Discover Magazine–What Happened in Science This Week. 01-02 November 2018.
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Comments: Here are some of the top science and technology stories for this week from “Discover Magazine.” Views expressed in this science summary are those of the reporters and correspondents.
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How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch
How the science of the super small affects our everyday lives.
Sponsored By: University of Dayton
Earthquakes in mountainous regions can trigger landslides that bury villages, flood rivers and block important roads, resulting in catastrophic human and economic losses.Research by environmental geologist Umesh Haritashya at the University of Dayton could help determine safer locations for communities and infrastructure in Bhutan, China, Nepal, India and Pakistan.
20 Things You Didn’t Know About Lasers
- Unlike the sun or a flashlight, which shines in a broad range of colors combined to produce white light, lasers lase by producing a concentrated beam of a single wavelength, or color.
- The world’s most powerful laser, China’s Superintense Ultrafast Laser Facility (SULF), in 2016 fired a single pulse equivalent to 5.3 petawatts — 5.3 quadrillion watts!
- Mirrors placed on the moon reflect laser light back to Earth. It’s how scientists figured out our satellite is gradually moving away from us.
Diet Expert Tells All: “It’s Like A Powerwash For Your Insides”
America’s Pomegranates Are a Bore. One Researcher is Using His Grandfather’s Fruit to Change That
We could be having such better pomegranates.
Why Are Some Religions More Popular Than Others?
Christianity, Islam and Hinduism dominate today. Why is that?
Why China’s Artificial Moon Probably Won’t Work
The Russians already tried it — it didn’t go very well.
First Americans: Pre-Clovis Projectiles Hint at Multiple Migrations
A new type of stone tool-making suggests that ancient humans migrated to North America more than once.
Scientists Use CRISPR to Protect Pigs Against Deadly Virus
All it took was tweaks to two letters of DNA.