Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis
When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects—specifically, ...
Researchers using drones to better understand environmental phenomena
In the thick, dry grass of the Paso de Cortés mountain pass in Mexico, MIT's Earth Signals and Systems (ESS) group struggled to launch a small aircraft high up into the volcanic plume rising steadily from ...
Can science eliminate extreme poverty?
Science has often come to the rescue when it comes to the world's big problems, be it the Green Revolution that helped avoid mass starvation or the small pox vaccine that eradicated the disease. There is ...
Last Week's Best—Quantum mechanics breakthrough, 3-D printed human heart, and paraplegia therapy
Noted researchers warn that biomedical research system in US is unsustainable
Researchers find rare fossilized embryos more than 500 million years old
The Cambrian Period is a time when most phyla of marine invertebrates first appeared in the fossil record. Also dubbed the "Cambrian explosion," fossilized records from this time provide glimpses into evolutionary ...
What science communicators can learn from listening to people
No matter how strong the scientific argument and consensus among scientists there will always be people who reject the evidence. It happens on so many scientific topics, from climate change and vaccination ...
See what a child will look like using automated age-progression software (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —It's a guessing game parents like to ponder: What will my child look like when she grows up? A computer could now answer the question in less than a minute.
Research team develops method to strengthen elastomers
Study suggests global warming causing changes to the pitch of frog calls in Puerto Rico
When it comes to underage sex trafficking, pimps may not be the problem
Media portrayals of underage sex trafficking include pimps luring girls into prostitution and then controlling, exploiting, and brutalizing them as if they were slaves, but just how representative are these images? A new ...
Student studies dry lines in Southeastern Wyoming
In southeastern Wyoming, people are more than ready this time of year to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. Then, suddenly, they feel the wind pick up and the temperatures cool ‑‑ signs of an impending thunderstorm.
Electromagnetically induced transparency in a silicon nitride optomechanical crystal
Researchers from the NIST Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST) have observed electromagnetically induced transparency at room temperature and atmospheric pressure in a silicon nitride optomechanical ...
Webb telescope's heart complete, final instrument installed
The last piece of the James Webb Space Telescope's heart was installed inside the world's largest clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.