Science Me Now!

Science Me Now!

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By Chris Stewart
The science story you should be paying attention to today, instead of wasting your brain cells on all that front-page rubbish.
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17 April 2018: Dinosaurs Ended, And Started, With a Bang
Political dinosaurs dominate the news, but you can ignore them for a few minutes: here's a story about real dinosaurs and their footprints, which show that their global dominance may have resulted from a catastrophic extinction event. Original Paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-03996-1
02:38
April 17, 2018
16 April 2018: Battling Bacteria with Graphene Blades
While Trump, Macron & May scrable to justify throwing missiles at Syria, here's a science story of a much healthier kind of warfare: using graphene in the fight against bacterial infection in surgical implants.
02:50
April 16, 2018
12 April 2018: Frogs Rebounding With Surprising Secretions
The US and Russia continue their game of chicken, the UK hacks ISIS and China is Top Executioner Of The World. Take a few minutes away from the news with a positive story about frogs — and who doesn't like frogs?! Good news: after years of decline, they're on the way back in Central America. Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/vumc-srd041118.php Original Paper: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/359/6383/1517
02:28
April 12, 2018
11 April 2018: Breaking Quantum Records
The US and Russia are threatening to trade twitter insults for actual missiles, and the IMF is describing the global trade outlook with the words "Dark" and "Clouds", so it's probably a good time to look away from the news. Here's a science story to cheer things up: record-breaking quantum scientists! Original Source: https://www.alphagalileo.org/en-gb/Item-Display/ItemId/162049 Research paper: https://journals.aps.org/prx/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevX.8.021012
03:25
April 11, 2018
10 April 2017: Choose Your Vape Wisely
With Zuckerberg in front of congress, Cosby back in court, and a certain President's personal lawyer raided by the FBI, it's better to close down your browser tabs and listen to a science story instead — especially if you're partial to vaping. You might want to think a bit harder about your e-liquid flavour choices in future. Source: https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/ps-tpb040918.php Original Paper: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Volume 120, 20 May 2018, Pages 72-79
02:12
April 10, 2018
9 April 2018: Three Weekend Heart Disease Shockers
Three stories from the weekend, all from the American Heart Association, and all from the Department of Research That Surprises No One At All.
03:03
April 9, 2018
6 April 2018: Vampire Bats
Our un-evolved politicians are attacking each other across the globe, but you can safely ignore that for a few minutes to ponder this: just how did vampire bats evolve to live on a diet of blood alone? Original Paper: Nature Ecology & Evolution (2018) doi:10.1038/s41559-018-0476-8 Source: www.alphagalileo.org/ViewItem.aspx?ItemId=185088&CultureCode=en
02:20
April 6, 2018
5 April 2018: Draining the Swamp is No Laughing Matter
Turn off the swamp-draining and manure-slinging for a bit — here's a science story from Estonia that should be in the news instead: draining marshlands releases laughing gas, and it's NOT funny. Original paper: www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-03540-1 Source: www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-04/erc-asb040418.php
02:04
April 5, 2018
4 April 2018: Burning Wood in Norway
Use the newspaper front page to light a warm fire, curl up and enjoy todays science story about Norway's not-so-carbon-neutral wood-burning ways. Original paper: Scientific Reports volume
 8, Article number: 3299 (2018) Find it at: www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-21559-8
02:52
April 4, 2018
3 April 2018: The Mystery of the Missing Dark Matter
Instead of the usual bleak headlines, ponder the mystery of the Galaxy with the Missing Dark Matter. Original paper by van Dokkum et al in Nature, at https://www.nature.com/articles/nature25767 Hubble Space Telescope images of the mysterious galaxy: http://hubblesite.org/news_release/news/2018-16
03:55
April 3, 2018
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