newscientist.com – Killer whales tend to have close friendships with those of similar age and sex, scientists have discovered by filming them from drones
Source: Michael N. Weiss, et al. Age and sex influence social interactions, but not associations, within a killer whale pod. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 2021.
upi.com – Researchers used the world's smallest computer, which they attached to leaves and the shells of the predatory snails, to solve a mass extinction survival mystery.
Source: Cindy S. Bick, et al. Millimeter-sized smart sensors reveal that a solar refuge protects tree snail Partula hyalina from extirpation. Communications Biology, 2021.
eurekalert.org – As threats against female journalists rise, a researcher examines the damage done by the Hollywood trope of the unethical female reporter who trades sex for information.
Source: T. Franklin Waddell. Who Thinks that Female Journalists Have Sex with their Sources? Testing the Association Between Sexist Beliefs, Journalist Mistrust, and the Perceived Realism of Fictional Female Journalists. Journalism Studies, 2021.
theguardian.com – Developed by Australian and European researchers, the film works by converting infrared light into light visible to the human eye
Source: Rocio Camacho-Morales, et al. Infrared upconversion imaging in nonlinear metasurfaces. Advanced Photonics, 2021.
arstechnica.com – We might one day be able to predict which puppies will make the best service dogs.
Source: Emily E. Bray, et al. Early-emerging and highly heritable sensitivity to human communication in dogs. Current Biology, 2021.
livescience.com – Oculudentavis lived about 99 million years ago in what is now Myanmar.
Source: Arnau Bolet, et al. Unusual morphology in the mid-Cretaceous lizard Oculudentavis. Current Biology, 2021.
eurekalert.org – After scouring more than 5,000 compounds, scientists have identified several new classes of therapeutics that may help treat fibrolamellar carcinoma.
Source: Gadi Lalazar, et al. Identification of Novel Therapeutic Targets for Fibrolamellar Carcinoma Using Patient Derived Xenografts and Direct from Patient Screening. Cancer Discovery, 2021.
cbc.ca – Today's North Atlantic right whales are on average a metre shorter than whales in the 1980s. Researchers suspect whales becoming tangled in fishing nets is the problem.
Source: Joshua D. Stewart, et al. Decreasing body lengths in North Atlantic right whales. Current Biology, 2021.
nytimes.com – Variants and upticks in case numbers could bloom into a surge this summer, officials say.
Source: Colin R Simpson, et al. Early Pandemic Evaluation and Enhanced Surveillance of COVID-19 (EAVE II): protocol for an observational study using linked Scottish national data. BMJ Open, 2020.
digitaltrends.com – Oddball planet TOI-1231 b is a bit smaller than Neptune but has a substantial atmosphere, which gives it some interesting astronomical quirks.
Source: Jennifer A. Burt, et al. TOI-1231 b: A Temperate, Neptune-Sized Planet Transiting the Nearby M3 Dwarf NLTT 24399. arXiv, 2021.