Suspected dust ring in Venus's orbit confirmed
Rings, dark side of Saturn glow in new Cassini image
(Phys.org) —The gauzy rings of Saturn and the dark side of the planet glow in newly released infrared images obtained by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Building better molecules for bendable electronics
Organic semiconductors made from small aromatic molecules can be dissolved and screen-printed onto many substrates, including plastics, opening the path for 'flexible' electronic devices such as low-cost ...
Specialized switch that controls light can regulate flow of optical data at speed suitable to accelerate computers
Long-distance communication increasingly relies on networks of fiber-optic cables that carry data encoded in nimble beams of light. Conventional computer circuits, however, still use relatively sluggish electronic ...
Research team claims Samalas volcano source of great 1257 eruption
First long temperature reconstruction for the eastern Mediterranean based on tree rings
For the eastern Mediterranean, an exactly dated time series of almost 900 year length was established, exhibiting the medieval warm period, the little ice age between the 16th and 19th century as well as ...
Catalytic tandem reaction for conversion of lignin and bio-oil by hydroxylation of phenols to form arenes
(Phys.org) —Biomass, which is useful as a supplement or replacement for petroleum, is processed in biorefineries and can be used as fuels or starting materials for the production of chemicals. However, ...
Climate change: Polar bears change to diet with higher contaminant loads
Researchers expect the climate to become warmer in the future and predict that climate change will have a significant impact on the Arctic. How will a warming Arctic affect the polar bears?
Diamonds grow like trees, but over millions of years
Diamonds consist of highly compressed carbon atoms and develop deep underground at relatively high pressures and temperatures of over 1000 degrees Celsius. Earth scientists from VU University Amsterdam show ...
Giant Triassic amphibian was a burrowing youngster
Krasiejow, Poland was a vastly different place 230 million years ago during the Triassic Period. It was part of a giant continent called Pangea, had a warm climate throughout the year, and was populated by ...
Red cedar tree study shows that Clean Air Act is reducing pollution, improving forests
A collaborative project involving a Kansas State University ecologist has shown that the Clean Air Act has helped forest systems recover from decades of sulfur pollution and acid rain.
New component in the quantum electronics toolbox
The coherence of quantum systems is the foundation upon which hardware for future information technologies is based. Quantum information is carried by units called quantum bits, or qubits. They can be used ...
Prehistoric giant fish could grow more than 16 metres long
The skeletal remains of the biggest fish ever to have swum the seas have revealed just how massive the prehistoric creature could grow.
Possible shipwreck artifact to get CT scan for age
Explorers who removed a wooden slab from Lake Michigan this summer are taking an unusual step to determine whether it could have come from the Griffin, a long-lost vessel from the 17th century.