nytimes.com – Important mysteries have been solved about a reptile with a giraffe-like neck that hunted prey 242 million years ago.
Source: Stephan N.F. Spiekman, et al. Aquatic Habits and Niche Partitioning in the Extraordinarily Long-Necked Triassic Reptile Tanystropheus. Current Biology, 2020.
engadget.com – Scientists believe they’ve found more evidence confirming the presence of a large reservoir of liquid water under the surface of Mars first discovered back in 2018. In fact, they believe they’ve found three more subsurface saltwater lakes surrounding that main one — a huge discovery, seeing as those lakes are potential habitats for life. The team used data from a radar instrument on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Mars Express spacecraft to investigate the planet’s southern polar region.
Source: Sebastian Emanuel Lauro, et al. Multiple subglacial water bodies below the south pole of Mars unveiled by new MARSIS data. Nature Astronomy, 2020.
nextbigfuture.com – Tesearchers have confirmed the presence of a lake discovered two years ago and found three more lakes. Radar data from the European Space Agency Mars Express was analyzed to reveal the lakes. The Mars
Source: Jonathan O'Callaghan. Water on Mars: discovery of three buried lakes intrigues scientists. Nature, 2020.
arstechnica.com – The licorice plant naturally contains a toxin called glycyrrhizin.
Source: Richard C. Cabot, et al. Case 30-2020: A 54-Year-Old Man with Sudden Cardiac Arrest. New England Journal of Medicine, 2020.
popsci.com – Early in the pandemic in March and April (or what feels like 10 years ago), there were reports around the world of animals moving into previously busy cityscapes, and a rising chorus of bird calls. But the question remained: was that just because traffic noise was down and people were paying more attention? Or were the birds actually changing their tunes?
Source: Elizabeth P. Derryberry, Jennifer N. Phillips, Graham E. Derryberry, Michael J. Blum, David Luther. Singing in a silent spring: Birds respond to a half-century soundscape reversion during the COVID-19 shutdown. Science, 2020.
zmescience.com – These early hunter-gatherers also walked alongside ancient elephants and camels.
Source: Mathew Stewart, et al. Human footprints provide snapshot of last interglacial ecology in the Arabian interior. Science Advances, 2020.
nytimes.com – A study offered an explanation for children’s ability to fight off the virus. Thousands protested new lockdown measures in London.
Source: Carl A. Pierce, et al. Immune responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection in hospitalized pediatric and adult patients. Science Translational Medicine, 2020.
cbc.ca – Future moon explorers will be bombarded with two to three times more radiation than astronauts aboard the International Space Station, a health hazard that will require thick-walled shelters for protection, scientists reported Friday.
Source: Shenyi Zhang, et al. First measurements of the radiation dose on the lunar surface. Science Advances, 2020.
techtimes.com – What does Neil deGrasse Tyson have to say for Venus lifeforms?
Source: C. J. Bierson, X. Zhang. Chemical Cycling in the Venusian Atmosphere: A Full Photochemical Model From the Surface to 110 km. Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, 2020.
eurekalert.org – A proportion of the most severe COVID-19 cases can be explained by genetic defects in the patients' immune system. Professor Trine Mogensen from Aarhus University, Denmark, is participating in an international research consortium as the only Danish researcher, and thereby helping to generate new knowledge which may in the future lead to early and improved treatment of those who are affected by severe COVID-19.
Source: Qian Zhang, et al. Inborn errors of type I IFN immunity in patients with life-threatening COVID-19. Science, 2020.
mashable.com – Imagine being a curling pro right now...
Source: Dong-Ok Won, Klaus-Robert Müller, Seong-Whan Lee. An adaptive deep reinforcement learning framework enables curling robots with human-like performance in real-world conditions. Science Robotics, 2020.