Rarest seal breeding site discovered

Rarest seal breeding site discovered

Rarest seal breeding site discovered Scientists have discovered a previously unknown breeding site used by the world’s rarest seal species. Rarest seal breeding site discovered

4-D bioengineering materials bend, curve like natural tissue

4-D bioengineering materials bend, curve like natural tissue

4-D bioengineering materials bend, curve like natural tissue Tissue engineering has long-depended on geometrically static scaffolds seeded with cells in the lab to create new tissues and even organs. The scaffolding material—usually a biodegradable polymer structure—is supplied with cells and the cells, if supplied with …..

Reinforced by policies, charters segregate schools

Reinforced by policies, charters segregate schools

Reinforced by policies, charters segregate schools The expansion of charter schools in the 2000s led to an increase in school segregation and a slight decline in residential segregation, according to new research from Cornell University providing the first national estimates of the diverging trends. Reinforced …..

How a plant regulates its growth

How a plant regulates its growth

How a plant regulates its growth Plants grow towards the light. This phenomenon, which already fascinated Charles Darwin, has been observed by everyone who owns houseplants. Thus, the plant ensures that it can make the best use of light to photosynthesize and synthesize sugars. Similarly, …..

Study examines what makes people susceptible to fake health news

Study examines what makes people susceptible to fake health news

Study examines what makes people susceptible to fake health news A new study from University of Kansas journalism & mass communication researchers examines what influences people to be susceptible to false information about health and argues big tech companies have a responsibility to help prevent …..

Understanding the spatial and temporal dimensions of landscape dynamics

Understanding the spatial and temporal dimensions of landscape dynamics

Understanding the spatial and temporal dimensions of landscape dynamics The Earth’s surface is subject to continual changes that dynamically shape natural landscapes. Global phenomena like climate change play a role, as do short-term, local events of natural or human origin. The 3-D Geospatial Data Processing …..

How studying ecology could prevent another pandemic

How studying ecology could prevent another pandemic

How studying ecology could prevent another pandemic When you hear the word ecology, you probably don’t immediately associate the study of organisms and how they relate to their surroundings with infectious diseases. How studying ecology could prevent another pandemic

Project-based learning yields better student outcomes

Project-based learning yields better student outcomes

Project-based learning yields better student outcomes Students in project-based learning classrooms across the United States significantly outperform those in typical classrooms, according to studies announced by Lucas Education Research, along with five major universities, including the University of Michigan. Project-based learning yields better student outcomes

Bottling the world's coldest plasma

Bottling the world's coldest plasma

Bottling the world's coldest plasma Rice University physicists have discovered a way to trap the world’s coldest plasma in a magnetic bottle, a technological achievement that could advance research into clean energy, space weather and astrophysics. Bottling the world's coldest plasma

Coastal flooding enhances methane buildup in forests

Coastal flooding enhances methane buildup in forests

Coastal flooding enhances methane buildup in forests Forests are typically thought of as carbon sinks, absorbing more greenhouse gases from the atmosphere than they release. Trees and plants suck in carbon dioxide during photosynthesis and release oxygen back into the air. However, they also exchange …..

ESA is working on a mission to explore caves on the moon

ESA is working on a mission to explore caves on the moon

ESA is working on a mission to explore caves on the moon Infrastructure is going to be one of the biggest components of any permanent human settlement on the moon. NASA Artemis missions are focused directly on building up the facilities and processes necessary to …..

This is what rolling blackouts look like from space

This is what rolling blackouts look like from space

This is what rolling blackouts look like from space Extreme winter weather hit Texas hard this February. An air mass from the arctic extended deep into the United States from Canada, with disastrous results for the ordinarily warm state. Along with snow and unusually low …..

Microplastic sizes in Hudson-Raritan Estuary and coastal ocean revealed

Microplastic sizes in Hudson-Raritan Estuary and coastal ocean revealed

Microplastic sizes in Hudson-Raritan Estuary and coastal ocean revealed Rutgers scientists for the first time have pinpointed the sizes of microplastics from a highly urbanized estuarine and coastal system with numerous sources of fresh water, including the Hudson River and Raritan River. Microplastic sizes in …..

