quantamagazine.org – The discovery that apparently dead cells can sometimes resurrect themselves has researchers exploring how far they can push the point of no return.
Source: Zvonimir Vrselja, et al. Restoration of brain circulation and cellular functions hours post-mortem. Nature, 2019.
sciam.com – A real-time capture of brain-circuit activity shows how simple it is to change what an animal sees
Source: James H. Marshel, et al. Cortical layer–specific critical dynamics triggering perception. Science, 2019.
discovermagazine.com – Domes made of a high-tech substance called silica aerogel could protect crops on Mars and make the Red Planet more habitable.
Source: R. Wordsworth, L. Kerber, C. Cockell. Enabling Martian habitability with silica aerogel via the solid-state greenhouse effect. Nature Astronomy, 2019.
nytimes.com – A new study scanned 22,484 pornography sites and found them riddled with trackers from major technology companies.
Source: Elena Maris, Timothy Libert, Jennifer Henrichsen. Tracking sex: The implications of widespread sexual data leakage and tracking on porn websites. arXiv, 2019.
eurekalert.org – The ice sheet covering West Antarctica is at risk of sliding off into the ocean. While further ice-sheet destabilisation in other parts of the continent may be limited by a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the slow, yet inexorable loss of West Antarctic ice is likely to continue even after climate warming is stabilised. A collapse might take hundreds of years but will raise sea levels worldwide by more than three meters.
Source: Johannes Feldmann, Anders Levermann, Matthias Mengel. Stabilizing the West Antarctic Ice Sheet by surface mass deposition. Science Advances, 2019.
eurekalert.org – US Army game-theory research using artificial intelligence may help treat cancer and other diseases, improve cybersecurity, deploy Soldiers and assets more efficiently and even win a poker game.
Source: Noam Brown, Tuomas Sandholm. Superhuman AI for multiplayer poker. Science, 2019.
scienceblog.com – Ancient submerged volcanoes Rise up from the ocean floor, Their tips littering the landscape As tremendous shadows of the past Cast a barely visible film of filth Across this false Pacific paradise…
Source: Maveric K. I. L. Abella, Monica Rouco Molina, Ivana Nikolić-Hughes, Emlyn W. Hughes, Malvin A. Ruderman. Background gamma radiation and soil activity measurements in the northern Marshall Islands. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2019.
the-scientist.com – A bird leg with one super-long toe is something paleontologists say they’ve never seen before.
Source: Lida Xing, et al. A New Enantiornithine Bird with Unusual Pedal Proportions Found in Amber. Current Biology, 2019.
latimes.com – A 210,000-year-old skull in Greece is the earliest evidence for modern humans in Eurasia and suggests they left Africa earlier than previously thought.
Source: Katerina Harvati, et al. Apidima Cave fossils provide earliest evidence of Homo sapiens in Eurasia. Nature, 2019.
sciam.com – Brain cells that tick at regular intervals may coordinate neural activity like the conductor of an orchestra
Source: Hyeyoung Shin, Christopher I. Moore. Persistent Gamma Spiking in SI Nonsensory Fast Spiking Cells Predicts Perceptual Success. Neuron, 2019.
zmescience.com – The first images of spooky action at a distance.
Source: Paul-Antoine Moreau, et al. Imaging Bell-type nonlocal behavior. Science Advances, 2019.