popsci.com – Analytical chemists have been working to develop high-functioning robotic smelling devices to detect victims of everything from human trafficking to natural disasters. But does it work?
Source: Andreas T. Güntner, et al. Sniffing Entrapped Humans with Sensor Arrays. Analytical Chemistry, 2018.
sciam.com – The smell attracts mosquitoes, and may help identify hidden cases
Source: Consuelo M. De Moraes, et al. Volatile biomarkers of symptomatic and asymptomatic malaria infection in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.
discovermagazine.com – Sometimes, what’s not there can be just as important as what is. Jazz is famously all about the notes you don’t play, and Sherlock Holmes once solved a crime because of a dog that didn’t bark. Scientists wanted to get in on that, so a paper appearing today in PNAS. takes a look at the sounds …
Source: Frank Seifart, et al. Nouns slow down speech across structurally and culturally diverse languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.
bbc.com – Scientists find a deadly plague may have been spread to Europe and western Asia by the Huns.
Source: Peter de Barros Damgaard, et al. 137 ancient human genomes from across the Eurasian steppes. Nature, 2018.
popsci.com – Octopuses seem to be particularly prone to alien theories. A new paper proposes—based on an old theory—that octopuses might have cosmic origins. The problem is that all the evidence says they don't.
Source: Edward J. Steele, et al. Cause of Cambrian Explosion - Terrestrial or Cosmic?. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 2018.
newyorker.com – In a surprise announcement, the North indefinitely suspended a second round of talks with the South, blindsiding the Trump Administration.
popularmechanics.com – Astronomers found a strange dwarf world that provides even more evidence that a giant planet is lurking at the edge of our solar system.
Source: J. C. Becker, et al. Discovery and Dynamical Analysis of an Extreme Trans-Neptunian Object with a High Orbital Inclination. arXiv, 2018.
zmescience.com – Depression can make both men and women infertile.
Source: Emily A. Evans-Hoeker, et al. Major depression, antidepressant use, and male and female fertility. Fertility and Sterility, 2018.
sciencedaily.com – In research that could lead to future therapies for age-related diseases, researchers have found a new way to stimulate the process by which cells recycle their spare parts.
Source: Melissa J. Silvestrini, et al. Nuclear Export Inhibition Enhances HLH-30/TFEB Activity, Autophagy, and Lifespan. Cell Reports, 2018.
geek.com – Despite all the warnings about climate change, a lot of data show that even among those that care, they don’t tend to talk about climate change all that often. And for those who …
Source: Paul Voosen. Trump White House quietly cancels NASA research verifying greenhouse gas cuts. Science, 2018.