Science   Sat 22 Feb 08:55 GMT

Frozen bird turns out to be 46000-year-old horned lark

Frozen bird turns out to be 46000-year-old horned lark

Scientists have recovered DNA from a well-preserved horned lark found in Siberian permafrost

heritagedaily.com - 3 hours ago

Why do whales migrate? They return to the tropics to shed their skin, scientists say

Why do whales migrate? They return to the tropics to shed their skin, scientists say

Whales undertake some of the longest migrations on earth, often swimming many thousands of miles, over many months, to breed in the tropics. The question is why—is it to find food, or to give birth?

phys.org - 5 hours ago

Humans Bred With a Mysterious Archaic Population in Earliest Known Interbreeding Event

Humans Bred With a Mysterious Archaic Population in Earliest Known Interbreeding Event

A new analysis of ancient DNA revealed that different populations of our human ancestors interbred as early as 700,000 years ago.

Business Insider - 5 hours ago

NASA Insight lander will give its stuck Mars 'Mole' a push

NASA Insight lander will give its stuck Mars 'Mole' a push

The heat probe has been treading soil for a year now.

cnet.com - 7 hours ago

How Firefighters Use Fitness and Workouts to Train at Firehouses

How Firefighters Use Fitness and Workouts to Train at Firehouses

These first responders are emphasizing fitness to prepare for any challenge.

menshealth.com - 7 hours ago

Methane Emissions Under-Reported, Study Claims

Methane Emissions Under-Reported, Study Claims

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Limiting how much escapes into the atmosphere could slow the pace of global heating.

cleantechnica.com - 7 hours ago

Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

Brain cells protect muscles from wasting away

While many of us worry about proteins aggregating in our brains as we age and potentially causing Alzheimer's disease or other types of neurodegeneration, we may not realize that some of the same proteins are aggregating in our muscles, setting us up for musc…

phys.org - 8 hours ago

'Antarctica Melts,' NASA Says, Showing Effects Of A Record Warm Spell

'Antarctica Melts,' NASA Says, Showing Effects Of A Record Warm Spell

Taken just nine days apart, two images illustrate the impact a recent warm period had on the Antarctic Peninsula. NASA says such warmth "has become more common in recent years."

npr.org - 9 hours ago

Alien planet is on its way towards the 'edge of destruction'

Alien planet is on its way towards the 'edge of destruction'

Experts have been intensely watching an exoplanet that is so close to its star, it may well be on the “edge of destruction.” Known as NGTS-10b, this planet is a “hot Jupiter,&#822…

nypost.com - 10 hours ago

Frozen bird discovered in Siberia is around 46,000 years old, researchers say

Frozen bird discovered in Siberia is around 46,000 years old, researchers say

This is the first bird carcass procured from Ice Age permafrost deposits, researchers note. It's an ancestor of two different lark subspecies.

USA Today - 10 hours ago

Scientists Found Breathable Oxygen in Another Galaxy for the First Time

Scientists Found Breathable Oxygen in Another Galaxy for the First Time

Molecular oxygen is a key component of the air humans breathe, and now astronomers have spotted it a half-billion light years away. But don't hold your breath for quasar whippets.

Vice News - 13 hours ago

Frozen bird found in Siberia: 46,000-year-old lark discovered in Russia, studied by scientists in Stockholm

Frozen bird found in Siberia: 46,000-year-old lark discovered in Russia, studied by scientists in Stockholm

Along with the ancient bird, scientists are also studying an 18,000-year-old puppy and other extremely old specimens.

CBS News - 13 hours ago

XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

XMM-Newton reveals giant flare from a tiny star

A star of about eight percent the Sun's mass has been caught emitting an enormous 'super flare' of X-rays—a dramatic high-energy eruption that poses a fundamental problem for astronomers, who did not think it possible on stars that small.

phys.org - 15 hours ago

See the sun in dazzling detail

See the sun in dazzling detail

These images show the sun as it has never been seen before. They come from the new Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

sciencenewsforstudents.org - 15 hours ago

MIT Scientists Create System To Decide How to Save Earth From an Incoming Asteroid

MIT Scientists Create System To Decide How to Save Earth From an Incoming Asteroid

"It's like a preemptive strike, with less mess," study author Sung Wook Paek said.

Newsweek - 17 hours ago

'Wood' you like to recycle concrete?

'Wood' you like to recycle concrete?

Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, a part of The University of Tokyo, have developed a new procedure for recycling concrete with the addition of discarded wood. They found that the correct proportion of inputs can yield a new building materia…

techxplore.com - 18 hours ago

NASA Adds Return Sample Scientists to Mars 2020 Leadership Team

NASA Adds Return Sample Scientists to Mars 2020 Leadership Team

The leadership council for Mars 2020 science added two new members who represent the interests of scientists destined to handle and study the first samples from Red Planet.

nasa.gov - 19 hours ago

How researchers are trying to save the Great Barrier Reef

How researchers are trying to save the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world's most iconic natural wonders, but it faces a challenging future.

CNBC - 19 hours ago

Solar Orbiter heads to the sun in mission to unravel its mysteries, takes first space measurements

Solar Orbiter heads to the sun in mission to unravel its mysteries, takes first space measurements

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Solar Orbiter spacecraft is traveling through the cosmos. Its destination: the inner solar system. The 3,900-lb. (1,800-kg) spacecraft will work in tandem with NASA’s Parker Solar Probe to unravel solar mysteries that have pu…

teslarati.com - 20 hours ago

Pence vows to return Americans to space ‘before summer’ as Boeing & SpaceX scramble to deliver… and NASA seeks backup Soyuz seats

Pence vows to return Americans to space ‘before summer’ as Boeing & SpaceX scramble to deliver… and NASA seeks backup Soyuz seats

US Vice President Mike Pence has promised that American astronauts will soon reach space aboard US-made rockets, but with Boeing and SpaceX struggling to build a reliable craft, even NASA is skeptical of the VP’s wishful thinking.

RT - 21 hours ago

The proto-Earth formed much faster than previously thought

The proto-Earth formed much faster than previously thought

The precursor of our planet, the proto-Earth, formed within a time span of approximately five million years, shows a new study from the Centre for Star and Planet Formation (StarPlan) at the Globe Institute at the University of Copenhagen.

heritagedaily.com - a day ago

Astronomers hope to watch this bizarre 'hot Jupiter' get destroyed

Astronomers hope to watch this bizarre 'hot Jupiter' get destroyed

Scientists have spied a gas giant planet orbiting so close to its star it might be consumed in the next decade.

cnet.com - a day ago

Let there be 'circadian' light: New study describes science behind best lights to affect sleep, mood and learning

Let there be 'circadian' light: New study describes science behind best lights to affect sleep, mood and learning

Researchers at UW Medicine have decoded what makes good lighting—lighting capable of stimulating the cone photoreceptor inputs to specific neurons in the eye that regulate circadian rhythms.

phys.org - a day ago

Psychologists discover secret to achieving goals

Psychologists discover secret to achieving goals

Research led by scientists at Queen Mary University of London has provided new insights into why people often make unrealistic plans that are doomed to fail.

medicalxpress.com - a day ago

New Rotating Detonation Engine Could Enable Cheaper, Lighter Spacecraft

New Rotating Detonation Engine Could Enable Cheaper, Lighter Spacecraft

It takes a lot of fuel to launch something into space. Sending NASA’s Space Shuttle into orbit required more than 3.5 million pounds of fuel, which is about 15 times heavier than a blue whale. But a new type of engine — called a rotating detonation engine — p…

scitechdaily.com - a day ago

Beyond the brim, Sombrero Galaxy's halo suggests turbulent past

Beyond the brim, Sombrero Galaxy's halo suggests turbulent past

Surprising new data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope suggests the smooth, settled "brim" of the Sombrero galaxy's disk may be concealing a turbulent past. Hubble's sharpness and sensitivity resolves tens of thousands of individual stars in the Sombrero's va…

phys.org - a day ago

Forget nukes: Study promises smarter fix for Earth-busting asteroids

Forget nukes: Study promises smarter fix for Earth-busting asteroids

Science-fiction movies may show Bruce Willis blowing up asteroids before they can hit Earth, but scientists have been working on a more practical option should the planet be threatened by an immine…

slashgear.com - a day ago

Bumblebees can experience an object using one sense and later recognize it using another

Bumblebees can experience an object using one sense and later recognize it using another

How are we able to find things in the dark? And how can we imagine how something feels just by looking at it?

phys.org - a day ago

Old carbon reservoirs unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Old carbon reservoirs unlikely to cause massive greenhouse gas release

