Science Ticker

A roundup of research and breaking news

  1. Parker Solar Probe launching
    Astronomy

    The Parker Solar Probe has launched and is on its way to explore the sun

    The Parker Solar Probe just took off to become the first spacecraft to visit the sun.

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  2. rat lungworm
    Health & Medicine

    Rat lungworm disease is popping up in the mainland United States

    A disease caused by a parasite endemic to Asia sickened at least 12 people in eight states in the continental United States from 2011 to 2017.

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  3. Little free-tailed bat
    Health & Medicine

    A new Ebola species has been found in bats in Sierra Leone

    A sixth species of Ebola has been found, but we don’t know if it can cause disease in humans.

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  4. President Donald Trump
    Health & Medicine

    Publicity over a memory test Trump took could skew its results

    Many media outlets reporting on President Trump’s cognitive assessment test could make it harder for doctors to use the exam to spot dementia.

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  5. scientists in a lab
    Science & Society

    Most Americans think funding science pays off

    About 80 percent of U.S. adults say that federal spending on scientific and medical research provides value in the long run, a new survey finds.

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  6. dog
    Genetics

    North America’s earliest dogs came from Siberia

    North America’s first dogs have few descendants alive today, a study of ancient DNA suggests.

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  7. Hayabusa2 spacecraft illustration
    Astronomy

    Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrives at the asteroid Ryugu

    The Hayabusa2 spacecraft says “hello” to near-Earth asteroid Ryugu.

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  8. ‘Oumuamua
    Astronomy

    ‘Oumuamua may be a comet, not an asteroid

    The solar system’s first known interstellar visitor doesn’t appear to be the asteroid that scientists thought it was.

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  9. wild and domesticated rabbits
    Neuroscience

    How domestication changed rabbits’ brains

    The fear centers of the brain were altered as humans tamed rabbits.

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  10. young child at border
    Neuroscience

    Splitting families may end, but migrant kids’ trauma needs to be studied

    The long-term effects of separating children from their parents at the U.S. border need to be studied, scientists say.

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  11. LHC
    Physics

    The Large Hadron Collider is getting an upgrade

    Revamping the accelerator’s equipment will increase the rate of proton collisions.

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  12. Mars map
    Planetary Science

    Opportunity rover waits out a huge dust storm on Mars

    NASA’s Opportunity rover is in low-power mode to preserve battery life while a vast dust storm blankets part of the Red Planet.

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