Science

  • Everyone Stop Freaking Out Over Italy’s Super volcano

    YELLOWSTONE USED TO be the favored target of media volcano panic, but now it looks like Italy’s Campi Flegrei has taken that crown for itself. A recent study published in Nature Communications is the latest impetus for headlines like “Italian Supervolcano Might Be on the Verge of Exploding” or...
  • Homo naledi species discovery raises fresh questions about evolution

    Scientists unveiled the first evidence on Tuesday that early humans co-existed in Africa 300,000 years ago with a small-brained human-like species thought to already be extinct on the continent at that time. The findings, published in three papers in the journal eLife, raise fresh questions about human evolution, including...
  • HEALTH APR 6 2017, 10:43 AM ET Cancer-Causing HPV Virus Affects 25 Percent of U.S. Men: Study

    A quarter of men and 20 percent of women have the strain of HPV (human papillomavirus or human wart virus) that causes cancer, new government statistics show. And 45 percent of men have some kind of genital #HPV , the latest data from the National Center for Health Statistics...
  • Hackers Aren’t the Only Ones Defending Your Right to Federal Data

    IN THE 100 days since President #Trump took office, concerned Americans have downloaded over 2 million government datasets. Their goal? To back up information they believe is in danger of going dark: climate science research, discriminatory housing reports, gun violence statistics. But public data preservation isn’t just a job...
  • American Atheists Joins March for Science as Partner Organization

    Cranford, NJ—American Atheists is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the March for #Science , joining a diverse coalition of science advocates, educators, environmental groups, and others in championing the role of science and reason in society and in policymaking. “The rhetoric and actions of policymakers in...
  • Measles in Italy, what is the current situation?

    What is the current situation? Health officials in Italy have reported an outbreak of measles. CDC recommends that travelers to Italy protect themselves by making sure they are vaccinated against #measles . Getting measles vaccine is particularly important for infants 6–11 months of age ( 1 dose of measles...
  • ALMA Investigates ‘DeeDee,’ a Distant, Dim Member of Our Solar System

    At about three times the current distance of Pluto from the #Sun ,  DeeDee is the second most distant known trans-Neptunian object (TNO) with a confirmed orbit, surpassed only by the dwarf #planet Eris. Astronomers estimate that there are tens-of-thousands of these icy bodies in the outer solar system...
  • Cities drive animals and plants to evolve

    Ever seen a raccoon unlatch a garbage can in search of leftovers? Or shimmy across power lines to get from one rooftop to another? If so, you’ve witnessed an animal adapting its behavior to city life. That’s been going on since people started building cities thousands of years ago....
  • Scientists Hack a Human Cell and Reprogram It Like a Computer

    CELLS ARE BASICALLY tiny computers: They send and receive inputs and output accordingly. If you chug a Frappuccino, your blood sugar spikes, and your pancreatic #cells get the message. Output: more insulin. But cellular computing is more than just a convenient metaphor. In the last couple of decades, biologists...
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