Permafrost in the soil and methane hydrates deep in the ocean are large reservoirs of ancient carbon. As soil and ocean temperatures rise, the reservoirs have the potential to break down, releasing enormous quantities of the potent greenhouse gas methane. But…

phys.org - a day ago

SpaceX aims to launch tourists into super high orbit

SpaceX aims to launch tourists into super high orbit

Ticket prices are not being divulged but are expected to be in the millions.

wesh.com - a day ago

Scientists jump-start consciousness in brains of monkeys

Scientists jump-start consciousness in brains of monkeys

Electrically stimulating a region of the brain woke macaques even when they were under deep anesthesia.

zmescience.com - 2 days ago

Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

Earliest interbreeding event between ancient human populations discovered

For three years, anthropologist Alan Rogers has attempted to solve an evolutionary puzzle. His research untangles millions of years of human evolution by analyzing DNA strands from ancient human species known as hominins. Like many evolutionary geneticists, R…

phys.org - 2 days ago

See NASA’s amazing photo of Earth from 4 billion miles away

See NASA’s amazing photo of Earth from 4 billion miles away

The picture was first taken in 1990.

silive.com - 2 days ago

Study of African society inspires broad thinking about human paternity, fidelity

Study of African society inspires broad thinking about human paternity, fidelity

A new study from UCLA professor of anthropology Brooke Scelza invites geneticists and sociologists to think more broadly about human fidelity and paternity.

phys.org - 2 days ago

Climate change could wipe out all coral reef habitat within decades, scientists warn

Climate change could wipe out all coral reef habitat within decades, scientists warn

"By 2100, it's looking quite grim," the lead researcher said.

CBS News - 2 days ago

Tungurahua Volcano “The Black Giant” Showing Warning Signs of “Potential Collapse”

Tungurahua Volcano “The Black Giant” Showing Warning Signs of “Potential Collapse”

South American volcano showing early warning signs of 'potential collapse,' research shows. One of South America's most prominent volcanoes is producing early warning signals of a potential collapse, new research has shown. Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador — kno…

scitechdaily.com - 2 days ago

NASA's Juno corrects a 25-year-old misconception about Jupiter

NASA's Juno corrects a 25-year-old misconception about Jupiter

The gas giant's atmosphere contains way more water than scientists previously thought.

inverse.com - 2 days ago

Eggshells suggest dinosaurs were actually warm-blooded

Eggshells suggest dinosaurs were actually warm-blooded

The new research from Yale has reignited controversy regarding whether dinosaurs were warm or cold blooded.

sky.com - 2 days ago

There Could be Meteors Traveling at a Fraction of the Speed of Light When They Hit the Atmosphere

There Could be Meteors Traveling at a Fraction of the Speed of Light When They Hit the Atmosphere

According to a new study by a pair of Harvard astrophysicists, it is possible that meteors traveling close to the speed of light regularly rain down on Earth's atmosphere

universetoday.com - 2 days ago

NASA reveals stunning photo of Earth from four billion miles away: 'That's home. That's us.'

NASA reveals stunning photo of Earth from four billion miles away: 'That's home. That's us.'

It's the 30th anniversary of the "Pale Blue Dot" image, and NASA commemorated the incredible feat with a release of the remastered, iconic image.

aol.com - 2 days ago

'By any means necessary': Vice President Pence urges NASA on moon-Mars goal

'By any means necessary': Vice President Pence urges NASA on moon-Mars goal

NASA should collaborate extensively with the private sector, Pence stressed.

space.com - 2 days ago

What if we could teach photons to behave like electrons?

What if we could teach photons to behave like electrons?

To develop futuristic technologies like quantum computers, scientists will need to find ways to control photons, the basic particles of light, just as precisely as they can already control electrons, the basic particles in electronic computing. Unfortunately,…

phys.org - 2 days ago

CDC says new coronavirus is even more dangerous than we thought

CDC says new coronavirus is even more dangerous than we thought

The Chinese coronavirus that has been spreading like wildlife in parts of the country and popping up elsewhere around the globe may be even more dangerous than we all already assumed. A new study b…

bgr.com - 2 days ago

Vice President Mike Pence visits NASA Langley Research Center

Vice President Mike Pence visits NASA Langley Research Center

Vice President Mike Pence will visit three areas of Hampton Roads on Wednesday.

wavy.com - 2 days ago

SpaceX will launch private citizens into orbit around Earth

SpaceX will launch private citizens into orbit around Earth

While SpaceX has been working hard to deliver a safe, reliable method of transporting astronauts into space for NASA, there’s always been the question of how long it would take before any company, …

nypost.com - 2 days ago