Neandertals got picky about bones for their tools

"Neandertals knew that for a specific task, they needed a very particular tool. They found what worked best and sought it out when it was available."

Andy Fell-UC Davis • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: neanderthals bones uncategorized

Paid sick leave mandates may be slowing COVID-19

Mandates to give workers paid sick leave in a recent congressional bill could be helping to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers say.

Jennifer French Giarratano-Georgia State • futurity
May 19, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: business covid-19 jobs money laws uncategorized

Tail fossil may prove swimming dinosaurs did exist

Fossils from Spinosaurus aegyptiacus may be "smoking gun" evidence it lived in the water. That could upend the idea that there were no swimming dinosaurs.

Jim Shelton-Yale • futurity
May 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: dinosaurs fossils uncategorized

The ‘queen of supernovas’ is the brightest ever

Researchers have discovered the brightest supernova ever seen, dubbing it the "queen of supernovas," It's twice as bright as a regular supernova.

Ida Eriksen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
April 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: space stars supernova uncategorized

‘Warm glow’ drives more charity than altruism

Charity appeals that focus on donor emotions work better than that focus on the desire to help, research finds.

Jack Wang- U. Chicago • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: communication money emotions rhetoric charity uncategorized

Laser beams in plasma clarify path toward fusion

Knowing how laser beams interact in a plasma—a hot soup of free moving electrons and ions—will boost the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions.

Lindsey Valich-Rochester • futurity
Dec. 10, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: physics lasers plasma nuclear-fusion uncategorized

Should targeted groups reclaim slurs to neutralize them?

"When a group is seen as taking control of a historically disparaging term, it can indeed neutralize the insulting content of the term,"

Neil Schoenherr-WUSTL • futurity
Nov. 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: society-and-culture laws languages uncategorized

Infections during pregnancy may hamper fetal brain development

Infections during pregnancy are a risk factor for offspring developing disorders like schizophrenia and autism. Now researchers have figured out why.

Mathias Traczyk-Copenhagen • futurity
Oct. 31, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: pregnancy neurons brains infections health-and-medicine uncategorized neurodevelopment

Gas ‘waterfalls’ fill gaps from forming planets

Gas from the upper reaches of the protoplanetary disk flows in to fill gaps that forming planets create near nearly formed stars, research finds.

Morgan Sherburne-Michigan • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: space planets stars uncategorized

Earth’s ‘fingerprint’ could help find habitable exoplanets

A new "biosignature" for our own planet may help astronomers find exoplanets that could support life—or other worlds that already do.

McGill University • futurity
Aug. 28, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: space exoplanets alien-life uncategorized

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