Science Tuesday: Drug Lord Hippos, Plants Can Hear, and White Holes.

Happy Tuesday, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a looooong time since I’ve posted a Science Tuesday, but I went through all my July science emails on Monday and picked out a few gems for you. It’s a long list, so let’s get started!

Microtubes made of human protein clears e. coli from water, study suggests

Heightened odors caused by parasite draw mosquitoes to malaria carriers

Biotech wheat could benefit celiac-disease patients

Scientists modify blood cells to carry therapeutic loads throughout body

Evolution of Triceratops’ horns took more than 2M years, study finds

Drug lord’s hippos pose a big problem for Colombia <–This may be the strangest thing you’ll read all week.

Kangaroos’ tails operate as a 5th leg when they walk, study finds

Study: Devil rays’ brain warming mechanism may be explained by deep dives

Team creates new approach to isotope enrichment

Plants can hear predators, study suggests

Gene that helps Tibetans cope with high altitude came from Denisovans, study suggests

Carbon-dioxide tracking satellite put into orbit

Researchers grow human corneal tissue from limbal stem cells

Planet similar to Earth found in binary system

Massive impact may have created Mercury

1,500-year-old skeleton shows signs of Down syndrome

Satellites give scientists view to possible flooding candidates

Archaeopteryx’s leg feathers for display, researchers suggest

Researchers identify messages in chimpanzees’ gestures

Ancient extinct bird sported massive wingspan, study suggests

Remains of 16th-century warship offers glimpse of ocean’s “battlefield”

Researchers study strange ditches that predate Amazon rainforest

Bees can give off strong proprietary signals, study finds

New map shows how water sculpted Mars’ highlands

Blood test for Alzheimer’s could be 2 years away, researchers say

Nearly everyone carries age-related disease gene mutation, study suggests

Duck-billed dinosaurs left thousands of tracks in Alaska

Ancient giant sea scorpion wasn’t a fearsome predator, study suggests

Ants remove their dead from colonies to remain healthy, study suggests

Study: Genes for reading, math abilities linked

Voyager 1 senses solar “tsunami” in interstellar space

Researchers study cosmic-ray hotspot near Big Dipper

Frogs may be building immunity to lethal fungus, researchers say

Gorillas control scents in different situations, study suggests

Fish flourish among familiar faces, study suggests

Satellites help researchers track polar bears in remote areas

Salts in Mars soil can melt ice, research suggests

Hubble views beads of blue stars surrounding elliptical galaxy collision

Study: Electrical forces keep geckos attached to surfaces

Chimpanzees inherit intellectual ability from parents, study suggests

Certain cancers may raise VTE recurrence risk, study finds

  1. girl “functionally cured” of HIV shows signs of virus

Evolution stalled because of oxygen fluctuations

Sharks can adapt to low salinity, according to study of ancient teeth

Organically grown food has higher antioxidant levels, study finds

Simple eye, odor tests for Alzheimer’s in the offing

Extinct elephant relative was on the menu for ancient Clovis culture

Beetle may be Ariz.’s answer to its tamarisk tree problem

3 spider species may be wrongly accused of necrotic bites, studies suggest

Study: Common traits in tame animals may be due to neural crest changes

Could tiny fern hold answers to Earth’s polar past, warm future?

