Hello, I’m Scott Hershberger, with Scientific American as an American Affiliation for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellow. And here’s a limited piece from the September 2020 difficulty of the journal, in the part named Innovations: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Science, Technological know-how and Medicine. The post is titled “Quick Hits,” and it’s a rundown of some stories from around the world.
The earliest dinosaurs laid soft-shelled eggs, paleontologists say. A new chemical assessment of a far more than 200-million-yr-previous fossilized egg from Patagonia—and a clutch of a lot more recent eggs from Mongolia, observed in the Gobi Desert—revealed a slim movie matching the qualities of modern tender-shelled eggs.
Archaeologists found that 20 deep shafts, beforehand believed to be pure sinkholes and ponds, were being dug by Neolithic human beings. The shafts form a circle two kilometers in diameter, with the Durrington Walls monument at its centre, just a few kilometers from Stonehenge.
Scientists documented the premier lightning bolt ever recorded. The “mega-flash,” which extended for much more than 700 kilometers in southern Brazil in 2018, was detected by a new state-of-the-art climate satellite in geostationary orbit.
Scientists sequenced DNA samples from the Lifeless Sea Scrolls, determining fragments designed from sheep pores and skin and other people produced from cow cover. The method could assist match fragments with each other and unravel the artifacts’ geographic origins.
Researchers identified an elusive nose-horned dragon lizard in the forests of North Sumatra. Irrespective of showing up in the mythology of the indigenous Bataks, the visually hanging species had been spotted by scientists only when before—almost 130 many years back.
And from Australia:
Submarine drones uncovered an considerable technique of underwater “rivers” of dense, salty h2o along Australia’s continental shelf. These flows have natural subject from the coast into the deep ocean, and their volume varies seasonally, peaking in winter season.
That was “Quick Hits.” I’m Scott Hershberger.
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