Fluttering Feathers Could Spawn New Species

Fork-tailed flycatchers make a fluttering sound with their wings—but separate subspecies have different ‘dialects’ of fluttering. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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#biology, #evolution, #the-sciences

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Bird Brains Are Far More Humanlike Than Once Thought

The avian cortex had been hiding in plain sight all along. Humans were just too birdbrained to see it

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#biology, #mind, #neuroscience, #the-sciences

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The First-Ever Image of a Black Hole Is Now a Movie

Pictures created from old observations show the void’s stormy evolution over the past decade

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#artsculture, #physics, #space, #the-sciences

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Is There Life on Venus? These Missions Could Find It

Following a tantalizing discovery, these spacecraft could be headed to Earth’s twisted twin in search of the truth

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#biology, #space, #the-sciences

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Social Distancing on a Cosmic Scale

Advanced extraterrestrials may just not be interested in travel or communication

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#space, #the-sciences

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Science News from around the World

Here are some brief reports about science and technology from all over, including one from Israel about what DNA reveals about the Dead Sea Scrolls’ parchment. 

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#artsculture, #biology, #earth, #the-sciences, #weather

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The Next Administration Must Get Science and Technology Policy Right

This was evident even before the pandemic descended; it’s even more crucial now

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U.S. National Academy of Sciences Can Kick Out Harassers–So Why Hasn’t It?

The NAS says that no one has used the complaint system put in place last year, even though several academy members are known sexual harassers

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#policyethics, #the-sciences

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Powerful New Observatory Will Taste Neutrinos’ Flavors

The Chinese JUNO experiment will aim to answer a mystery about the particles’ mass

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#physics, #space, #the-sciences

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We Must Confront Anti-Asian Racism in Science

It existed before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has made it worse

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For Math Fans: A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Number 42

Here is how a perfectly ordinary number captured the interest of sci-fi enthusiasts, geeks and mathematicians

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#artsculture, #math, #the-sciences

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Readers Respond to the May 2020 Issue

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#letters, #neuroscience, #the-sciences

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Leaves a Nuanced Legacy on Environmental Issues

Her jurisprudence involved complex considerations of climate change lawsuits and greenhouse gas emissions

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#environment, #sustainability, #the-sciences

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Jaws: Classic Film, Crummy Science

45 years after the movie made everyone afraid to wade into the ocean, it’s not too late to remind viewers of the truth about sharks

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#artsculture, #the-sciences

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The Pulsar Chart That Became a Pop Icon Turns 50: Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures

A classic data visualization brought an astronomical curiosity to music lovers

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#artsculture, #graphic-science, #the-sciences

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A Grassroots Effort to Fight Misinformation During the Pandemic

As COVID-19 spread, several organizations worked together to create “Ask a Scientist”

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#behaviorsociety, #the-sciences

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Can an Algorithm Help Solve Political Paralysis?

As faith in government hits historic lows, organizers in the U.K. are trying a new math-based approach to democracy. Would it work in the bitterly divided U.S?

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#computing, #math, #tech, #the-sciences

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These Small Mammals Snort To a Different Tune

Hyraxes, which live in Africa and the Middle East, punctuate their songs with snorts. And the snorts appear to reflect the animals’ emotional state. Jason G. Goldman reports. 

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#biology, #evolution, #the-sciences

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Scientists Spot Giant Planet Orbiting Dead Star’s Corpse

The discovery around a white dwarf suggests planets can survive their star’s demise

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#space, #the-sciences

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The Sanctuary of Trees, How to Argue with a Racist and Other New Books

New science book recommendations from the editors of Scientific American

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#artsculture, #recommended, #the-sciences

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The Matador in Your Fish Tank

The humble guppy has a surprising strategy for predators

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#advances, #evolution, #the-sciences

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What Ancient Mass Extinctions Tell Us about the Future

Carbon dioxide has done plenty of damage before

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#environment, #features, #natural-disasters, #the-sciences

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Life on Venus? Breakthrough Initiatives Funds Study of Possible Biosignature

A team of scientists will examine the astrobiological prospects for phosphine on Earth’s hellish twin

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#space, #the-sciences

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Anonymous Peer Review: Truth or Trolling?

When reviewers of journal articles are hidden behind a curtain, they can get away with unethical behavior

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#policyethics, #the-sciences

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High-Elevation Hummingbirds Evolved a Temperature Trick

Hummingbirds in the Peruvian Andes enter a state of torpor at night to conserve energy, dipping their body temperatures to as low as 38 degrees Fahrenheit. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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#evolution, #the-sciences

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This ‘Small World’ Is Packed with Animated Beauty

Nikon’s Small World in Motion competition captures creatures and forces that are invisible to the naked eye.

