Discovery shows Milky Way halo is split in two

The Milky Way is an iconic fixture of the night sky for Australians, but if looking at it makes you feel dizzy it could be because distinct parts of the system are spinning in different directions.

'Combinatorial' approach squashes software bugs faster, cheaper

A team of computer scientists and mathematicians from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Texas, Arlington is developing an open-source tool that catches programming errors by using an ...

'Yes, Virginia, physics can be fun!'

Since the release of a 1983 report commissioned by the federal government, Americans have been aware of a significant decrease in the number of US students pursuing studies and careers in the sciences and engineering. As ...

NIST imaging system maps nanomechanical properties

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed an imaging system that quickly maps the mechanical properties of materials—how stiff or stretchy they are, for example—at scales on the order of billionths ...

Lighting up the Lunar Night with Fuel Cells

How do you survive in a remote, mountainous region that has no water or wind and sometimes goes without sunlight for weeks? This is not the premise for a survivalist reality show; it's a question NASA must answer before sending ...

Researchers capture optical 'rogue waves'

Maritime folklore tells tales of giant "rogue waves" that can appear and disappear without warning in the open ocean. Also known as "freak waves," these ominous monsters have been described by mariners for ages and have even ...

New technique could dramatically lower costs of DNA sequencing

Using computer simulations, researchers at the University of Illinois have demonstrated a strategy for sequencing DNA by driving the molecule back and forth through a nanopore capacitor in a semiconductor chip. The technique ...

Genetic differences influence aging rates in the wild

Long-lived, wild animals harbor genetic differences that influence how quickly they begin to show their age, according to the results of a long-term study reported online on December 13th in Current Biology, a Cell Press ...

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