latimes.com – Scientists with UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Princeton University recently walked back a claim made last month that oceans had been heating up dramatically faster than the international scientific community previously thought.
Source: L. Resplandy, et al. Quantification of ocean heat uptake from changes in atmospheric O2 and CO2 composition. Nature, 2018.
digitaltrends.com – A huge crater has been discovered beneath the ice of Greenland, and is thought to be the result of a meteorite impact millions of years ago. The crater is one of the largest ever discovered, measuring 19 miles across, and is the first to be found beneath the Greenland ice sheet.
Source: Kurt H. Kjær, et al. A large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland. Science Advances, 2018.
latimes.com – An international team of astronomers has detected evidence of a cold planet at least three times the size of Earth orbiting an ancient red dwarf star, right in our stellar neighborhood. If you were traveling at the speed of light, it would take you just six years to reach it.
Source: I. Ribas, et al. A candidate super-Earth planet orbiting near the snow line of Barnard’s star. Nature, 2018.
sciencedaily.com – Researchers have found that a vast array of regularly spaced, still-inhabited termite mounds in northeastern Brazil--covering an area the size of Great Britain -- are up to about 4,000 years old.
Source: Stephen J. Martin, Roy R. Funch, Paul R. Hanson, Eun-Hye Yoo. A vast 4,000-year-old spatial pattern of termite mounds. Current Biology, 2018.
sciencedaily.com – An international team of scientists has discovered a new, massive star system -- one that also challenges existing theories of how large stars eventually die.
Source: J. R. Callingham, et al. Anisotropic winds in a Wolf–Rayet binary identify a potential gamma-ray burst progenitor. Nature Astronomy, 2018.
rdmag.com – NewsThe drug is currently being assessed as a supplemental treatment for PTSD.Contributed Author: Society for NeuroscienceTopics: Neurological Disease
Source: Anthony S Gabay, Matthew J Kempton, James Gilleen, Mitul A Mehta. MDMA increases cooperation and recruitment of social brain areas when playing trustworthy players in an iterated Prisoner's Dilemma. The Journal of Neuroscience, 2018.
zmescience.com – Fur lickin' findings.
Source: Alexis C. Noel, David L. Hu. Cats use hollow papillae to wick saliva into fur. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.
arstechnica.com – Even beyond climate change, human activities raised the rainfall total.
Source: Wei Zhang, Gabriele Villarini, Gabriel A. Vecchi, James A. Smith. Urbanization exacerbated the rainfall and flooding caused by hurricane Harvey in Houston. Nature, 2018.
upi.com – New genomic research has revealed two previously unknown human migrations from North to South America.
Source: Cosimo Posth, et al. Reconstructing the Deep Population History of Central and South America. Cell, 2018.
scienceblog.com – A multi-center study of the genetic remains of people who settled thousands of years ago in the Andes Mountains of South America reveals a complex picture
Source: John Lindo, et al. The genetic prehistory of the Andean highlands 7000 years BP though European contact. Science Advances, 2018.
discovermagazine.com – Native Americans' ancestors spread quickly through the Americas once they arrived, reaching South America's tip within a few thousand years.
Source: J. Víctor Moreno-Mayar, et al. Early human dispersals within the Americas. Science, 2018.