Weekend Links: Scientists Levitate Objects Using Sound, 10 Awesome Science Stories in 2018 and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a collection of fascinating science stories from across the web, curated by your science-loving friends at the Mass General Research Institute.

Scientists Levitate Objects Using Sound

Alison Mackey writing for Discover

These tiny particles are being lifted with sound — no magic tricks required! Scientists have harnessed the physical force of sound waves before, but for the first time acoustic levitation has been successfully used on multiple objects independently.

10 Science Stories in 2018 That Made Us Go, “Whoa, That’s Awesome”

Brian Resnick, Julia Belluz, Umair Irfan, and Eliza Barclay writing for Vox

Here are some of our favorite stories from the past year that, very simply, made us say “whoa.” They fan our excitement of science and the natural world and give us a glimpse into the future. We hope they’ll do the same for you.

Discovering The Past Through Dino Poop

Luke Groskin and Lauren J. Young writing for Science Friday

More often than not, paleontologist Karen Chin is thinking about poop—dinosaur poop, that is. Out on the prairie outside Choteau, Montana, she hunts for fossilized feces, or coprolites, and other dinosaur treasures. They may look like a regular rock or particularly beautiful stone to the untrained eye, but for Chin, a lump of dino dung is a window into Earth’s past environments.

“Spy” Virus Eavesdrops on Bacteria, Then Obliterates Them

Angus Chen writing for Scientific American

In the early experiments it looked like the virus called VP882 was doing something that should be impossible for a thing that is not a bacterium, and not technically even alive: intercepting molecular messages exchanged by its host bacteria, and reading them to determine the best time to annihilate the whole bacterial colony. 

We Wish We’d Written That: STAT Staffers Share Their Favorite Stories of 2018

STAT staff writing for STAT

It’s been a busy 2018 here at STAT, reporting on the latest on “CRISPR babies,” drug pricing squabbles, IBM Watson, and the ongoing Ebola outbreak, just to name a few. But we, of course, still find the time to see what other journalists are writing — and get jealous we didn’t do it ourselves.

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