Perseverance Mars 2020

Rover Perseverance leaves Thursday for Mars in search of microbes

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NASA will launch the 'Perseverance' this Thursday towards Mars from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, in Florida (United States). The project, which had to be postponed because of the coronavirus, is part of...

Low vitamin D speeds up cognitive decline

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Older adults who don’t get enough vitamin D may experience cognitive decline at a much faster rate than people who have adequate vitamin D, a new study suggests. We obtain vitamin D—known for its importance...

Old friend or lookalike? How your brain knows

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You see a guy at the grocery store—is he a college classmate or just a lookalike? One tiny spot in the brain holds the answer. Neuroscientists have identified the part of the hippocampus that creates...

Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor

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By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE), the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) of the Centre...

Caves get bigger when microbes eat this

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Since 2004, researchers have been studying the Frasassi cave system, an actively developing limestone cave system located 1,500 feet underground in central Italy. Limestone caves can form when solid limestone dissolves after coming in contact...
Chipper app

Birders: Use ‘Chipper’ app to catalog songs for research

The app can help researchers better use crowdsourced fieldwork and audio recordings from bird enthusiasts to accelerate the progress of research on naturally occurring songbird behaviors. Called Chipper for its ability to “chip” songs into...

Mountains erode faster when climate changes

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For the first time, researchers attempted to measure all the material leaving and entering a mountain range over more than a million years and discovered that erosion caused by glaciation during ice ages can,...

Your tongue reveals when you’re impatient to talk

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Someone’s asked you a question, and halfway through it, you already know the answer. While you think you’re politely waiting for your chance to respond, new research shows that you’re actually more impatient than...

Coal burns cleaner when you add oat hulls

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Scientists wondered what would happen if you burned biomass in a controlled environment, such as in a power plant, that at least partially replaces using a fossil fuel. To find out they examined practices...

Andreas Mogensen lands after a busy mission on Space Station

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ESA astronaut Andreas Mogensen, Soyuz spacecraft commander Gennady Padalka and Kazakh cosmonaut Aidyn Aimbetov landed this morning at 00:51 GMT (02:51 CEST 12 September) in the steppe of Kazakhstan, marking the end of their...
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