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Scientists get soft on 3D printing

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:03
Date: September 22, 2020; Source: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Summary: Researchers have developed a new method of 3D-printing gels and other soft materials. It has the potential to create complex structures with ...

Researchers identify 'landfalling droughts' that originate over ocean

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:02
Researchers have identified a new type of “landfalling drought” that originates over the ocean before traveling onto land, and which can cause larger, drier conditions than other droughts. By Danielle Torrent Tucker. Meteorologists track hurricanes over the ...

How Earth's spacefaring nations are teaming up to build an asteroid defense system

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 14:01
“Quite a few of your readers have probably seen the Armageddon movie with Bruce Willis,” said Heli Greus, product assurance and safety manager for the European Space Agency's Hera project. “That [would] never work, but a realistic asteroid deflection ...

Famous Black Hole Shows Its Wobbly Past in New Movie

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:49
The release of the first-ever image of a real black hole in 2019 was a watershed moment for science, but there's still more work to do. The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team is still planning future observations, but it's also looking at old data to strengthen ...

Skin-to-skin contact 'can reduce pain response in a newborn's brain'

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:36
Skin-to-skin contact with a parent reduces how strongly a newborn's brain responds to a painful medical procedure, scientists have found. Researchers analysed the pain response in the brain as the infants underwent heel lance, a standard but painful ...

A remarkable echo effect discovered

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:31
Spin is the total angular momentum of small particles that points in a certain direction, that can be manipulated using a magnetic field. This principle is the basic idea behind magnetic resonance imaging as used in hospitals. An international research group ...

White graphene exhibits high defect tolerance and elasticity

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:10
Because of their unique physical, chemical, electrical and optical properties, two-dimensional (2-D) materials have attracted tremendous attention in the past decades. After revealing the realistic strength and stretchability of graphene, nicknamed "black gold," ...

Asteroid or space junk? Approaching object might become Earth's mini-moon

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 13:03
An approaching space object – labeled 2020 SO – is about to briefly become a new “mini-moon” for Earth, captured by our planet's more powerful gravity. Orbit models show that both the low speed and trajectory of the approaching object, should cause Earth ...

Melting Antarctic ice will raise sea levels and might cause humanity to 'give up ... New York'

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:56
If the goals of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement are not met, the Antarctic ice sheet will melt, resulting in global sea levels rising to the point where humanity will have to "give up ... New York," according to a new study. The research, published in Nature, notes ...

Placental development takes place days before the embryo forms, study finds

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:40
The first stages of placental development take place days before the embryo starts to form in human pregnancies. This new finding highlights the importance of healthy placental development in pregnancy, and could lead to future improvements in fertility ...

Cuvier's beaked whale breaks record with 3 hour 42 minute dive

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:39
The blue whale might be one of the most enigmatic creatures on the planet, but the true megastars of the diving world are Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris). They are capable of reaching depths of almost 3000 m, and calculations suggest that these ...

Scientists sequence the 92-year-old mold that produced the first antibiotic, penicillin

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:33
(CNN) The accidental discovery of penicillin by Alexander Fleming in 1928, when mold contaminated one of his petri dishes, changed the course of modern medicine, with antibiotics key to the decline of many diseases over the course of the 20th century.

Earth life may have traveled to Venus aboard sky-skimming asteroid

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:32
If there is indeed life on Venus, it may have come from Earth — aboard an asteroid that scooped up microbes high in our skies, a new study suggests. Advertisement. Last week, researchers announced the detection of the potential biosignature gas phosphine ...

Ancient seagoing reptile renamed 'Jaws of Death' likely crunched turtle shells like popcorn

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:30
With four-foot-long jaws, an ancient reptile terrorized the seas even as Tyrannosaurus rex ruled the land. The great white shark of “Jaws” fame would probably have been but a tasty morsel for a giant, ancient seagoing lizard recently renamed “Jaws of Death” ...

SpaceX pops Starship tank on purpose in explosive pressure test

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 12:28
SpaceX just popped another Starship test tank. Advertisement. The Starship SN7.1 tank was destroyed on purpose Tuesday night (Sept. 22) at SpaceX's South Texas facilities, during a pressure test designed to take the stainless-steel hardware to its bursting ...

Massive M87 Black Hole is Wobbling and Rotating, Say Scientists

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:43
A new revelation by the scientists tells us that a black hole which is 55 million lightyears away is wobbling and rotating. They have termed the movement of the black hole as 'interesting and helpful'. Astronomers said the object, known as M87, has undergone ...

Explained: NASA's sonification project that turns astronomical images into music?

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:31
While telescopes offer glimpses of outer space by translating digital data into stunning images, NASA's Chandra X-Ray Center (CXC) has gone a step further by unveiling a new 'sonification' project that transforms data from astronomical images into audio.

Researchers have created the world's smallest refrigerator

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 11:28
Researchers at UCLA have created what they have termed the world's smallest refrigerator. When most of us think of a fridge, we think of the machine sitting in the kitchen that keeps meat frozen and milk cold. What the researchers at UCLA created isn't a ...

Professor Sir Michael Berry to receive Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:21
Melville Wills Professor of Physics Sir Michael Berry is to receive the Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award for 2020. Professor Sir Michael Berry in the School of Physics will receive the 2020 Fudan-Zhongzhi Science Award, for the theoretical discovery of the ...

Genome of Alexander Fleming's original penicillin-producing mould sequenced

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 10:00
Researchers have sequenced the genome of Alexander Fleming's penicillin mould for the first time and compared it to later versions. Alexander Fleming famously discovered the first antibiotic, penicillin, in 1928 while working at St Mary's Hospital Medical ...