businessinsider.com – Cats purr to grab their owners' attention, but it can be difficult for us to connect with our pets. A new study suggests slow blinking may be the key.
Source: Tasmin Humphrey, Leanne Proops, Jemma Forman, Rebecca Spooner, Karen McComb. The role of cat eye narrowing movements in cat–human communication. Scientific Reports, 2020.
the-scientist.com – So far, the bulk of the identified water molecules are too distant from one another to form ice or liquid.
Source: C. I. Honniball, et al. Molecular water detected on the sunlit Moon by SOFIA. Nature Astronomy, 2020.
nextbigfuture.com – A new study finds 40,000 square kilometers of the lunar surface has the capacity to hold water, which is about double previous estimates. 0.15% of the lunar surface is permanently shadowed, with ~10%
Source: P. O. Hayne, O. Aharonson, N. Schörghofer. Micro cold traps on the Moon. Nature Astronomy, 2020.
bbc.com – A study of dog DNA patterns shows that our "best friend" among animals is also our oldest one.
Source: Anders Bergström, et al. Origins and genetic legacy of prehistoric dogs. Science, 2020.
the-scientist.com – The tropical net-casting spider Deinopis spinosa several other arachnid species that can hear sounds from afar without the help of a web, or even ears--an ability that aids its unique hunting tactics.
Source: Jay A. Stafstrom, Gil Menda, Eyal I. Nitzany, Eileen A. Hebets, Ronald R. Hoy. Ogre-Faced, Net-Casting Spiders Use Auditory Cues to Detect Airborne Prey. Current Biology, 2020.
businessinsider.com – As we grow older, we prefer to spend time with our closest, oldest friends rather than make new ones. Chimpanzees do the same, a study shows.
Source: Alexandra G. Rosati, et al. Social selectivity in aging wild chimpanzees. Science, 2020.
newscientist.com – Octopuses use their arms to ‘lick’ prey – which researchers say adds to evidence that the cephalopods’ eight appendages are analogous to tongues with ‘hands’ and ‘brains’
Source: Lena van Giesen, Peter B. Kilian, Corey A.H. Allard, Nicholas W. Bellono. Molecular Basis of Chemotactile Sensation in Octopus. Cell, 2020.
cbc.ca – Bob McDonald's blog: Paint that can actually cool buildings, and tinted windows that generate solar power could be important innovations in reducing energy used by buildings.
Source: Xiangyu Li, et al. Full Daytime Sub-ambient Radiative Cooling in Commercial-like Paints with High Figure of Merit. Cell Reports Physical Science, 2020.
nextbigfuture.com – Stanford researchers and collaborators in Korea have developed a new architecture for OLED – organic light-emitting diode – displays that could enable televisions, smartphones and virtual or augmented
Source: Won-Jae Joo, et al. Metasurface-driven OLED displays beyond 10,000 pixels per inch. Science, 2020.
arstechnica.com – WHO says its massive study was clearly not included in FDA review.
Source: Dexamethasone in Hospitalized Patients with Covid-19 — Preliminary Report. New England Journal of Medicine, 2020.
nytimes.com – Popular YouTube channels often bombard young children with thinly veiled ads for junk food, a new study finds.
Source: Amaal Alruwaily, et al. Child Social Media Influencers and Unhealthy Food Product Placement. Pediatrics, 2020.