Astronomers made a poor bot count 100,000 moon craters

The moon’s surface is a chaotic mess of craters of all sizes. Now algorithms are smart enough and kind enough to sort through that mess for us. (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University/) If the robot uprising ever comes, the machines might cite a new entry in their list of grievances. An international team of researchers has developed […]

How poor oral hygiene may result in metabolic syndrome — ScienceDaily

Periodontal or gum disease is known to be a significant risk factor of metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions increasing the risk for heart disease and diabetes. In a new study, researchers from Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU) discovered that infection with Porphyromonas gingivalis, the bacterium causing periodontal disease, causes skeletal muscle metabolic dysfunction, […]

Torrential Rains and Poor Forecasts Sink Panama’s Infrastructure

December 2010 was the wettest month on record in Panama. So much rain fell so quickly that flooding was widespread across the country. One storm on 7–8 December of that year affected water intake at the Chilibre water treatment plant, leaving Panama City—the capital and largest city in the country—without clean water for […]

Black hole caught turning a poor star into spaghetti

Editor’s note: This article was updated at 4:50 p.m. EDT Oct. 13 to reflect that the black hole is 214 million light years from Earth, not 214 light years. A black hole in a galaxy not far from Earth gobbled up a star like it was a big, exploding noodle, and astronomers got a front-row […]