Science and Development

Smart birds: Canada geese give hunters the slip by hiding out in Chicago

It’s open season for Canada geese in Illinois from mid-October to mid-January. Unfortunately for hunters, Canada geese are finding a new way to stay out of the line of...

Rising sea levels creating first Native American climate refugees

Rising sea levels and human activities are fast creating a ‘worst case scenario’ for Native Americans of the Mississippi Delta who stand to lose not just their homes, but...

Scientists update four key fundamental constants

Paving the way for transforming the world’s measurement system, an international task force has determined updated values for four fundamental constants of nature. Source: Science Link: Scientists update four...

Scheme would make new high-capacity data caches 33 to 50 percent more efficient

A memory management scheme would increase by 33 to 50 percent the efficiency of data caches that use the massive new memory banks known as ‘in-package DRAM.’ Source: Science...

More iron in lakes is making them brown, study shows

The iron concentration in lakes is increasing in many parts of northern Europe. This has been shown in a study in which researchers in Sweden examined 23 years of...

New gene linked to debilitating lung disease

Health scientists have heralded the discovery of a gene associated with lung fibrosis as ‘a potential new avenue of treatment for further research into this terrible disease.’ Source: Science...

How hospitals respond when it's uncertain if the newborn is a boy or a girl

When babies are born with atypical sex anatomy, the hospital’s response has a major impact on a family’s experience and decisions about sometimes irreversible procedures. Source: Science Link: How...

Mongolian microfossils point to the rise of animals on Earth

A cache of embryo-like microfossils has been discovered in northern Mongolia that may shed light on questions about the long-ago shift from microbes to animals on Earth. Source: Science...

Major study of genetics of breast cancer provides clues to mechanisms behind the disease

Seventy-two new genetic variants that contribute to the risk of developing breast cancer have been identified by a major international collaboration involving hundreds of researchers worldwide. Source: Science Link:...

A step closer to a cure for adult-onset diabetes

In healthy people, exosomes — tiny structures secreted by cells to allow intercellular communication — prevent clumping of the protein that leads to type 2 diabetes. Exosomes in patients...