Science news

'Space archaeologists' and activists are using satellites to unearth history

Apr 26, 2016
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Satellites are integral for modern communication, navigation and weather forecasting. But advances in satellite technology, however, are allowing for new political and archaeological applications. 

“It's amazing ... the questions that you can answer that you didn’t even know you could answer once you start digging in and exploring what the options are," says Susan Wolfinbarger, director of the Geospatial Technologies Project at AAAS. 

For Your Protection, a New Kind of Metal

Apr 25, 2016

How Do You Measure the I.Q. of an Octopus?

Apr 25, 2016

When Laser Science Was ‘Far Out’

Apr 25, 2016

Why insulin prices have tripled in just a decade

Apr 24, 2016
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The number of people living with diabetes today is four times higher than it was a generation ago. That’s 422 million adults worldwide as of 2014, according to a report out this week by the World Health Organization. The WHO report cites lack of affordable insulin as one reason why diabetes patients worldwide are suffering complications or dying prematurely. 

According to an analysis in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the price of insulin has tripled from 2002 to 2013. 

Did climate change cause these ancient civilizations to collapse?

Apr 24, 2016
Courtesy of&nbsp;<a href="" style="font-size: 13.008px; line-height: 20.0063px;">Nate Crabtree</a>

Scientists have documented the environmental impacts of climate change — including melting ice sheets — and predicted rising sea levels. But can climate change also disrupt culture?

Reporting in Science Advances, researchers say that climate change may have been a factor in the boom-and-bust cycles of ancient Southwest civilizations in the United States.