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Mars Has Underground Lava Caves So Large We Can Build A Settlement In Them
A lava tube is just what it sounds like; a cave created when the surface of lava hardens but continues to flow underneath. When that trickles to a halt, the cave is left behind.These remaining caves exist on Earth and high-resolution pictures taken by interplanetary probes inferred lava tubes on ...
By News Staff
Noble Uncertainty: Next Gen Gaming Customizing Psychological Experiences Using Newtonian Laws
Right now, we can play video games and feel like we are 'in the game' but it's still a lot of suspension of disbelief. If you can only see 40 degrees while driving a car in a game that's nowhere close to your peripheral vision in the real world.Next generation gaming, beyond better graphics, requires ...
By News Staff
Higgs Decay To Muons: CMS Wins The Race
As of late we have been scratching the barrel of "straightforward" measurements of the properties of the Higgs boson, the particle discovered in 2012 by the Large Hadron Collider ATLAS and CMS experiments. But the one property determined in the measurement published yesterday by the CMS experiment ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Molecular Diffusion And Chemical Reaction Are Unrelated? A New Challenge In Chemistry
Common chemical reactions accelerate Brownian diffusion by sending long-range ripples into the surrounding solvent, which would mean that molecular diffusion and chemical reaction are related. Yet that would violate a central dogma of chemistry; that molecular diffusion and chemical reaction are ...
By News Staff
Tuatara: 250 Million Year Old Dinosaur Relative Is Part Mammal And Part Reptile
Scientists have sequenced the genome of the tuatara, a single species reptile which originated in the Triassic period around 250 million years ago but is now only found in New Zealand, and it revealed an unusual architecture - it is mammal and reptile. Its genome shares features with those ...
By News Staff
Your Vegetable Garden Won't Save You In A Pandemic - Farming Will
With the world COVID-19 pandemic in its sixth month, food activists are back to trumpeting locally grown, and even home grown, as a viable option for mass food production, but for most of the world how realistic is that? It's fine if Michael Pollan claims it is from his walled Berkeley back yard ...
By Hank Campbell
Used PPE Equipment Could Be Repurposed Into Biofuel
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to rampant new use of personal protective equipment (PPE) but we're also facing a problem of more garbage in landfills. It could be trivial but in a world where people people about Keurig K-cups, technology to turn billions of items of disposable PPE from its polypropylene ...
By News Staff
You Can't Trust Volcanoes
Don't be fooled by those tourist volcanoes that reliably produce small basaltic lava eruptions. A new study shows they hide the same chemically diverse magmas in their underground plumbing systems as volcanoes that generate explosive activity.Some volcanoes in Iceland, Hawai'i and the Galápagos ...
By News Staff
Viroids: Brazilian Plants Are Infested With 200 Natural Pathogens, But Here Is How Science Can Help
An annotated list of 219 pathogens that infect plants in Brazil, including many agriculturally important species, shows just how precarious things can be when it comes to maintaining an affordable, sustainable food supply. Dr. Elliot Watanabe Kitajima, a researcher in the Phytopathology and Nematology ...
By News Staff
Low Power Microbes Discovery Could Shake Up The Search For Life On Other Planets
We eat various foods and our metabolism converts it to energy our bodies can use. This is a hallmark of life, across plants, animals, algae and bacteria. Energy is a defining characteristic of living.But how little can an organism really live on? In the extreme environment of the seabed, answers ...
By News Staff
Dogs May Be Man's Best Friend Against Coronavirus Too
What does a pandemic smell like? If dogs could talk, they might be able to tell us.We’re part of an international research team, led by Dominique Grandjean at France’s National Veterinary School of Alfort, that has been training detector dogs to sniff out traces of the novel coronavirus (SARS ...
By The Conversation
A Tale Of Two Virus Strategies
Viruses have strategies. They may not be dominated by politics or people who have desire to work in government but they are strategies just the same.Unable to reproduce on their own, viruses replicate by infecting a living organism's cells and getting the cells to make copies of them. Two main ...
