These Are The Closest Views Of Saturn We've Ever Seen

These Are The Closest Views Of Saturn We've Ever Seen

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has just flown closer to Saturn than ever before – and returned some incredible photos in the process. The spacecraft flew just 3,000 kilometers (1,900 miles) from the cloud tops of Saturn yesterday, and within 300 kilometers (200 miles) of the planet’s inner edge of its rings. This is the first time…

Grandmother's Smoking Correlates With Autism Diagnosis

Grandmother's Smoking Correlates With Autism Diagnosis

Children whose maternal grandmother smoked during pregnancy are more likely to be diagnosed with autism, a study of UK children has found. There’s an even greater discrepancy in the proportion of girls who show certain autism-like traits. Given the enormous problems associated with inaccurate reports of autism’s causes, much care needs to be taken before…

Health Check: What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?

Health Check: What Can Your Doctor Tell From Your Urine?

Doctors request a urine test to help diagnose and treat a range of conditions including kidney disorders, liver problems, diabetes and infections. Testing urine is also used to screen people for illicit drug use and to test if a woman is pregnant. Urine can be tested for particular proteins, sugars, hormones or other chemicals, certain…

Proton Collisions At CERN Have Shown Unexpected Phenomena

Proton Collisions At CERN Have Shown Unexpected Phenomena

Physicists at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) have observed some unusual events in a very rare type of proton collision. Collisions between protons don’t always create the same particles, and in a small number of cases, they can create a large number of uncommon bits of matter. That’s fertile ground to test theories, and physicists…

New Synthetic Material Can Clear The Air With Sunlight

New Synthetic Material Can Clear The Air With Sunlight

A new synthetic material has been shown to photosynthesize, removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and producing solar fuel. This material could become an important player in reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses. The study, published in the Journal of Materials Chemistry A, discusses the development of a metal-organic framework (MOF) – a synthetic material made of titanium…

New Tool Use Spreading Through Chimpanzee Communities

New Tool Use Spreading Through Chimpanzee Communities

New tool use has arisen among wild chimpanzees, and primatologists are getting to watch its spread through a chimp community. Initially, apes learned from their peers, but now the techniques are being passed by mothers to children. The transmission patterns may resemble the ways the first humans learned to copy early geniuses’ innovations. “Leaf-sponging”, where leaves…

Why Did This Whale Shark Have A Rope Tied To Its Tail Fin?

Why Did This Whale Shark Have A Rope Tied To Its Tail Fin?

A remarkable video is making the rounds online showing adventurer Alyssa Vinluan, of Roam the World at Will, helping to rescue a poor whale shark trapped off the coast of Koh Tao, an island in Thailand. After spending a dive allowing a whale shark to gracefully swim around her, a second dive featured a second whale shark…