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 for the price of one: Single-molecule microscopy simultaneously monitors protein structure and function
Express yourself: Scientists use genetic algorithm to design self-assembling ssDNA-grafted particles
Explainer: Why chilli burns, and milk helps soothe the pain
Whether it's a few flakes on a pizza or the spiciest vindaloo known to humankind, most people can tolerate or even enjoy the tingling, burning sensation chilli can bring.
Analysis team drills down on social networks
Material generates steam under solar illumination
A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun.
Uncovering the 3-D structure of a key neuroreceptor
EPFL scientists reveal for the first time the 3D structure of a crucial neuroreceptor. The achievement has great implications for understanding the basic mechanism of electrical signal transmission between neurons and might ...
New bone-like material is lighter than water but as strong as steel
Materials shape human progress – think stone age or bronze age. The 21st century has been referred to as the molecular age, a time when scientists are beginning to manipulate materials at the atomic level ...
Boron 'buckyball' discovered
The discovery 30 years ago of soccer-ball-shaped carbon molecules called buckyballs helped to spur an explosion of nanotechnology research. Now, there appears to be a new ball on the pitch.
Study leads development of tool to design inflatable characters and structures
The air pressure that makes inflatable parade floats, foil balloons and even inflatable buildings easy to deploy and cost effective can be challenging to designers of those same inflatables due to limitations in today's fabrication ...
New evidence for oceans of water deep in the Earth
Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of New Mexico report evidence for potentially oceans worth of water deep beneath the United States. Though not in the familiar liquid form—the ...
Nanomolecular origami boxes hold big promise for energy storage
(Phys.org) —If you think your origami skills can't be beat – try this: (1) use the world's thinnest material, (2) make the origami fold and unfold itself, and (3) pack into your miniscule origami box ...
Physicists discover how to change the crystal structure of graphene
A University of Arizona-led team of physicists has discovered how to change the crystal structure of graphene, more commonly known as pencil lead, with an electric field, an important step toward the possible ...
Earth's core reveals an inner weakness
(Phys.org) —The word "core" conjures up an image of something strong. However, new experiments show that the iron found in the Earth's core is relatively weak. This finding is based on x-ray spectroscopy ...