Type and frequency of tropical clouds important for simulations of surface energy impact
Clouds are energy traffic cops, controlling how much sunlight reaches Earth. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers used long-term observations to show that the sunlight stopping power of each ...
Porous, layered material can serve as a graphene analog
An electrically conductive material, with layers resembling graphene (single sheet of graphite), was synthesized under mild conditions using a well-known molecule that allows good electronic coupling of nickel ...
Used cigarette butts offer energy storage solution
Scientists in South Korea have developed a new way to store energy that also offers a solution to a growing environmental problem.
Simple Leonardo da Vinci experiments combined with advanced theory reveal new atomic-level insights into rubber
Friction, the force that slows down objects as they slide across a surface, can save lives when car brakes are slammed. Yet despite its obvious importance, no one knows for sure how friction works at the ...
Mapping lunar landscapes in panorama
The Camera Pointing System (CPS) is a sophisticated tool capable of controlling a camera's movement with precision as well as protecting the camera under extreme conditions.
Highly confined transport of light energy over long distances using networks of gold nanoparticles
A way to transport highly confined light energy over long distances using extended networks of partially fused gold nanoparticles has been demonstrated by an international team of researchers. This demonstration ...
An expression for droplet deformation simplifies calculations for a wide range of applications
A simple formula that describes the initial deformation of a droplet as it hits a solid surface is likely to help to model droplet behavior in a variety of different contexts, shows new research by A*STAR.
Kepler's six years in science (and counting)
NASA's Kepler spacecraft began hunting for planets outside our solar system on May 12, 2009. From the trove of data collected, we have learned that planets are common, that most sun-like stars have at least ...
Experimental studies of ionic interactions near a hydrophobic surface in an aqueous environment
Image: Serene Saturn
From a distance Saturn seems to exude an aura of serenity and peace.
El Nino will be 'substantial' warn Australian scientists
Australian scientists Tuesday forecast a "substantial" El Nino weather phenomenon for 2015, potentially spelling deadly and costly climate extremes, after officially declaring its onset in the tropical Pacific.
Researchers investigate an enzyme important for nervous system health
Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), working closely with researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have mapped out the structure of an important protein involved in cellular ...
Superhydrophobic glass coating offers clear benefits
A moth's eye and lotus leaf were the inspirations for an antireflective water-repelling, or superhydrophobic, glass coating that holds significant potential for solar panels, lenses, detectors, windows, weapons ...
Did ocean acidification cause marine mollusc extinction?
New research, led by the University of Southampton, has questioned the role played by ocean acidification, produced by the asteroid impact that killed the dinosaurs, in the extinction of ammonites and other ...