As Congress Revives its Oversight Responsibilities, Science Should Be on the Agenda

The midterms brought checks and balances to Washington, complete with new opportunities for accountability and oversight, and some members of Congress have already signaled that science will be on the agenda. Today, a diverse set of environmental, public health, and good government organizations released a report outlining what Congress can do to address recent actions […]

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Quantum science turns social

IMAGE: This is a game interface of the Alice Challenge. Players could manipulate three curves representing two laser beam intensities and the strength of a magnetic field gradient, respectively. The chosen… view more  Credit: Robert Heck, AU Researchers developed a versatile remote gaming interface that allowed external experts as well as hundreds of citizen scientists all […]

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A large impact crater beneath Hiawatha Glacier in northwest Greenland

Mineralogy and geochemistry of foreland glaciofluvial sediment Of the three glaciofluvial sediment samples we collected (table S1), only one sample was collected directly from the active floodplain (~2 kg of sand; HW21-2016). In this sample, we found angular quartz grains displaying shock-diagnostic planar deformation features (PDFs) (Fig. 2) (7). These PDFs are straight, generally penetrative, […]

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Science restored: Eddie Bernice Johnson prepares to chair key panel in US House of Representatives

Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) is in line to lead the House of Representatives science committee. BILL CLARK/CQ ROLL CALL/NEWSCOM By Jeffrey MervisNov. 13, 2018 , 3:00 PM After 8 years in the political wilderness, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson (D–TX) is relishing the chance to “restore the credibility” of the science committee in the U.S. […]

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Hundreds of Tiny Terracotta Warriors Found Guarding 2100-Year-Old Chinese Site

Inside a 2,100-year-old pit in China, archaeologists have discovered a miniature army of sorts: carefully arranged chariots and mini statues of cavalry, watchtowers, infantry and musicians. They look like a miniaturized version of the Terracotta Army — a collection of chariots and life-size sculptures of soldiers, horses, entertainers and civil officials — that was constructed […]

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Primates of the Caribbean: Ancient DNA reveals history of mystery monkey

The research published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (12 November 2018) and carried out by a team of experts from international conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London), London’s Natural History Museum (NHM), and the American Museum of Natural History in New York, also reveals that monkeys must have colonised the […]

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