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Footprints Mark a Toddler’s Perilous Prehistoric Journey

Footprints Mark a Toddler’s Perilous Prehistoric Journey

Mammoths and giant ground sloths roamed the same terrain that a young adult swiftly moved through while toting a young child.

New York Times - 9 hours ago

Japan to recruit astronauts in 2021, first intake in 13 years

Japan to recruit astronauts in 2021, first intake in 13 years

Tokyo is aiming to have a Japanese national on the moon for the first time in the latter half of the 2020s.

The Japan Times - 9 hours ago

NASA robotic arm overflowing with spoils of asteroid Bennu theft

NASA robotic arm overflowing with spoils of asteroid Bennu theft

NASA bumped into a space rock this week and collected so much of it that larger rocks seemed to fail to make it all the way inside its spacecraft's sampling arm.

CNET - 10 hours ago

Geologists Have Found the Earth’s Missing Tectonic Plate

Geologists Have Found the Earth’s Missing Tectonic Plate

A pair of geologists have developed a technique for finding subducted tectonic plates. They've found one that nobody was sure existed.

Universe Today - 11 hours ago

Yogesh Surendranath wants to decarbonize our energy systems

Yogesh Surendranath wants to decarbonize our energy systems

Yogesh “Yogi” Surendranath, associate professor of chemistry at MIT, harnesses electricity to rearrange chemical bonds. The electrochemical reactions he’s developing hold potential for process such as splitting water into hydrogen fuel, creating more efficien…

mit.edu - 12 hours ago

If the apocalypse happens this year, Oreo is prepared

If the apocalypse happens this year, Oreo is prepared

As if there’s not enough to worry about these days, NASA has reported that an asteroid is headed toward Earth on November 2. Although scientists have predicted that, at its closest, it will still be 419,130 kilometers from the Earth’s atmosphere and that the …

The Takeout - 12 hours ago

Astronomers catalogue 1,000 worlds that can ‘see’ Earth – and are candidates for possible COLONIZATION

Astronomers catalogue 1,000 worlds that can ‘see’ Earth – and are candidates for possible COLONIZATION

Two astronomers have rethought the search for extraterrestrial intelligence by producing a ‘star map’ of exoplanets that have a direct line of sight of our planet as it crosses in front of our sun.

RT - 12 hours ago

Scientists Found an Ancient Tectonic Plate Buried Deep Inside the Earth's Mantle

Scientists Found an Ancient Tectonic Plate Buried Deep Inside the Earth's Mantle

Geologists have found the remains of a previous continental plate that had only been theorized to exist. Meet Resurrection -- the latest lump of molten rock we now know used to be up here.

ExtremeTech - 13 hours ago

New Time Dilation Phenomenon Revealed: Timekeeping Theory Combines Quantum Clocks and Einstein's Relativity

New Time Dilation Phenomenon Revealed: Timekeeping Theory Combines Quantum Clocks and Einstein's Relativity

A phenomenon of quantum mechanics known as superposition can impact timekeeping in high-precision clocks, according to a theoretical study from Dartmouth College, Saint Anselm College and Santa Clara University. Research describing the effect shows that super…

SciTechDaily - 14 hours ago

Tools made by some of North America's earliest inhabitants were made only during a 300-year period

Tools made by some of North America's earliest inhabitants were made only during a 300-year period

There is much debate surrounding the age of the Clovis—a prehistoric culture named for stone tools found near Clovis, New Mexico in the early 1930s—who once occupied North America during the end of the last Ice Age. New testing of bones and artifacts show tha…

phys.org - 14 hours ago

Super cool white paint basically creates 'free air conditioning'

Super cool white paint basically creates 'free air conditioning'

The radiative cooling paint could help chill out houses, cars and even the planet.

CNET - 15 hours ago

Dark matter: our method for catching ghostly haloes could help unveil what it's made of

Dark matter: our method for catching ghostly haloes could help unveil what it's made of

A new method suggests we should aim to detect dark matter haloes by tracing galactic gas.

The Conversation Africa - 17 hours ago

‘Opposite’ of Vantablack? Scientists create WHITEST paint ever, which reflects 95.5% of light & keeps buildings cool

‘Opposite’ of Vantablack? Scientists create WHITEST paint ever, which reflects 95.5% of light & keeps buildings cool

Engineers have created a paint capable of reflecting 95.5 percent of sunlight back into space, while keeping a building cooler than the ambient temperature, which might one day dramatically reduce the need for air conditioning.

RT - 17 hours ago

Trump Sets Up Pharma Billionaires for Coronavirus Payday

Trump Sets Up Pharma Billionaires for Coronavirus Payday

Regeneron’s federally funded Covid-19 treatment, which was used to treat Donald Trump, will likely be unavailable to most patients.

The Intercept - 17 hours ago

Dazzling Orionid meteor shower is still active: How to watch the show

Dazzling Orionid meteor shower is still active: How to watch the show

This week brought prime meteor spotting, and the shooting star extravaganza continues a bit longer.

