Science   Wed 12 Aug 08:41 GMT

How a Fruit in Your Garden Gets Its Shiny Blue Color

How a Fruit in Your Garden Gets Its Shiny Blue Color

Slabs of fat help give Viburnum tinus its gleam.

New York Times - 3 hours ago

Dolphin study could lead to strategies for slowing down human aging

Dolphin study could lead to strategies for slowing down human aging

A new study involving US Navy dolphins shows how their varying aging patterns can inform human medicine in the future.

Inverse - 3 hours ago

'Insect apocalypse' may not be happening in US

'Insect apocalypse' may not be happening in US

Scientists have been warning about an 'insect apocalypse' in recent years, noting sharp declines in specific areas—particularly in Europe. A new study shows these warnings may have been exaggerated and are not representative of what's happening to insects on …

phys.org - 3 hours ago

Sharks found living in active volcanoes, scientists puzzled on why

Sharks found living in active volcanoes, scientists puzzled on why

There are many theories why sharks would willingly seek out such extreme conditions, but one theory is that they are simply safer there.

The Jerusalem Post - 3 hours ago

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower is peaking: How to watch the show

The 2020 Perseid meteor shower is peaking: How to watch the show

Each August brings nights lit up by up to 100 shooting stars and fireballs per hour.

CNET - 3 hours ago

This is the way the universe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang

This is the way the universe ends: not with a whimper, but a bang

In the far, far future, cosmologists find a final supernova light show

Science Magazine - 3 hours ago

Unusual New Species of Dinosaur Discovered – “We Were Struck by Just How Hollow This Animal Was”

Unusual New Species of Dinosaur Discovered – “We Were Struck by Just How Hollow This Animal Was”

Scientists in Southampton believe four bones recently found on the Isle of Wight belong to a new species of theropod dinosaur. A new study by Palaeontologists at the University of Southampton suggests four bones recently found on the Isle of Wight belong to n…

SciTechDaily - 5 hours ago

Broken cable tears 100-foot hole in Arecibo Observatory in Puerto RicoBusiness Insider

Broken cable tears 100-foot hole in Arecibo Observatory in Puerto RicoBusiness Insider

The cable ripped through the observatory's reflector dish and damaged the dome that directs the telescope to its targets in space.

Business Insider - 5 hours ago

Perseid meteor shower 2020: How and when to watch it peak overnight

Perseid meteor shower 2020: How and when to watch it peak overnight

The most popular meteor shower around is coming to the sky for the grandest performance.

New York Post - 6 hours ago

The First Gene-Edited Squid in History Is a Biological Breakthrough

The First Gene-Edited Squid in History Is a Biological Breakthrough

Squid are among the smartest ocean dwellers. Along with other ink-squirting cephalopods like octopuses and cuttlefish, squid boast the largest brains of all invertebrates. They also have an…

Medium - 7 hours ago

Perseid meteor shower on deck: What you need to know

Perseid meteor shower on deck: What you need to know

Stargazers are in for a treat early Wednesday when the annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.

Fox News - 7 hours ago

Don't crush that ant—it could plant a wildflower

Don't crush that ant—it could plant a wildflower

New findings show how ants choose and protect the seeds they disperse

Science Magazine - 8 hours ago

Physicists accelerate the hunt for revolutionary artificial atomic materials

Physicists accelerate the hunt for revolutionary artificial atomic materials

Scientists at the University of Bath have taken an important step towards understanding the interaction between layers of atomically thin materials arranged in stacks. They hope their research will speed up the discovery of new, artificial materials, leading …

phys.org - 8 hours ago

Watch live: Slooh livestreams the Perseid meteor shower Wednesday @ 7 pm ET

Watch live: Slooh livestreams the Perseid meteor shower Wednesday @ 7 pm ET

The live "Star Party" begins Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT).

space.com - 8 hours ago

New tool unpacks the mysteries of the Solar System's biggest weirdos

New tool unpacks the mysteries of the Solar System's biggest weirdos

Uranus and Neptune: New tool unpacks the mysteries of the solar system's biggest weirdos

Inverse - 9 hours ago

Scientists issue a forecast for Jupiter: Lightning with a chance of mushballs

Scientists issue a forecast for Jupiter: Lightning with a chance of mushballs

Data from the Juno spacecraft reveals the alien meteorology of the biggest planet in the solar system

Salon - 10 hours ago

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world with salty water under the surface, NASA mission finds

Ceres, a dwarf planet in our solar system, may be a geologically active ocean world with salty water below its surface, according to new research.

