SpaceX to practise emergency crew capsule escape

A final technology demonstration from the California company should clear the way to fly astronauts.

By Jonathan Amos | Jan. 18, 2020 | bbcnews
~6 mins   

Tags: spacex united-states space-exploration nasa

Ingestible medical devices can be broken down with light

New light-sensitive material could eliminate some of the endoscopic procedures needed to remove gastrointestinal devices.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Jan. 17, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research medicine mechanical-engineering chemical-engineering koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-sciences-and-technology

3 brain games boost memory, focus, and flexible thinking

Three free brain games for your phone can help with memory, attention, and flexible thinking. And unlike with other games, there's research to back up the benefits.

Jordan Bennett-NYU | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~7 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine brains cognition gaming inhibition memory mobile-devices

'Resistant' trees planted in Hampshire in ash dieback fight

Scientists have identified 3,000 ash trees with suspected resistance to a deadly disease.

BBC Science News | Jan. 17, 2020 | bbcnews
~2 mins   

Tags: ash-dieback trees

Little kids learn gratitude, but revenge comes naturally

Children are eager to retaliate but need some help learning to repay a favor, research on reciprocity suggests.

Pat Harriman-UC Irvine | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology learning preschoolers social-lives

Sepsis accounts for 1 in 5 deaths worldwide

Twice as many people as previously believed die of sepsis worldwide—and a disproportionately high number of them are children.

Allison Hydzik-Pittsburgh | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine childrens-health death immune-systems infections sepsis

‘Smart building skins’ change shape in the heat

See how smart skins for buildings that react to environmental cues like heat or light could make the structures far more energy efficient.

National Science Foundation | Jan. 17, 2020 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured buildings materials-science sustainability

Dinosaur extinction: 'Asteroid strike was real culprit'

A team of scientists discounts the idea that large-scale volcanism drove the demise of the dinosaurs.

BBC Science News | Jan. 17, 2020 | bbcnews
~4 mins   

Tags: geology asteroids earth-science dinosaurs

Australia fires: 'Apocalypse' comes to Kangaroo Island

Australia's Kangaroo Island has been likened to Noah's Ark - but its unique wildlife is under threat.

By Shaimaa Khalil | Jan. 17, 2020 | bbcnews
~10 mins   

Tags: australia-fires

Cambridge-designed curriculum teaches schoolchildren about water scarcity and climate activism

Students and teachers across India now have free access to a new curriculum on water security and sustainability, co-developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, which incorporates engagement with climate change and climate activism into their lessons.

Cambridge University News | Jan. 17, 2020 | cambridge
~3 mins   

Tags: water conservation biodiversity-conservation climate-change education sustainable-earth

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