CNET - 17 hours ago

NASA is going to unveil an 'exciting new discovery' about the moon

NASA is going to unveil an 'exciting new discovery' about the moon

Ahead of NASA's return to the moon in 2024, the space agency is teasing an "exciting new discovery" about the celestial satellite.

Fox News - 17 hours ago

US astronaut votes early from space station

US astronaut votes early from space station

Here's how NASA's Kate Rubins cast a ballot from orbit.

space.com - 18 hours ago

These two bird-sized dinosaurs evolved the ability to glide, but weren't great at it

These two bird-sized dinosaurs evolved the ability to glide, but weren't great at it

Despite having bat-like wings, two small dinosaurs, Yi and Ambopteryx, struggled to fly, only managing to glide clumsily between the trees where they lived, researchers report October 22 in the journal iScience. Unable to compete with other tree-dwelling dino…

phys.org - 19 hours ago

Do the twist: Making two-dimensional quantum materials using curved surfaces

Do the twist: Making two-dimensional quantum materials using curved surfaces

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have discovered a way to control the growth of twisting, microscopic spirals of materials just one atom thick.

phys.org - a day ago

Images reveal new insights about Jupiter's volcanic moon Io

Images reveal new insights about Jupiter's volcanic moon Io

Jupiter's third-largest moon Io is the most volcanically active world in our solar system. New radio images by the ALMA telescope array show the direct effect of this volcanic activity on the moon's thin atmosphere for the first time.

CNN - a day ago

Any aliens in 1,004 nearby star systems could detect life on EarthBusiness Insider

Any aliens in 1,004 nearby star systems could detect life on EarthBusiness Insider

Aliens could see Earth passing in front of the sun and notice the chemical footprints of life in our atmosphere.

Business Insider - a day ago

Researchers develop an efficient, low-energy method for upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into valuable molecules

Researchers develop an efficient, low-energy method for upcycling polyethylene plastic waste into valuable molecules

When we started using plastics about 70 years ago, not much thought—if any—was given to the implications of their lifespan and the fact that they can take centuries to decompose. Consequently, as plastics have diversified and become easier to manufacture, the…

phys.org - a day ago

Why bird brains are more brilliant than anyone suspected

Why bird brains are more brilliant than anyone suspected

The secret may lie in a newly discovered brain structure

Science Magazine - a day ago

DNA in fringe-lipped bat poop reveals unexpected eating habits

DNA in fringe-lipped bat poop reveals unexpected eating habits

Poop is full of secrets. For scientists, digging into feces provides insights into animal diets and is particularly useful for understanding nocturnal or rare species. When animals eat, prey DNA travels all the way through animal digestive tracts and comes ou…

phys.org - a day ago

Fault near Portland could unleash a major earthquake

Fault near Portland could unleash a major earthquake

But the quakes recur only every few thousand years.

Live Science - a day ago

Sacrificed llama mummies unearthed in Peru

Sacrificed llama mummies unearthed in Peru

The llamas were adorned with earrings and necklaces.

Live Science - 2 days ago

No Grumpy Old Men in the Chimp World

No Grumpy Old Men in the Chimp World

Older male chimps follow a pattern that researchers also see in humans, preferring to have positive relationships with a few good friends.

New York Times - 2 days ago

Witch-repellent graffiti discovered in ruins of medieval UK church

Witch-repellent graffiti discovered in ruins of medieval UK church

The marks are meant to keep bad spirits away, but they won't stop a high-speed train route from moving into the area.

Live Science - 2 days ago

Galactic “Mystery Source” of Gamma Rays Identified: Record-Setting “Black Widow” Pulsar

Galactic “Mystery Source” of Gamma Rays Identified: Record-Setting “Black Widow” Pulsar

Super Heavyweight and Flyweight in a Cosmic Dance Volunteer distributed computing project Einstein@Home discovers neutron star in unusual binary system. After more than two decades, an international research team led by the Max Planck Institute for Gravitatio…

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago

First NASA Osiris-Rex images show incredible touchdown on asteroid Bennu

First NASA Osiris-Rex images show incredible touchdown on asteroid Bennu

NASA releases the first batch of images from Osiris-Rex, showing an explosive impact on the potentially hazardous asteroid.

CNET - 2 days ago

Scientists Found A New Way To Break Down the Most Common Plastic

Scientists Found A New Way To Break Down the Most Common Plastic

The plastics industry produces over 88 million tons of polyethylene, the most common plastic in the world. Scientists have found a new way to upcycle it, according to a study published in Science. It could help deal with the growing plastic pollution crisis.

gizmodo.com - 2 days ago

AI and photonics join forces to make it easier to find 'new Earths'

AI and photonics join forces to make it easier to find 'new Earths'

Australian scientists have developed a new type of sensor to measure and correct the distortion of starlight caused by viewing through the Earth's atmosphere, which should make it easier to study the possibility of life on distant planets.

phys.org - 2 days ago

The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Scientists now know how.

