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- 5 cool things to know about NASA’s Lucy mission to the Trojan asteroidsby Lisa Grossman on October 15, 2021 at 11:00 am
NASA’s Lucy is the first spacecraft to head to the two giant clumps of space rocks that tag along in Jupiter’s orbit.
- Barnacles are famed for not budging. But one species roams its sea turtle hostsby Jake Buehler on October 14, 2021 at 1:00 pm
Once settled and glued to the substrate, adult barnacles stay put. But turtle barnacles upend this trend, sliding slowly across their reptilian rides.
- Earth is reflecting less light. It’s not clear if that’s a trendby Sid Perkins on October 14, 2021 at 10:00 am
A decrease in Earth’s reflectance shows our planet is absorbing more solar radiation, but it’s not clear if the trend will last.
- A Jupiter-like planet orbiting a white dwarf hints at our solar system’s futureby Ken Croswell on October 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm
A new planet is the first ever discovered that is orbiting a white dwarf and resembles Jupiter in both its mass and its distance from its star.
- Huge numbers of fish-eating jaguars prowl Brazil’s wetlandsby Jake Buehler on October 13, 2021 at 11:00 am
Jaguars in the northern Pantanal ecosystem primarily feed on fish and caiman, living at densities previously unknown for the species.
- Nostalgia may have bona fide benefits in hard times, like the pandemicby Sujata Gupta on October 12, 2021 at 3:57 pm
Once described as a disease, nostalgia’s reputation is much improved. Researchers hope to develop mental health therapies that trigger these memories.
- The fastest-spinning white dwarf ever seen rotates once every 25 secondsby Ken Croswell on October 12, 2021 at 10:00 am
A white dwarf star that spins every 25 seconds owes its record-breaking rotation rate to a companion star dumping gas onto it.
- Methods of getting results from real-world experiments win 2021 economics Nobelby Bruce Bower on October 11, 2021 at 4:45 pm
David Card, Joshua Angrist and Guido Imbens share the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for developing a science of naturally occurring social studies.
- The earliest evidence of tobacco use dates to over 12,000 years agoby Bruce Bower on October 11, 2021 at 3:00 pm
Burned seeds at an archaeological site in Utah hint at tobacco’s popularity long before it was domesticated.
- Dog DNA reveals ancient trade network connecting the Arctic to the outside worldby Freda Kreier on October 8, 2021 at 1:00 pm
People in Siberia were exchanging canines and probably other goods as early as 7,000 years ago with cultures as far off as Europe and the Near East.
Science Museum Blog News and insights from the Science Museum in London.
- Earth at a tipping pointby Roger Highfield on October 15, 2021 at 10:17 am
To mark the opening of Amazônia, Science Director Roger Highfield talks to Prof Tim Lenton about why the fate of the Amazon rainforest is a global concern as it approaches a climate tipping point. The post Earth at a tipping point appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- Introducing Amazônia by Sebastião Salgadoby Guest authors on October 13, 2021 at 9:46 am
Brazil’s Amazon rainforest is crucial to the Earth’s climate and biodiversity, but this unique ecosystem faces increasing threats. Our latest exhibition Amazônia, presented by photographer Sebastião Salgado, winner of the 2021 Praemium Imperiale award, uncovers the Amazon at this vital moment. The post Introducing Amazônia by Sebastião Salgado appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- Can we feed the world without wrecking it?by Roger Highfield on October 11, 2021 at 2:01 pm
A milestone international survey of public attitudes conducted for the museum reveals concern about food waste but widespread lack of understanding about the link between food production and climate change. Roger Highfield, Science Director, reports. The post Can we feed the world without wrecking it? appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- Happy Birthday Alan Hartby Guest authors on October 4, 2021 at 2:25 pm
Assistant Curator Laura Büllesbach explores the life and work of Alan Hart, a transgender pioneer of tuberculosis research. The post Happy Birthday Alan Hart appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
- Summer at the Science Museumby Sir Ian Blatchford on September 10, 2021 at 1:50 pm
With the start of the new school year, our Director reflects on positive summer visitor numbers for the museum. The post Summer at the Science Museum appeared first on Science Museum Blog.
SAPIENS Anthropology / Everything Human
- Middle Groundby Dina Rivera on October 15, 2021 at 10:00 am
A poet-bioarchaeologist of the African diaspora confronts echoes of the Middle Passage in contemporary anti-Black environments. The post Middle Ground appeared first on SAPIENS.
- What Drove Homo Erectus Out of Africa?by Josie Glausiusz on October 14, 2021 at 10:00 am
Excavations at the site of 'Ubeidiya are at the heart of a debate about Homo erectus migrations, with profound implications for questions of human resilience and adaptability. The post What Drove <i>Homo Erectus</i> Out of Africa? appeared first on SAPIENS.
- Did an Asteroid Shape This Famous Biblical Story?by Christopher R. Moore on October 13, 2021 at 7:00 pm
Analysis of debris at the site of an ancient city demolished by a cosmic impact has led an archaeologist and his colleagues to theorize the same event destroyed Sodom. The post Did an Asteroid Shape This Famous Biblical Story? appeared first on SAPIENS.
- Do Stolen Sacred Objects Experience Culture Shock?by Stephen E. Nash on October 11, 2021 at 10:00 am
Ancestral memorials from Kenya called vigango have been stolen and sold as "art" around the world. An anthropologist working to return them wonders what the spirits experience when they are displaced. The post Do Stolen Sacred Objects Experience Culture Shock? appeared first on SAPIENS.
- Are We So Different?by Irma McClaurin on October 8, 2021 at 10:00 am
A poet-anthropologist of the African diaspora responds to anti-Black racism and the question of race. The post Are We So Different? appeared first on SAPIENS.
- What Does It Mean to Decolonize Heritage?by Annalisa Bolin and David Nkusi on October 6, 2021 at 10:00 am
A new study led by an anthropologist and a heritage sites protection specialist offers a path forward for decolonizing heritage management in Rwanda—and beyond. The post What Does It Mean to Decolonize Heritage? appeared first on SAPIENS.