Friday, January 2, 2015

 

The Role of Genetics Varies Over Time

New research from Yale University shows that the effect of genes may depend on the total, historical environment in which the researcher and subject are embedded.
- SciTechDaily

Why We Are So Intrigued by Zombies

What the living dead can teach us about ancient prejudices
- Scientific American

It’s Normal to Be Terrible at Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

Research shows that we’re pretty bad at following through.
- Pacific Standard


Thursday, January 1, 2015
 

WIRED’s Top Science Stories of the Year

Wired's most popular science stories this year covered a really broad range of topics. Favorites included stories on cat behavior, quantum mechanics, black holes, absurd creatures, traffic, maps, and blood tests. Some of the top stories looked at how reading on a screen instead of paper affects your brain, what you should and shouldn’t worry about when it comes to Ebola, a mission to land on a comet, and a 50-foot-long snake. 
- Wired

The Top 5 Climate Science and Policy Developments to Watch in 2015

2014 was a year in which mammoth climate science assessments seemed to appear once a week, and policymakers made an unprecedented (albeit still sluggish) push toward establishing an effective global climate policy framework. The longstanding divide between the industrialized and developing countries over the responsibility to address global warming was partly bridged this year, in a surprising way.
- Mashable

Venus May Have Once Been Awash With CO2 Oceans

Venus, often described as Earth's twin planet because it is the world closest to Earth in size, mass, distance and chemical makeup, may have once possessed strange oceans of carbon dioxide fluid that helped shape the planet's surface, researchers say. 
- Discovery News


Wednesday, December 31, 2014
 

New Frog Gives Birth to Tadpoles

A species found on an Indonesian island has become the first frog ever seen giving birth to tadpoles, rather than laying eggs.
- BBC News

Scientists Show That Drunk Birds ‘Slur’ Their Songs

In a study published in PLOS ONE, researchers who study birdsong in  order to learn more about human speech tempted zebra finches with spiked juice - yielding some surprising results. Birds learn to sing in much the same way that humans learn to talk, so birds give scientists some of our best insights into the brain mechanisms that make speech possible.
- The Washington Post

What Would Happen if the Earth Stopped In Its Orbit?

As we celebrate the Earth completing another lap around the Sun, let’s take a moment to imagine what life would be like in a world without years – a world that somehow ceased to orbit its star.
- Wired


Tuesday, December 30, 2014
 

Is Russia Building the Next Noah's Ark?

Touted as the world’s first database of its kind, Moscow State University has secured Russia’s largest-ever scientific grant to collect the DNA of every living and extinct creature on the planet - by 2018. 
- The Jerusalem Post

Drought May Have Led to Decline of Ancient Mayan Empire

New geologic evidence suggests periods of extreme drought coincide with the fall of the Mayan civilization.
- U.S. News & World Report
 

The Most Stunning Space Pictures of 2014

Orion and Curiosity and Mars - oh my!
- BBC News


Monday, December 29, 2014
 

NASA Looks Back at 2014 at Its Tops Space Achievements and Discoveries (VIDEO)

NASA has made some significant discoveries in 2014. Check out some of the most notable achievements as we approach the new year. 
- Science World Report

Spaceflight's Great Leaps Come With Risks (and Tragedies)

The past year has been a boom time for the commercial spaceflight industry. NASA chose which private companies will shuttle supplies and people to the International Space Station (Boeing and SpaceX).
- Live Science

Study Unveils New Half-Light Half-Matter Quantum Particles

Prospects of developing computing and communication technologies based on quantum properties of light and matter may have taken a major step forward thanks to research that discovered half-light, half-matter particles in atomically thin semiconductors.
- Phys.Org

Credibility of UN Climate Process Hangs on Paris Talks

All leaders must rise to the challenge for December 2015, warns outgoing EU climate chief Connie Hedegaard
- The Guardian