Scientists at Newcastle University are going in search of floods, trying to learn what causes them so they can prevent future flash flooding. —> Read More
Turks and Caicos Islands debates marine mammal park —> Read More
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Trekking across the high Canadian Arctic almost 20 years ago, Howie Scher had an unexpected encounter that helped fix the course of his career.
An undergraduate on a research expedition over summer break, Scher was part of a scientific group traveling deep into the Arctic Circle to collect basalt cores for paleomagnetic analysis. But as focused as the team was on finding rocks with magneti —> Read More
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Biophysicists have taken another small step forward in the quest for an automated method to infer models describing a system’s dynamics – a so-called robot scientist. Nature Communications published the finding – a practical algorithm for inferring laws of nature from time-series data of dynamical systems.
“Our algorithm is a small step,” says Ilya Nemenman, lead author of the study and a —> Read More
Are some people immune to hangovers, and can eating or drinking water after heavy drinking prevent a hangover? The answers appear to be ‘no’ and ‘no’ according to new research. —> Read More
Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening to transform some of the world’s temperate forests, a new study has found. Without informed management, some forests could convert to shrublands or grasslands within the coming decades. —> Read More
Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits. —> Read More
To understand how confidence in parenting may predict parenting behaviors in women who were abused as children, psychologists have found that mothers who experienced more types of maltreatment as children are more critical of their ability to parent successfully. Intervention programs for moms at-risk, therefore, should focus on bolstering mothers’ self-confidence — not just teach parenting skills, the researchers said. —> Read More
Levi Joraanstad, a student at North Dakota State University displays his telescope, which police mistook for a rifle. Image via WDAY TV, Fargo, North Dakota.
One more thing amateur astronomers might need to worry about besides clouds, bugs, and trying to fix equipment malfunctions in the dark – and this one’s a little more serious.
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As an astrophysicist, cosmologist and celebrated science icon, Neil deGrasse Tyson knows a thing or two about the universe. He also happens to think that the universe is hilarious.
When Tyson appeared on HuffPost Live on Thursday, host Josh Zepps asked him what he thinks is the funniest thing about the universe. It turns out that Tyson is particularly tickled by the grotesque way in which falling into a black hole would literally rip you apart. Just check out Tyson describe the “morbidly funny” phenomenon in the video above, and catch his full HuffPost Live conversation here.
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