Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

After snapping the final piece into place with a satisfying “click” she feels through her spacesuit gloves, the astronaut pauses to appreciate the view. Her reflection swims before her in a silvery disk the size of three tennis courts; for a moment she feels like a bug floating on a darkened pond. Composed of hundreds of interlocking metallic More...

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By SLPundit On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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The End of DACA Would Be a Blow to Science

On November 5, the eve of midterm elections, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), bypassing three federal courts—California, District of Columbia, More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
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Little Aphids Ride Big Ones To Safety

When trouble lurks, juvenile aphids drop off of the plants they’re eating and hitch a ride on bigger aphid escapees. Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific American Content: Global  More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
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Cardiologists can reduce leaky heart valves with 3-D printing

When patients needs a replacement heart valve, they frequently get a CT scan, which takes a series of X-ray images of the heart to create a 3-D reconstruction of its internal anatomy. While the outer wall of the More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
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Trump Administration Redefines “Waters of the U.S.”

The Trump administration today is proposing to severely restrict the number of wetlands and waterways covered by the Clean Water Act. EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are unveiling a new definition for “waters More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
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Wait…Maybe the Hippies Weren't Right

Recently, a blog by Tam Hunt was published at Scientific American which provocatively declared that “The Hippies Were Right: It’s All About Vibrations, Man.” Hunt’s claim is that consciousness More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
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We Need More Minorities in Clinical Trials

Concern over the lack of significant minority participation by patients in clinical trials has waxed and waned over the past 30 years. Now, there is growing momentum in favor if boosting the numbers—and More...

By SLPundit On Tuesday, December 11th, 2018
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Beyond the “Human” in Human Rights: The Universal Declaration at 70

When 25 Colombian children filed a lawsuit to protect the Amazonian rain forest earlier this year, the Constitutional Court of Colombia, that country’s supreme judicial body, ruled that future generations More...

By SLPundit On Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Inosine could be a potential route to the first RNA, Harvard study says

Prehistoric Earth, bombarded with asteroids, rife with bubbling geothermal pools, would seem an inhospitable place. But somewhere, the right chemicals combined in the precise sequence needed to form the building More...

By SLPundit On Monday, December 10th, 2018
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Voyager 2 Spacecraft Enters Interstellar Space

NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft has crossed into interstellar space, agency officials announced today. The milestone makes Voyager 2 humanity’s second operating spacecraft in history to go interstellar More...