Visiting water bodies worth $800bn to economies, study finds

Visiting water bodies worth $800bn to economies, study finds

Visiting water bodies worth 0bn to economies, study finds Europeans spend more than £700 billion (€800bn) a year on recreational visits to water bodies—but perceived poor water quality costs almost £90 billion (€100bn) in lost visits, a new study has found. Visiting water bodies worth …..

Argentine titanosaur may be oldest yet: study

Argentine titanosaur may be oldest yet: study

Argentine titanosaur may be oldest yet: study A colossal dinosaur dug up in Argentina could be the oldest titanosaur ever found, having roamed what is now Patagonia some 140 million years ago at the beginning of the Cretaceous period, scientists said Sunday. Argentine titanosaur may …..

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings Spacewalking astronauts ventured out Sunday to install support frames for new, high-efficiency solar panels arriving at the International Space Station later this year. Spacewalking astronauts prep station for new solar wings

Roman chariot unearthed 'almost intact' near Pompeii

Roman chariot unearthed 'almost intact' near Pompeii

Roman chariot unearthed 'almost intact' near Pompeii An ornate Roman chariot has been discovered “almost intact” near Italy’s buried city of Pompeii, the archaeological park announced on Saturday, calling it a discovery with “no parallel” in the country. Roman chariot unearthed 'almost intact' near Pompeii

Flood-prone Miami to spend billions tackling sea level rise

Flood-prone Miami to spend billions tackling sea level rise

Flood-prone Miami to spend billions tackling sea level rise The US city of Miami is to invest billions of dollars to tackle its vulnerability to rising sea levels, a reality that already affects the daily lives of residents used to constant flooding. Flood-prone Miami to …..

Colombia's apiarists say avocado buzz is killing bees

Colombia's apiarists say avocado buzz is killing bees

Colombia's apiarists say avocado buzz is killing bees For the second time in two years, Gildardo Urrego is scooping up piles of dead bees after an invisible evil invaded his hives in northwest Colombia, wreaking havoc among his swarms. Colombia's apiarists say avocado buzz is …..

'Explicit instruction' provides dramatic benefits in learning to read

'Explicit instruction' provides dramatic benefits in learning to read

'Explicit instruction' provides dramatic benefits in learning to read The ability to read is foundational to education, but prolonged school closures and distance learning due to the pandemic have imposed unique challenges on the teaching of many fundamental skills. When in-person classes resume, many students …..

Giant iceberg breaks off near UK Antarctic base

Giant iceberg breaks off near UK Antarctic base

Giant iceberg breaks off near UK Antarctic base A vast iceberg almost the size of Greater London has broken away from the Antarctic ice shelf near a British research station, the British Antarctic Survey said Friday. Giant iceberg breaks off near UK Antarctic base

Using neutron scattering to better understand milk composition

Using neutron scattering to better understand milk composition

Using neutron scattering to better understand milk composition Neutron scattering is a technique commonly used in physics and biology to understand the composition of complex multicomponent mixtures and is increasingly being used to study applied materials such as food. A new paper published in EPJ …..

On-surface synthesis of graphene molecules and their superlattices

On-surface synthesis of graphene molecules and their superlattices

On-surface synthesis of graphene molecules and their superlattices NUS scientists have devised a new method for the synthesis of nanographene molecules with a high product yield for the development of next generation quantum devices. On-surface synthesis of graphene molecules and their superlattices

Bird believed extinct for 170 years spotted in Borneo

Bird believed extinct for 170 years spotted in Borneo

Bird believed extinct for 170 years spotted in Borneo A team of researchers from Indonesia and Singapore has found evidence of the continued existence of a bird long thought extinct. In their paper published in the journal BirdingASIA, the team describes the history of the …..

Dinosaur species: 'Everyone's unique'

Dinosaur species: 'Everyone's unique'

Dinosaur species: 'Everyone's unique' “Everyone’s unique” is a popular maxim. All people are equal, but there are of course individual differences. This was no different with dinosaurs. A study by researchers at the University of Bonn and the Dinosaur Museum Frick in Switzerland has now …..

Transporter protein regulates root gravitropism in Arabidopsis

Transporter protein regulates root gravitropism in Arabidopsis

Transporter protein regulates root gravitropism in Arabidopsis In a finding that could be used to improve the nutrient uptake of crops, a RIKEN-led team has identified a transporter protein that is involved in the tendency of plant roots to grow downwards in response to gravity, …..

