Crystal cantilever lifts objects 600 times its own weight (w/ Video)
In a melting Iceland, drilling deep to stem climate change
Tiny Iceland is a prime exemplar of the complexities wrought by warming climate. It is 11 percent covered by ice, but it is basically also one very large, very active volcanic system. The island has seen ...
Beautiful 'flowers' self-assemble in a beaker
By simply manipulating chemical gradients in a beaker of fluid, materials scientists at Harvard have found that they can control the growth behavior of crystals to create precisely tailored structures—such ...
Cancer research yields unexpected new way to produce nylon
In their quest for a cancer cure, researchers at the Duke Cancer Institute made a serendipitous discovery—a molecule necessary for cheaper and greener ways to produce nylon.
Discovery of 1,800-year-old 'Rosetta Stone' for tropical ice cores
Two annually dated ice cores drawn from the tropical Peruvian Andes reveal Earth's tropical climate history in unprecedented detail—year by year, for nearly 1,800 years.
Humans may have helped the decline of African rainforests 3000 years ago
Researchers find epigenetic factor in monogamy for voles
Researchers use new method to calculate interstellar cloud core age
Air pollutants could boost potency of common airborne allergens
A pair of air pollutants linked to climate change could also be a major contributor to the unparalleled rise in the number of people sneezing, sniffling and wheezing during allergy season. The gases, nitrogen dioxide and ...
Scientists probe leak risk from seabed CO2 stores
A UK-led international research team has carried out the first experiment to recreate what would happen if CO2 started leaking after being stored deep under the sea floor. Their findings add weight to the ide ...
Chemists observe key reaction for producing 'atmosphere's detergent'
Earth's atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical output of plants, animals and human industry rise into the air and pair off in sequences of chemical reactions. Such processes help maintain ...
Process that controls tomato ripening discovered
(Phys.org)—Everyone loves a juicy, perfectly ripened tomato, and scientists have long sought ways to control the ripening process to improve fruit quality and prevent spoilage.
Understanding DNA damage: Modeling how low energy electrons damage DNA may improve radiation therapy
Every day, all day, our DNA gets beaten up by chemicals and radiation—but remarkably, most of us stay healthy. Now, an investigation by a team of French and Canadian researchers has produced insights into ...
Warming waters take their toll on Antarctic shellfish
Shells that spent decades sitting ignored in a Welsh museum have shown scientists that climate change is seriously harming ecosystems around Antarctica.