Can light spark superconductivity? A new study reignites debate

Brief blasts of light might make some materials into fleeting superconductors. Magnetic measurements strengthen the case for this controversial claim.

How to stay healthy during the COVID-19 summertime surge

Infections peak in the summer and winter. Up-to-date vaccinations, testing and masking can slow the spread.

Twisters asks if you can ‘tame’ a tornado. We have the answer

Science News talked to a meteorologist and Twisters’ tornado consultant to separate fact from fiction in Hollywood’s latest extreme weather thriller.

Can bioluminescent ‘milky seas’ be predicted?

For the first time, a scientist has used ocean and atmospheric data to find a milky sea, a huge expanse of luminous water, in past satellite images.

This AI can predict ship-sinking ‘freak’ waves minutes in advance

The model, which was trained on data from ocean buoys to identify potential rogue waves, could help save lives.

The odds of developing long COVID dropped as the coronavirus evolved

As different coronavirus variants took center stage during the pandemic, the chances of developing long COVID fell, especially for vaccinated people.

Psilocybin temporarily dissolves brain networks

A high dose of the psychedelic drug briefly throws the brain off kilter. Other, longer-lasting changes could hint at psilocybin's therapeutic effects.

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot may be less than 200 years old

An analysis of images spanning hundreds of years suggests a dark spot spied in the late 1600s and early 1700s is distinct from the Red Spot seen today.

This python-inspired device could make rotator cuff surgeries more effective

A new device, modeled after a python’s teeth and grip, could double the strength of rotator cuff repairs and prevent retearing after surgery.

Rogue antibodies may cause some long COVID symptoms 

Tissue-targeting antibodies have been a key suspect in long COVID. Now, two studies show that antibodies from patients can cause symptoms in mice.

Sulfur was key to the first water on Earth

Hydrogen bonded with sulfur may have given our world its first water after the hydrogen broke away and joined with oxygen in the planet’s crust.

Plants might not hold on to carbon as long as we thought

Radiocarbon from bomb tests reveals that plants store more carbon than previously estimated in leaves and stems, which are vulnerable to degradation.

Jurassic Park’s amber-preserved dino DNA is now inspiring a way to store data 

DNA is capable of encoding all sorts of data. Storing it in an amberlike material may keep that information safe for nearly forever.

Sounds like trouble Exposing zebra finch eggs and hatchlings to traffic noise can lead to lifelong reductions in health and reproduction, Jonathan Lambert reported in “Traffic noise harms bird eggs”…

Editor in chief Nancy Shute discusses the quest for solutions in challenges such as childhood malnutrition, Andean bear conservation and assessing AI’s cognition.

‘Space hurricanes’ churn at both of Earth’s magnetic poles

The southern hemisphere’s ionosphere experiences about 23 space hurricanes per year, which is on par with the northern hemisphere.

World record speeds for two Olympics events have fallen over time. We can go faster

The human body can go faster in the 100-meter dash and the 50-meter freestyle. But to reach full potential, our technique must be perfect.

A Dune-inspired spacesuit turns astronaut pee into drinking water

The spacesuit design collects urine, filters it, adds electrolytes and stores the cleaned water for the astronaut to drink.

Bird flu has been invading the brains of mammals. Here’s why

Although H5N1 and its relatives can cause mild disease in some animals, these viruses are more likely to infect brain tissue than other types of flu.

Freeze-drying turned a woolly mammoth’s DNA into 3-D ‘chromoglass’

A new technique for probing the 3-D structure of ancient DNA may help scientists learn how extinct animals functioned, not just what they looked like.

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Breaking Barriers in Nuclear Fusion: How Neutron Migration Could Change Everything

Researchers expand the quantum mechanical descriptions of nuclear fusion reactions. Low-energy nuclear fusion reactions are influenced by the migration of neutrons and protons between fusing...

Clinical Trial Confirms: Nasal Spray Safely Treats Recurrent Abnormal Heart Rhythms

A new study has demonstrated that etripamil, a home-administered nasal spray, safely and effectively treats PSVT, a condition causing rapid heart rhythms, potentially minimizing hospital...

Ancient Pacific City Discovered: Urbanization Began 700 Years Earlier Than Thought

Recent research reveals that Pacific cities like those on Tongatapu in Tonga were founded around AD 300, much earlier than thought, demonstrating that Pacific urbanization...

