Category Archives: Science

Scientists say ravens display foresight, a trait thought unique to apes

A series of experiments with ravens finds that the birds display the ability to think ahead and deliberately prepare for future events, adding to the growing body of evidence that intelligence has evolved more than once.

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Through citizen science projects, anyone can be a scientist

Science isn’t just for scientists. Every day, citizens help further research, too.

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Newly discovered particle outshines protons, neutrons with double the charm

However fleeting it may be, the discovery of a long theorized baryon is news for celebration in the physics community.  

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As space junk soars, science turns to nature for ideas

Even if we stop launching rockets today, cascading collisions between orbiting objects will continue to endanger satellites. But this sticky problem might have an even stickier solution: gecko-inspired trash grabbers.

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How information overload helps spread fake news

Mathematical modeling of social networks reveals how misinformation finds its way to the top – and offers clues for how to dampen the spread of false information.

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Unbreakable: China doubles down on quantum internet

China has set a new distance record for photon entanglement, the foundation for a communications network secured by the code to end all codes.

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New study shows ancients cats traveled the world with their human owners

In a groundbreaking study, researchers traced genetic signatures of cats – some 9,000 years old – back to the Middle East, with feline DNA resembling some modern-day breeds. 

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Understanding why loneliness exists can help ease it, say scientists

New research that examines the vicious circle of social isolation also points to the evolutionary origins of loneliness, and a way for people to escape it.

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Just how Earth-shattering are those 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens fossils?

It may seem like an astonishing revision of our species’ history to add 100,000 years, but to paleoanthropologists trying to piece together a messy evolutionary picture, that’s a good day on the job. 

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Can female mentors patch the leaky STEM pipeline?

A two-year study found that 100 percent of women engineering students with female mentors stuck with the program, a surprising win in a field with a traditionally high attrition rate.

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