Saturday, February 22, 2020

Don’t call it junk—this ‘jumping’ gene may be why you made...

At one point in your life, you were a two-celled embryo tumbling toward a soft landing in the uterus. You may have only been...

Science & Technology

Environment & Energy

Eroding mountains could release, not trap, greenhouse gases

Eroding mountains could release, not trap, greenhouse gases By Paul Voosen The hills are hiding a carbon cache. For decades, scientists believed that the erosion of mountains...

Education

The fight has begun over Europe’s big budget increase for science

European universities are unhappy about the details, announced yesterday, of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s new 7-year research program that will start in 2021....

SPONSORS

Spat over design of new Chinese telescope goes public

Spat over design of new Chinese telescope goes public A deep division among Chinese astronomers over the design of a proposed 12-meter telescope broke into...

Psychologists keep policy on U.S. detainees, but issue remains open wound

The American Psychological Association (APA) in Washington, D.C., has decided to retain a policy banning military psychologists from working with detainees at the U.S....

Mouse stem cells can self-organize into headless ‘little bananas’

Building a baby animal from just a few cells nestled in the mother’s uterus is complicated. But it turns out that a disorganized clump...

Do dolphins feel grief?

When an adult striped dolphin emerged from the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 pushing, nudging, and circling the carcass of its dead female companion for...

Health

Is a little radiation good for you? Controversial theory pops up in Senate hearing...

As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moves to overhaul how scientific studies can inform regulations, a U.S. Senate panel briefly became a stage for a decades-old...

On a remote Pacific island, this doctor has revived a 60-year quest to eradicate...

LIHIR ISLAND IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA—In a small, poor village 15,000 kilometers from his home, Oriol Mitjà jumped out of a white van one early May...

Can bacteria-slaying viruses defeat antibiotic-resistant infections? A new U.S. clinical center aims to find...

One piece of good news can make all the difference. In the fight against antibiotic-resistant infections, a decades-old approach based on bacteria-slaying viruses called...

Arts & Humanities

The Maya civilization used chocolate as money

Your Hershey bar may have been worth its weight in gold in Mayan times. A new study reveals that chocolate became its own form...

Do dolphins feel grief?

When an adult striped dolphin emerged from the Mediterranean Sea in 2016 pushing, nudging, and circling the carcass of its dead female companion for...

Australia to ax support for long-term ecology sites

Australia to ax support for long-term ecology sites By John Pickrell SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA—The Simpson Desert of central Australia is as starkly beautiful as it is ecologically entrancing....

Believing the future will be favorable may prevent action

Believing the future will be favorable may prevent action Association for Psychological Science People tend to believe that others will come around to their point of...