Unprecedented Discovery: Astronomers Discover Primordial Differences in Binary Stars

Astronomers have verified that variations in the chemical makeup of binary stars originate from the initial phases of their formation. Recent research using the Gemini...

Identify Unknown Substances Instantly: Pocket-Sized Invention Revolutionizes Ability To Detect Harmful Materials

The affordable, cellphone-based Raman spectrometer system can identify unknown biological molecules in just minutes. A new handheld Raman spectrometer system, patented by Dr. Peter Rentzepis...

Cambridge Study Reveals Mindfulness Can Trigger Profound Altered States of Consciousness

Mindfulness training may cause altered states of consciousness, including disembodiment and unity, according to a University of Cambridge study. While often positive, these experiences can...

What Time Do You Eat? Recent Research Reveals That It Can Impact Your Overall Health

A special issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on chrononutrition clarifies the science behind the effectiveness of fasting regimes. Recent...

Affecting Millions of People: Weather Experts Discover Surprising New Effect of Storms

Storm Ciaran caused a decrease in boiling water temperatures across southern Britain to 98°C, impacting tea quality for 20 million people, according to a University...

Light-Induced Superconductivity: A New Frontier in Quantum Physics

Researchers have developed methods to explore and utilize superconductivity in non-equilibrium states, such as those induced by laser pulses, at temperatures much higher than traditional...

Depression Diagnoses Debunked: A New Study Challenges Old Views

A new study reveals that misinformation about depression, perpetuated by health organizations like WHO and the American Psychiatric Association, hinders public understanding of mental health....

See How Scientists Use Glowing Embryos to Explore the Beginnings of Life

University of Queensland researchers used real-time imaging on quail embryos to study heart and neural development, providing potential breakthroughs in understanding congenital defects. Researchers at...

Revealing the Milky Way’s Warp: How Cepheid Stars Map Our Dark Matter Halo

A research team developed a novel “motion picture” method to measure the precession rate of the Milky Way’s warp using Cepheid variable stars. Their findings...

World-First Study Could Help Explain Why Meals Taste Bad in Space

A study by RMIT University reveals that intensifying certain food aromas in simulated space conditions could explain why astronauts experience bland tastes and highlights the...

The Missing Piece in Chronic Pain Puzzle? Novel Protein Function Discovered

Researchers in Gary Lewin’s lab at the Max Delbrück Center have pinpointed an ion channel that plays a role in chronic pain, offering a new...

“This Had Never Been Done Before” – New Dual-Use Catalyst Overcomes the Thermodynamic Canyon

German researchers have created a catalyst that converts ammonia into hydrogen and nitrite, potentially combining hydrogen production and fertilizer creation in one process. A research...

Decoding Titan’s Hydrocarbon Seas: Cassini’s Latest Radar Revelations on Saturn’s Largest Moon

Researchers from Cornell University have utilized bistatic radar data from Cassini’s flybys of Titan to analyze the surface properties of its hydrocarbon seas. The study...

Dartmouth Scientists Have Created a New Template of the Human Brain

The updated cortical surface template enhances the mapping of brain activity. The human brain plays a vital role in managing essential functions such as perception,...

New Study Links Anxiety in Young Women to Brain Chemical Imbalance

A University of Surrey study suggests anxiety in young women may be due to imbalances between brain chemicals GABA and glutamate, offering new avenues for...

The Galactic Pulse: Pulsar Timing Arrays Detect Long-Period Gravitational Waves

Astrophysicists have detected long-period gravitational waves using data from 68 pulsars, as reported by NANOGrav. This discovery, based on 15 years of data, aligns with...

Challenging Current Timelines: New Fossil Finds Suggest Early Humans in South America Over 20,000 Years Ago

Tool marks might represent some of the earliest known signs of human presence in southern South America. Recent findings from Argentina indicate human presence and...

Revolutionary AI Method Creates Precise Material “Fingerprints”

Researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory have developed a new technique using X-ray photon correlation spectroscopy and artificial intelligence to analyze materials. This method generates...

Hidden Connection Discovered: New Research Links Brain Inflammation to Muscle Fatigue

A study reveals that brain inflammation leads to the release of a protein that impairs muscle function, suggesting potential treatments for related muscle fatigue in...

