Welcome to a weekend update from “Hawaii Science Digest”. This Hawaii Island blog focuses on science, technology, medicine, health, cyber security, and artificial intelligence (AI). Views expressed in this science news summary are those of the reporters and correspondents. Content provided by the online issue of “Science News”–the official magazine of the “Society for Science & the Public”, published in Washington, D.C.
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Jordanian finds point to pooch-aided hunting of small prey around 11,500 years ago, offering new clues into dog domestication in the Middle East.
A biologist backs off an idea he studied for years that the mastery of birdsong is a sign of bird smarts.
In people and mice deprived of sleep, researchers found an increase in tau, a protein involved in Alzheimer’s disease, in the fluid bathing the brain.
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.
People sleep better when their beds are gently rocked, a small study finds.
The organized rows and columns of the Periodic Table hide a rich and twisting history.
An ancient oddball marine reptile had teeny-tiny eyes, suggesting it probably used senses other than sight to catch food.
150 years ago, Russian chemist Dmitrii Mendeleev created the periodic table of the elements, revolutionizing chemistry.
In the 1960s, researchers proposed preventing a big earthquake by creating smaller ones. That hasn’t quite worked out.
Young emperor penguins learn survival skills on their own, including how to navigate Antarctica’s icy winter ocean.
Researchers have made progress toward creating a gene drive for mice in the lab. Such genetic cut-and-paste machines have yet to be made for mammals.
Thanks to a new photo-analyzing computer program, a photographer’s line of sight no longer has to be a straight shot.
A study in mice finds that the cerebellum helps control social behavior, a result that has implications for autism and schizophrenia.
Clues in Saturn’s rings divulge the planet’s rotation rate: 10 hours, 33 minutes, 38 seconds.
Inspiration from disordered arrangements of atoms in crystalline metals may lead to longer-lasting, next-gen materials.
In ‘Good to Go,’ science writer Christie Aschwanden puts science — and herself — to the test for the sake of sports recovery.
Proposed new accelerators could solve mysteries of the Higgs boson.
In the book ‘Gods and Robots,’ a scholar recounts how early civilizations explored artificial life through myths.
Researchers were surprised to find vestiges of what appear to be tiny animals in mud from Antarctica’s ice-covered Lake Mercer.
The soil in Northern Italy’s prosecco vineyards is washing away.
Inventing decoy bee larvae prompts a back-to-basics rethink of a mite ominously named Varroa destructor.
Buried deep underground, Japan’s KAGRA detector relies on components cooled to just 20 degrees above absolute zero.
A new look at moon craters suggests the Earth and moon suffered more impacts in the last 290 million years, and the Earth retains its biggest scars.
Methods that target single nerve cells in mice and fruit fly brains are starting to tease apart the brain’s complexity.
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