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Hurricanes and Climate Change Might Make Spiders More Aggressive

Hurricanes and Climate Change Might Make Spiders More Aggressive

Hurricanes could make spider colonies more aggressive over time, according to a new paper. Let’s add “avoiding extra-evil spider colonies” to our list of reasons to fight climate change, please and thanks.

It’s obvious that hurricanes cause damage, but it’s hard to study how that damage might impact the evolution of the animals that survive the storm. Given that some scientific models suggest...

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Icelanders Mourn Loss of Okjökull Glacier With Ceremony, Plaque

Icelanders Mourn Loss of Okjökull Glacier With Ceremony, Plaque

Politicians, scientists, and others gathered in Borgarfjörður, Iceland, northeast of Reykjavik on Sunday to mourn the loss of the Okjökull glacier, laying a plaque warning of the impact of climate change, the BBC reported.

Okjökull, along with many other Icelandic glaciers, took serious hits from warming summers over the past two decades. It was officially declared inactive by glaciologist...

Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 18, 2019 at 05:30.

Portugal Is Using Goats to Prepare for Wildfires, But There's Not Enough Shepherds

Portugal Is Using Goats to Prepare for Wildfires, But There's Not Enough Shepherds

Portugal, which has been ravaged by wildfires of increasing severity and duration in the era of climate change, is turning back to the goat to clear underbrush in the hopes of limiting potential fuel sources for the blazes, the New York Times reported on Saturday.

One issue? A critical shortage of goatherds and shepherds in the ongoing pilot program dedicated to the initiative. Per the...

Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 17, 2019 at 03:20. 5 comments

A Woman Lived with a 'Twin' Inside Her for 17 Years Without Knowing

A Woman Lived with a 'Twin' Inside Her for 17 Years Without Knowing

A young woman in India unknowingly lived with one of the rarest and most unsettling medical conditions for nearly two decades, her doctors say. According to a case report out this week, the woman had a sac containing her still-growing “twin” lodged in her abdomen for 17 years. The twin had hair, teeth, and even a spine.

Formally known as fetus in fetu, the condition is thought to happen when...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 17, 2019 at 02:00.

Physicists Entangled Photons in the Lab With Photons From the Sun

Physicists Entangled Photons in the Lab With Photons From the Sun

In a classic physics experiment, scientists set up quantum entanglement between sunlight and light generated here on Earth.

The researchers in China, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom wondered whether any two particles of light, called photons, could show the spooky interactions governed by the rules of quantum mechanics, even if they originated from vastly distant sources....

Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 17, 2019 at 01:05. 10 comments

Dozens of People in Multiple States Have Lung Disease Linked to Vaping, and No One Knows Why

Dozens of People in Multiple States Have Lung Disease Linked to Vaping, and No One Knows Why

The number of people afflicted and hospitalized with serious lung disease connected to vaping continues to grow. This week, multiple states reported similar cases, and the toll of confirmed and possible victims has climbed into the dozens. Right now, health officials and outside experts still seem to be in the dark as to what exactly is going on.

On Thursday, the Wisconsin Department of...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 16, 2019 at 23:55.

This Enormous Supernova Was Unlike Anything Seen Before

This Enormous Supernova Was Unlike Anything Seen Before

Astronomers have observed a supernova unlike any ever observed before, and it might be strong evidence of an important kind of stellar death that would have shaped early galaxies.

The supernova, called SN2016iet, doesn’t fit into the classification schemes that scientists use for supernovae today. It seems to look like a “pair-instability supernova” that would happen among the heaviest stars....

Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 16, 2019 at 04:03. 5 comments

The FDA Is Previewing Some Grisly New Cigarette Warnings

The FDA Is Previewing Some Grisly New Cigarette Warnings

The federal government wants to scare the living hell out of you—at least if you’re thinking about smoking. This week, the Food and Drug Administration previewed a series of new warnings that it plans to have plastered on all cigarette products and advertisements. And they’re a doozy.

The proposed warnings, 13 in total, feature much of the same text that can already be found on cigarettes,...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 16, 2019 at 03:20. 4 comments

A Baby Planet Might Have Smashed Right Into Young Jupiter

A Baby Planet Might Have Smashed Right Into Young Jupiter

Jupiter’s core seems off, astronomers think, in a way explainable by an ancient collision with another enormous body, perhaps one 10 times the mass of Earth.

A collision early in our solar system’s history shouldn’t be a huge surprise; after all, scientists surmise that Earth’s own Moon resulted from a giant impact. A similar event might have been responsible for some unexpected properties of...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 16, 2019 at 01:15. 10 comments

50-Year Chemistry Mystery Solved by Wild New Carbon Ring

50-Year Chemistry Mystery Solved by Wild New Carbon Ring

Some precision chemistry performed atop a slice of table salt has given researchers unprecedented views of a controversial form of carbon.

