Archive: 12/04/2006

How to feed a black hole

A special magnetic effect, the so-called magnetorotational instability (MRI), plays a key role in the formation of stars and planetary systems. It is also what feeds the black holes in the center of galaxies. For the first ...

Dec 04, 2006 4.4 / 5 (29) 0

Gene-bender proteins may sway to DNA

Among the many genes packed into each cell of our body, those that get turned on, or expressed, are the ones that make us who we are. Certain proteins do the job of regulating gene expression by clasping onto key spots of ...

Dec 04, 2006 3.5 / 5 (2) 0

Mapping the wake of a pending quake

Research into ancient earthquakes by scientists at USC and Caltech shows that within the next few decades another tsunami from another giant earthquake is likely to flood densely populated sections of western coastal Sumatra, ...

Dec 04, 2006 3.4 / 5 (7) 0