Will Your Cat Eat Your Corpse?

Will Your Cat Eat Your Corpse?

While conducting a study on body decomposition, in separate incidents, forensic researchers unintentionally captured footage of two feral cats feasting on human corpses.

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

A Star's Auroras Light the Way to a New Exoplanet

As the moon rotates around its host planet, this charged gas swipes across Jupiter’s magnetic field lines “like plucking strings on a guitar,” said Nichols, who studies space-based magnetic fields.

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

‘Environmental DNA’ Lets Scientists Probe Underwater Life

Stoeckle has been working with New Jersey state biologists to conduct DNA-based counts of commercial fish species by dropping one-liter bottles into the ocean at various depths and sampling the water inside.

New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News

New Uber Rules, Bomber-Inspired Jet Design, and More News

Uber has a response to a new California law that forces the company to treat drivers like employees: "Well fine, maybe we just won't pick you up ."Uber is now allowing drivers in California to see how much a ride would pay and where it would go before they accept it.

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

A Car ‘Splatometer’ Study Finds Huge Insect Die-Off

The survey of insects hitting car windscreens in rural Denmark used data collected every summer from 1997 to 2017 and found an 80 percent decline in abundance.

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

Giant squid and glow-in-the-dark sharks surprise scientists

A giant squid and several glow-in-the-dark sharks were surprise finds for NIWA scientists last month on the Chatham Rise during a voyage to survey hoki, New Zealand’s most valuable commercial fish species.

Over 500 Chrome Extensions Secretly Uploaded Private Data

Over 500 Chrome Extensions Secretly Uploaded Private Data

The plugins then redirected browsers to one of a handful of hard-coded control servers to receive additional instructions, locations to upload data, advertisement feed lists, and domains for future redirects.

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

In the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan , health workers fighting the explosive outbreak of a new coronavirus have been improvising for weeks, trying to provide whatever care they can for Covid-19 patients whose symptoms range from a cough and fever to severe pneumonia, septic shock, and organ failure.

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Do Elk Fear Wolves? Maybe Not

Animals like elk in North America and vicunas in the Andes also share those same priorities, and what new research shows is how they respond to those fears depends mostly on what’s trying to eat them.

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

From Drones to Data at Little Jerusalem

“It was like looking at a mini-Grand Canyon,” said Sikorsky, a Kansas State University graduate research assistant in the Park Management and Conservation Departments of Horticulture and Natural Resources.

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

Americans Are Split On Online Dating—but Swipe More Than Ever

“Fully 56% of LGB users say someone on a dating site or app has sent them a sexually explicit message or image they didn’t ask for, compared with about one-third of straight users,” the survey reports.

A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)

A Bionic Jellyfish Swims With Manic Speed (for a Jellyfish)

Interestingly, while the human-made pacemaker makes the jellyfish swim three times as fast, the animals only used twice as much energy to do it.

One Small Fix Would Curb Stingray Surveillance

One Small Fix Would Curb Stingray Surveillance

Stingrays derive their power by pretending to be cell towers, tricking nearby devices into connecting to them instead of the real thing.Without confirming that a cell tower is genuine, devices could wind up connecting to any rogue base station that's set up to broadcast system information messages.

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

“In order for it to be a good model, you want it to be as human as possible,” said Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in ethical and legal issues in the biosciences.

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

Janelia researchers announced a major step in that quest on Wednesday, releasing a wiring diagram of the fly brain that contains 25,000 neurons and the 20 million connections between them.Rubin hopes wiring diagrams such as this one, showing neurons involved in navigation, will give researchers a better sense of how brain circuits work.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

And as the damage caused by climate change becomes more apparent, AI experts are increasingly troubled by those energy demands.“The concern is that machine-learning algorithms in general are consuming more and more energy, using more data, training for longer and longer,” says Sasha Luccioni, a postdoctoral researcher at Mila, an AI research institute in Canada.

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

A Move to Make Auto-Safety Features Speak the Same Language

All six of those terms have been used by important auto industry organizations—regulators at the US Department of Transportation, standards developers at SAE International, and influential research organization Thatcham Research—to describe automatic emergency braking systems.

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Sun Bear: World’s Smallest Bear Has Surprisingly Human Traits

Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre The first time Wong Siew Te saw the bear, his hairs stood on end and he shivered.Photo © Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre They eat fruit then distribute seeds from trees into far flung parts of the forest through their digestive system.

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

How Long Do We Have Before Arctic Ice Melts Away?

These changes are the prelude to summer, when the ice undergoes another radical change: It begins to melt .The icebreaker Polarstern the morning after a crack cleaved the ice floe in two, sending some experiments into the water.

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

Australia’s Wildfires Might Intensify Future Climate Crises

The ongoing Australian fire season has released more than 350 million metric tons of CO2 so far, with fires expected to keep burning over the next two months.

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

Computers Are Learning to See in Higher Dimensions

These “gauge-equivariant convolutional neural networks,” or gauge CNNs, developed at the University of Amsterdam and Qualcomm AI Research by Taco Cohen, Maurice Weiler, Berkay Kicanaoglu and Max Welling, can detect patterns not only in 2D arrays of pixels, but also on spheres and asymmetrically curved objects.

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

A Facebook Bug Exposed Anonymous Admins of Pages

All software has flaws, and Facebook quickly pushed a fix for this one—but not before word got around on message boards like 4chan, where people posted screenshots that doxed the accounts behind prominent pages.

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

Export Controls Threaten the Future of AI Outposts in China

The Commerce Department is, in fact, still weighing further AI software controls, and the Trump administration is increasingly scrutinizing how Silicon Valley interacts with China.“I don’t think any US government official expects to keep China from developing AI—they are doing quite well—but they don’t want companies like Google or Microsoft helping them,” says James Lewis, senior vice president of the Center for Strategic & International Studies, a Washington DC think tank.

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Alleged Spy App ToTok Puts Apple in a Bind

Last month, both Google and Apple removed a popular social messaging app called ToTok from their official app stores.This seems to imply that in reviewing ToTok, Google didn't find anything about the app that violates Play Store policies.

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

Scientists Figured Out the Indian Cobra's Genome—at Last

To finally fit together these elusive sections of the genome, Somasekar Seshagiri, a geneticist and president of the SciGenom Research Foundation in Bangalore, and his collaborators used a combination of older sequencing methods with new ones that read out very long stretches of DNA .

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Science Conferences Are Stuck in the Dark Ages

Unlike teaching, where we have real consequences when we fail to modernize, such as poor evaluations and losing enrollment, there are no real consequences for the professional societies organizing the meetings or for presenting scientists.

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

Sustainable Swordfish: Fishing Deep for Conservation Solutions

“The Nature Conservancy needed a conservation solution that could tackle bycatch challenges while still providing economic opportunities for sustainable fishing in coastal fishing communities,” said Dr. Alexis Jackson, Fishery Project Director with TNC’s California Oceans Program.

The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over

The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over

"For a long time cybercriminals believed that the money was within the masses," says Crane Hassold, senior director of threat research at the email security firm Agari and former digital behavior analyst for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

We Might Not Be Planting the Right Kinds of Forests

“Although these can support local economies, plantations are much poorer at storing carbon than are natural forests, which develop with little or no disturbance from humans,” they wrote.

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

An Astronomer Explains Black Holes at 5 Levels of Difficulty

Perhaps you even know about things like event horizons, the boundary outside of which escape becomes possible, and gravitational waves , the ripples that black holes generate in the cosmic fabric when they collide.