cbc.ca – Greenland and Antarctica are a long distance away, but newly released research suggests the accelerating disappearance of their ice caps will have a major — and underestimated — effect on extreme weather in Canada.
Source: Tamsin L. Edwards, et al. Revisiting Antarctic ice loss due to marine ice-cliff instability. Nature, 2019.
sciam.com – A real-time capture of brain-circuit activity shows how simple it is to change what an animal sees
Source: James H. Marshel, et al. Cortical layer–specific critical dynamics triggering perception. Science, 2019.
upi.com – Scientists in Germany and the United States are considering a bold plan to pump millions of gallons of seawater into to a system of snow cannons installed across West Antarctica in order to save its ice sheet.
Source: Johannes Feldmann, Anders Levermann, Matthias Mengel. Stabilizing the West Antarctic Ice Sheet by surface mass deposition. Science Advances, 2019.
discovermagazine.com – Domes made of a high-tech substance called silica aerogel could protect crops on Mars and make the Red Planet more habitable.
Source: R. Wordsworth, L. Kerber, C. Cockell. Enabling Martian habitability with silica aerogel via the solid-state greenhouse effect. Nature Astronomy, 2019.
nytimes.com – A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them riddled with trackers from major technology companies.
Source: Elena Maris, Timothy Libert, Jennifer Henrichsen. Tracking sex: The implications of widespread sexual data leakage and tracking on porn websites. arXiv, 2019.
eurekalert.org – US Army game-theory research using artificial intelligence may help treat cancer and other diseases, improve cybersecurity, deploy Soldiers and assets more efficiently and even win a poker game.
Source: Noam Brown, Tuomas Sandholm. Superhuman AI for multiplayer poker. Science, 2019.
scienceblog.com – Ancient submerged volcanoes Rise up from the ocean floor, Their tips littering the landscape As tremendous shadows of the past Cast a barely visible film of filth Across this false Pacific paradise…
Source: Maveric K. I. L. Abella, Monica Rouco Molina, Ivana Nikolić-Hughes, Emlyn W. Hughes, Malvin A. Ruderman. Background gamma radiation and soil activity measurements in the northern Marshall Islands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019.
the-scientist.com – Some variants implicated in the disease are also linked to other psychiatric disorders.
Source: Christopher Hübel, et al. Genomics of body fat percentage may contribute to sex bias in anorexia nervosa. American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics, 2018.
the-scientist.com – A bird leg with one super-long toe is something paleontologists say they’ve never seen before.
Source: Lida Xing, et al. A New Enantiornithine Bird with Unusual Pedal Proportions Found in Amber. Current Biology, 2019.
latimes.com – A 210,000-year-old skull in Greece is the earliest evidence for modern humans in Eurasia and suggests they left Africa earlier than previously thought.
Source: Katerina Harvati, et al. Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Nature, 2019.
sciam.com – Brain cells that tick at regular intervals may coordinate neural activity like the conductor of an orchestra
Source: Hyeyoung Shin, Christopher I. Moore. Persistent Gamma Spiking in SI Nonsensory Fast Spiking Cells Predicts Perceptual Success. Neuron, 2019.