Scientists Detect Record-Breaking Methane Leak in Kazakhstan: The Largest Ever Documented

Scientists have documented the largest methane leak ever in Kazakhstan’s Karaturun East field, releasing 131,000 tonnes over 205 days. Their study used satellite data and...

Key Discovery Solves Long-Standing Baffling Mystery of Gulf War Syndrome in Veterans

Researchers have identified that veterans suffering from Gulf War Syndrome (GWS) exhibit faulty cell functions due to exposure to hazardous agents during their service. This...

A new study describes a chemical reaction that can convert Styrofoam into a high-value conducting polymer known as PEDOT:PSS. Researchers also noted that the upgraded plastic waste can be successfully…

A new species of fossil snake unearthed in Wyoming is rewriting our understanding of snake evolution. The discovery, based on four remarkably well-preserved specimens found curled together in a burrow,…

Ever hear the old adage that time flies when you're having fun? A new study suggests that there's a lot of truth to the trope.

So far, only about ten intermediate-mass black holes have been discovered in the entire universe. The newly identified black hole causes surrounding stars in a cluster to move in an…

An environmental engineering team has discovered that specific bacterial species can cleave the strong fluorine-to-carbon bond certain kinds of 'forever chemical' water pollutants, offering promise for low-cost treatments of contaminated…

Cut marks on fossils could be evidence of humans exploiting large mammals in Argentina more than 20,000 years ago, according to a new study.

Cobras kill thousands of people a year worldwide and current antivenom treatment is expensive and does not effectively treat the necrosis of the flesh where the bite occurs. Using CRISPR…

Have you ever wondered how insects are able to go so far beyond their home and still find their way? The answer to this question is not only relevant to…

Researchers have developed soft, stretchable 'jelly batteries' that could be used for wearable devices or soft robotics, or even implanted in the brain to deliver drugs or treat conditions such…

New research has examined the fossil record going back 66 million years and tracked changes to mammalian ecosystems and species diversity on the North American continent.

In an era when the creation of artificial intelligence (AI) images is at the fingertips of the masses, the ability to detect fake pictures -- particularly deepfakes of people --…

High-protein diets, known as 'Paleolithic diets', are popular. Using mouse models, scientists have studied their impact. While effective in regulating weight and stabilizing diabetes, these diets are not without risks.…

Researchers have established new criteria for a memory-loss syndrome in older adults that specifically impacts the brain's limbic system. It can often be mistaken for Alzheimer's disease.

During an event, details like what you saw, smelled, and felt aren't stored as a single memory. Rather, they are encoded and stored in your brain separately. To retrieve that…

The newly discovered planet TIC 241249530 b has the most highly elliptical, or eccentric, orbit of any known planet. It appears to be a juvenile planet that is in the…

Researchers report that psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, destabilizes a critical network of brain areas involved in introspective thinking. The findings provide a neurobiological explanation for the drug's…

Despite facing regional threats like deforestation and wildfires, the world's forests continue to be a powerful weapon in the fight against climate change. A new study reveals these vital ecosystems…

Researchers have demonstrated that the layered multiferroic material nickel iodide (NiI2) may be the best candidate yet for devices such as magnetic computer memory that are extremely fast and compact.…

Scientists have discovered that 'switching off' a protein called IL-11 can significantly increase the healthy lifespan of mice by almost 25 percent.

A new gene therapy treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) shows promise of not only arresting the decline of the muscles of those affected by this inherited genetic disease, but…

Biology researchers have developed a new antibody therapy that can neutralize a wide variety of HIV-1 strains. They found success in an unlikely source -- llamas.

For the first time, scientists have found that sleep can be detected by patterns of neuronal activity just milliseconds long, 1000 times shorter than a second, revealing a new way…

Researchers have developed a new technique that pairs artificial intelligence and X-ray science.

