Category: Science

  • Particle accelerator enlisted to uncover mummy’s secrets

    On the morning of November 27th, a team of academics carted off the so-called Hibbard mummy from Northwestern University for a 24-hour session with a particle accelerator. The experiment at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory used high energy X-rays to further probe the material composition of various objects embedded in the mummy…

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  • Neutron Star Merger

    There’s gold in them thar stars!

    August 17, 2017 started like any other summer Thursday for Syracuse University gravitational wave researcher Duncan Brown. He had just dropped his kid off at daycare and arrived at work a bit early. As part of the extended Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) family, Brown’s hours ahead would be spent poring over gravitational wave data,…

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  • Can humans cope with long-term space travel? Astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year as a guinea pig. | Miles O'Brien Productions

    Can humans cope with long-term space travel? Astronaut Scott Kelly spent a year as a guinea pig.

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  • This AI can help people become better scientists

    It is said that Thomas Young, an English scientist and doctor who lived at the turn of the 19th century, was the last person who knew everything there was to know in the world. With a sharp mind and access to all the scientific literature of the time, Young made lasting contributions to the field of optics,…

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  • The thorny ethics of hybrid animals

    One of the greatest movies of all time, Napoleon Dynamite, introduced many to the scientific concept of hybridization: Ligers, the hybrid offspring of lions and tigers, are real, though their “skills in magic” are still under investigation by top scientists. The creatures are likely only man-made creatures, since the habitats of these two big cats only overlaps…

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  • Researchers use AI to identify a new way mothers change voice when talking to babies

    Who’s a good scientist? You’re a good scientist! Yes you are! That’s what we say to the group of Princeton university neuroscientists that discovered a new feature of how mothers shift their voice when they speak to infants.  In a paper published today in the journal Current Biology, the team reports that mothers across 10 different…

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