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Top Science News
April 2, 2020

Antarctica (stock image). | Credit: (c) evenfh /

90-Million-Year-Old Rainforest Near South Pole

DNA illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) adimas /

Oldest Ever Human Genetic Evidence

Black hole illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) hallowedland /

Best Evidence for Elusive Mid-Sized Black Hole

Playing guitar (stock image). | Credit: (c) MIGUEL GARCIA SAAVED /

Where in the Brain Does Creativity Come From?

 A new brain-imaging study has studied the brain activity of jazz guitarists during improvisation to show that creativity is, in fact, driven primarily by the right hemisphere in musicians who are … read more 
Latest Top Headlines
updated 11:50am EDT

Health News
April 2, 2020

Social distancing concept with domino pieces (stock image). | Credit: (c) dottedyeti /

Social Distancing Lessens Spread of COVID-19

Abstract illustration of neuron and binary code (stock image). | Credit: (c) robsonphoto /

Silicon Computing Power for Brain Research

Blood samples (stock image). | Credit: (c) angellodeco /

Sign of Cancer: Microbial DNA in Blood

Coronavirus illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) pinkeyes /

No Evidence COVID-19 Coronavirus Was Engineered

 An analysis of public genome sequence data from SARS-CoV-2 and related viruses found no evidence that the virus was made in a laboratory or otherwise … read more 
Latest Health Headlines
updated 11:50am EDT

Physical/Tech News
April 2, 2020

ALMA radio antennas at night (stock image). | Credit: (c) Christian /

Odd Orbits of ‘Tatooine’ Planetary Disks

Planet Mercury illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) Matthieu /

Mercury’s Daytime Heat: Making Ice at Caps

Model water molecules illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) fotomek /

Water Splitting Advance for Renewable Energy

Neptune illustration (stock image). | Credit: (c) martynan /

New Minor Planets Found Beyond Neptune

 Using data from the Dark Energy Survey, researchers have found and cataloged more than 300 minor planets beyond Neptune, including more than 100 new discoveries. This updated catalog of … read more 
Latest Physical/Tech Headlines
updated 11:50am EDT

Environment News
April 2, 2020

Squid (stock image). | Credit: (c) Ramsey /

Genetic Editing Powers Discovered in Squid

Illustration of Antarctica on Earth from space (stock image). | Credit: (c) harvepino /

Fast Retreat: East Antarctica’s Denman Glacier

Tree rings (stock image). | Credit: (c) CrispyMedia /

Fine-Tuning Radiocarbon Dating

Sea otter eating clam (stock image). | Credit: (c) Pat /

Surprising Ways Pathogens Move from Land to Sea

 A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A new study elucidates the … read more 
Latest Environment Headlines
updated 11:50am EDT

Society/Education News
April 2, 2020

Illustration of nuclear bomb explosion (stock image). | Credit: (c) Romolo Tavani /

Limited Nuclear War Would Bring Global Famine

3-D illustration of viruses (stock image). | Credit: (c) freshidea /

Predicting an Epidemic: Don’t Ignore Evolution

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

 A new study uses machine learning to project migration patterns resulting from sea-level rise. Researchers found the impact of rising oceans will ripple across the country, beyond coastal areas at … read more 
Latest Society/Education Headlines
updated 11:50am EDT

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