A new global assessment of scientific literature finds that nature-based solutions (NbS) are an economically effective method to mitigate risks from a range of disasters -- from floods and hurricanes…

Tantalizing evidence of potential dark matter objects has been detected with the help of the Universe's 'timekeepers'. These pulsars -- neutron stars which rotate and emit lighthouse-like beams of radio…

Astronomers have uncovered what appear to be 21 neutron stars in orbit around stars like our Sun. The discovery is surprising because it is not clear how a star that…

Researchers have discovered that a single-celled organism, a close relative of animals, harbors the remnants of ancient giant viruses woven into its own genetic code. This finding sheds light on…

A new study of radar experiment data from the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn has yielded fresh insights related to the makeup and activity of the liquid hydrocarbon seas near the…

A strange 'garden sprinkler-like' jet coming from a neutron star has been pictured for the first time. The S-shaped structure is created as the jet changes direction due to the…

A network of proteins found in the central nervous system could be harnessed to increase the effectiveness and reduce the side effects of popular diabetes and weight-loss drugs, according to…

Researchers using NASA's James Webb Space Telescope have finally confirmed what models have previously predicted: An exoplanet has differences between its eternal morning and eternal evening atmosphere. WASP-39 b, a…

An international study reveals the extreme atmospheric conditions on the celestial objects, which are swathed in swirling clouds of hot sand amid temperatures of 950C. Using NASA's powerful James Webb…

Researchers announced the latest findings from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) of the supernova remnant, Cassiopeia A (Cas A). These observations of the youngest known core collapse supernova in…

One of the most important controversies about human evolution and expansion is when and by what route the first hominids arrived in Europe from the African continent. Now, geological dating…

Early exposure to antibiotics can trigger long term susceptibility to asthma, according to new research. Importantly the research team isolated a molecule produced by gut bacteria that in the future…

Our universe is around 13.8 billion years old. Over the vastness of this time, the tiniest of initial asymmetries have grown into the large-scale structures we can see through our…

Drastically cutting back on caloric intake to lose weight ahead of competition is commonplace among athletes. However, this type of 'dieting' doesn't just diminish performances, it can also compromise their…

Researchers have used gene editing to restore hearing in adult mice with a type of inherited hearing loss. They showed that shutting down a damaged copy of a gene called…

Researchers have found that two of the most frequently administered stem cell therapies, which are often used interchangeably, actually contain completely different types of cells.

Researchers have shed light on Earth's earliest ecosystem, showing that within a few hundred million years of planetary formation, life on Earth was already flourishing.

Galaxies avoid an early death because they have a 'heart and lungs' which effectively regulate their 'breathing' and prevent them growing out of control, a new study suggests. If they…

Forests have been embraced as a natural climate solution, due to their ability to soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as they grow, locking it up in their trunks,…

Using genomes from 2,000 living humans as well as three Neanderthals and one Denisovan, an international team mapped the gene flow between the hominin groups over the past quarter-million years.

An invasive fungus that colonizes the skin of hibernating bats with deadly consequences is a stealthy invader that uses multiple strategies to slip into the small mammals' skin cells and…

The flow of water within a muscle fiber may dictate how quickly muscle can contract, according to a new study.

The possibility of hydrogen-powered flight means greater opportunities for fossil-free travel, and the technological advances to make this happen are moving fast. New studies show that almost all air travel…

The qualities and behavior of dark matter, the invisible 'glue' of the universe, continue to be shrouded in mystery. Though galaxies are mostly made of dark matter, understanding how it…

An international research team has assembled the genome and 3D chromosomal structures of a 52,000-year-old woolly mammoth -- the first time such a feat has been achieved for any ancient…

New research indicates that babies can begin grasping complex language and ideas.

The surprising discovery of a new species of extinct crocodile relative from the Triassic Favret Formation of Nevada, USA, rewrites the story of life along the coasts during the first…

According to new research, heparin, a commonly used blood thinner, can be repurposed as an inexpensive antidote for cobra venom. The post Scientists Discover New Antidote for Cobra Bites: Heparin…

Tanimbar is one of the main island groups in Wallacea included in early human migration routes from Sunda to Sahul (Australia + New Guinea). The post New Archaeological Evidence from…

Europa and Enceladus are key targets to search for evidence of alien life in our Solar System. The post Study: Biological Amino Acids Could Survive in Near-Surface Ices of Europa…

Astronomers have found evidence for an intermediate-mass black hole in IRS 13, a population of dusty stellar objects within the nuclear star cluster of our Milky Way Galaxy. The post…

A team of scientists in China has assembled a telomere-to-telomere reference genome for ginseng (Panax ginseng), a representative of Chinese traditional medicine. The post Researchers Sequence Genome of Ginseng appeared…