CNN - 12 hours ago

Laser beams reflected between Earth and moon boost science

Laser beams reflected between Earth and moon boost science

Dozens of times over the last decade NASA scientists have launched laser beams at a reflector the size of a paperback novel about 240,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) away from Earth. They announced today, in collaboration with their French colleagues, that the…

phys.org - 14 hours ago

A 'terror crocodile' with teeth the 'size of bananas' once roamed the US: study

A 'terror crocodile' with teeth the 'size of bananas' once roamed the US: study

The Deinosuchus grew up to 33 feet in length, about the size of a city bus.

New York Post - 14 hours ago

Perseid meteor shower 2020 weather forecast: Here's what to expect in the US for tonight's peak!

Perseid meteor shower 2020 weather forecast: Here's what to expect in the US for tonight's peak!

The southern and western U.S. have the best weather!

space.com - 14 hours ago

Quantum Algorithm Developed to Characterize Noise Across Large-Scale Quantum Computers

Quantum Algorithm Developed to Characterize Noise Across Large-Scale Quantum Computers

Australian and North American physicists display rigorous, scalable diagnostic tool. Noise is the main obstacle to building large-scale quantum computers. To tame the noise (interference or instability), scientists need to understand how it affects an entire …

SciTechDaily - 15 hours ago

Scientists Discover First Evidence of Deadly Cancer in Dinosaur

Scientists Discover First Evidence of Deadly Cancer in Dinosaur

Canadian researchers say they have discovered the first known case of a dinosaur suffering from a deadly cancer.

VOA News - 15 hours ago

What The First Genetically Modified Squid Means for Science : Short Wave

What The First Genetically Modified Squid Means for Science : Short Wave

The first genetically-altered squid is here. NPR's Nell Greenfieldboyce explains how this breakthrough was made and why it's a game changer for scientists who study these critters.

NPR - 16 hours ago

NASA satellites reveal full scope of Beirut devastation

NASA satellites reveal full scope of Beirut devastation

NASA has crunched the data from satellite images to show the true extent of the damage to Beirut after an explosion rocked the city last week. By comparing before and after images, the system can detect where the most serious damage occurred. Maps like this h…

BGR - 17 hours ago

Prehistoric Hell Ant Trapped in Amber Is Stuck Eating Its Prey 99 Million Years Later

Prehistoric Hell Ant Trapped in Amber Is Stuck Eating Its Prey 99 Million Years Later

A prehistoric, and long-extinct insect known as a hell ant, has been discovered frozen in amber by scientists.

MovieWeb - 21 hours ago

Researchers use nanocellulose to create materials with new properties

Researchers use nanocellulose to create materials with new properties

When nanocellulose is combined with various types of metal nanoparticles, materials are formed with many new and exciting properties. They may be antibacterial, change color under pressure, or convert light to heat.

phys.org - a day ago

Discovery transforms understanding of hydrogen depletion at the seafloor

Discovery transforms understanding of hydrogen depletion at the seafloor

The discovery in the 1970s of hydrothermal vents, where volcanoes at the seafloor produce hot fluid exceeding 350 degrees Celsius, or 662 degrees Fahrenheit, fundamentally changed the understanding about Earth and life. Yet, life at and underneath the seafloo…

phys.org - a day ago

Using air to amplify light

Using air to amplify light

In a promising breakthrough for the future of communications, EPFL researchers have developed a technology that can amplify light in the latest hollow-core optical fibers.

phys.org - a day ago

Explosive Nuclear Astrophysics: New Method Developed to Determine Origin of Stardust in Meteorites

Explosive Nuclear Astrophysics: New Method Developed to Determine Origin of Stardust in Meteorites

International team develops a new method to determine the origin of stardust in meteorites. Analysis of meteorite content has been crucial in advancing our knowledge of the origin and evolution of our solar system. Some meteorites also contain grains of stard…

SciTechDaily - a day ago

NASA cameras catch early fireballs from Perseid meteor shower of 2020 (video)

NASA cameras catch early fireballs from Perseid meteor shower of 2020 (video)

The Perseids will peak overnight on Tuesday (Aug. 11).

space.com - a day ago

Sunlight could solve drinking water's biggest problem in 30 minutes

Sunlight could solve drinking water's biggest problem in 30 minutes

Chemical engineers have developed a solar-powered way to efficiently desalinate drinking water in just 30 minutes using a special material.

Inverse - a day ago

Third breakthrough demonstrates photosynthetic hacks can boost yield, conserve water

Third breakthrough demonstrates photosynthetic hacks can boost yield, conserve water

Plants are factories that manufacture yield from light and carbon dioxide—but parts of this complex process, called photosynthesis, are hindered by a lack of raw materials and machinery. To optimize production, scientists from the University of Essex have res…

phys.org - a day ago

When Bugs Crawl Up the Food Chain

When Bugs Crawl Up the Food Chain

We usually think of insects as meals for vertebrates such as frogs. But arthropods may turn the tables more often than you think.

