Hundreds of scientists, environmental advocates and their supporters held a rally in Boston on Sunday to protest what they see as increasing threats to science and research in the U.S. The scientists, some dressed in white lab coats, called on President Donald Trump's administration to recognize evidence of climate change and take action on various environmental issues. Geoffrey Supran, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who studies renewable energy solutions to climate change, said scientists are responding to the Trump administration's "anti-science rhetoric." "We're really trying to send a message today to Mr. Trump that America runs on
The ancient bones of the Kennewick Man have been returned to the ground. More than 200 members of five Columbia Plateau tribes and bands gathered at an undisclosed location over the weekend to lay the remains of the man they call the Ancient One to rest, according to an announcement Sunday by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2mf1INA ). "We always knew the Ancient One to be Indian," said Aaron Ashley, Umatilla board member and chairman of the Cultural Resource Committee.
In 2012, the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the Madagascar natives as the most endangered mammals on the planet. “The original inspiration for developing LemurFaceID was a desire to develop a noninvasive tool that would help us ID and track lemurs,” Stacey Tecot, University of Arizona assistant professor and senior researcher of the project, told Digital Trends. To minimize invasiveness, Tecot and her colleague, George Washington University’s Rachel Jacobs, decided not to capture or tag their subjects, but soon found that such a hands-off approach made collecting sufficient datasets difficult.
John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth. Since Glenn's death on Dec. 8 at the age of 95, untold numbers of devotees have stopped by an exhibit of his artifacts on the campus of Ohio State University, backers have begun fundraising for an observatory and astronomy park in Glenn's name and work has begun on a 7-foot statue in his likeness. For 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds on Feb. 20, 1962, the capsule circled the Earth three times, making Glenn the first American to orbit Earth.
NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico. "This has profound effects on how we try to understand the evolutionary history of microbial life on this planet," she said.
Friend dating someone you suspect to be a sociopath? Knowing what you’re dealing with and coming to terms with the psychological disorders of those around us can make things easier for everyone. Of course, terms like psychopath and sociopath make people uneasy.
A geological analysis of the Rockall area of the North Atlantic has revealed previously unknown insights that could lead to new oil and gas discoveries in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). Previous attempts to find hydrocarbons in Rockall have been largely unsuccessful, with only one gas discovery out of 12 wells drilled. Those behind the study believe that misconceptions regarding the character of the Basin - as well as challenging weather conditions and a lack of supporting infrastructure due to its remoteness - have hampered these exploration efforts. Dr Nick Schofield from the University’s Department of Geology and Petroleum Geology led the analysis, which has been funded by a $311,875 (GBP
Scientists under the guidance of Mosaic (Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) mission will attempt a round-the-year expedition of the North Pole or the Arctic Pole to study climate patterns, especially the rapid melting of ice on the pole. The expedition will be the first since Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen's attempt in 1893 to reach the North Pole by using the natural drift of the polar ice. The scientists aim to undertake the operation on board a 120m-long German research vessel, the Polarstern, to answer big questions about the Arctic, including why the region is warming faster than any other place on Earth. "The decline of Arctic sea-ice is much faster
The hunt has begun on for the “discovery of the century.” A team of Italian archeologists announced this week that they have started work on documenting the mysterious Valley of the Kings. Next month the team plans to enter the tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun and scan the tomb for secret chambers. Their ultimate goal is to find the legendary final resting place of Queen Nefertiti, the Egyptian Queen who helped lead a religious revolution 3,300 years ago. Franco Porcelli, the director of the Polytechnic University of Turin project, said, “It will be a rigorous scientific work and will last several days, if not weeks… Who knows what we might find as we scan the ground” The Italian team plans to
The private company's newest rocket was sent with supplies to the International Space Station. Loaded with supplies for the International Space Station also a success blending the reusable booster made a perfect up right landing back on earth.
Getting through college isn't easy, and it can be even harder for low-income and first generation students with few support resources. Researchers at Georgia State University spent four years analyzing students' grades, test scores and other information in order to identify those in potential trouble, and promptly assisted them. The study shows the number of students graduating has jumped by 30 percent and that students are spending less time and money to earn a degree.
A leading scientist has suggested that placing humans into a state of hibernation could be a powerful new tool for fighting cancer, in particular terminal cancers. Professor Marco Durante, from the Trento Institute in Italy, has suggested that if humans could be successfully placed into a hibernation state then it would stop the cancer in its tracks. In addition it would also make radiotherapy far more effective as inactive tissue responds better to this form of treatment. Speaking to the BBC World Service Professor Durante said: “The main problem was that humans don’t go into hibernation of course, bears go into hibernation, squirrels go into hibernation but humans don’t.” “However recently
Thousands of schoolchildren in Kenya are getting a rare opportunity to look at the stars. The Traveling Telescope visits some of this East African country's most remote areas, showing students the night sky and the describing the science of astronomy with telescopes and virtual reality goggles. One by one, the children in this Rift Valley town lined up to peer through the telescope.
Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) is changing our understanding of disease, and in the process it could reshape patient treatment. With over 7,500 of its gene-sequencing systems installed at customers, the company is already the leader in its industry, and with new systems about to launch, it could become even more dominant. Will the NovaSeq 5000 and NovaSeq 6000 cause sales and profit to accelerate? In this clip from The Motley Fool's Industry Focus: Healthcare podcast, contributor Todd Campbell explains to analysts Gaby Lapera and Michael Douglass why this stock is one of his favorites. Will it be one of your top stocks, too? Thanks to Audible for supporting our podcast. Get a free audiobook with a free
Lab-coated scientists get their pictures taken after a “Stand Up for Science” rally in downtown Boston’s Copley Square. BOSTON – Hundreds of science-minded demonstrators converged on Boston over the weekend to test a prototype for the March for Science, a campaign that’s expected to bring out more than a million people around the globe on April 22. Sunday’s “Stand Up for Science” rally took place during the height of this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and as a result drew attendees from the AAAS crowd – including Bish Paul, a molecular biologist who got his Ph.D. from the University of Washington and worked at Seattle’s Fred Hutchison Cancer Institute.
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet “beautiful” is a word that I and other mathematicians often use to describe our subject. How on earth can maths be beautiful—and does it matter? For me, as a mathematician, it is hugely important. My enjoyment of the beauty of mathematics is part of what motivates me to study the subject. It is also a guide when I am working on a problem: If I think of a few strategies, I will choose the one that seems most elegant first. And if my solution seems clumsy then I will revisit it to try to make it more attractive. I’ve just finished
The origins of handedness have been a scientific puzzle for many years. Asymmetries in the brain have been thought to be the source of our preference for either our right or left hands. But a study in foetuses has found that differences in the expression of genes in the left and right hemispheres of the brain may not be the cause of left and right handedness in humans. Instead, even earlier in development there is asymmetrical expression of genes in the spine, which is now thought to be where handedness arises, according to a paper in the journal eLife. Researchers at Ruhr University Bochum in Germany looked again at the puzzle of the origin of handedness because established theories couldn't
Stand on the observation deck of the world’s tallest building and you’ll find yourself gazing out over the UAE city of Dubai, a super-modern, gleaming metropolis built slap in the middle of a desert. With that in mind, perhaps the United Arab Emirates’ proposal to build a city on Mars within 100 years doesn’t sound like such a daft idea. After all, with the construction of Dubai and the other Emirates, the UAE has already achieved something remarkable in one of the harshest, hottest, driest, and dustiest environments on our own planet.
NASA and the FAA are conducting trail flights to test new air traffic control technology this week around Grant County International Airport in Washington state. The plan is to restructure everything from “preflight prep to arrival, introducing modern planning software, digital instead of voice communication, and GPS-based position-reporting over imprecise radar-based tracking” by 2030. NASA and the FAA dubbed the air traffic control tests ATD-1, which stands for Air Traffic Management Technology Demonstration-1.
In a Friday press conference reported by Mashable, SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said the company was delaying its first mission to Mars. The company had initially hoped to launch a robotic mission known as Red Dragon sometime next year, but Shotwell said the company is shifting focus to other projects and will move its Red Dragon target to 2020. The delay comes after a challenging 2016 for the Elon Musk-headed company.
Rosalind Franklin and Ada Lovelace - among the great scientists who have paved the way for Women in STEM. But whilst these names and their passion for research may inspire women to pursue careers in the sector, there is a widespread issue in supporting women throughout their development in scientific roles. 65% of early career researchers in biomedical sciences are female, yet a huge drop off rate is reported when looking at progression to professor level with less than one in five biomedical professor positions across the research sector currently held by women. I am fortunate to be able to pursue my passion for science in my role as Reader in Renal Sciences and Honorary Consultant Nephrologist
"We are either kings or pawns of men," said Napoleon Bonaparte. In his famous quote, he describes possibly the biggest challenge facing humanity as we move into a world driven by ever smarter, more manipulative technology. Are we truly in control of our destiny or is something else secretly pulling our strings? As technology advances, we are quickly becoming slaves to it, unaware of our intentional manipulation. It could be a simple post on Facebook only visible to those targeted or an automated response to your political tweet intentionally trying to anger you for the express purpose of affecting your choice to vote for a particular candidate. Are you happy, or sad, it could be very well a series
There’s nothing like sieving through graves to piece history back together. Between all the bones and endless shards of pottery, the best finds are often the unexpected. From known grave rituals that suddenly don’t follow the rules to strange body modifications to poisonous metals to the origins of cultures, archaeologists sometimes find what they weren’t even looking for. 10 Secret Scribe Room Photo credit: Jiro Kondo, Waseda University via Seeker The Egyptian city of Luxor contains incredible ancient architecture. One of its tombs belonged to Userhat, a royal scribe. It’s already a thoroughly explored site, which made a 2017 discovery all the more remarkable. During a routine cleaning, a team
The media gave it the standard “important science story” treatment, with the Economist publishing a cover story about how gene editing and other reproductive techniques were replacing sex for making babies. Crispr-Cas9 is not, however, like most scientific discoveries. The culmination of decades of probing the secrets of what’s encoded in our DNA, Crispr takes Homo sapiens on a new journey that almost certainly will allow us to do something we’ve long talked about, and have watched play out in science fiction films: the ability of a species (namely, us) to self-evolve. “We have within our grasp the technology to change evolution,” said Paul Berg, a genetics pioneer from Stanford, about Crispr-tech.