Robotic noses could be the future of disaster rescue—if they can outsniff search dogs

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.

Is Malaria's Peculiar Odor Key to Its Conquest?

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.

Nouns to Blame for Sputtered Speech

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.

Hun migrations 'linked to deadly Justinian Plague'

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.

Octopuses are not aliens, but boy are they a bunch of beautiful weirdos

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.

Just How Fragile Is Trump’s North Korea Diplomacy?

newyorker.com – In a surprise announcement, the North indefinitely suspended a second round of talks with the South, blindsiding the Trump Administration.

Source: The rise, collapse, and compaction of Mt. Mantap from the 3 September 2017 North Korean nuclear test. Science, 2018.

A Newly Discovered Solar System Object Hints at Hidden Planet Nine

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.

Major depression in men makes couples less likely to conceive

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.

New way to stimulate cellular recycling process

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.

Trump Admin Quietly Shutters Critical NASA Climate Research Program

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.