, Massachusetts, to support a national campaign of community overflight tests using the agency’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology research aircraft.
4 jTexas Students to Hear from Astronauts on International Space StationStudents from Brownsville, Texas will hear from astronauts aboard the International Space Station during a call at 10:15 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 11 that will air live on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.
4 jNASA, Axiom Space to Host Media Briefing on Private Astronaut MissionNASA and Axiom Space have signed a mission order for the first private astronaut mission to the International Space Station and will host a teleconference with media at 11 a.m. EDT on Monday, May 10, to discuss more details about the mission.
4 jNASA Invites Public, Media to Watch Asteroid Mission Begin Return to EarthNASA invites the public and the media to watch its first asteroid sample return mission begin a two-year cruise home at 4 p.m. EDT Monday, May 10, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.
5 jNASA Awards Earth Science Data and Information System ContractNASA has awarded the Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) Evolution and Development (EED)-3 contract to Raytheon Company of Riverdale, Maryland.
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The world’s most powerful space science telescope has opened its primary mirror for the last time on Earth.
As part of the international James Webb Space Telescope’s final tests, the 6.5 meter (21 feet 4 inch) mirror was commanded to fully expand and lock itself into place, just like it would in space. The conclusion of this test represents the team’s final checkpoint in a long series of tests designed to ensure Webb’s 18 hexagonal mirrors are prepared for a long journey in space, and a life of profound discovery. After this, all of Webb’s many movable parts will have confirmed in testing that they can perform their intended operations after being exposed to the expected launch environment.
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4 jHigher Power in space | Thomas Pesquet & ColdplayVideo: 00:06:56
To celebrate the premiere of Coldplay's latest single 'Higher Power’, the band linked up for an extraterrestrial video chat with French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently on a six-month mission on board the International Space Station. A specially recorded performance of Higher Power - featuring dancing alien holograms - was beamed up to Thomas, who gave the track its very first play on board the Station. The song’s premiere followed a conversation which took in similarities between life on tour and life on the Space Station, how planet Earth looks from space and its fragility; and how Thomas listens to music in microgravity.
5 jEarth from Space: Morbihan, France
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over Morbihan – a French department in the south of Brittany.
5 jFirst Ariane 6 fairing at Europe’s SpaceportImage: First Ariane 6 fairing at Europe’s Spaceport
5 jJuice arrives at ESA’s technical heart
The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, has come ‘home’ to ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands to undergo an extreme environment test in Europe’s largest thermal vacuum chamber to prepare for its journey to the outer Solar System.
6 j3D printing could be used in search for black holes
An X-ray telescope designed to search for supermassive black holes could be built using a novel 3D-printing technique called plasma metal deposition.
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Offshore wind has huge potential. Here’s how it could change the US.
Though offshore turbines aren't without their challenges.
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5 jYour dog gets allergies for the same reasons you doPixabay
Pollen season can be ruff for everyone.
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5 jBest cat beds: Fulfill your cat’s dreams of comfortable slumberMatthew Manuel, Unsplash
Does your feline friend get catty about sleeping arrangements? Give your companion one of the best cat beds.
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5 jHow to help your kids get over picky eatingAlex Green / Pexels
It's a frustrating but natural phase of development.
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5 jThe earliest known human burial in Africa was a carefully laid down childMohammad Javad Shoaee/MAX PLANCK INSTITUTE FOR THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN HISTORY
The three-year-old was buried with deliberate care.
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5 jUse this discounted DNA kit to test your dog, find out its breedStack Commerce
Learn valuable advice about your pooch's overall health and well being.
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5 jThis village’s story shows just how unprepared rural India is for the latest COVID surgePuja Changoiwala/Undark
With cases skyrocketing and health resources scarce, Saphale in Maharashtra faces a bleak season of loss and hardship.
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5 jAsk Us Anything: Why can’t we see more colors?studiostok via deposit photos
Other animals see many more than we do.
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5 jGet some great deals on pre-owned and refurbished Apple productsStack Commerce
From laptops to iPads, these are top-of-the-line products at hugely discounted prices.
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5 jIs growing weed sustainable? The answer is complicated.Kindel Media from Pexels
One serving of cannabis likely has a higher greenhouse gas footprint than a beer or cigarette.
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What the Oldest Known Cave Painting Reveals About Early Humans (and What It Doesn't)Ancient humans began to draw symbols on caves at least 45,500 years ago, according to a surprising finding on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi.
25 jJapan Just Had Its Earliest Peak Bloom of Cherry Blossoms in 1,200 Years. Is Climate Change to Blame?An exceptionally warm spring has led to the early arrival of cherry blossoms in Japan, causing researchers to draw patterns between local temperature increases and global warming.
25 jBeyond COVID, the Future of mRNA Is BrightScientists say the technology behind the COVID-19 vaccines could change medicine and lead to new treatments against diseases like malaria, cancer and HIV.
25 jHolotropic Breathing Promises Psychedelic-Like Trips Without the Drugs. Is It Safe?Many people report having spiritual experiences and psychological shifts while practicing intense and forceful breathing. But experts say this type of hyperventilating can pose mental and physical risks.
25 jThe Sky Phenomena That May Have Inspired Artist Georges SeuratDid volcanic aerosols inspire the artist's new direction?
25 jHow Plant 'Vaccines' Could Save Us From a World Without FruitResearchers are formulating unconventional solutions for tree diseases that harm beloved foods like oranges and chocolate. These include a potential RNA therapy, similar to certain COVID-19 vaccines.
26 jFight or Flight? Why Our Caveman Brains Keep Getting ConfusedOnce an evolutionary benefit that helped keep our ancestors alive, cortisol, the hormone that triggers our fight-or-flight response, may now be doing more harm than good.
26 jThe 5 Most Important Scientific Equations of All TimeCalculating the most influential scientific equations is no easy task. But these five certainly rank in the top tier.
26 jMarmots Are Teaching Their Captive-Bred Friends How to Live in the WildOnce critically endangered, Vancouver Island marmots are now teaching each other how to recover.
26 jA Mysterious Mass in a Man's Kidney Points to Cancer. But What Else Could It Be?One minute, Albert was feeling fine. The next he was overcome by cramps and nausea. Then came the blood.