Earth's crust melts easier than previously thought

A University of Missouri study published in Nature this week has found that the Earth's crust melts easier than previously thought. In the study, researchers measured how well rocks conduct heat at different temperatures ...

Inside the cell, an ocean of buffeting waves

Conventional wisdom holds that the cytoplasm of mammalian cells is a viscous fluid, with organelles and proteins suspended within it, jiggling against one another and drifting at random. However, a new biophysical study led ...

Spider silk ties scientists up in knots

Two years ago, researchers from Iowa State University (USA) published a study which concluded that spider silk conducts heat as well as metals. Now, a team from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) has repeated the ...

Software helps define feasibility of geothermal exploitation

In order to determine in detail the underground temperature for the utilization of geothermal energy, researchers at the Institute for Renewable Energy (IER) of the National University of Mexico (UNAM) designed and developed ...