Flowering Signal Found

The signal that causes plants to flower, or "florigen," has been identified by researchers at UC Davis, the University of Arizona, Tucson, and collaborators in New Zealand and Mexico.

The great recycler -- planet Earth

In the current edition of leading science journal Nature, an international team of researchers publishes proof that the Earth recycles portions of its own crust, driving it deep down into the mantle of the planet and then ...

Boring Star May Mean Livelier Planet, Astronomer Says

“Boring” light from red dwarf star Gliese 581 means better odds for extraterrestrial life in that planetary system, according to University of British Columbia astronomer Jaymie Matthews.

A bug man's life

Marvin Gunderman has cockroaches in his office, but he won't be calling the exterminator any time soon. The cockroaches are his pets, not pests. Gunderman, also known as the "bug man," is an insect aficionado.

Cornell team will compete to build 100-mpg car

Cornell faculty, engineering students and MBA candidates are planning to compete for the Automotive X Prize, which offers a multimillion-dollar award for the team that builds a practical, marketable 100-mpg car.

New quantum key system combines speed, distance

Researchers at NIST have built a prototype high-speed quantum key distribution system, based on a new detector system that achieves dramatically lower noise levels than similar systems.

Silicon nanowires upgrade data-storage technology

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, along with colleagues at George Mason University and Kwangwoon University in Korea, have fabricated a memory device that combines silicon nanowires with a ...

Fluorescent glass SRMs are new tool for spectroscopy

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed two new calibration tools to help correct and validate the performance of analytic instruments that identify substances based on fluorescence.