You may have noticed a boost in the number of posts that went out this week. I’ve decided to speed things up a bit so you can get more breaking news. At the same time, I realize most of us are very busy, so from this point forward Friday Roundup will be a quick review of each week’s articles, plus some links to some important news mentioned elsewhere.
I also know that nobody likes an overflowing inbox, so if you subscribe to receive updates, you will receive Friday Roundup only. So here’s what we learned this week:
- Increasing the types of crops in a rotation dramatically reduces environmental impact, and manages to do it while increasing profits.
- A red giant star shot out 1000 Earths worth of mass, and we learned how quickly this process works for the first time ever.
- A study suggests that the debt crises got started primarily by the educated, not the lower class.
- I cleared up some misconceptions about what it actually means to convert energy into matter, and how matter and mass aren’t the same thing.
- We discovered that DNA creates protein in rapid bursts, not by churning it out lazily.
- Neuroscientists learned that, during sleep, brain communications are travelling the opposite direction from what we expected, and the brain acts like it’s remembering something.
- SpaceX successfully reached the International Space Station.
- Korean scientists have killed tumors by creating antibodies that latch onto the cancerous cells, attach to microscopic iron particles, and then rupture the cell when a magnetic field is applied.
- Mice were born from eggs that were originally skin cells.
- Researchers have determined one way to measure if we live in a certain kind of computer simulation.