Science Link

Keep up to date on the world of science with these selected links to online articles in a variety of disciplines, updated regularly.

 

***NEW FOR JUNE***

From LiveScience:
The Five Mass Extinction Events that Shaped the History of Earth — and the Sixth that’s Happening Now
(Earth Science)

From space.com:
Earth’s Crust is Way, Way Older Than We Thought
(Geology)

From Interesting Engineering:
Researchers Fix Cholesterol in Monkeys Through CRISPR Gene Editing
(Medicine)

From Pocket:
Birds Sing to Their Eggs, and This Song Might Help Their Babies Survive Climate Change
(Zoology)

 

***ARCHIVE***

 

Agricultural Science

From Smithsonian Magazine:
The Nation’s Corn Belt Has Lost a Third of Its Topsoil

 

Anthroplogy

From Aeon:
Sheanderthal

From Smithsonian Magazine:
Who Invented the Alphabet?

From Smithsonian Magazine:
The Lost History of Yellowstone
(Anthropology)

From Pocket:
Did Prehistoric Women Hunt? New Research Suggests So

From Pocket:
How the Extinction of Ice Age Mammals May Have Forced Us to Invent Civilization

From Pocket:
Scientists Present a Theory Explaining Why We’re the Only Humans on Earth

 

Archaeology

From Pocket:
The Mysterious Bronze Objects that Have Baffled Archaeologists for Centuries

 

Astronomy

From UChicago News:
The Solar Wind, Explained

From space.com:
Potentially Habitable Exoplanet Candidate Spotted Around Alpha Centauri A in Earth’s Backyard

From Pocket:
Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way’s Black Hole

From space.com:
More than half of all sunlike stars in the Milky Way may have a habitable planet

From Pocket:
The Sun Is Stranger Than Astrophysicists Imagined

From CNN:
Andromeda Galaxy’s ‘Halo’ is Nudging the Milky Way

From space.com:
Satellite Megaconstellations Could Have ‘Extreme’ Impact on Astronomy, Report Finds

From Pocket:
Our Solar System Is Even Stranger Than We Thought

From MSU:
MSU Astrophysicists Study Mystery Object Through Gravitational Waves

From Sky & Telescope:
Potential Biosignature Found in Venus’s Clouds

 

Biology

From Quanta Magazine:
Why Extraterrestrial Life May Not Seem Entirely Alien

From Science:
Breeders Toughen Up Bees to Resist Deadly Mites

From CNN:
How Mosquitoes Evolved to be Attracted to Humans, and What that Means for the Future

From Science:
Pools in the Mexican Desert are a Window into Earth’s Early Life

 

Botany

From Pocket:
A 16-Million-Year-Old Tree Tells a Deep Story of the Passage of Time

 

Chemistry

From Science News:
Chemists are Reimagining Recycling to Keep Plastics Out of Landfills

From Chemistry World:
The Complexity of Fire

From Scientific American:
One Mystery of Stonehenge’s Origins Has Finally Been Solved

 

Climate Science

From NASA:
Direct Observations Confirm that Humans are Throwing Earth’s Energy Budget off Balance

From space.com:
Seas Will Likely Rise Even Faster Than Worst-Case Scenarios Predicted by Climate Models

From LiveScience:
Why Do Deserts Get So Cold at Night?

From space.com:
Scientists Solve a Major Climate Mystery, Confirming Earth is Hotter than It’s Been in at Least 120 Centuries

From space.com:
We’ve Already Blown Past the Warming Targets Set by the Paris Climate Agreement, Study Finds

From Pocket:
An Icy Conquest

From Pocket:
A World Without Clouds

From The Ohio State University:
Warming Greenland Ice Sheet Passes Point of No Return

From ProPublica:
New Climate Maps Show a Transformed United States

 

Cosmology

From space.com:
Dark Matter Could be Made of Black Holes from the Beginning of Time

From space.com:
Mysterious ‘Kick’ Just After the Big Bang May have Created Dark Matter

From Quanta Magazine:
How to Understand the Universe When You’re Stuck Inside of It

From Pocket:
Bizarre ‘Dark Fluid’ With Negative Mass Could Dominate the Universe

From Sky & Telescope:
New 3D Map of the Universe — and a Growing Cosmological Debate

From Quantamagazine:
A New Cosmic Tension: The Universe Might Be Too Thin

 

Geology

From USGS:
Just How Long has the Yellowstone Hotspot been Around?