New York Times - a day ago

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: study

Dwarf planet Ceres is an ocean world: study

The dwarf planet Ceres—long believed to be a barren space rock—is an ocean world with reservoirs of sea water beneath its surface, the results of a major exploration mission showed Monday.

phys.org - a day ago

Weird ‘boomerang’ earthquake detected under the Atlantic Ocean

Weird ‘boomerang’ earthquake detected under the Atlantic Ocean

The temblor shot across the seafloor and back to where it started so fast it created the geologic version of a sonic boom.

National Geographic - a day ago

Massive sunspot heading towards Earth, can cause major solar flare | All you need to know

Massive sunspot heading towards Earth, can cause major solar flare | All you need to know

If you feel that the worst of 2020 is over then you are wrong as scientists have discovered a massive sunspot that will soon turn towards Earth and could result in major strong flares

jagran.com - a day ago

Cool NASA illustrations of Jupiter's lightning and atmospheric "mushballs"

Cool NASA illustrations of Jupiter's lightning and atmospheric "mushballs"

Piloting a craft through Jupiter’s atmosphere would be very hard due to massive bolts of “shallow lightning” and the equally scary giant “mushballs” of water and ammon…

Boing Boing - 2 days ago

NASA maps Beirut blast damage

NASA maps Beirut blast damage

NASA's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) team, in collaboration with the Earth Observatory of Singapore, used satellite-derived synthetic aperture radar data to map the likely extent of damage from a massive Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut. Synthetic aper…

phys.org - 2 days ago

Astronomers Sink Their Teeth Into Special Supernova – Exploding Stars Produce the Calcium in Our Bones and Teeth

Astronomers Sink Their Teeth Into Special Supernova – Exploding Stars Produce the Calcium in Our Bones and Teeth

Calcium-rich supernovae, a unique type of exploding stars, produce up to half of the calcium in the Universe. Astronomers using several telescopes at NOIRLab, including the Southern Astrophysical Research (SOAR) Telescope, have obtained critical data on a par…

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago

Frances Allen, Who Pioneered Faster Software for Computers, Dies at 88

Frances Allen, Who Pioneered Faster Software for Computers, Dies at 88

You may not know who Frances Allen is off the top of your head, but you should. Not only was she the first female IBM fellow, but she was also the first woman winner of the prestigious Turing Award. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Allen also pioneered compu…

gizmodo.com - 2 days ago

Time-reversal of an unknown quantum state

Time-reversal of an unknown quantum state

Physicists have long sought to understand the irreversibility of the surrounding world and have credited its emergence to the time-symmetric, fundamental laws of physics. According to quantum mechanics, the final irreversibility of conceptual time reversal re…

phys.org - 2 days ago

Large Hadron Collider: Could the Higgs Boson Decay Into Dark Matter?

Large Hadron Collider: Could the Higgs Boson Decay Into Dark Matter?

Probing Dark Matter With the Higgs Boson Visible matter – everything from pollen to stars and galaxies – accounts for roughly 15% of the total mass of the Universe. The remaining 85% is made of something entirely different from things we can touch and see: da…

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago

Covid-19 Drug Research Is a Big Huge Mess

Covid-19 Drug Research Is a Big Huge Mess

Scientists have been studying treatments for the disease for half a year. Lack of coordination and a broken system mean they still don’t know very much.

Wired - 2 days ago

Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky

Amazon Satellites Add to Astronomers’ Worries About the Night Sky

The F.C.C. approved the company’s 3,236-satellite constellation, which aims to provide high-speed internet service around the world.

New York Times - 2 days ago

The Perseids are the best meteor shower of the summer. Here's how to watch.

The Perseids are the best meteor shower of the summer. Here's how to watch.

On a clear night under the right conditions, you can expect to see anywhere from 15 to 20 meteors an hour.

USA Today - 2 days ago

Gorgeous Ring of Stellar Wildfire Captured by Hubble Space Telescope

Gorgeous Ring of Stellar Wildfire Captured by Hubble Space Telescope

NGC 1614, captured here by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, is an eccentrically-shaped galaxy ablaze with activity. The galaxy resides about 200 million light-years from Earth and is nestled in the southern constellation of Eridanus (The River). NGC 1614 …

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago

NASA drops 'insensitive' celestial nicknames as they address systemic discrimination

NASA drops 'insensitive' celestial nicknames as they address systemic discrimination

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced that they will stop using nicknames of celestial bodies that are culturally insensitive.

KTRK-TV - 2 days ago

Stunning Image Gallery Documents Thrilling SpaceX Splashdown – First Splashdown of American Astronauts in 45 Years

Stunning Image Gallery Documents Thrilling SpaceX Splashdown – First Splashdown of American Astronauts in 45 Years

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley splashed down safely in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday afternoon aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon “Endeavour,” wrapping up a two-month, 27.1-million-mile mission to the International Space Station on the agency’s Spac…

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago