Category: Science News

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Trackers may tip a warbler’s odds of returning to its nest

Strapping tiny trackers called geolocators to the backs of birds can reveal a lot about where the birds go when they migrate, how they get there and what happens along the way. But ornithologists are finding that these cool backpacks could have not-so-cool consequences. Douglas Raybuck of Arkansas State University and his colleagues...

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Germs Power New Paper Batteries

Engineers in upstate New York have invented a folded paper device that looks like a decorated art project. But don’t be fooled. This is actually a paper-based battery. No, it doesn’t look like any of those metal batteries running flashlights or smartphones. This alternative to electronics is based on paper....

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The Promise of 3-D Printed Property

Technological advances in construction will represent a huge shift for the building and real estate industries in the next decade. Are you ready? Imagine if all shoes were still made by hand. While you might yearn for the return of the artisan craft of cobblery, Behrokh Khoshnevis pours cold water...

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Hacking Plants for the Future

A new study finds that changing how a plant uses sunlight could mean more food in the future. Hacking isn’t just for computers and smartphones. According to a study published last week in the journal Science, scientists have found a way to hack a plant’s genes in order to make...

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Magnets may cull deadly germs from blood

Sometimes the immune system overreacts to an infection. This mysterious condition is known as sepsis. Each year, more than a million people in the United States alone develop sepsis. And somewhere between a fourth and half of them will go on to die from it. But researchers have come up...

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Moon’s Lava Tubes Could Be Colossal

Slight variations in the moon’s gravitational tug have hinted that kilometers-wide caverns lurk beneath the lunar surface. Like the lava tubes of Hawaii and Iceland, these structures probably formed when underground rivers of molten rock ran dry, leaving behind a cylindrical channel. On Earth, such structures max out at around...

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Titanic Volcano Stopped a Mega-sized Earthquake

In April, pent-up stress along the Futagawa-Hinagu Fault Zone in Japan began to unleash a magnitude 7.1 earthquake. The rupture traveled about 30 kilometers along the fault until it reached Mount Aso, one of Earth’s largest active volcanoes. That’s where the quake met its demise, geophysicist Aiming Lin of Kyoto University...