Image: Hubble's 'smoky' shells
(Phys.org)—Located in a relatively vacant region of space about 4,200 light-years away and difficult to see using an amateur telescope, the lonesome planetary nebula NGC 7354 is often overlooked. However, ...
New test adds to scientists' understanding of Earth's history, resources
(Phys.org)—A new study co-authored by a University of Florida researcher provides the first direct chronological test of sequence stratigraphy, a powerful tool for exploring Earth's natural resources.
Africa's Homo sapiens were the first techies
The search for the origin of modern human behaviour and technological advancement among our ancestors in southern Africa some 70 000 years ago, has taken a step closer to firmly establishing Africa, and especially ...
Study: Like a tree, growth rings show lobster age
Scientists have finally figured out how to determine the age of a lobster.
Size matters when reducing NiO nanoparticles
(Phys.org)—New research finds that size plays a major role in how nanoscale nickel oxide (NiO) shells behave when being reduced to solid nickel nanoparticles.
New technique excites atoms and molecules using pulsed laser
The best method to obtain the most precise information on the inner structure of atoms and molecules is to excite them by means of resonant laser light. Unfortunately, just this laser light (above a certain ...
Muscle powers spearing mantis shrimp attacks
Mantis shrimps pack a powerful punch, whether they smash or spear their victims. According to Maya deVries and Sheila Patek from University of California, Berkeley, smasher mantis shrimps power their claws' ballistic blows ...
Statoil halts North Sea platform over corrosion risk
Norway's Statoil said Thursday that it had suspended production at a North Sea platform responsible for nearly a tenth of the country's daily oil output over corrosion concerns.
Planetary scientists propose two explanations for true polar wander
Coral files reveal time of first Polynesian settlements
Polynesia was one of the last places on Earth to be settled by humans, and new techniques reveal that this settlement first occurred within a 16 year window nearly 3000 years ago.
Researchers unravel structure of 'Sputnik' virus, could have implications for treatment
(Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has determined key structural features of the Sputnik virus, thought to play a role in illnesses caused by eating raw fish.
Viruses act like 'self-packing suitcases'
Researchers at the University of Leeds have identified a crucial stage in the lifecycle of simple viruses like polio and the common cold that could open a new front in the war on viral disease.
Nigerian farmers sue Shell in Dutch case with global reach
Four Nigerian farmers take on Shell in a Dutch court, accusing the oil giant of destroying their livelihoods in a case that could set a precedent for global environmental responsibility.
Dutch court rejects Shell bid to ban Greenpeace protests
A Dutch court on Friday rejected a bid by oil multinational Royal Dutch Shell to ban Greenpeace from protesting near its property on pain of a massive fine, saying such groups had a right to inform the public.