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