Welcome to another edition of “Hawaii Science Digest”–a Hawaii Island blog focusing on science, technology, medicine, health, the environment, cyber security, and artificial intelligence (AI). Views expressed in this science news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents. Topics in this post come from the current issue of “Science News” the magazine of the Society for Science & the Public.
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A pair of daredevil spacecraft that aim to bring asteroid dust back to Earth have reached their targets and are scouting for the best sampling spots.
Researchers have created “sponges” that would absorb excess cancer drugs before they spread through the body and cause negative side effects.
The discoverers of the first evidence for a moon orbiting a planet around a distant star are still trying to confirm the object’s existence.
The organized rows and columns of the Periodic Table hide a rich and twisting history.
Wealthier students outperform their less advantaged peers in math and science. Decreasing test anxiety may help even the playing field.
150 years ago, Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev created the periodic table of the elements, revolutionizing chemistry.
A burst of light from far away may have been an odd type of exploding star or a white dwarf being eaten by a black hole.
Desalination plants help offset the world’s growing water needs, but they also produce much more supersalty water than scientists realized.
Examining personal electronics may help gauge people’s radiation exposure in the event of a nuclear accident or attack.
The partial government shutdown is taking many U.S. scientists out of commission and putting up hurdles to their research.
An autonomous drill originally designed for work on Mars has its first mission in Antarctica.
Blobs of worms flow like a fluid, plop like a solid and fascinate scientists.
In some forms of autism, nerve cells develop faster than normal, possibly setting the stage for the disorder, a study finds.
Novel use of poisoned toilet paper rolls and teabags led to discovery that termites help tropical forests resist droughts.
Seabirds idly drifting with ocean currents provide a novel way to track and understand how these flows change with time and location.
The study of killer whales has come a long way since the capture of seven in 1968 allowed scientists to study the animals in their habitat.
An ancient skeleton dubbed Little Foot points to the piecemeal evolution of various humanlike traits in hominids, two studies suggest.
Infertile women with endometriosis have a reduced amount of a protein found to be important for establishing pregnancy in mice, a study finds.
A smartphone app called Second Chance could help save opioid users who shoot up alone.
Tooth tartar unveils an expert female manuscript painter buried at a German monastery.
Astronomers have spotted a second repeating fast radio burst, and it looks a lot like the first.
Scientists have coined a new term — “in fimo” — to describe studies focused on feces.
The TESS exoplanet hunter has spotted eight confirmed worlds in its first four months, and several of them are really weird.
A newly discovered protein found exclusively in mosquitoes may one day help control their numbers.