Stickers ‘listen’ to skin to track your health

A sensor that sticks to the skin can pick up signals like a blush or heartbeat and beam health readings to a receiver clipped to your clothes.

Tom Abate-Stanford | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine science-and-technology sensors skin wearable-devices

Can ‘trap, neuter, return’ really control cats? Maybe

Trap, neuter, return programs for free-roaming cats are controversial. New research says they can reduce populations and suffering, but only at scale.

Alisson Clark-Florida | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology birth-control cats invasive-species pets reproduction veterinary-science

Wild boar genes recreated domestic pigs

"...when we look at modern European pigs, they look like they were domesticated in Europe even though we now know that is not true."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology dna domestication evolution genomes livestock pigs

How the glowing bacteria in squid fight it out

Hawaiian bobtail squid owe their luminescence to bacteria they acquire from the environment. Genetic analysis clarifies how this symbiosis works.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Aug. 16, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology bacteria genes genomes squid symbiosis

Deep learning speeds chemical test for food, blood, and more

Using deep learning to analyze the data that gas chromatography gathers could benefit our food, health care, the environment, and much more.

Lene Hundborg Koss-U. Copenhagen | Aug. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology food gases machine-learning

‘MacGyver’ robot builds tools with what’s on hand

A new robot can make tools from separate parts by reasoning about shape, function, and how they can fit together—a technique known as "MacGyvering."

David Mitchell-GaTech | Aug. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology machine-learning robots shapes

Massive newbie planet smacked young Jupiter head-on

The collision between a newborn planet and a younger Jupiter could explain some suprising readings from NASA's Juno mission.

Jade Boyd-Rice | Aug. 15, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology jupiter planets space stars

Neutron star ‘glitch’ offers surprising look inside

A neutron star "glitch" is giving astronomers a look at the star's interior. The event reveals that the mysterious objects have three parts inside.

Cynthia Lee-McGill | Aug. 15, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology space stars

Kepler helps count Earth-like planets around sun-like stars

Scientists used data from the Kepler space telescope to better estimate the rate of Earth-like planets near stars similar to our sun.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology exoplanets planets space stars

How diatoms grab sunlight could lead to better biofuels

The way diatoms—algae that produces 20% of the Earth's oxygen—harness solar energy could lead to cheaper, more efficient biofuels.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Aug. 14, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology algae fossil-fuels photosynthesis renewable-fuels

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