techtimes.com – Researchers found huge deposits of ice sheets just a few feet beneath the surface of Mars. The discovery can not only help scientists know more about the Red Planet but also address the issue of water availability for future manned missions.
Source: Colin M. Dundas, et al. Exposed subsurface ice sheets in the Martian mid-latitudes. Science, 2018.
the-scientist.com – A new study suggests that the plague, which killed millions of people, was not transmitted by rats.
Source: Katharine R. Dean, et al. Human ectoparasites and the spread of plague in Europe during the Second Pandemic. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.
sciencenews.org – Fancy liquid-sipper mouthparts might have evolved before the great burst of flower evolution
Source: Timo J. B. van Eldijk, et al. A Triassic-Jurassic window into the evolution of Lepidoptera. Science Advances, 2018.
nbcnews.com – More than 99 percent of juvenile sea turtles born along part of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef are female, according to a new study.
Source: Michael P. Jensen, et al. Environmental Warming and Feminization of One of the Largest Sea Turtle Populations in the World. Current Biology, 2018.
zmescience.com – Size isn't everything.
Source: Kevin A. Simonin, Adam B. Roddy, Andrew Tanentzap. Genome downsizing, physiological novelty, and the global dominance of flowering plants. PLOS Biology, 2018.
washingtonpost.com – Warm, wet weather triggered the unprecedented die-off of imperiled saiga antelope, scientists say. And climate change may make such conditions even more likely.
Source: Richard A. Kock, et al. Saigas on the brink: Multidisciplinary analysis of the factors influencing mass mortality events. Science Advances, 2018.
livescience.com – Two Egyptian mummies that rested next to each other, side by side, for nearly 4,000 years are not full, but rather half-brothers, finds a new study using advanced DNA sequencing.
Source: Konstantina Drosou, Campbell Price, Terence A. Brown. The kinship of two 12th Dynasty mummies revealed by ancient DNA sequencing. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 2018.
cbc.ca – The moon may be the cause of some things that happen on Earth, but earthquakes aren't one of them, a new study suggests.
Source: Susan E. Hough. Do Large (Magnitude ≥8) Global Earthquakes Occur on Preferred Days of the Calendar Year or Lunar Cycle?. Seismological Research Letters, 2018.
popularmechanics.com – A new proposal seeks to clean up space junk by blasting it with a high-powered laser.
Source: Quan Wen, et al. Impacts of orbital elements of space-based laser station on small scale space debris removal. Optik - International Journal for Light and Electron Optics, 2018.
theguardian.com – High doses of the common painkiller over a long period of time may put men at greater risk of fertility problems and other health issues, research indicates
Source: David Møbjerg Kristensen, et al. Ibuprofen alters human testicular physiology to produce a state of compensated hypogonadism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2018.