The total solar eclipse transfixed the nation

I drove nine hours to see a few minutes of totality in South Carolina. It was worth it. Montana State University   WESTMINSTER, South Carolina — When I was a little kid, I…

Monarch butterflies’ rapid population decline can lead to extinction in the coming decades, study says

Monarch butterflies have fascinated humans with their vivid black and orange colors. What’s more fascinating is their ability to journey for up to 3ooo miles or 4800 kilometers. Sadly, the population of these…

Nervous System: Facts, Function & Diseases

The nervous system is a complex collection of nerves and specialized cells known as neurons that transmit signals between different parts of the body. Vertebrates — animals with backbones and spinal columns —…

Elongated heads were a mark of elite status in an ancient Peruvian society

Bigwigs in a more than 600-year-old South American population were easy to spot. Their artificially elongated, teardrop-shaped heads screamed prestige, a new study finds. During the 300 years before the Incas’ arrival in…

Physicists Create a Topological Superconductor for Quantum Computing

After an intensive period of analyses the research team was able to establish that they had probably succeeded in creating a topological superconductor, exciting new technology for quantum computing. Credit: Johan Bodell/Chalmers With…

This Breathtaking Photo of Earth Really Puts Everything Into Perspective

It’s been a conflicting few months on this blue orb of ours, but nothing puts life into perspective like a photo taken by a probe literally millions of miles from home. OSIRIS-REx, an…

Scientists Think They’ve Finally Discovered The Bones of The Richest Pirate in History

The legend of Black Sam lives on.   PETER DOCKRILL 23 FEB 2018 The world’s richest pirate may have eluded capture in life, but efforts to bring him in are still underway –…

New algorithm can create movies from just a few snippets of text

Screenwriters denied the big budgets and formidable resources of the major film studios may soon have another option, thanks to a new algorithm that can generate a video simply by consuming a (very…

Vanadium dioxide: A revolutionary material for tomorrow’s electronics

Vanadium dioxide’s unique properties make it perfect for outperforming silicon and giving rise to a new generation of low-power electronic devices. Engineers have shown how this compound can be used to create programmable…

Hidden talents: Converting heat into electricity with pencil and paper

The thermoelectric effect is nothing new — it was discovered almost 200 years ago by Thomas J. Seebeck. If two different metals are brought together, then an electrical voltage can develop if one…

Irreversible inhibition of cytosolic thioredoxin reductase 1 as a mechanistic basis for anticancer therapy

Abstract Cancer cells adapt to their inherently increased oxidative stress through activation of the glutathione (GSH) and thioredoxin (TXN) systems. Inhibition of both of these systems effectively kills cancer cells, but such broad…

THE MINI ROBODOG FROM BOSTON DYNAMICS CAN NOW OPEN DOORS TO GET OUT

SpotMini, Boston Dynamics’s dog-like quadruped robot, is back, and it’s learned a new trick. The robot, which was unveiled in June 2016 and then updated in November 2017, can now open doors and hold them open. While opening…

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Completes Eleventh Jupiter Flyby, Delivers New Photos

NASA’s Juno orbiter successfully made its eleventh flyby of Jupiter on February 7, 2018. This color-enhanced image shows swirling cloud formations in the northern area of Jupiter’s north temperate belt. The image was…

Land plants arose earlier than thought—and may have had a bigger impact on the evolution of animals

Plant scientists once considered liverwort the most primitive existing plant. We have land plants to thank for the oxygen we breathe. And now we have a better idea of when they took to…

‘Acoustic lighthouses’ could prevent birds from hitting buildings

AUSTIN—Millions of birds slam into buildings, wind turbines, and other structures every year—a problem that could be lessened by erecting “acoustic lighthouses” to warn them of their impending doom, according to a study presented…

Physicists plan antimatter’s first outing — in a van

Antiprotons present a unique way to study the radioactive elements produced at CERN’s ISOLDE ion-beam facility.Credit: Julien Marius Ordan/CERN Antimatter is notoriously volatile, but physicists have learned to control it so well that they are…