Wednesday Rap

  • This deadly fungal disease could use climate change to mobilize
    by Nicole Wetsman on September 17, 2019 at 10:02 pm

    As the climate changes, temperatures will increase and rain patterns will change—and along with those changes, by 2100, the fungus’s range will expand causing the number of Valley fever cases to increase by 50 percent, according to a new model published in the journal, GeoHealth.

  • Rare 10 million-year-old fossil unearths new view of human evolution
    on September 17, 2019 at 8:01 pm

    Near an old mining town in Central Europe, known for its picturesque turquoise-blue quarry water, lay Rudapithecus. For 10 million years, the fossilized ape waited in Rudabánya, Hungary, to add its story to the origins of how humans evolved. What Rudabánya yielded was a pelvis — among the most informative bones of a skeleton, but one that is rarely preserved.

  • Scientists are scrambling to take more photos of this seemingly alien comet
    by Rachel Feltman on September 17, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    Astronomers have snapped a shot of what could be a comet visiting us from another solar system—only the second interstellar object we’ve ever spotted in our own cosmic neighborhood. The fact that it showed up so hot on the tail of ‘Oumuamua, an infamous (and still largely mysterious) cigar-shaped rock first seen in late 2017, suggests these alien interlopers might actually be pretty common.

  • New piece of Alzheimer’s puzzle found
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Scientists found two short peptides, or strings of amino acids, that when injected into mice with Alzheimer’s disease daily for five weeks, significantly improved the mice’s memory. The treatment also reduced some of the harmful physical changes in the brain that are associated with the disease.

  • North Atlantic haddock use magnetic compass to guide them
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    A new study found that the larvae of haddock, a commercially important type of cod, have a magnetic compass to find their way at sea. The findings showed that haddock larvae orient toward the northwest using Earth’s magnetic field.

  • Study changes guidelines for sepsis management
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    A researcher ends the debate among physicians regarding sepsis management.

  • Programmable swarmbots make flexible biological tools
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Biomedical engineers have developed a new platform to create biological drugs using specially engineered bacteria that burst and release useful proteins when they sense that their capsule is becoming too crowded.

  • Peatlands trap CO2, even during droughts
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Scientists studied the two species of moss that make up the peatland. They discovered that in hot weather and drought conditions, one species resists, whereas the other is negatively impacted. In wet weather conditions the opposite takes place. Peatland however survives in the end. Although peatlands make up only 3% of the Earth’s surface, they store one third of CO2 present in soil. Preserving peatlands would therefore limit the impact of future climate change.

  • Machine learning used to help tell which wildfires will burn out of control
    on September 17, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Scientists have developed a new technique for predicting the final size of a wildfire from the moment of ignition.

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