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.
What the living dead can teach us about ancient prejudices
- Scientific American
Research shows that we’re pretty bad at following through.
- Pacific Standard
Thursday, January 1, 2015
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.
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.
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
A species found on an Indonesian island has become the first frog ever seen giving birth to tadpoles, rather than laying eggs.
- BBC News
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
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.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
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
New geologic evidence suggests periods of extreme drought coincide with the fall of the Mayan civilization.
- U.S. News & World Report
Orion and Curiosity and Mars - oh my!
- BBC News
Monday, December 29, 2014
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
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
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.
All leaders must rise to the challenge for December 2015, warns outgoing EU climate chief Connie Hedegaard
- The Guardian