Weekly recaps

Recap / Best of Last Week—Evolution in action at Chernobyl, a shortcut for neural networks and benefits of guar gum

It was an interesting week for Earth science and evolutionary history as a pair of researchers with Uppsala University, Pablo Burraco and Germán Orizaola, found that studying Eastern tree frogs in the areas around Chernobyl ...

Week 40 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Coastal cities sinking, when to charge electric cars, prepping for deflecting asteroids

It was a busy week for the study of human impacts on the planet as a team of researchers at Tel Aviv University found evidence of human activity 3,000 years ago that destroyed local vegetation and irreparably damaged the ...

Week 39 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Basal thaw, robots that draw their own circuits, using nasal spray to combat COVID-19

It was an interesting week for Earth science and its history as a team at Stanford University explored whether we are missing a crucial component of sea-level rise. They suggest more attention needs to be given to basal thaw, ...

Week 38 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Fossil evidence of early human hybridization, a cyborg cockroach, a new math formula

It was a good week for early human history studies as a team of archaeologists at the University of Oxford discovered monumental evidence of prehistoric hunting across an Arabian desert in the form of hunting structures known ...

Week 37 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Arctic lakes drying up, teaching an AI system to play soccer, how fentanyl affects the brain

It was a busy week in Earth and biological sciences as a team of researchers with the Ocean Cleanup project and Wageningen University, both in the Netherlands, found that more than 90% of the identifiable trash in the North ...

Week 36 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—New images of Jupiter, improving soccer playing in robots, news addiction can make you sick

It was a good week for space science as NASA released sharp, new images of Jupiter taken by the James Webb Telescope. The artificially colored images showed details such as fine filigree on the edges of colored bands surrounding ...

Week 35 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Destroying 'forever chemicals,' a jumping unicycle robot, metformin as an early COVID treatment

It was a good week for the biological sciences as a small team of researchers from Harvard University, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science and the University of Alberta, found evidence of 60 million years of climate ...

Week 34 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Gorillas create new call, an artificial neuron, a synthetic chemical linked to liver cancer

It was a good week for the biological sciences, as a trio of researchers, two with the University of Georgia, the third with Zoo Atlanta, found that gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have created a new call for use in communicating ...

Week 33 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Consequences of climate change, supplanting lithium ion in batteries, repairing damaged muscle

It was an eye-opening week for Earth science as an international team of climate researchers warned that the potential to end humanity is "dangerously underexplored." They note that unexpected consequences of climate change ...

Week 32 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Overshoot Day, ultrasound stickers see inside the body, viruses may trigger Alzheimer's disease

It was a good week for planetary science as a team at the University of Rochester wondering how Earth avoided a Mars-like fate found that ancient rocks suggest it had to do with the timing of the formation of Earth's inner ...

Week 31 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—New phase of matter, a replacement for silicon, a better vaccine for omicron subvariants

It was a good week for physics as a team with members affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. created a strange new phase of matter in a quantum computer that acted like it had two dimensions. And an international ...

Week 30 2022 in Other Sciences
Recap / Best of Last Week—Remeasuring the gravitational constant, preventing DNS attacks, impact of long COVID on people

It was a good week for physics research as a team at ETH Zurich remeasured the gravitational constant, which was a job long in the making. The work was conducted at the old Furggels fortress using lasers. Also, a team at ...

Week 29 2022 in Other Sciences