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds

Monarch butterflies down 26% in Mexico wintering grounds The number of monarch butterflies that showed up at their winter resting grounds in central Mexico decreased by about 26% this year, and four times as many trees were lost to illegal logging, drought and other causes, …..

First complete coronavirus model shows cooperation

First complete coronavirus model shows cooperation

First complete coronavirus model shows cooperation The COVID-19 virus holds some mysteries. Scientists remain in the dark on aspects of how it fuses and enters the host cell; how it assembles itself; and how it buds off the host cell. First complete coronavirus model shows …..

Social dilemma follows 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano

Social dilemma follows 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano

Social dilemma follows 2018 eruption of Kilauea volcano The unprecedented cost of the 2018 Kilauea eruption in Hawai’i reflects the intersection of distinct physical and social phenomena: infrequent, highly destructive eruptions, and atypically high population growth, according to a new study published in Nature Communications …..

Compilation of research on PFAS in the environment

Compilation of research on PFAS in the environment

Compilation of research on PFAS in the environment Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a class of man-made chemical compounds and a current, emerging concern to environmental health. PFAS substances have unique characteristics-resistance to heat, water, oil and stains-that make them useful in a variety …..

Southern exposure: Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks

Southern exposure: Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks

Southern exposure: Cold wreaks havoc on aging waterworks The sunshine is back and the ice has melted. But more than a week after a deep freeze across the South, many communities are still grappling with getting clean water to their residents. Southern exposure: Cold wreaks …..

Getting ahead of climate change

Getting ahead of climate change

Getting ahead of climate change As climate change increases the occurrence of catastrophic natural disasters around the world, international organizations are looking for ways to reduce the risk of such disasters. One approach under exploration is the humanitarian community’s forecast-based early action (FbA), which seeks …..

European unions' support varies for precarious workers

European unions' support varies for precarious workers

European unions' support varies for precarious workers In many cases, unions in Europe have helped nonunionized workers whose jobs are precarious, according to new Cornell University research. European unions' support varies for precarious workers

Rare bee found after 100 years

Rare bee found after 100 years

Rare bee found after 100 years A widespread field search for a rare Australian native bee not recorded for almost a century has found it’s been there all along—but is probably under increasing pressure to survive. Rare bee found after 100 years

Targeting COVID-19 with innovative computational design methods

Targeting COVID-19 with innovative computational design methods

Targeting COVID-19 with innovative computational design methods Yale scientists have developed a new class of antiviral agents that shows promise for creating COVID-19 therapeutics—exhibiting particular effectiveness when used in tandem with the drug remdesivir, another antiviral medication approved for use against the virus. Targeting COVID-19 …..

LGBTQ+ spaces face a new threat from the pandemic

LGBTQ+ spaces face a new threat from the pandemic

LGBTQ+ spaces face a new threat from the pandemic Dedicated spaces have long been crucial to LGBTQ+ people. Whether it’s with friends and chosen family, or partners and hook-ups, these places have created joy and belonging while providing care that isn’t always available elsewhere. LGBTQ+ …..

On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape

On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape

On the line: Watching nanoparticles get in shape Liquid structures—liquid droplets that maintain a specific shape—are useful for a variety of applications, from food processing to cosmetics, medicine, and even petroleum extraction, but researchers have yet to tap into these exciting new materials’ full potential …..

A-maze-ing pheasants have two ways of navigating

A-maze-ing pheasants have two ways of navigating

A-maze-ing pheasants have two ways of navigating Pheasants fall into two groups in terms of how they find their way around—and the different types prefer slightly different habitats, new research shows. A-maze-ing pheasants have two ways of navigating

Bats, birds among wildlife pummeled during Southern freeze

Bats, birds among wildlife pummeled during Southern freeze

Bats, birds among wildlife pummeled during Southern freeze As many people in the southern U.S. hosted neighbors who had no heat or water during the vicious February storm and deep freeze, Kate Rugroden provided a refuge for shell-shocked bats. Bats, birds among wildlife pummeled during …..

