Category Archives: Science and Technology

Daily updates encompasses science and technology and their interactions in the form of predictions and authentic explanations.

As climates change, prepare for more mosquitoes in winter, new study shows

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are a common summertime nuisance. But in places on the front lines of climate change, these disease-spreading insects may one day be a year-round problem, according to new research from the University of Florida. “In tropical regions, mosquitoes are active all year, but […]

Experiments simulate possible impact of climate change on crabs

[ad_1] Developing eggs of L. thayeri (left) and ovigerous female (right). Credit: Juan Pardo Albeit very small, with a carapace width of only 3 cm, the Atlantic mangrove fiddler crab Leptuca thayeri can be a great help to scientists seeking to understand more about the effects of global climate change. In a study published in […]

Early migrations of Siberians to America tracked using bacterial population structures

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Early migrations of humans to the Americas from Siberia around 12,000 years ago have been traced using the bacteria they carried by an international team including scientists at the University of Warwick. Using samples of a stomach bacteria called Helicobacter pylori, which has shared a tight co-evolutionary relationship with humans […]

Using machine learning and radar to better understand storm surge risk

[ad_1] Zoomed-in SAR amplitude image over the city of La Marque and Texas City (Houston), very close to the Texas coast. The dark areas shown in this figure are mostly water. The super bright area at the bottom right part of the figure is an industrial area with lots of oil-production facilities. A storm surge […]

Breeding foxes for opposite behaviors produces similar brain changes

[ad_1] A fox from the Russian fox-farm experiment. Credit: Jennifer Johnson, Darya Shepeleva, and Anna Kukekova. Farmed foxes selectively bred for tameness and aggressiveness exhibit similar changes to their brain anatomy, according to research recently published in JNeurosci. Both lineages also have larger brains than conventional farm-bred foxes, complicating leading theories on domestication. Domesticated species […]

Understanding what drives cell typing

[ad_1] The transcription factor GATA6 is a DNA-binding protein that opens genes to promote their expression during embryonic development. When GATA6 is absent the genes remain closed and silent. Credit: Cell Reports. Scientists know that developing cells in a healthy embryo will transform into a variety of cell types that will make up the different […]

Black holes help with star birth

[ad_1] Virtual Milky Way: gas density around a massive central galaxy in a group in the virtual universe of the TNG50 simulation. Gas inside the galaxy corresponds to the bright vertical structure: a gaseous disk. To the left and right of that structure are bubbles – regions that look like circles in this image, with […]

Identity fusion: Why some people will go to extremes for the beliefs of a group

[ad_1] Credit: Shutterstock/hobbit Football fans often become so deeply connected to their club and to other fans, as though they’re related. They’re willing to support the group on a lifelong basis, with unwaivering pride even in the face of losses. At first glance, it can seem puzzling when people align with groups or beliefs that […]

How is the Western U.S. drought impacting the power grid?

[ad_1] Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain The western United States is currently experiencing severe drought, particularly in California and the Southwest. As of June 10, 88.5% of the West was in moderate to exceptional drought, compared to 42.17% at the same time last year. Drought is often associated with an increase in wildfires, which were seen […]

A simple nudge isn’t enough to tackle fake news, but these tactics could help

[ad_1] Fake news spreads rapidly. Credit: FGC/Shutterstock One high-profile theory of why people share fake news says that they aren’t paying sufficient attention. The proposed solution is therefore to nudge people in the right direction. For example, “accuracy primes”—short reminders intended to shift people’s attention towards the accuracy of the news content they come across […]

Two rare Javan rhino calves spotted in Indonesia

[ad_1] One of the two rare Javan rhino calves caught on camera in Indonesia, which has raised hopes for the future of the species. Two Javan rhinoceros calves have been spotted at an Indonesian national park, offering a rare sighting of one of the world’s most endangered mammals. The pair—ranging in age from three months […]

Pacific islanders likely found Antarctica first: study

[ad_1] A new study has concluded that Polynesian seafarers likely reached Antarctica hundreds of years before the Western explorers usually credited with discovering the frozen continent. Polynesian seafarers likely reached Antarctica hundreds of years before the Western explorers usually credited with discovering the frozen continent, a new study has concluded. New Zealand researchers scoured so-called […]

After fire and floods, Aussie farmers suffer devastating mouse plague

[ad_1] Farmer Col Tink has employed a makeshift system to drown mice that are ravaging farms in eastern Australia. After surviving years of crippling drought, farmers in eastern Australia are locked in a months-long battle with hordes of mice that are pouring through fields and devouring hard-earned crops. Farmer Col Tink uses a broom to […]

Barks in the night lead to the discovery of new species

[ad_1] Beecroft’s Tree Hyrax (Dendrohyrax dorsalis); Photo taken in Kole, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Credit: Valerius Tygart / CC BY-SA 3.0 The raucous calls of tree hyraxes—small, herbivorous mammals—reverberate through the night in the forests of West and Central Africa, but their sound differs depending on the location. Tree hyraxes living between the Volta […]

Motorway’s auction platform for second-hand cars raises $67.7M Series B led by Index Ventures – TechCrunch

[ad_1] Motorway, is a UK startup that allows professional car dealers to bid in an auction for privately-owned cars for sale. The startup has had rapid success by removing a lot of friction in the process. It’s now raised £48m / $67.7m in a Series B round led by Index Ventures, along with new investors BMW i […]