From space.com:
Earth Spent 500 Million Years Creating and Eating Dead Continents

From Knowable Magazine:
The Origin of Mud

From Science:
Ancient Earth Rock Found on the Moon

From Space.com
How did Earth Crack? New Study May Explain Origins of Plate Tectonics on our Planet.

 

Geoscience

From space.com:
Earth nearly lost all its oxygen 2.3 billion years ago

 

Mathematics

From Quanta Magazine:
Scientists Uncover the Universal Geometry of Geology

 

Medicine

From The New York Times:
What Do Vaccine Efficacy Numbers Actually Mean?

From Duke University:
Duke Researcher Busts Metabolism Myths in New Book

From New York Times:
Opinion: The Secret Life of a Coronavirus

From The Conversation:
End of Ageing and Cancer? Scientists Unveil Structure of the ‘Immortality’ Enzyme Telomerase

From Scientific American:
Governments Worldwide Consider Ditching Daylight Saving Time

From Wired:
A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants from Cancer

From Scientific American:
A Visual Guide to the SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus – What scientists know about the inner workings of the pathogen that has infected the world

From Gizmodo:
Bacteria Found in Nuclear Reactors Could Be the Secret to Faster, Cheaper Vaccines

From Yellowstone Public Radio:
MSU Researcher Says Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Were Tip Of Iceberg

 

Meteorology

From The Conversation:
What is a Derecho? An Atmospheric Scientist Explains these Rare but Dangerous Storm Systems

 

Neuroscience

From Time Magazine:
Why Do We Dream? A New Theory on How It Protects Our Brains

 

Paleontology

From Science (AAAS):
How many T. rexes were there? Billions.

From Science:
Mammoth Molars Yield the Oldest DNA Ever Sequenced

From Quanta Magazine:
Fossil Discoveries Challenge Ideas About Earth’s Start

From Pocket:
The Brontosaurus Is Back

From Wired:
How to Outrun a Dinosaur

From Wired:
Paleontologists Are Trying to Understand Why the Fossil Record Is Mostly Males

From Pocket:
Why Does the U.S. Army Own So Many Fossils?

 

Physics

From space.com:
Twisted Light from the Beginning of Time Could Reveal Brand-New Physics

From Quanta Magazine:
Dark Energy May Be Incompatible With String Theory

From Quantamagazine:
Why Gravity Is Not Like the Other Forces

From Space.com:
The Universe’s Clock Might have Bigger Ticks than We Imagine

From Pocket:
What Does Quantum Theory Actually Tell Us about Reality?

 

Space Science

From Nautilus:
If Aliens Exist, Here’s How We’ll Find Them

 

Technology

From The Guardian:
Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of ‘First Computer’

From Quanta Magazine:
How Claude Shannon Invented the Future

 

Zoology

From Science (AAAS):
Team recovers ancient genomes from dirt, revealing new history of North America’s bears

From Science:
The Legendary Dire Wolf May Not have Been a Wolf At All

From George Bumann’s Blog:
To Catch a Raven

From The Conversation/Pocket:
How Did the World’s Smallest Flightless Bird Get to Inaccessible Island?

From NPR:
The Evolutionary History of Penguins Is Far From Black And White

From Science:
Urban Foxes May be Self-domesticating in our Midst

From Pocket:
A Parliament of Owls

From Stat:
Brainiacs, not birdbrains: Crows possess higher intelligence long thought a primarily human attribute