Are the Oregon wildfires a view into the future?

"Until a few days ago it was looking like the tamer wildfire projections were closest to reality."

Matt Cooper-Oregon • futurity
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: climate-change wildfire forests featured science-and-technology

Genomes debunk the idea of blonde, Nordic Vikings

Researchers sequenced the genome of 442 Viking Age bone fragments from all over Europe. The Vikings may not have been quite as Nordic as we thought.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history genomes europe featured science-and-technology society-and-culture vikings

Classic idea clarifies weird quantum action in ultracold gas

An odd new experiment may offer a path towards a connection between classical and quantum physics. It's a goal scientists have chased for decades.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: physics temperature atoms quantum-physics science-and-technology gases

Footprint ‘reading’ tech is a new way to protect rhinos

New software helps track rhinos by their footprints, bringing "a centuries-old tracking skill into the 21st century," says Zoe Jewell.

Tim Lucas-Duke • futurity
Sept. 17, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species algorithms science-and-technology

Auditory attention works alike in birds and people

Our ability to focus on one voice in a noisy room is an example of auditory attention. New research finds commonalities in birds.

Bert Gambini-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: attention birds hearing science-and-technology sounds

Expert: COVID makes STEM education gaps more dire

With the COVID-19 pandemic, making sure every child has access to a quality STEM education is even more difficult. But there are reasons to be hopeful, too.

Noelle Toumey Reetz-Georgia State • futurity
Sept. 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: education science-and-technology society-and-culture socioeconomic-status stem-careers race-and-ethnicity

Jupiter’s moons may keep each other toasty

Jupiter's moons are pretty hot, at least hotter than they should be, given how far away they are from the sun. A new study explains why that may be.

Mikayla Mace-Arizona • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: planets oceans jupiter science-and-technology moons

Female leopards are early birds, males are night owls

Scientists thought leopards were most active at dusk, but a new study shows it's not so cut and dry. Females are early birds and males are active at night.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: conservation endangered-species science-and-technology earth-and-environment time predators

Why human-like robots freak real people out

Robots that look human are more appealing to people, but only up to a point. That effect is called the uncanny valley. Researchers dig into what's going on.

Camden Flath-Futurity • futurity
Sept. 14, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots featured science-and-technology perception

Photon device offers ‘X-ray vision’ through fog

A new algorithm lets researchers reconstruct the movements of photons to see through clouds, fog, and other obstructions.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Sept. 11, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics vision lasers light photons algorithms science-and-technology fog

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