Thursday, February 07, 2019

science news 7.2.2019

Today's selection of science news (I had to skip yesterday's, sorry!). Links are normally to press releases on EurekAlert (at the bottom end I may also add a couple of newspaper stories). I include quotes from the summary (using quotation marks) in cases where the title alone doesn't reveal what the story is about.


astrobiology

Massive collision in the planetary system Kepler 107


climate

Diffusing the methane bomb: We can still make a difference
"The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet, causing the carbon containing permafrost that has been frozen for tens or hundreds of thousands of years to thaw and release methane into the atmosphere, thereby contributing to global warming. The findings of a study that included researchers from IIASA, however, suggest that it is still possible to neutralize this threat."


Cracks herald the calving of a large iceberg from Petermann Glacier
The Petermann Glacier is in the far northwest reaches of Greenland, in case you wondered.

Study shows that Vikings enjoyed a warmer Greenland


evolution

Research explains how snakes lost their limbs

Researchers investigate a billion years of coexistence between plants and fungi



Stropharia fungus on wood chips exemplifying the evolution of fungal ability to break down the cell wall lignin and to help recycle plants. This feature was instrumental in the emergence of woody plants and forest systems.
Credit: Tom Wieboldt


animals

Study confirms beaked whales' incredible diving abilities

The black storks in Estonia are suffering from loneliness


A scientific study reveals the enigmas on social behavior of western lowland gorillas
"A new study reveals one of the enigmas related to the social behavior of the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in the heart of the African equatorial rainforest. These primates show a dynamic social structure -- individuals change frequently between families -- with a high degree of tolerance and peaceful coexistence among the members."


humans

Touch biographies reveal transgenerational nature of touch

Endocannabinoid system, a target to improve cognitive disorders in models of Down syndrome
that's mouse models, but still intriguing

New music styles: How the challenger calls the tune

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