Astronomers solve temperature mystery of planetary atmosphere
(Phys.org) —An atmospheric peculiarity the Earth shares with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune is likely common to billions of planets, University of Washington astronomers have found, and knowing that ...
Ancient fresh water lake on Mars could have sustained life, Curiosity researchers show
Scientists have found evidence that there was once an ancient lake on Mars that may have been able to support life, in research published today in the journal Science.
Morphing composite material has mighty potential (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —Heating a sheet of plastic may not bring it to life – but it sure looks like it does in new experiments at Rice University.
Scientists scale terahertz peaks in nanotubes
(Phys.org) —Carbon nanotubes carry plasmonic signals in the terahertz range of the electromagnetic spectrum, but only if they're metallic by nature or doped.
3D printing used as a tool to explain theoretical physics
Students may soon be able to reach out and touch some of the theoretical concepts they are taught in their physics classes thanks to a novel idea devised by a group of researchers from Imperial College London.
Electrical control of single atom magnets
The energy needed to change the magnetic orientation of a single atom – which determines its magnetic stability and therefore its usefulness in a variety of future device applications – can be modified ...
Ancient crater could hold clues about moon's mantle
Researchers from Brown University and the University of Hawaii have found some mineralogical surprises in the Moon's largest impact crater.
New sensor tracks zinc in cells, could be exploited for early diagnosis of prostate cancer
Zinc, an essential nutrient, is found in every tissue in the body. The vast majority of the metal ion is tightly bound to proteins, helping them to perform biological reactions. Tiny amounts of zinc, however, ...
Newly invented shielding for stopping neutrons cold
When faced with the challenge of protecting sensitive scientific equipment and computers from radiation, engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility decided ...
Home teams hold the advantage
The home team holds the advantage over visitors – at least in the plant world. However, a mere handful of genetic adaptations could even the playing field.
Hidden details revealed in nearby starburst galaxy
Using the new, high-frequency capabilities of the National Science Foundation's Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT), astronomers have captured never-before-seen details of the nearby starburst galaxy ...
Researchers report nanoscale energy-efficient switching devices
By relentlessly miniaturizing a pre-World War II computer technology, and combining this with a new and durable material, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have built nanoscale switches and logic ...
Countdown to zero: New 'zero-dimensional' carbon nanotube may lead to superthin electronics and synthetic cells
(Phys.org) —Synthetic, man-made cells and ultrathin electronics built from a new form of "zero-dimensional" carbon nanotube may be possible through research at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School ...
Mapping the demise of the dinosaurs
About 65 million years ago, an asteroid or comet crashed into a shallow sea near what is now the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The resulting firestorm and global dust cloud caused the extinction of many land ...