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Earth's most mysterious hums, ranked
When all else is quiet, Earth still hums. Scientists have known about this low-frequency droning for years, but last month researchers published the first-ever study to record the not-so-noisy noise on the bottom of the ocean. The paper presents some interesting findings on the hum and its frequencies—the planet’s... Read more
Hot vibrating gases under the electron spotlight
IMAGE: Schematic illustration of dynamic behavior of gaseous molecules observed using electron microscopy. view more  Credit: CREDIT: c2017 TERUYASU MIZOGUCHI, INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL SCIENCE, THE UNIVERSITY OF TOKYO Tokyo – Gases have been used throughout industry. Natural gas, for example, is “cracked” in refineries to make products like acetylene. The... Read more
Glass with switchable opacity could improve solar cells and LEDs
IMAGE: New glass etched with nanograss structures can be switched from hazy to clear by applying water. As shown here, removing the water from the glass makes it appear hazy again…. view more  Credit: Sajad Haghanifar, University of Pittsburgh WASHINGTON — Using nanoscale grass-like structures, researchers at the University of... Read more
Marine turtles dying after becoming entangled in plastic rubbish
IMAGE: This is a live leatherback turtle entangled in fishing ropes which increases drag, Grenada 2014. view more  Credit: Kate Charles, Ocean Spirits Hundreds of marine turtles die every year after becoming entangled in rubbish in the oceans and on beaches, including plastic ‘six pack’ holders and disgarded fishing gear.... Read more
Scientists from UCLA, National Gallery of Art pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork
IMAGE: This image shows the original painting (left), along with images made using hyperspectral reflectance, luminescence and X-ray fluorescence. view more  Credit: National Gallery of Art (left); National Gallery of Art/UCLA Scientists from UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have used a combination of three advanced imaging techniques to... Read more
We're scientists who turn hurricanes into music
During the 2017 hurricane season, major storms in the North Atlantic devastated communities in and around Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and the wider Caribbean. The destruction shows how important it is to understand and communicate the serious threats that these storms pose. Scientists have made great strides in forecasting... Read more
Bacteria development marks new era in cellular design
IMAGE: This is a graphic image of tubular scaffolds in cells. view more  Credit: University of Kent Scientists at the universities of Kent and Bristol have built a miniature scaffold inside bacteria that can be used to bolster cellular productivity, with implications for the next generation of biofuel production. Because... Read more
Mission to gather petrified Antarctic plants could help predict future of flora on warming Earth
IMAGE: These are Glossopteris leaves, the dominant plant type during the Permian in Antarctica. view more  Credit: University of Kansas LAWRENCE — A team of investigators from the University of Kansas currently is stationed at Antarctica’s Shackleton Glacier to collect the remains of plants that once thrived there during the... Read more
Innovative system images photosynthesis to provide picture of plant health
IMAGE: A new fluorescence imaging system uses a large imaging area to provide information about plant health. It is designed for use in greenhouses or in the field and could one… view more  Credit: Haifeng Li, Zhejiang University WASHINGTON — Researchers have developed a new imaging system that is designed... Read more
More-severe climate model predictions could be the most accurate
IMAGE: Climate model simulations are used to predict how much warming should be expected for any given increase in the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. New… view more  Credit: Public domain Washington, DC– The climate models that project greater amounts of warming this century are the... Read more