Category: Science

Illegal global trade of pangolins

Illegal global trade of pangolins

Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins – one of the world’s most endangered animals – out of Central Africa, a new study has found. …read more

Unprecedented study of Picasso’s bronzes uncovers new details

Unprecedented study of Picasso’s bronzes uncovers new details

Scientists have completed the first major material survey and study of the Musee national Picasso-Paris’ Pablo Picasso bronzes using portable instruments. They used the instruments and a database of alloy ‘fingerprints’ to non-invasively analyze a group of 39 bronzes and 11 painted sheet metal sculptures, revealing new details about the modern master’s art. …read more

Research team uncovers hidden details in Picasso Blue Period painting

Research team uncovers hidden details in Picasso Blue Period painting

Scientists have used multiple modes of light to uncover details hidden beneath the visible surface of Pablo Picasso’s painting ‘La Miséreuse accroupie’, a major work from the artist’s Blue Period. The researchers found images connected to other works by Picasso as well as a landscape — likely by another Barcelona painter — underneath Picasso’s painting. …read more

Progress in pursuit of sickle cell cure

Progress in pursuit of sickle cell cure

Bioengineers use gene editing to correct the mutation responsible for sickle cell disease in up to 40 percent of patients’ cells used for lab testing. …read more

Why we have yet to find extraterrestrial life

Why we have yet to find extraterrestrial life

Are we alone in the universe? Few questions have captured the public imagination more than this. Yet to date we know of just one sample of life, that which exists here on Earth. …read more

Major discovery in controlling quantum states of single atoms

Major discovery in controlling quantum states of single atoms

The scientists identified which mechanisms destroy the quantum properties of individual insulator. Using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope, which utilizes an atomically sharp metal tip, they were able to precisely image individual iron atoms and measure and control the time that the iron atom can maintain its quantum behavior. …read more

Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life

Humans will actually react pretty well to news of alien life

Hollywood has it wrong. Humans would actually react positively to news of alien life — intelligent or microbial. …read more

Lab-grown human cerebellar cells yield clues to autism

Lab-grown human cerebellar cells yield clues to autism

Increasing evidence has linked autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with dysfunction of the brain’s cerebellum, but the details have been unclear. In a new study, researchers used stem cell technology to create cerebellar cells known as Purkinje cells from patients with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC), a genetic syndrome that often includes ASD-like features. …read more

Immune signature predicts asthma susceptibility

Immune signature predicts asthma susceptibility

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease driven by the interplay of genetics, environmental factors and a diverse cast of immune cells. Researchers have now identified a subset of T cells, whose frequency serves as early childhood immune signature that predicts the risk of developing asthma later on. …read more