NASA sends unmanned aircraft to study volcanic plume
(Phys.org) —Studying volcanos can be hazardous work, both for researchers and aircraft. To penetrate such dangerous airspace, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), especially those with electric engines that ...
Snap-proof space tether
(Phys.org) —Space tethers hold intriguing potential for satellite manoeuvring, attitude control and even power generation. But about half of all orbital tether tests have either failed to deploy or snapped, ...
150 years of Mexican, Mexican American history now online
The UA Libraries has just made 150 years of regionally published newspapers documenting the voice of Mexican and Mexican American communities digitally available for the first time.
Student work fuels effort to make smartphones smarter
(Phys.org) —Most term papers are evaluated by one or two people, but Carlee Joe-Wong's will be checked by hundreds.
Save the milkweed, save the monarch
(Phys.org) —Could there soon be a summer without the iconic monarch butterfly?
Researchers root out the limits of social mobilization
Creating magnetic superatoms
(Phys.org) —Sounding like something out of a comic book, superatoms are not only an enticing idea, but experiments have confirmed they exist. Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University have collaborated ...
Liverpool Bay sediment discovery could save millions
New research tracking the movement of dredged sediment around Liverpool Bay could save millions of pounds, according to scientists.
Swords to plowshares: Engineering plants for more biofuel sugars
(Phys.org) —Xylan is a polysaccharide composed of pentoses – five carbon sugars – that represents a double-edged sword for advanced biofuels. On the one hand, as the world's second most abundant source ...
Camping ban proves counterproductive and cruel
Denver's controversial "camping ban" has left the homeless no place to sleep outdoors safely and legally at night, forcing them into hidden spots or to seek indoor options that don't exist, according to a ...
High speed cancer profiling
(Phys.org) —Identify the type of cancer for patients with breast cancer in a few minutes. This is the challenge that EPFL researchers successfully met by presenting their new "microfluidic chip." Their ...
Putting a human face on a product: When brand humanization goes wrong
(Phys.org) —When companies put a human face on their brand, the public usually responds positively. This advertising approach has brought us alarm clocks with sleepy faces and color-coated chocolate candies ...
DARPA's two-armed robot handles tools at less cost
Houston gets iPhone app with up-to-date smog data
(AP)—Houston residents now can have in their pocket the answer to whether ozone levels in the city are too high for their asthmatic child to play soccer.