geek.com – By now it’s common knowledge that the human genome contains quite a bit of Neanderthal DNA. And yes, that does mean that some of our ancestors had sex with a kinda-sorta-but-not-really different branch …
Source: Kay Prüfer, et al. A high-coverage Neandertal genome from Vindija Cave in Croatia. Science, 2017.
theverge.com – Say goodbye to the garden gnome
Source: J. H. Pikul, et al. Stretchable surfaces with programmable 3D texture morphing for synthetic camouflaging skins. Science, 2017.
geek.com – It’s an exciting time for astronomy. If it’s not the constant stream of newly discovered exoplanets, it’s the new discoveries about our own solar system. Every week it seems, we gain a better …
Source: J. L. Ortiz, et al. The size, shape, density and ring of the dwarf planet Haumea from a stellar occultation. Nature, 2017.
scienceblog.com – When gliding through our old and rusty skies, You filtered out the wheezing, blackened air; A century of progress built on lies, Now captured in the feathered down you wear. The smut and ash tha…
Source: Shane G. DuBay, Carl C. Fuldner. Bird specimens track 135 years of atmospheric black carbon and environmental policy. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2017.
geek.com – For years, scientists have been trying to answer the big questions: Why rainbows are so awesome, what makes cats so… weird, and just where the hell is most of the “Stuff” in the …
Source: Anna de Graaff, Yan-Chuan Cai, Catherine Heymans, John A. Peacock. Missing baryons in the cosmic web revealed by the Sunyaev-Zel'dovich effect. arXiv, 2017.
sciencedaily.com – New paleogenomic research appears to rule out the likelihood that inhabitants of Easter Island intermixed with South Americans prior to the arrival of Europeans on the island in 1722.
Source: Lars Fehren-Schmitz, et al. Genetic Ancestry of Rapanui before and after European Contact. Current Biology, 2017.
sciam.com – Half of our home galaxy is terra incognita. That will soon change
Source: Alberto Sanna, Mark J. Reid, Thomas M. Dame, Karl M. Menten, Andreas Brunthaler. Mapping spiral structure on the far side of the Milky Way. Science, 2017.
bbc.com – A US space agency satellite provides new insights on how CO2 is moved through Earth's atmosphere.
Source: A. Eldering, et al. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 early science investigations of regional carbon dioxide fluxes. Science, 2017.
zmescience.com – Patients reported feeling 'reset' or 'rebooted'. Their depression symptoms improved immediately after taking the drug.
Source: Robin L Carhart-Harris, Guy M Goodwin. The Therapeutic Potential of Psychedelic Drugs: Past, Present, and Future. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2017.
theguardian.com – Scientists produce indirect evidence of gaseous filaments and sheets known as Whims linking clusters of galaxies in the cosmic web
Source: Hideki Tanimura, et al. A Search for Warm/Hot Gas Filaments Between Pairs of SDSS Luminous Red Galaxies. arXiv, 2017.
the-scientist.com – Researchers identified genes related to melanin levels in African populations.
Source: Nicholas G. Crawford, et al. Loci associated with skin pigmentation identified in African populations. Science, 2017.