Scientists at Oxford University and IBM have produced a ring consisting of just 18 carbon atoms using a tool called atomic force microscopy. Researchers have long speculated about the properties of this ring but had only been able to produce it in a gas...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 16, 2019 at 01:05. 4 comments

Scientists Say They've Found a New Organ in Skin That Processes Pain

Scientists Say They've Found a New Organ in Skin That Processes Pain

It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team in Sweden claims to have uncovered an intricate network of cells underneath skin that helps process certain kinds of pain. The find could broaden our conceptions of how we feel pain, as well as how to relieve it.

Typically, it’s thought that we perceive harmful sensations on our skin...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 16, 2019 at 01:00. 12 comments

These Robotic Shorts Make Walking and Running Easier

These Robotic Shorts Make Walking and Running Easier

Exosuits—wearable robotic technologies that enhance our physical abilities—are slowly but steadily leaving the world of comic books and becoming a practical reality. This week, scientists introduced an exosuit that seems to reach a new milestone, helping users both walk and run with less effort.

The exosuit is the result of a collaboration between researchers from Harvard University’s Wyss...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 15, 2019 at 00:20. 2 comments

Scientists Have Created a Vaccine for Cat Allergies, but You Can't Have It Yet

Scientists Have Created a Vaccine for Cat Allergies, but You Can't Have It Yet

People unjustly kept away from feline companionship due to an allergy are rejoicing this week, after news resurfaced of a potential vaccine that makes cats less able to cause allergies. But while this research is promising, a finished product won’t be available any time soon.

The vaccine in question is being developed by Swiss-based Hypocat and is the company’s lead experimental and namesake...

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Yessenia Funes Yessenia Funes Aug 14, 2019 at 23:55. 1 comments

Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Can Damage Your Lungs as Much as Smoking a Pack a Day

Even Low Levels of Air Pollution Can Damage Your Lungs as Much as Smoking a Pack a Day

Breathing polluted air could impact a person’s health just as much as smoking a pack of cigarettes a day.

That’s according to a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association Tuesday, which is the first of its kind to take a long-term look at the role various air pollutants play in causing emphysema. The findings show that air pollution can seriously damage the...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 14, 2019 at 23:40.

Nah or Aww? Human-Size Penguins Once Waddled Across New Zealand

Nah or Aww? Human-Size Penguins Once Waddled Across New Zealand

A fossil discovery has added another entry to the list of comically large New Zealand birds: a 5-foot-tall penguin.

Just last week, we reported that researchers found fossil evidence of a child-size parrot in 16-million-year-old rock. Some of those same researchers have now announced the finding of a penguin that could have grown over 5 feet tall and weighed over 150 pounds, according to a

Tom McKay Tom McKay Aug 14, 2019 at 19:47. 2 comments

Report: Juul's Meaningless Attempts at Self-Regulation Just Led to Explosion in Knockoff Juul Pods

Report: Juul's Meaningless Attempts at Self-Regulation Just Led to Explosion in Knockoff Juul Pods

Juul pulled almost all of its flavored nicotine pods other than menthol and mint off the market last year under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, which under recently departed Administrator Scott Gottlieb was pursuing a hardline stance on the vaping industry and specifically on Juul, which has been repeatedly accused of knowingly marketing to teenagers . But if Juul...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 14, 2019 at 03:25. 8 comments

A Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A Chlamydia Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Human Trial

A vaccine for the most commonly reported sexually transmitted infection in the U.S.—the bacterial disease chlamydia—is now a substantial step closer to reality. On Monday, researchers reported that two of their vaccine candidates were found to be safe in a phase 1 clinical trial of 35 women. Though the trial wasn’t meant to prove their effectiveness, the vaccines also seemed to provoke an...

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Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Aug 14, 2019 at 00:41. 3 comments

Astrophotographer Discovers a Tiny 'Churymoon' Around Famous Comet

Astrophotographer Discovers a Tiny 'Churymoon' Around Famous Comet

An astrophotographer has spotted what looks to be a moon orbiting the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the target of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission.

The Rosetta mission launched in 2004, and arrived at 67P in 2014. Aside from producing lots of interesting data as well as thrills , it also sent many images of the comet back to Earth. These photographs continue to yield interesting...

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Ed Cara Ed Cara Aug 13, 2019 at 23:37. 11 comments

Massachusetts Man Reportedly in a Coma After Contracting Brain Infection From a Mosquito

Massachusetts Man Reportedly in a Coma After Contracting Brain Infection From a Mosquito

A rare, sometimes fatal viral infection spread by mosquitoes has resurfaced in Massachusetts—and has likely sent at least one man into a coma. Over the weekend, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported that a local resident contracted the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. Dozens of communities remain at critical or high risk for the virus, and residents are being advised...

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