After Hurricane Irma, soundscape reveals resilient reef ecosystem

After Hurricane Irma, soundscape reveals resilient reef ecosystem

After Hurricane Irma, soundscape reveals resilient reef ecosystem A new study from North Carolina State University reveals that the soundscapes of coral reef ecosystems can recover quickly from severe weather events such as hurricanes. The work also demonstrates that non-invasive monitoring is an important tool …..

A that gene provides both protection and destruction

A that gene provides both protection and destruction

A that gene provides both protection and destruction The family of ENDOU enzymes is found in most organisms, yet its functions are only poorly understood. In humans, it has been connected with cancer. RNA viruses, such as SARS-CoV2, contain a gene corresponding to ENDOU, and …..

New model more accurately predicts how massive glaciers melt

New model more accurately predicts how massive glaciers melt

New model more accurately predicts how massive glaciers melt New research by a team that included a Johns Hopkins engineer promises to enable more accurate ice-flow predictions, helping scientists better forecast how melting glaciers will contribute to rising sea levels, which have been linked to …..

Warmer and wetter climates amplify carbon release

Warmer and wetter climates amplify carbon release

Warmer and wetter climates amplify carbon release Terrestrial ecosystems help mitigate climate change by absorbing large amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. A new study now confirms that changing climate conditions could reduce this effect because in warmer and wetter areas, carbon stored in the …..

China's Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover

China's Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover

China's Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover China says its Tianwen-1 spacecraft has entered a temporary parking orbit around Mars in anticipation of landing a rover on the red planet in the coming months. China's Mars craft enters parking orbit before landing rover

Mars rover's giant parachute carried secret message

Mars rover's giant parachute carried secret message

Mars rover's giant parachute carried secret message The huge parachute used by NASA’s Perseverance rover to land on Mars contained a secret message, thanks to a puzzle lover on the spacecraft team. Mars rover's giant parachute carried secret message

Machine learning aids in simulating dynamics of interacting atoms

Machine learning aids in simulating dynamics of interacting atoms

Machine learning aids in simulating dynamics of interacting atoms A revolutionary machine-learning (ML) approach to simulate the motions of atoms in materials such as aluminum is described in this week’s Nature Communications journal. This automated approach to “interatomic potential development” could transform the field of …..

Mangrove forests store more carbon when they're more diverse

Mangrove forests store more carbon when they're more diverse

Mangrove forests store more carbon when they're more diverse Mangrove forests with greater species diversity can store more carbon, according to new research published in the British Ecological Society journal Functional Ecology. Mangrove forests store more carbon when they're more diverse

How "ugly" labels can increase purchase of unattractive produce

How "ugly" labels can increase purchase of unattractive produce

How "ugly" labels can increase purchase of unattractive produce Researchers from University of British Columbia published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that examines whether and how the use of ‘ugly’ labeling for unattractive produce increases sales and profit margins. How "ugly" labels …..

Buckyballs on DNA for harvesting light

Buckyballs on DNA for harvesting light

Buckyballs on DNA for harvesting light Organic molecules that capture photons and convert these into electricity have important applications for producing green energy. Light-harvesting complexes need two semiconductors, an electron donor and an acceptor. How well they work is measured by their quantum efficiency, the …..

Red light put moths in the mood

Red light put moths in the mood

Red light put moths in the mood Do you dim the lighting and turn on the red light for a romantic night in with your partner? It turns out moths aren’t so different in that regard. A new study published in Frontiers in Genetics shows …..

Game theory may be useful in explaining and combating viruses

Game theory may be useful in explaining and combating viruses

Game theory may be useful in explaining and combating viruses A team of researchers concludes that a game-theory approach may offer new insights into both the spread and disruption of viruses, such as SARS-CoV-2. Its work, described in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, …..

Dingo effects on ecosystem visible from space

Dingo effects on ecosystem visible from space

Dingo effects on ecosystem visible from space The environmental impacts of removing dingoes from the landscape are visible from space, a new UNSW Sydney study shows. Dingo effects on ecosystem visible from space

Transforming urban systems: Toward sustainability

Transforming urban systems: Toward sustainability

Transforming urban systems: Toward sustainability Urban areas are on the rise and changing rapidly in form and function, with spillover effects on virtually all areas of the Earth. The UN estimates that by 2050, 68% of the world’s population will reside in urban areas. In …..