ScienceDaily: Top Science News


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Top Science News
March 16, 2020

Very Large Telescope in Chile (stock image). | Credit: (c) Christian /

Exoplanet Where It Rains Iron

Dinosaur scene illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) boscorelli /

Days Half-Hour Shorter 70 Million Years Ago

Brain abstract illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) monsitj /

Scientists Monitor Brains Replaying Memories

Ocean panorama (stock image). | Credit: (c) peangdao /

Early Earth Was a ‘Water World’

 In a study of epilepsy patients, researchers monitored the electrical activity of thousands of individual brain cells, called neurons, as patients took memory tests. They found that the firing … read more 
Latest Top Headlines
updated 12:25am EDT

Health News
March 16, 2020

Peas on plate, dieting concept (stock image). | Credit: (c) Studio KIVI /

How Caloric Restriction Works

Brain-digital interface concept illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) knowhowfootage /

Brain, Artificial Neurons Link Up Over the Web

Gene manipulation concept photo illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) vchalup /

New Way to Chart Human Genome: CRISPR

Bacterial colony in dish (stock image). | Credit: (c) motorolka /

Artificial Intelligence Yields New Antibiotic

 In search of new ways to sequence human genomes and read critical alterations in DNA, researchers say they have successfully used the gene cutting tool CRISPR to make cuts in DNA around lengthy tumor … read more 
Latest Health Headlines
updated 12:25am EDT

Physical/Tech News
March 16, 2020

This extremely powerful eruption occurred in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which is located about 390 million light-years from Earth. Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the Universe held together by gravity, containing thousands of individual galaxies, dark matter, and hot gas. | Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Naval Research Lab/Giacintucci, S.; XMM:ESA/XMM; Radio: NCRA/TIFR/GMRTN; Infrared: 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF

Biggest Explosion Since Big Bang

Exoplanet illustration (stock image; elements furnished by NASA). | Credit: (c) Инна Архипова /

Large Exoplanet With Conditions Good for Life

Illustration of Mars and Jezero Crater, landing site for upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission (stock image; elements furnished by NASA). | Credit: (c) mkarco /

Ancient Meteorite Site: Clues About Mars’ Past

Neutron star illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) Naeblys /

The Force Is Strong in Neutron Stars

 Scientists have devised new analytical tools to break down the enigmatic history of Mars’ atmosphere — and whether life was once possible there. It could help astrobiologists understand the … read more 
Latest Physical/Tech Headlines
updated 12:25am EDT

Environment News
March 16, 2020

Salmon (stock image). The new parasitic organism lives in salmon muscle. | Credit: (c) Conrad /

Unique Non-Oxygen Breathing Animal

Tundra (stock image). | Credit: (c) Georgys /

Thawing Permafrost May Not Be Too Problematic

Neanderthal and modern human skulls (stock image). | Credit: (c) Bruder /

Earliest Interbreeding Between Ancient Humans

Bumble bee (stock image). | Credit: (c) Sadie P Photography /

Bumble Bees: Recognition Across Senses

 A new study documented the earliest known interbreeding event between ancient human populations — a group known as the ‘super-archaics’ in Eurasia interbred with a Neanderthal-Denisovan ancestor … read more 
Latest Environment Headlines
updated 12:25am EDT

Society/Education News
March 16, 2020

Phytoplankton (stock image). | Credit: (c) tonaquatic /

Seeding Oceans With Iron May Not Impact Climate

Water coming over road in Kemah, Texas during Hurricane Harvey (stock image). | Credit: (c) eric /

Sea Level Rise Could Reshape the United States

View of Earth's atmosphere (stock image). | Credit: (c) studio023 /

Emissions of Potent Greenhouse Gas Have Grown

Medical report (stock image). | Credit: (c) LIGHTFIELD STUDIOS /

Cancer Mortality Continues Steady Decline

 Despite reports that global emissions of the potent greenhouse gas were almost eliminated in 2017, an international team of scientists has found … read more 
Latest Society/Education Headlines
updated 12:25am EDT

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