Here are today’s top trends in science, technology, medicine, health, the environment, and artificial intelligence from “Scientific American.”
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Accessed on 23 April 2020, 2200 UTC.
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New evidence from neutrinos points to one of several theories about why the cosmos is made of matter and not antimatter
A new book captures the pioneering, propaganda-infused visions of mid-20th-century Soviet space exploration
An inexpensive assay based on the technique can provide yes or no answers in under an hour—perhaps even in the home soon
With no time to make treatments from scratch, researchers search for existing compounds that deflect harm
Heavy rains may have put pressure on the Hawaiian volcano’s underground plumbing, setting off its major 2018 eruption
The jury-rigged breathing aid, invented to deal with ventilator shortages, is now being tested as a kinder, gentler alternative to a tube in the trachea
These charts show that while progress has been made in some areas, humanity still has a major impact on the planet
It could be an unprecedented view of a world in the closest planetary system to our own, but uncertainties aplenty remain
RNA sequencing has shown a previously unknown dimension to the way malignant cells work—which could lead to novel treatments
As hospitals beg for protective gear and ventilators, some individuals are taking a creative approach to the problem
New discoveries have raised the possibility of exploring dino genetics, but controversy surrounds the results
Pollution declines from pandemic shutdowns may aid in answering long-standing questions about how aerosols influence climate
A distant galaxy has sprouted filaments hundreds of thousands of light-years long—and no one knows why
Numerous contenders—from a controversial malaria medication to treatments that regulate the immune system—are now in clinical trials
Emergency management experts are concerned about everything from evacuations to public messaging
Artifacts show people used the route for 1,000 years—then abandoned it, possibly amid a plague
A new study of galaxy clusters suggests the cosmos may not be the same in all directions
Some nominally high-risk individuals may have a lower chance of developing dementia than once thought
New research in mice suggests that a pregnancy hormone contributes to brain and behavioral changes caused by childhood adversity
Neurons in the hippocampus categorize what we experience into abstract, discrete events, such as taking a walk versus having lunch