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Science News, April 23, 2016
Science News, April 23, 2016 by Society for Science & the Public

Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the la...

Airplanes Are Getting Lighter Thanks to 3-D-Printed Parts
Airplanes Are Getting Lighter Thanks to 3-D-Printed Parts by Mike Orcutt

Metal 3-D printing, which has been around for decades, is finally coming into its own as a genuine mass manufacturing technology: Sales of machines that print metal objects have risen rapidly as manufacturers, especially in the aerospace industry, gear up...

Tesla's Biggest Edge in Chasing Autonomy Is Treating Drivers Like Guinea Pigs
Tesla's Biggest Edge in Chasing Autonomy Is Treating Drivers Like Guinea Pigs by Will Knight

If Tesla wins the race to commercialize automated driving, it might have less to do with some technological edge than its crazy customers. At the unveiling of Tesla’s sleek and “affordable” new car, the Model 3, Musk hinted that some “next level” features...

Quantum Connections
Quantum Connections by Christopher R. Monroe

For the past two decades scientists have been attempting to harness the peculiarities of the microscopic quantum world to achieve leaps in information processing and communication ability. By exploiting several features of physics at the universe’s smalle...

An Easier Way to Track Your Blood Pressure
An Easier Way to Track Your Blood Pressure by Rachel Metz

Having your blood pressure taken by a cuff that inflates and deflates around your upper arm is reliable, but it’s not very fast or portable, and it isn’t able to give you continuous measurements over time. A startup called Blumio is trying a different tac...

You Can Finally Know How Much Energy That New Refrigerator Saves
You Can Finally Know How Much Energy That New Refrigerator Saves by Richard Martin

Improving the energy efficiency of buildings is considered the fastest and least expensive way to cut energy use and, thus, carbon emissions. Although many states have programs in place to promote energy efficiency, mostly through rebates, the market has ...

In the Movies
In the Movies by David Pogue

As any tech headline will tell you, 2016 is the Year of Virtual Reality. Every billion-dollar corporation and its brother are rushing into the VR-headset market (Sony, Samsung, Google, Microsoft, HTC). Ever since 2014, when Facebook bought Oculus, a fledg...

5 Things You Need to Know About Facebook's Next 10 Years at Facebook's Annual Dev
5 Things You Need to Know About Facebook's Next 10 Years at Facebook's Annual Dev by Rachel Metz

This week at Facebook’s annual developer conference, F8, in San Francisco, CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out the social network’s plans for the next decade. Here’s how he plans to keep the more than 1 billion people that use Facebook every day engaged - and lu...

A Cure for Africa's Soil
A Cure for Africa's Soil by John P. Reganold

Mariko Majoni in Malawi has dramatically changed how he farms. Like many small-scale African farmers, he could not afford fertilizers, and over the years his maize yields plummeted. When he learned about “fertilizer trees” that capture nitrogen from the a...

A Surprising Fix for Sickle Cell
A Surprising Fix for Sickle Cell by Karen Weintraub

For decades physicians have known that a few children have unusual genetic mutations that counteract the effects of the sickle-cell flaw. Researchers would like to re-create their uncommon physiology in everyone with sickle-cell anemia. Though not technic...

Born of Chaos
Born of Chaos by Konstantin Batygin

The story of the birth of our solar system has been worn smooth through years of retelling. It starts billions of years ago with a black, slowly spinning cloud of gas and dust. The cloud collapses, forming our sun at its heart. In time, the eight planets,...

The Maddening Sensation of Itch
The Maddening Sensation of Itch by Stephani Sutherland

An estimated one in five adults will experience itch lasting more than six weeks in their lifetime. Chronic itch can stem from any of a long list of maladies: skin diseases such as eczema or psoriasis, kidney failure, nerve damage caused by herpes or diab...

Faint Gravity Waves in LIGO's Future
Faint Gravity Waves in LIGO's Future by Emily Conover

A conspicuous “chirp” heralded the first detection of gravitational waves. But some future measurements could be more like hushed murmurs."Faint Gravity Waves in LIGO's Future" is from the April 30, 2016 issue of Science News. ©2016 Science Service (P)201...

Beetle Moms Repress Mates' Sex Drive
Beetle Moms Repress Mates' Sex Drive by Sarah Schwartz

While caring for larvae, a mother burying beetle releases a chemical compound that limits her mate’s urge to breed. The anti-aphrodisiac lets beetle dads focus on childcare."Beetle Moms Repress Mates' Sex Drive" is from the April 30, 2016 issue of Science...

Diamond Origins Debate Settled
Diamond Origins Debate Settled by Thomas Sumner

Even top-caliber diamonds aren’t perfect. And their imperfections are finally settling a debate about the origins of the gem-quality diamonds used in jewelry."Diamond Origins Debate Settled" is from the April 30, 2016 issue of Science News. ©2016 Science ...

Synapses Lost in Early Alzheimer's
Synapses Lost in Early Alzheimer's by Laura Sanders

In the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, an overzealous set of proteins and cells begins to chew away at the brain’s nerve cell connections, a study in mice suggests."Synapses Lost in Early Alzheimer's" is from the April 30, 2016 issue of Science News....

Thinking Outside the Goldilocks Zone
Thinking Outside the Goldilocks Zone by Thomas Sumner

Just how fantastical a planet can be and still support recognizable life isn’t just a question for science fiction. Astronomers are searching the stars for otherworldly inhabitants, and they need a road map. Which planets are most likely to harbor life? T...

Will We Know ET When We See It?
Will We Know ET When We See It? by Tina Hesman Saey

Recognizing life on different worlds isn’t likely to be simple, especially if the recipe for life elsewhere doesn’t use familiar ingredients. There may even be things alive on Earth that have been overlooked because they don’t fit standard definitions of ...

Mind Games
Mind Games by Alan Gershenfeld

Video games could transform education."Mind Games" is from the February 2014 issue of Scientific American. ©2016 Scientific American (P)2016 Scientific American ...

Science News, April 16, 2016
Science News, April 16, 2016 by Society for Science & the Public

Turn to Science News for the latest coverage of biology, astronomy, the physical sciences, behavioral sciences, math and computers, chemistry, and earth science. This 75-year-old publication is known for its sharp writing and up-to-date coverage of the la...

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