NASA scientists optimistic about finding evidence of extraterrestrial life

125M-year-old dinosaur could fly before birds, study suggests

Seizure of giant snails raises concerns about the invasive pests

Study: Deep sea fish glow in their dark environment to add splashes of color

Venus Express successfully dives into planet’s upper atmosphere

Full moon may affect sleep patterns, study suggests

Curiosity spots 3 meteorites on Mars

Well-preserved remains of ancient sea creature found

Bitter weed may have helped ancient people keep their teeth clean

Tomb painting depicts life along Nile about 4,300 years ago

Australia’s coral reefs ill due to sediment, study suggests

Researchers track magma’s journey to Mount Rainier

Gene therapy shows potential in restoring normal heart rate

Images reveal Rosetta probe’s target to be conjoined comets

USGS map gives researchers most detailed view of Mars ever

Black holes may explode into white holes, physicists theorize

Physicists catch peek of Higgs boson at work

Indus River dolphin habitat disturbed by dams, study finds

Researchers reprogram cat parasite into promising cancer treatment

New technology could end malaria by changing mosquito DNA

Spaceflight panel recommends return to moon as precursor to Mars visit

Studies reveal new clues about Iron Age bog bodies

Researchers work to find observational evidence of multiverse

Dogs lived alongside prehistoric women, study finds

Experts debate which species could dominate Earth (Hint: it’s not Apes, it’s Ants.)

Scientists find gene that is key to stem cell development

Seals see offshore wind farms as hunting areas, study suggests

ESA’s Gaia satellite encounters more space dust than expected

Mojave Desert woodrat eats toxic plant with help from microbes

Genetic studies shed light on spiders, web-weaving

German-Russian mission sends live animals, plants into space

Transiting exoplanet Kepler-421b has longest year (704 Earth Days!)

Reintroduced Mexican wolf species gives birth to first pups in wild

Polarized light helps bats navigate, study suggests

Elephants have more scent genes than dogs, rats (Well, those noses…)

Optical fiber produced from thin air by lasers

Gene-editing method could remove HIV from infected cells, study finds

Rocks show evidence of ancient oxygen oases, study suggests

New test may end debate over Voyager 1 and interstellar space

Dogs appear to feel jealousy, study suggests (if you have more than one dog, this didn’t surprise you)

Studies of worm neurons may lead to answers about human brain

Cancer drug exposes hidden HIV in immune cells

Tracks point to tyrannosaurs moving in packs

Cave housing trove of fossils will be opened to scientists

Defaced-then-restored carving of Egyptian god found in Sudan

Many newly identified species of birds are already endangered

Isolated Amazon villagers likely contracted flu in visit with settled tribe

Researchers get a taste of Mars living at Hawaiian volcano

Arctic past glimpsed in 250-year-old logbooks

Significant groundwater loss in Colorado River Basin, researchers say

Zoos work to keep rare species going

Blood-sucking insects lived during Cretaceous period, study suggests

Starling flocks make turns in a wave, study suggests

Most precise measurement taken of exoplanet, researchers say

Stem cells boost muscle repair and growth following exercise, study finds

Opportunity rover breaks decades-old off-Earth driving record

Study: Rocks containing Earth fossils may be on the moon

Study: Dinosaurs might have survived if asteroid struck at a different time

6th mass extinction may be ahead for Earth, researchers say

Study of social octopus species a challenge for researchers

Study points to flaws in evolutionary trees built with microRNAs

Cassini images show 101 geysers on Saturn moon

Pink moon rock recreated by scientists on Earth

Milky Way has less dark matter than Andromeda, simulation suggests

Study: More coral damaged due to Gulf oil spill than once thought

Study: Mineral-rich Sahara Desert dust may feed bacteria in Bahamas

Eggshells limit UV light to bird embryos, study finds

Mycoplasma contamination plaguing cell research, study finds

Technique rapidly generates virus-specific T cells against 5 infections

The moon isn’t round, study suggests

Binary systems may cause alien planets’ bizarre orbits, study suggests

Ancient species of cricket discovered in forgotten trove of amber

Ohio Valley mammoths, mastodons stayed close to home, study suggests

Study: Origin information can be gleaned from lead in teeth

Discovery could improve stem cell production, scientists say


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Rebecca Enzor

Rebecca Enzor is a chemist in Charleston, SC who writes Young Adult and New Adult Fantasy and Magical Realism. Repped by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary. Her debut novel, SPEAK THE OCEAN, comes out with Reuts Pub in Fall 2018!

2 thoughts on “Science Tuesday: Drug Lord Hippos, Plants Can Hear, and White Holes.”

  1. Thanks for the links. It’s been a while since I thought about science outside of my job (I spend my time away from work learning how to write. :), but I should pay more attention to it. It’ll probably give me more ideas for stories.

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