Chandra celebrates the International Year of Light
The year of 2015 has been declared the International Year of Light (IYL) by the United Nations. Organizations, institutions, and individuals involved in the science and applications of light will be joining ...
Physicists find a new way to slow the speed of light
Gullies on Vesta suggest past water-mobilized flows
(Phys.org)—Protoplanet Vesta, visited by NASA's Dawn spacecraft from 2011 to 2013, was once thought to be completely dry, incapable of retaining water because of the low temperatures and pressures at its ...
Pictured together for the first time: A chemokine and its receptor
Researchers at University of California, San Diego Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Bridge Institute at the University of Southern California report the first crystal structure ...
Rosetta data give closest-ever look at a comet
On Nov. 12, 2014, the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission made history when its Philae lander touched down on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. While this exciting technical achievement ...
If Earth falls, will interstellar space travel be our salvation?
Some climatologists argue it may be too late to reverse climate change, and it's just a matter of time before the Earth becomes uninhabitable – if hundreds of years from now. The recent movie Interstellar ...
The importance of building small things
Strong materials, such as concrete, are usually heavy, and lightweight materials, such as rubber (for latex gloves) and paper, are usually weak and susceptible to tearing and damage. Julia R. Greer, professor ...
NASA, Microsoft collaboration will allow scientists to 'work on Mars'
NASA and Microsoft have teamed up to develop software called OnSight, a new technology that will enable scientists to work virtually on Mars using wearable technology called Microsoft HoloLens.
Two lakes beneath the ice in Greenland, gone within weeks
Researchers who are building the highest-resolution map of the Greenland Ice Sheet to date have made a surprising discovery: two lakes of meltwater that pooled beneath the ice and rapidly drained away.
What does a GOP-led Congress mean for science—and the public?
With Republicans now at the helm, Congress is gearing up to pursue a legislative agenda with potentially profound implications for science and how it informs policies on the environment, energy, health and agriculture. Chemical & ...
Software teaches computers to translate words to math
If Johnny has five apples and seven oranges, and he wants to share them with three of his friends, can a computer understand the text to figure out how many pieces of fruit each person gets?
Increasing diversity in science could be one way to fight inequality
I am a scientist. I am also white, male and middle-class. There are a lot of scientists like me in the UK, and this lack of diversity within the scientific community is a concern.
Study finds a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide
Carbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and injecting it deep below the Earth's surface, where it would permanently solidify into ...
'Trustworthy' hedge fund execs generate more business but weaker returns
First impressions are the most important, and that's as true in the business sector as well as anywhere else. But does a good first impression lead to investment success—and for whom?