ALL POSTS BY Athena Chan

Gravity Signals Traveling At The Speed Of Light Could Warn Of Big Earthquakes

Gravitational waves that can travel as fast as the speed of light could help detect earthquake magnitudes. It could allow for accurate and speedy magnitude determination within minutes instead of hours.

Earth/Environment December 3, 2017

Now You See Me: Scallops Have Over A Hundred Telescope-Like Eyes

Scallops have mirrors in their over a hundred eyes, which allow them to see better than their other bivalve relatives. Their luminous blue eyes could inspire the development of tiny underwater cameras.

Animals December 3, 2017

Fishing Nets Threaten Rare Penguins In New Zealand

The population of New Zealand's rare yellow-eyed penguins is already threatened. A recent global review shows that many of them died from drowning after being entangled in fishing nets.

Animals December 2, 2017

Reading Out Loud: Study Finds Reading Aloud Helps Improve Memory

Researchers find that reading text out loud can make a person remember it better. The act adds action to the task and makes it more personal.

Neuroscience December 2, 2017

Paleontologists Recover More Mammoth Bones From Michigan Site

Two years after the discovery of the Bristle Mammoth, University of Michigan paleontologists were able to return to the site for a two-day dig. They found 40 additional bones that could give clues to life in ancient Michigan.

Ancient December 2, 2017

Medical Breakthrough: First US Baby Born From Transplanted Uterus Delivered In Texas

The first baby born from a transplanted uterus in the United States was delivered at a hospital in Texas. He was born thanks to a generous uterus donor.

Medicine December 2, 2017

Youth Suicide Rates In Utah Up By 141 Percent: Report

There was a 141 percent jump in suicide rates among Utah youths aged 10 to 17 between the years of 2011 and 2015. Interestingly, 12 percent of suicide victims experienced familial conflicts related to gadget restriction.

Public Health December 1, 2017

The Science Of Skin Color: Skin Pigmentation More Complex Than Previously Believed

A decade-long research finds that skin pigmentation is more complex than previously believed. As it turns out, the closer a population is to the equator, the more complex the skin pigmentation becomes.

Feature | Science December 1, 2017

Smartphone And Internet Addiction Causes Brain Imbalance: Study

Compared to the control participants, the MRS results of the smartphone and internet-addicted young participants showed chemical imbalance in their brains. Fortunately, their brain chemistries returned back to normal after being subjected to therapy.

Neuroscience December 1, 2017

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Inspiration Anthony Senerchia Dies At 46

Anthony Senerchia, one of the people who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge, passed away at the age of 46. Because of the global movement, the ALS Association has since raised $115 million.

Medicine November 30, 2017

Martian City: MIT Team Wins Design Contest For Future Mars Colony

An interdisciplinary team from MIT won the 2017 Mars City Design competition. The winning team's nature-inspired dome design mimics a forest in both structure and function.

Space November 26, 2017

Climate Change Could Lead To More Volcanic Eruptions: Study

A new study finds that the melting of ice due to climate change could potentially increase volcanic activity. In Iceland, a major volcanic event occurs every five years.

Earth/Environment November 26, 2017

Perk Of Social Withdrawal: Being Alone Can Help Boost Your Creativity

New research finds that unsociability is positively associated with creativity. Researchers believe that the motivation for social withdrawal is important in assessing its risks and benefits.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 25, 2017

LOOK: NASA's New 'Superelastic Tire' Is Reinventing The Wheel

NASA Glenn Reseach Center's 'Superelastic Tire' is so durable that it can handle significant strain without deformation. The chainmail-looking wheel also has possible practical applications.

Space November 25, 2017

3200 Phaethon To Brush Past Earth In December: Why The Giant Is Asteroid Still A Mystery

Technically an asteroid, 3200 Phaethon will make close contact with Earth in December just before the Geminids meteor shower. Experts still aren't sure what exactly 3200 Phaethon is.

Space November 25, 2017

Flies Carry Hundreds Of Bacteria But Can Help Monitor Disease Outbreaks: Study

Like bees, flies are also pollinators that are important members of the ecosystem. Though they could carry hundreds of bacteria species, researchers believe they could potentially benefit public health monitoring.

Public Health November 25, 2017

Budweiser On Mars: The Challenges Of Making Beer In Space

Budweiser has taken the first concrete steps in their mission to become the first beer on Mars. What are the challenges that surround making beer in space?

Space November 24, 2017

'Big Bird': Galapagos Study Shows New Bird Species Developed In Just Two Generations

The "Big Bird” finch species came about after a cactus finch from Española Island flew over to Daphne Major and mated with a local species. There are now 30 members of this new species on the island.

Animals November 24, 2017

Dolly The Sheep Did Not Die Because She Was A Clone

A team of researchers studied cloned sheep's bones and found no signs of osteoarthritis, as was feared after Dolly's death. What makes Dolly such an important sheep?

Animals November 24, 2017

Nearly Half Of Cancers In United States Linked To Lifestyle Causes: Study

Research finds that over 40 percent of cancer cases and deaths may be attributed to preventable exposures such as smoking and alcohol consumption. Preventing exposure and increasing access to health care may reduce cancer cases and deaths.

Healthy Living/Wellness November 23, 2017

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