Science News RSS feed for this section

Researchers Continue Biological Research at International Space Station

September 1, 2015

0 Comments

NASA Plans to Grow Food on Spacecrafts and on Other Planets

NASA researchers are using the International Space Station to examine biological systems in space and are searching for the best methods for keeping astronauts healthy during spaceflight. Flutter, slither, swim or crawl your way over to this month’s International Space Station look at biological research. We’ll be highlighting the study of life and the technology […]

Continue reading...

How Rain Droplets Attract Aerosols Out of the Atmosphere

August 28, 2015

0 Comments

New Study Helps Explain How Rain Droplets Clean the Atmosphere

Atmospheric chemists from MIT test how effective rain is at cleaning the atmosphere, revealing the most accurate values of coagulation to date. As a raindrop falls through the atmosphere, it can attract tens to hundreds of tiny aerosol particles to its surface before hitting the ground. The process by which droplets and aerosols attract is […]

Continue reading...

Ten Facts About Supernovae

August 26, 2015

0 Comments

Many of the Elements We’re Made of Come from Supernovae

Here are ten facts about supernovae that you may have not known. Somewhere in the cosmos, a star is reaching the end of its life. Maybe it’s a massive star, collapsing under its own gravity. Or maybe it’s a dense cinder of a star, greedily stealing matter from a companion star until it can’t handle […]

Continue reading...

Berkeley Lab Uses Solar Energy and Renewable Hydrogen to Produce Methane

August 26, 2015

0 Comments

Researchers Use Solar Energy and Renewable Hydrogen to Produce Methane

A team of scientists has developed a hybrid artificial photosynthesis system that produces renewable molecular hydrogen and uses it to synthesize carbon dioxide into methane. A team of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) developing a bioinorganic hybrid approach to artificial photosynthesis have achieved another milestone. Having […]

Continue reading...

Yale Engineers Believe Cornstarch Could Lead To Better Protective Gear

August 24, 2015

0 Comments

Cornstarch Could Lead To Better Protective Gear

New research from the Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science is examining how cornstarch could lead to better protective gear for police, military and athletes. A quick scan of Eric Brown’s laboratory finds all the requisite high-tech equipment and equation-filled whiteboards. More incongruous are the many containers of Argo cornstarch – the same kind […]

Continue reading...

Physicists Work on New Approach to Detect Dark Matter

August 23, 2015

14 Comments

New Approach for Detecting Dark Matter

Physicists are working on a new theory to detect dark matter. They believe that dark matter particles annihilate into “dark radiation” when they collide and that they should be able to detect the signals from this radiation. The majority of the mass in the Universe remains unknown. Despite knowing very little about this dark matter, […]

Continue reading...

Yale Scientists Shed Light on the Warburg Effect

August 18, 2015

0 Comments

Yale Researchers Shed Light on the Warburg Effect

A newly published study details how two Yale scientists used magnetic resonance measurements to answer the puzzle of the “Warburg Effect.” Given plenty of glucose and oxygen, yeast and cancer cells do not burn it all to produce energy but convert much of it to the byproducts ethanol and lactate, respectively. In the 1920s Nobel […]

Continue reading...

Researchers Reveal Why Black Phosphorus May Surpass Graphene

August 15, 2015

7 Comments

Phosphorene – The natural successor to Graphene?

In a newly published study, researchers from the Pohang University of Science and Technology detail how they were able to turn black phosphorus into a superior conductor that can be mass produced for electronic and optoelectronics devices. The research team operating out of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), affiliated with the Institute for […]

Continue reading...

New Analysis Provides More Accurate Estimates of Sources of Mercury Emissions

August 12, 2015

0 Comments

Asia Produces Twice as Much Mercury Emissions as Previously Thought

A new analysis from MIT provides more accurate estimates of sources of mercury emissions from around the world, revealing that Asia produces twice as much mercury emissions as previously thought. Once mercury is emitted into the atmosphere from the smokestacks of power plants, the pollutant has a complicated trajectory; even after it settles onto land […]

Continue reading...

