Category: Science News

Quantum weirdness survives space travel

Science News Alexander Sergienko, College of Arts & Sciences In a feat that demonstrates the feasibility of using satellites to transmit uncrackable quantum messages, scientists have measured the quantum properties of photons sent to space and back again… Expert quote: “Whether this could survive such long distances and harsh experimental conditions, that was a big […]

Hippocampus makes maps of social space, too

Science News Howard Eichenbaum, College of Arts & Sciences Cells in a brain structure known as the hippocampus are known to be cartographers, drawing mental maps of physical space… Expert quote: “What’s being tapped in all of these studies is that we are looking at a framework, whether it’s a physical spatial framework, a social […]

Amplified Greenhouse Effect Shifts North’s Growing Seasons

Science News Ranga Myneni, College of Arts & Sciences Vegetation growth at Earth’s northern latitudes increasingly resembles lusher latitudes to the south, according to a NASA-funded study based on a 30-year record of land surface and newly improved satellite data sets… Expert quote: “Higher northern latitudes are getting warmer, Arctic sea ice and the duration […]

Origins of alcohol consumption traced to ape ancestor

Science News Jeremy DeSilva, College of Arts & Sciences The taste for alcohol may be an ancient craving… Expert quote: “There’s very little fossil evidence from the general time period when humans, gorillas and chimpanzees last shared a common ancestor. This is cool work. We’ll be able to evaluate it with better evidence as we […]