Home / Science & Technology (page 3)

Science & Technology

We Need to Not Freak Out About the Robot Revolution

You, like me, may sometimes (or all the time!) feel that the world is spiraling out of control—trade wars and political strife. And, oh right, climate change, arguably the greatest threat our species has ever faced. Or maybe artificial intelligence and robots will put us all out of work before …

Read More »

How DNA tests guided Nigeria’s response to a Lassa virus outbreak

Lassa virus

When an outbreak of a viral hemorrhagic fever hit Nigeria in 2018, scientists were ready: They were already in the country testing new disease-tracking technology, and within weeks managed to steer health workers toward the most appropriate response. Lassa fever, which is transmitted from rodents to humans, pops up every …

Read More »

Ultima Thule and the Apes of Earth

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute As the New Horizons mission approached Ultima Thule, Rowan University paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara put our close-up study of the Kuiper Belt object into a deep-time perspective. Welcome to Scientific American’s Science Talk, posted on January 3, 2019. Happy New Year! I’m …

Read More »

A cosmic collision may be coming for our galaxy sooner than we thought

Large Magellanic Cloud

The Large Magellanic Cloud looks set to collide with our galaxyNASA By Leah Crane The Milky Way is facing a violent path towards normalcy. A new simulation predicts that our galaxy will collide with the nearby Large Magellanic Cloud in about 2.4 billion years, a smashup that will actually make …

Read More »

China’s Chang’e 4 Returns First Images from Moon’s Farside Following Historic Landing

HELSINKI, Finland — China’s Chang’e-4 spacecraft made the first ever soft-landing on the far side of the moon Wednesday (Jan. 2) in a mission investigating the history of the solar system and paving the way for future exploration. The 1,200-kilogram dry mass Chang’e-4 lander touched down at 177.6 degrees east longitude and …

Read More »

Like your grandparents, monarch butterflies are now wintering in Florida

Each year, butterfly fans across the eastern United States watch as the monarchs flap thousands of miles across the country to their overwintering sites in Mexico (western monarchs overwinter in California.) Once there, they dive into nap mode on a tree, surviving off fat stored up on the trip down. …

Read More »

One Species Loves Our Climate-Wrecking Ways: Fire Ants!

The red imported fire ant is one of the world’s most invasive species. Its sting delivers a burning poison that kills living tissue. Together groups of ants devour deer fawns, baby birds, reptiles, and almost any other source of protein they can get their mandibles on. They form acres of …

Read More »

A new implant uses light to control overactive bladders

A new soft, wireless implant may someday help people who suffer from overactive bladder get through the day with fewer bathroom breaks. The implant harnesses a technique for controlling cells with light, known as optogenetics, to regulate nerve cells in the bladder. In experiments in rats with medication-induced overactive bladders, …

Read More »

Clinical Trials Have the Best Medicine but Do Not Enroll the Patients Who Need It  

Scientific American January 2019 Most cancer patients never get into lifesaving drug trials because of barriers at community hospitals Jean Reimers, a 75-year-old retired supermarket cashier, enjoys her life in Grand Island, Neb., a small city near the Platte River that boasts attractions such as the Stuhr Museum of the …

Read More »

The animal economists that can wheel and deal as well as any human

cleaner wrasse fish

From monkey markets to fishy business, we’re finding that many animals make rational trades. Even brainless fungi have a thing or two to teach us Clean your scales, guv’nor? Cleaner wrasse operate according to savvy economic principlesMedia Drum World/Alamy By Daniel Cossins “THE propensity to truck, barter and exchange one …

Read More »