Researchers Identify a Potential Marker for Schizophrenia

August 12, 2015

1 Comment

New Study Shows Brain Abnormalities Are Present Even Before Onset of Schizophrenia

New research from Yale University reveals that even before the onset of schizophrenia, irregularities in key brain areas are already present in individuals at higher risk of developing psychosis. The findings identify a potential marker for the debilitating disease that afflicts 1% of the world’s population and suggest at least a partial explanation for why […]

Continue reading...

New Research: Abrupt Climate Warming Killed Mammoths

August 7, 2015

2 Comments

Study Shows Mammoths Killed by Abrupt Climate Change

A newly published study from the University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales reveals that abrupt climate change caused massive changes to the environment that set extinction events in motion. New research has revealed abrupt warming, that closely resembles the rapid man-made warming occurring today, has repeatedly played a key role in […]

Continue reading...

Scientists Reveal New Insights into the Coupling between Wetting and Catalytic Activity

August 6, 2015

0 Comments

Reactivity of Perovskites with Water: Role of Hydroxylation in Wetting and Implications for Oxygen Electrocatalysis

In a newly published study, researchers reveal new insights into the coupling between wetting and catalytic activity and suggest that catalyst hydrophobicity should be considered in aqueous oxygen electrocatalysis. Two key physical phenomena take place at the surfaces of materials: catalysis and wetting. A catalyst enhances the rate of chemical reactions; wetting refers to how […]

Continue reading...

XMM-Newton Views Born-Again Planetary Nebula Abell 78

August 6, 2015

1 Comment

Image of Born-Again Planetary Nebula Abell 78

This newly released image from the XMM-Newton satellite shows Abell 78 – the second born-again planetary nebula discovered. Beneath the vivid hues of this eye-shaped cloud, named Abell 78, a tale of stellar life and death is unfolding. At the center of the nebula, a dying star – not unlike our Sun – which shed […]

Continue reading...

Scientists Discover Four-Legged Snake Fossil

August 2, 2015

4 Comments

Four-Legged Snake Fossil Discovered

Researchers from the University of Portsmouth have discovered a fossil of a snake that had four legs, helping to reveal how snakes made the transition from lizards to serpents. It is the first known fossil of a four-legged snake, and the team – led by Dr Dave Martill from the University of Portsmouth – say […]

Continue reading...

What the World Thinks of Climate Change: Predictors of Public Climate Change Awareness and Risk Perception

July 27, 2015

1 Comment

Study Reveals Predictors of Public Climate Change Awareness and Risk Perception

A newly published study reveals for the first time what the world thinks about climate change and why. The study shows major contrast in awareness between developed and developing countries. Using data from the 2007-2008 Gallup World Poll, conducted in 119 countries, an international team of researchers identified the factors that most influence climate change […]

Continue reading...

NASA Lab Results Reveal Recipe for Extraterrestrial Vitamin B3

July 24, 2015

0 Comments

Astronomers Find Extraterrestrial Vitamin

New NASA experiments reveal that vitamin B3 and other complex organic compounds could be made in space and it is plausible that meteorite and comet impacts could have added an extraterrestrial component to the supply of vitamin B3 on ancient Earth. Vitamin B3 could have been made on icy dust grains in space, and later […]

Continue reading...

Nanoparticles and UV Light Clean Up Environmental Pollutants

July 22, 2015

0 Comments

Nanoparticles Clean Up Environmental Pollutants

A new study from MIT shows how nanoparticles can clean up environmental pollutants, revealing that nanomaterials and UV light can “trap” chemicals for easy removal from soil and water. Many human-made pollutants in the environment resist degradation through natural processes, and disrupt hormonal and other systems in mammals and other animals. Removing these toxic materials […]

Continue reading...

Study Shows Greenland’s Undercut Glaciers Melting Faster than Thought

July 22, 2015

8 Comments

New Research Shows Greenland’s Undercut Glaciers Melting Faster than Thought

In a newly published study, a team of researchers reveal that Greenland’s glaciers are likely melting faster than previously thought. Greenland’s glaciers flowing into the ocean are grounded deeper below sea level than previously measured, allowing intruding ocean water to badly undercut the glacier faces. That process will raise sea levels around the world much […]

Continue reading...