The diabolical ironclad beetle can survive getting run over by a car. Scientists now know how.

The diabolical ironclad beetle, a desert bug native to California, can withstand nearly 40,000 times its body weight. Researchers now know why.

USA Today - 2 days ago

Watch OSIRIS-REx take a bite out of asteroid Bennu's surface

Watch OSIRIS-REx take a bite out of asteroid Bennu's surface

OSIRIS-REx became the first mission to gather samples from an asteroid after it successfully collected rocky “regolith” material from the surface of Bennu. Now, NASA has released several videos showing exactly how that six-second process looked, and the best …

Engadget - 2 days ago

NASA releases never-before-seen pictures of Bennu, an asteroid that may hold the building blocks of life

NASA releases never-before-seen pictures of Bennu, an asteroid that may hold the building blocks of life

Following Tuesday's historic touchdown on the asteroid Bennu, NASA has released never-before-seen images of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft kicking up rocks and debris on the space rock's surface.

Fox News - 2 days ago

Genome sequencing shows climate barrier to spread of Africanized bees

Genome sequencing shows climate barrier to spread of Africanized bees

Since the 1950s, "Africanized" honeybees have spread north and south across the Americas until apparently coming to a halt in California and northern Argentina. Now genome sequencing of hundreds of bees from the northern and southern limits shows a gradual de…

phys.org - 2 days ago

Artificial Intelligence Reveals Hundreds of Millions of Trees in the Sahara

Artificial Intelligence Reveals Hundreds of Millions of Trees in the Sahara

If you think that the Sahara is covered only by golden dunes and scorched rocks, you aren't alone. Perhaps it's time to shelve that notion. - HeritageDaily - Archaeology News

HeritageDaily - 2 days ago

Researchers Surprised After They Graft Tomato Plants With Epigenetically-Modified Rootstock

Researchers Surprised After They Graft Tomato Plants With Epigenetically-Modified Rootstock

Progeny of novel combination is more vigorous and productive than parental plants. Novel grafted plants — consisting of rootstock epigenetically modified to "believe" it has been under stress — joined to an unmodified scion, or above-ground shoot, give rise t…

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago

Volcanic Impact on Jupiter's Moon Io Shown Directly for the First Time

Volcanic Impact on Jupiter's Moon Io Shown Directly for the First Time

New radio images from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) show for the first time the direct effect of volcanic activity on the atmosphere of Jupiter’s moon Io. Io is the most volcanically active moon in our solar system. It hosts more tha…

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago

Smile, wave: Some exoplanets may be able to see us, too

Smile, wave: Some exoplanets may be able to see us, too

Three decades after Cornell astronomer Carl Sagan suggested that Voyager 1 snap Earth's picture from billions of miles away—resulting in the iconic Pale Blue Dot photograph—two astronomers now offer another unique cosmic perspective:

phys.org - 2 days ago

Defining Moment in Human Evolution: Turbulent Era Sparked Leap in Human Behavior, Technology 320,000 Years Ago

Defining Moment in Human Evolution: Turbulent Era Sparked Leap in Human Behavior, Technology 320,000 Years Ago

New drill core shows a boom-bust landscape in the east African rift valley at a defining moment in human evolution, technology and culture. For hundreds of thousands of years, early humans in the East African Rift Valley could expect certain things of their e…

SciTechDaily - 2 days ago

Long-Lost Tectonic Plate Discovered Hundreds of Miles Below Canada

Long-Lost Tectonic Plate Discovered Hundreds of Miles Below Canada

Whether or not the "Resurrection plate" ever existed has long been a hot topic of debate in the field of geology.

Newsweek - 2 days ago

Building blocks of language evolved 30-40 million years ago

Building blocks of language evolved 30-40 million years ago

The capacity for language is built upon our ability to understand combinations of words and the relationships between them, but the evolutionary history of this ability is little understood. Now, researchers from the University of Warwick have managed to date…

phys.org - 2 days ago

The diabolical ironclad beetle is practically indestructible. Now scientists know why

The diabolical ironclad beetle is practically indestructible. Now scientists know why

Drive over the beetle in your car and it won't even break a sweat. How does it do it?

CNET - 2 days ago

New cases of COVID-19 in Colorado reach record high as hospitalizations continue to climb

New cases of COVID-19 in Colorado reach record high as hospitalizations continue to climb

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment reported 6,722 cases of COVID-19 in the week ending Sunday, more than triple the most recent low of 2,016 in the last week of August.

The Denver Post - 2 days ago

'Starman' just zipped past Mars in his rapidly-decaying Tesla Roadster

'Starman' just zipped past Mars in his rapidly-decaying Tesla Roadster

He probably doesn't look so pretty anymore.

Live Science - 2 days ago

Watch a rocket launch, spaceship landing, asteroid update and more live today

Watch a rocket launch, spaceship landing, asteroid update and more live today

Buckle your seatbelts, it's a busy day in space

space.com - 2 days ago