60-Second Science

Dolphins Dumb Down Calls to Compete with Ship Noise

Dodany: 30 października 2018

Bottlenose dolphins simplify and raise the pitch of their whistles to be heard above underwater shipping noise. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Asocial Octopuses Become Cuddly on MDMA

Dodany: 22 października 2018

Octopuses react to MDMA much like humans do. And not surprisingly, given their anatomy, the animals are excellent huggers. Annie Sneed reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Science News Briefs From Around the Globe

Dodany: 21 października 2018

A few very brief reports about science and technology from around the globe, including one from Mongolia on horse dentistry. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Wild Songbirds Can Pick Up New Tunes

Dodany: 19 października 2018

Researchers taught two dozen wild sparrows new songs, by playing them the recordings of sparrows that live thousands of miles away. Jason G. Goldman reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Health Care Let Neandertals "Punch above Their Weight"

Dodany: 18 października 2018

By caring for their sick and injured, Neandertals were able to expand into more dangerous environments and pursue more deadly prey. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on...

Nice People Have Emptier Wallets

Dodany: 16 października 2018

A study correlating personality traits with financial data found that agreeable people had lower savings, higher debt and higher bankruptcy rates. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on...

Solar Eclipse Was Buzzkill for Bees

Dodany: 13 października 2018

Bees suddenly fell silent when the sun disappeared during last year's solar eclipse—perhaps because they were tricked into night mode. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on...

Confident Tone Overcomes Accent Distrust

Dodany: 12 października 2018

English as-a-first-language Canadian study subjects were less trusting of statements in English spoken with a foreign accent, unless the speaker sounded confident about their assertion. -- Read...

Mom's Genes Make Some Giraffes Hard to Spot

Dodany: 11 października 2018

Baby giraffes inherit aspects of their mothers' patterning—which could give them a survival advantage if good camouflage runs in the family. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on...

Economics Nobel Highlights Climate Action Necessity

Dodany: 9 października 2018

William Nordhaus shared the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, "for integrating climate change into long-run macroeconomic analysis,” with Paul Romer, "for integrating... -- Read more...

Highway Crossings Protect Migrating Pronghorns--and Motorists

Dodany: 6 października 2018

Twice a year, thousands of pronghorn antelope and mule deer migrate through Wyoming, and newly built highway crossings are sparing the lives of animals—and motorists. Jason G. Goldman... -- Read...

Beer Fermentation Hops Along

Dodany: 5 października 2018

The bittering agents called hops have enzymes that chew up starch and unleash more fermentable sugar—which can boost alcohol and CO2 in the finished brew. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read...

Nobel in Chemistry for New and Useful Chemical Entities via Evolutionary Principles

Dodany: 3 października 2018

Frances H. Arnold, George P. Smith and Gregory P. Winter share the 2018 chemistry Nobel for developing evolutionary-based techniques that lead to the creation of new chemical entities with...

Nobel in Physics for Controlling Laser Light

Dodany: 2 października 2018

Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland share the 2018 physics Nobel for their work with lasers that have led to numerous practical applications, such as eye surgery. -- Read more on...

Nobel for Helping the Immune System Fight Cancer

Dodany: 1 października 2018

James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo share the Nobel Prize for their work on harnessing the cancer patient's own immune system to destroy tumors. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Blasey Ford Spells Out Trauma Memory Formation

Dodany: 1 października 2018

Christine Blasey Ford's professional expertise came into play during her testimony regarding the Supreme Court nomination. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Scanning Ancient Civilizations from the Skies

Dodany: 27 września 2018

An aerial laser scan of more than 800 square miles of Guatemalan jungle revealed Maya buildings, canals, roads and bridges. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Antifreeze Surface Fights Ice with Ice

Dodany: 26 września 2018

Patterning a surface with tiny stripes of ice prevents frost formation on the rest of the surface—a technique that could keep planes or roads frost-free. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read...

Scale Can Measure Medicine--And Play A Scale, Too

Dodany: 25 września 2018

Researchers have designed a musical instrument that can detect counterfeit drugs by the pitch of its notes. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Diverse Tree Portfolio Weathers Droughts Better

Dodany: 22 września 2018

Forests with numerous tree species, and therefore a mix of water-management strategies, appear more tolerant of drought. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com