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#biology, #the-sciences

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COVID-19 Dreams, Synchronicity and Visitors from Another Solar System

Welcome to the October issue of Scientific American

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#from-the-editor, #policyethics, #public-health, #space, #the-sciences

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Scientific American Endorses Joe Biden

We’ve never backed a presidential candidate in our 175-year history—until now

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#policyethics, #the-science-agenda, #the-sciences

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Why Pet Pigs Are More like Wolves Than Dogs

Given an impossible task, a dog will ask a human for help, but a wolf will not seek help—and neither will a pet pig.

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#behaviorsociety, #biology, #mind, #the-sciences

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Why Pet Pigs Are More Like Wolves Than Like Dogs

Given an impossible task, a dog will ask a human for help, but a wolf will not seek help–and neither will a pet pig.

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#behaviorsociety, #biology, #mind, #the-sciences

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Venus Might Host Life, New Discovery Suggests

The unexpected atmospheric detection of phosphine, a smelly gas made by microbes on Earth, could spark a revolution in astrobiology

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#space, #the-sciences

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Structure and Chemistry Dictate How Cicada Wings Repel Water and Kill Bacteria

A new analytical process shows how chemicals affect the nanostructures of an insect’s wings

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#advances, #biology, #the-sciences

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The Hawking Limit

The late, great physicist showed us how to keep embracing life and work even as his physical condition deteriorated

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#behaviorsociety, #the-sciences

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The Enduring Mystery of Earth’s Water

New clues have emerged on exactly where your last drink came from

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#space, #the-sciences

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Evolution Education in the U.S. Is Getting Better

The percentage of public school bio teachers who present it as the broad consensus view among scientists—without presenting the creationist “alternative”—has increased…

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#evolution, #the-sciences

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Long-Awaited Update Arrives for Radiocarbon Dating

Scientists who study organic materials from the past 55,000 years may see some changes in their data

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#advances, #chemistry, #the-sciences

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Bricks Can Be Turned Into Batteries

Pumping cheap iron-oxide-rich red bricks with specific vapors that form polymers enables the bricks to become electrical charge storage devices.

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#chemistry, #conservation, #energy, #physics, #sustainability, #tech, #the-sciences

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Molecular Medicine Keeps Mice Mighty in Microgravity

An experimental gene treatment aboard the International Space Station demonstrates how rodents—and humans—might stay buff beyond Earth

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#biology, #space, #the-sciences

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Discoverer of Neural Circuits for Parenting Wins $3-Million Breakthrough Prize

Biologist Catherine Dulac netted one of four big life sciences awards. Also announced were one for mathematics and two for physics

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#biology, #the-sciences

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SpaceX’s Dark Satellites Are Still Too Bright for Astronomers

The company’s attempts to dim the spacecraft in its megaconstellation fall short of eliminating disruptions to the world’s ground-based observatories

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#space, #the-sciences

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How Scientists Discovered the Staggering Complexity of Human Evolution

Darwin would be delighted by the story his successors have revealed

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#evolution, #features, #the-sciences

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Some Dinosaurs Probably Nested in Arctic

The finding of a baby dinosaur fossil in the Arctic implies that some dinos nested there, which was milder than today but not toasty.

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#earth, #evolution, #the-sciences

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Jupiter’s Ocean Moons Raise One Another’s Tides

Gravitational interactions among the moons could offer new insights on the liquid layers lurking in their depths

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#space, #the-sciences

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The Idea that a Scientific Theory can be ‘Falsified’ Is a Myth

It’s time we abandoned it

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#policyethics, #the-sciences

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Algorithm Aids Search for Those Lost at Sea

A new process pinpoints ocean “attractors” to find missing travelers

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#advances, #math, #the-sciences

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Poem: Bring Back the Leaf

Science in meter and verse

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#artsculture, #meter, #the-sciences

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Google’s Quantum Computer Achieves Chemistry Milestone

A downsized version of the company’s Sycamore chip performed a record-breaking simulation of a chemical reaction

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#chemistry, #computing, #physics, #the-sciences

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Star Systems Can Be Born Topsy Turvy

Astronomers observed an odd triple-star system that offers clues about misaligned planetary orbits. Christopher Intagliata reports. 

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#physics, #space, #the-sciences

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How to Decide Who Should Get a COVID-19 Vaccine First

Medical ethicist Ezekiel Emanuel discusses a framework for equitably allocating COVID-19 vaccines based on preventing premature deaths and mitigating long-term economic impacts

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#health, #medicine, #public-health, #the-sciences

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A New View of Sexual Harassment in the Sciences

Recommended reading and viewing from the editors of Scientific American

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#artsculture, #recommended, #the-sciences

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