Science and Technology

Scientists discover what an armoured dinosaur ate for its last meal

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
More than 110 million years ago, a lumbering 1,300-kilogram, armour-plated dinosaur ate its last meal, died, and was washed out to sea in what is now northern Alberta. This ancient beast then sank onto its thorny back, churning up mud in the seabed that entombed it -- until its fossilized body was discovered in a mine near Fort McMurray in 2011.

Watch | All about SpaceX Falcon 9

The Hindu:Science - 03/06/2020
A video on SpaceX Falcon 9, the first commercially built and operated American spacecraft to carry humans to orbit

Scientists engineer human cells with squid-like transparency

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Scientists described how they drew inspiration from cephalopod skin to endow mammalian cells with tunable transparency and light-scattering characteristics.

New research deepens understanding of Earth's interaction with the solar wind

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Scientists have reproduced a process that occurs in space to deepen understanding of what happens when the Earth encounters the solar wind.

Behaviors and traits that influence social status, according to evolutionary psychologists

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Beyond fame and fortune, certain traits and behaviors may have pervasive influence in climbing the social ladder, according to a study by evolutionary psychologists.

Pulmonary embolism and COVID-19

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Researchers say early diagnosis of a life-threatening blood clot in the lungs led to swifter treatment intervention in COVID-19 patients. A new study finds that 51 percent of patients found to have a pulmonary embolism, or PE, were diagnosed in the Emergency Department, the entry point for patients being admitted to the hospital.

Antibiotic-destroying genes widespread in bacteria in soil and on people

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Researchers have found that genes that confer the power to destroy tetracycline antibiotics are widespread in bacteria. But the researchers have also created a chemical compound that shields tetracyclines from destruction, restoring the antibiotics lethality. The findings indicate an emerging threat to one of the most widely used classes of antibiotics -- but also a promising way to protect against that threat.

An inexpensive technique shows how decisions light up the brain

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
A technique called COSMOS will help researchers understand how our brains work and aid in the development of new drugs. The inventors have created an instructional website to help other researchers build their own relatively-inexpensive COSMOS systems.

Scientists detect crab nebula using innovative gamma-ray telescope

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
The prototype Schwarzschild-Couder Telescope (SCT) is part of an international effort, known as the Cherenkov Telescope Array (CTA), which aims to construct the world's largest and most powerful gamma-ray observatory, with more than 100 similar telescopes in the northern and southern hemispheres.

Sea snail, human insulin hybrid could lead to better diabetes treatments

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Nearly a century after insulin was discovered, an international team of researchers report that they have developed the world's smallest, fully functional version of the hormone, one that combines the potency of human insulin with the fast-acting potential of a venom insulin produced by predatory cone snails. The finding, based on animal studies, could jumpstart the development of insulin treatments capable of improving the lives of those with diabetes.

Smart devices should space out vibrations to maximize user alert benefits

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
A research team found that haptic feedback (such as vibration feedback) causes distraction, but this loss of focus lasts only for about one second. The findings can help designers improve the usability of notification features in devices.

Citizen scientists spot closest young brown dwarf disk yet

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Scientists spot a brown dwarf disk that is the closest young system yet discovered.

Reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will cause other global changes

Science Daily - 03/06/2020
Study finds reflecting sunlight to cool the planet will weaken extratropical storm tracks, causing other global changes.

Exotic nanotubes move in less-mysterious ways

Science Daily - 02/06/2020
Researchers capture the first video of boron nitride nanotubes in motion to prove their potential for materials and medical applications.

Scientists find second most common coronavirus type in India

The Hindu:Science - 02/06/2020
The newly identified, that has been christened A3i, comprised 41% of those analysed

'A litmus paper for CO2:' Scientists develop paper-based sensors for carbon dioxide

Science Daily - 02/06/2020
A new sensor for detecting carbon dioxide can be manufactured on a simple piece of paper, according to physicists.

Impact of COVID-19 infection in blood cancer patients

Science Daily - 02/06/2020
Researchers report on one of the first studies to investigate the outcome of COVID-19 infection in patients with blood cancer.

Scientists find a switch to flip and turn off breast cancer growth and metastasis

Science Daily - 02/06/2020
Researchers have identified a gene that causes an aggressive form of breast cancer to rapidly grow. More importantly, they have also discovered a way to ''turn it off'' and inhibit cancer from occurring. The animal study results have been so compelling that the team is now working on FDA approval to begin clinical trials.

New model shows how diamond-carrying rocks formed in Northern Alberta

Science Daily - 02/06/2020
Geologists are proposing a new model for explaining the eruption of diamond-bearing kimberlites in Northern Alberta.

Expression of certain genes may affect vulnerability to post-traumatic stress disorder

Science Daily - 02/06/2020
A new study suggest that whether certain genes are expressed may play a role in susceptibility to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).


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