Science X Dialog

Dialog / Our brains perceive our environment differently when we're lying down

You're agitated by the sound of a mosquito buzzing around your head. The buzzing stops. You feel the tiny pinprick and locate the target. Whack! It's over.

Aug 03, 2021 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Earth's inner core is growing more on one side than the other, but the planet isn't tipping

More than 5,000 kilometers beneath us, Earth's solid metal inner core wasn't discovered until 1936. Almost a century later, we're still struggling to answer basic questions about when and how it first formed.

Jul 30, 2021 in Earth
Dialog / Swimming boosts brain health, but scientists don't yet know why

It's no secret that aerobic exercise can help stave off some of the ravages of aging. But a growing body of research suggests that swimming might provide a unique boost to brain health.

Jul 27, 2021 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Ancient brains: A look inside the extraordinary preservation of a 310-million-year-old nervous system

Charles Darwin famously discussed the "imperfections" of the geological record in his book On The Origin of Species. He correctly pointed out that unless conditions are just right, it's unlikely for organisms to be preserved ...

Jul 27, 2021 in Biology
Dialog / Artificial intelligence discovers long-term influencers hiding in noisy systems

They say in chaos theory that a butterfly flapping its wings in Brazil could unwittingly set up a tornado in Texas. Well, maybe it does. But that tornado should at least need some time to form, given the 5,000-mile distance ...

Jul 26, 2021 in Physics
Dialog / Ambient coldness increases vice inclinations

We are always facing dilemmas between vices and virtues in our daily lives. For example, imagine that you will have an important examination soon, but your favorite drama has just been updated. Which one is your priority? ...

Jul 26, 2021 in Medicine & Health
Dialog / Mars InSight: mission unveils surprising secrets of red planet's interior – new research

We may have walked on the moon and sent probes across the solar system, but we know very little about what's going on inside other planets. Now, for the first time, we have been able to view the interior of one, thanks to ...

Jul 23, 2021 in Astronomy & Space
Dialog / Fossil tooth fractures and microscopic detail of enamel offer new clues about human diet and evolution

Teeth can tell us a lot about the evolution of prehistoric humans, and our latest study of one of our species' close relatives may finally resolve a long-standing mystery.

Jul 23, 2021 in Biology
Dialog / Electromagnetism is a property of spacetime itself, study finds

Imagine if we could use strong electromagnetic fields to manipulate the local properties of spacetime—this could have important ramifications in terms of science and engineering.

Jul 23, 2021 in Physics
Dialog / Can consciousness be explained by quantum physics? Research is closer to finding out

One of the most important open questions in science is how our consciousness is established. In the 1990s, long before winning the 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics for his prediction of black holes, physicist Roger Penrose teamed ...

Jul 20, 2021 in Physics
Dialog / The role of skin secretions in the evolutionary arms race between cane toads and lungworms

Unlike many other species of amphibians, the cane toad is thriving. It was introduced to Australia (and other places, such as Hawaii) to get rid of pest insects in sugar cane plantations. It had no effect on the pest insects, ...

Jul 19, 2021 in Biology
Dialog / Big bang: How we are trying to 'listen' to it, and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics—there's no simple way to probe it. That's because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with ...

Jul 16, 2021 in Astronomy & Space