NASA carbon counter reaches final orbit, returns data
(Phys.org) —Just over a month after launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)—NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide—has maneuvered into its final operating ...
Expert panel calls for public health research on natural gas drilling
Groundwater and air quality testing before, during, and after natural gas drilling – which includes hydraulic fracturing—should be key components of efforts to ensure the safety of communities near these sites, according ...
Ride shotgun with NASA saucer as it flies to near space
NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project successfully flew a rocket-powered, saucer-shaped test vehicle into near-space in late June from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility on ...
Scarcity of elements in products like smartphones needs addressing, say scientists
Many of today's technological innovations from the iPhone to electric motors for hybrid cars require the use of materials—elements—that are scarce or difficult to obtain. As demand for these devices grows, the problem ...
New Nano3 microscope will allow high-resolution look inside cells
The University of California, San Diego's Nanofabrication Cleanroom Facility (Nano3) is the first institution to obtain a novel FEI Scios dual-beam microscope, with an adaptation for use at cryogenic temperatures. ...
Finding the signalling system for plant 'smoke' response
Research out of China and WA has shown chemicals promoting germination in native Australian plants have a powerful effect on other plants, such as rice.
UCLA undergrads are first to build an entire satellite on campus
To conduct research on space weather, an enterprising group of UCLA undergraduates is manufacturing the first satellite built entirely on the UCLA campus.
Rust villages of the deep: In Pele's shadow, iron oxide, or rust, comes to life
Pele. Her name brings visions of fire, lightning, wind—and volcanoes. Of the ancient Hawaiian goddesses, Pele, the "lady in the red dress," is the best known.
Curiosity rover has seen much in first two years on Mars
NASA's Curiosity rover marks two Earth years on Mars this week, and Planetary Science Institute researchers are actively pursuing new knowledge of our neighboring planet.
Nuclear security expert brings a historical approach to the study of international politics
In the early 1960s, the United States had 350,000 military troops in West Germany. At a glance, this fact might not seem relevant to international monetary policy. But as Francis Gavin pointed out in a 2004 ...
Arctic mammals can metabolize some pesticides, limits human exposure
Fortunately, you are not always what you eat – at least in Canada's Arctic. New research from the University of Guelph reveals that arctic mammals such as caribou can metabolize some current-use pesticides (CUPs) ingested ...
Secrets of animal camouflage: Video reveals how predator vision works
(Phys.org) —How do animals see? It's a question that vexes biologists and fascinates anyone who has watched animals go about their business: what does the world look like through their eyes? In a new video, ...
Tortoises master touchscreen technology (w/ Video)
Tortoises have learned how to use touchscreens as part of a study which aimed to teach the animals navigational techniques.
Two years and counting on red planet for NASA Mars Curiosity rover
(Phys.org) —NASA's most advanced roving laboratory on Mars celebrates its second anniversary since landing inside the Red Planet's Gale Crater on Aug. 5, 2012, PDT (Aug. 6, 2012, EDT).