By News Staff
The Real Victims Of The Vaping Anti-Flavor Crusade Are Former Smokers - Opinion
The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019.We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other ...
By News Staff
Will COVID-19 Use Myocarditis To Strike Out Baseball?
By Glen Pyle and Gurkiran Dhuga COVID-19 has thrown professional baseball in North America a curveball. An outbreak among players for the Miami Marlins, that has spread to the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals, brings into question the infection control protocols touted by Major ...
By W. Glen Pyle
Marriage Is Healthy For Men But Bad For Women? Results Show The Opposite
Men who live alone and have a smaller social network are less likely to be obese than women who have the same lifestyle, according to results found in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging survey. This debunks the cultural trope that marriage is worse for women and better for men when it comes ...
By News Staff
Colon Cancer Mystery: Are Too Many Antioxidants The Problem?
TP53 is a gene found in every cell. It produces a protein called p53 which acts as a cell's barrier, even suppressing genetic mutations in the cell. However, if p53 becomes damaged, it no longer protects the cell as well. Perhaps even the opposite, it may drive the cancer, helping tumors spread ...
By News Staff
Not Just America: Fluting From 6,000 BC Found In Arabian Excavations
Evidence of prehistoric fluting techniques, using hammering or pressure to create a groove, has been found on the Arabian peninsula from 8,000 years ago.Archeological finds are not new on the Arabian peninsula. There is evidence for lithics (stone tools) but evidence showed they were less advanced ...
By News Staff
'Waiting For Godot' Is Not A COVID-19 Strategy, But It May Be A Metaphor - Editorial
The 1948 Samuel Beckett play "Waiting for Godot" is about two people that are, as you can guess, waiting for Godot. They wait at a tree, but they have no idea who he is or if he will arrive. When the person they do not know and had no idea was ever arriving does not arrive, they decide to commit ...
By Hank Campbell
The Rubber Hand Illusion Doesn't Hold Up Scientifically
A world-famous psychological experiment with over 5,000 citations may be another reason for the increased skepticism about psychology claims.used to help explain the brain's understanding of the body, as well as scores of clinical disorders, has been dismissed as not fit-for-purpose in a new academic ...
By News Staff
Coronavirus Week 19: Make This 2,000-year-old Roman Bread Recipe
If you've run out of friends to give your sourdought Friendship bread to, and 'feeding' it every three days has become drudgery, you can mix things up a little during your COVID-19 baking spree by making bread the Romans made 2,000 years ago.How do we know the recipe is real? Because during excavations ...
By News Staff
'Deepfakes' Are The Most Worrisome Form Of Artificial Intelligence For Terrorism And Crime - And 5 Others To Think About
Experts asked to rank 20 ways Artificial Intelligence could be used to facilitate crime over the next 15 years, in order of concern, listed "deepfakes" - fake audio or video content so real it would have been considered conclusive just a few years ago - as number one.The 20 ways were ...
By News Staff
Coronavirus Gives Us The Chance To Rethink Letting Kids Play Outside Unsupervised
Most adults will remember spending much of their childhood playing outdoors without much parental supervision. But fears for children’s safety plus the demands of modern life mean many parents don’t allow their children the same freedoms. We live in an age where people have distanced themselves ...
By The Conversation
Coronavirus Has Given Telemedicine New Life - But We Should Stop Penalizing Specialists Who Do It
In a COVID-19 world, you may not want to visit a doctor but that doesn't mean you have to avoid seeing one.  A new RAND evaluation recommends that clinics even hire a telemedicine coordinator to head their efforts and that they consider offering telemedicine services to patients from their ...
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Far More Taxpayer Funded Science Has Become Free To Read Thanks To Coronavirus - That May Be Here To Stay
Scientific publishing is not known for moving rapidly. In normal times, publishing new research can take months, if not years. Researchers prepare a first version of a paper on new findings and submit it to a journal, where it is often rejected, before being resubmitted to another journal, peer ...
By The Conversation
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