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By   /  October 26, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Skeptic » eSkeptic » October 26, 2021

A NEW BOOK BY FRANK SULLOWAY Darwin and His Bears — How Darwin Bear and His Galápagos Islands Friends Inspired a Scientific Revolution Delightful and deeply informative, Darwin and His Bears by scientist and Darwin scholar Frank J. Sulloway imaginatively recounts the fabled adventure of Darwin’s first visit to “a shore fit for Pandemonium,” as […]

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Looking Back at the Challenger Disaster

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Looking Back at the Challenger Disaster

Millions of Americans were glued to their televisions on the morning of January 28, 1986 to watch the Challenger space shuttle launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Merritt Island, Florida.   Networks like CNN alternated between audio from the excited correspondent covering the event and the calm voice of Steve Nesbitt, NASA’s public affairs officer […]

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This sleep position should you get a better night’s rest

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on This sleep position should you get a better night’s rest

This post has been updated. It was originally published on June 7, 2021. American adults are in pain. A 2018 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis of its own survey data estimated that 50 million US adults cope with chronic pain every day. While everyone’s suffering is different—there are as many sources of pain […]

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Fertility: Frozen testicular tissue can be re-implanted and produce sperm

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Fertility: Frozen testicular tissue can be re-implanted and produce sperm

By Michael Le Page Cross-section of human testicular tissue NIGEL DOWNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY A clinic in Belgium has been given the go-ahead to re-implant frozen testicular tissue to obtain sperm for fertility treatments. The hope is that the procedure will allow those whose fertility was destroyed by cancer treatments before they reached puberty to have […]

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We got the beat: Lemurs show vocal musical rhythm, a rarity in animal kingdom | Science

By   /  October 25, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on We got the beat: Lemurs show vocal musical rhythm, a rarity in animal kingdom | Science

Rhythm, the saying goes—you either have it, or you don’t. Humans and songbirds do, but until now, the ability to vocalize to a beat hasn’t been observed elsewhere in the animal kingdom. Scientists now say they have discovered one of the hallmarks of the skill in the fluffy, black-and-white indri lemur, a species distantly related […]

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What the successful test of a pig-to-human kidney transplant means

By   /  October 23, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on What the successful test of a pig-to-human kidney transplant means

Surgeons in New York City successfully attached a pig kidney to a human patient and watched the pinkish organ function normally for 54 hours. While such procedures have been done in nonhuman primates, this is the first time that a pig kidney has been transplanted to a human body and not been immediately rejected.  The […]

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Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men — Nobody Won

By   /  October 23, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Nominees for a Science Award Were All White Men — Nobody Won

Five of the nation’s top ice scientists found themselves in a conundrum. They’d been tasked with a formidable job: reviewing candidates for the American Geophysical Union’s fellows program, the most prestigious award given by the world’s largest earth and space science society. But when the group looked at its list of candidates, all nominated by […]

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3D printing and AR solve dinosaur fossil mystery

By   /  October 22, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on 3D printing and AR solve dinosaur fossil mystery

In the 1960s, Australian coal miners stumbled across huge, bird-life footprints protruding from the ceiling of their subterranean work site in south-eastern Queensland. The marks, more than a foot long, belonged to a creature that trekked across swampy land around 250 million years ago. They sent paleontologists into a tizzy, who though the tracks belonged to […]

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Lasers reveal construction inspired by Mexican pyramids in Maya ruins

By   /  October 22, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Lasers reveal construction inspired by Mexican pyramids in Maya ruins

At Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, three giant pyramids rise above the ancient city’s main street, the Avenue of the Dead. The smallest of these is the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, which sits within La Ciudadela, or the Citadel, a massive sunken plaza with tall walls. Now, more than a thousand kilometers away at the […]

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Polar bear hunting a reindeer caught on tape for first time | Science

By   /  October 22, 2021  /  Science  /  Comments Off on Polar bear hunting a reindeer caught on tape for first time | Science

In August 2020, biologist Izabela Kulaszewicz was settling in for a lazy evening at the Polish Polar Station, Hornsund, on Norway’s Svalbard archipelago, when a message came over the radio. Two researchers had just spotted a polar bear. Having wanted to see one all summer, Kulaszewicz, of the University of Gdańsk, and a handful of […]

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