Thursday , May 24 2018
Home / Science (page 103)

Science

Singing in the brain: Songbirds sing like humans

A songbirds’ vocal muscles work like those of human speakers and singers, finds a study recently published in the Journal of Neuroscience. The research on Bengalese finches showed that each of their vocal muscles can change its function to help produce different parameters of sounds, in a manner similar to ...

Read More »

Decision making in action

The brain prepares multiple available movements before deciding between them, according to findings from Queen’s researchers Jason Gallivan and Randy Flanagan. The research helps explain how the brain initially represents and decides between competing action options. “Although there is an increasing appreciation among neuroscientists and psychologists of how processes involved ...

Read More »

A New Hope for a Perplexing Mathematical Proof

Earlier this month the math world turned toward the University of Oxford, looking for signs of progress on a mystery that has gripped the community for three years. The occasion was a conference on the work of Shinichi Mochizuki, a brilliant mathematician at Kyoto University who in August 2012 released ...

Read More »

Gravitation under human control?

Produce and detect gravitational fields at will using magnetic fields, control them for studying them, work with them to produce new technologies — it sounds daring, but Prof. André Füzfa of Namur University has proposed just that in an article published in the scientific journal Physical Review D. If followed, ...

Read More »

The Hunt for Secret Nuclear Tests Digs Up Scientific Gold

When North Korea detonated the bomb that was probably not a hydrogen bomb on Wednesday morning local time, the blast tripped dozens of instruments belonging to the Preparatory Commision for the Comprehensive-Test-Ban Treaty Organization. The Vienna-based organization has a vast global monitoring system to confirm secret (or in North Korea’s ...

Read More »

Science Can Tell if North Korea’s Test Was Really an H-Bomb

It was the whomp felt ’round the world. Last night, at around 1:30 AM UTC, monitoring stations—over two dozen total in North America, Asia, and Europe—picked up a telltale seismic rattle. They triangulated the signal back to its source in North Korea’s northeastern highlands at almost the exact moment that ...

Read More »

Keep an Eye Out for These Volcanoes in 2016

As we enter the new year, I tend to get a lot of questions about what volcanoes might be the ones to watch in the coming year. Answering is a difficult task, because volcanic unrest can spring up quickly. Trying to prognosticate about which volcanoes might erupt is about as predictable ...

Read More »

An Arcane Patent Law May Decide Crispr’s Big Legal Fight

Let us revel in the irony: The US Patent Office will now resolve a dispute over one of the hottest biotech breakthrough of the decade, the genome-editing technology Crispr/Cas9, through an arcane proceeding that technically should no longer exists. Because the disputed patents date back to just before a new ...

Read More »