The proposed new definition specifies that the body may orbit one or more stars, brown dwarfs or stellar remnants and sets mass limits that should apply to planets everywhere. The…

Harenadraco prima is the first species of troodontid dinosaur ever found in the Late Cretaceous Baruungoyot Formation of Mongolia. The post New Bird-Like Dinosaur Unearthed in Mongolia appeared first on…

Bolivian coffee producers have filmed the Amazon weasel (Neogale africana) near their shade-grown plots as part of a citizen science monitoring program. The post Extremely Rare Amazon Weasel Captured on…

Archaeologists in Argentina have analyzed the 21,000-year-old fossil remains with cut marks belonging to a specimen of the exinct glyptodont Neosclerocalyptus, found on the banks of the Reconquista River, northeast…

Astronomers have discovered an exoplanet five times the mass of Jupiter that makes a very peculiar orbit around its star. The post Astronomers Find Young Hot Jupiter on Super-Eccentric, Retrograde…

Amoebidium appalachense, a protist closely related to animals, harbors the remnants of ancient giant viruses woven into its own genetic code, according to new research led by Queen Mary University…

Cornell University researcher Valerio Poggiali and colleagues report the results of the analysis of the Cassini radar experiments data of Titan’s polar seas. The post Cassini Reveals Surface Properties of…

Hyperluminous infrared galaxies are the rarest and most extreme star-forming systems and found only in the distant Universe. The post Astronomers Study Motion of Gas in Extremely Rare Hyperluminous Infrared…

Since its discovery 20 years ago physicists have been fascinated by χc1(3872), which is also known as X(3872), trying to understand if it is a conventional charmonium state composed of…

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope have obtained and analyzed morning and evening transmission spectra of WASP-39b, a hot-Saturn exoplanet orbiting a star some 700 light-years away in…

A new species of early crocodyloid crocodilian being named Asiatosuchus oenotriensis has been discovered by a team of paleontologists from the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia and the Universidad…

A new study, published in the journal Earth-Science Reviews, helps resolve one of the longest controversies in paleoanthropology: when did early hominins arrive in Europe? The post Early Hominins First…

Astronomers using the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope have captured a new infrared image of a pair of interacting galaxies known as Arp 142. The post Webb Captures Stunning New…

Paleontologists in the United States have described a new genus and species of extinct crocodile relative based on a partially articulated skeleton found in the Middle Triassic Fossil Hill Member…

Astronomers have released a beautiful photo taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope of the dwarf irregular galaxy NGC 5238. The post Hubble Space Telescope Zooms In on NGC 5238…

A research team unveiled that Mars’ Tharsis volcanoes have on and off patches of water frost, challenging previous

According to a University of Michigan study, up to 60% of near-Earth objects could be dark comets or

Researchers at the University of Michigan have found a way to examine tiny structures, such as bacteria and

In Ukraine, a group of startups is pioneering the development of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems to pilot an

A recent Reuters survey revealed that nearly a quarter of Japanese companies have integrated artificial intelligence (AI) into

At the NATO summit in Washington, US and German announced that as early as 2026 SM-6 and Tomahawk

Ukraine may get a new air-launched munition currently called ERAM (Extended Range Attack Munition). It is likely a

When the Earth’s ice masses melt, the planet’s rotation also changes. Researchers at ETH Zurich have now shown

When it comes to artificial intelligence, appearances can be deceiving. The mystery surrounding the inner workings of large

Ammonia could be a nearly carbon-free maritime fuel, but without new emissions regulations, its impact on air quality

On Tuesday, computer scientist Andrej Karpathy unveiled Eureka Labs, a new AI-driven educational platform. Karpathy, who has a

The U.S. Department of Commerce is set to release proposed rules related to connected vehicles next month. These

Videos posted on the TikTok account ‘pixo_unpacking’ offer an early glimpse of what could be the upcoming Google

How can it be that the defenders of Ukraine lately have been destroying a lot more Russian tanks?

Russia is using up a lot of weapons in its pointless war against Ukraine. It is actually incredible

Australian scientists from the University of Sydney and Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, have detected what is likely

Scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston have developed and tested new artificial

Telltale signs to spot deepfakes are disappearing at an alarming rate, but a UNSW academic says these advances