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These Scientists Want to Bring Back Zeppelins in a Big Way

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 16:25
Here's an explosive situation: An Austrian team of scientists are proposing an airship, otherwise known as a zeppelin, that's ten times the size of the Hindenburg — the 800-foot German passenger airship that infamously caught fire in 1937, ending in a disaster ...

Focus: X-Ray Imaging Goes Quantum

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 16:13
August 23, 2019 • Physics 12, 95. The first demonstration of a source of quantum correlated x-ray photons shows that such photons can enhance x-ray imaging. Figure caption expand figure. APS/Alan Stonebraker. Quantum x-ray vision. A new scheme ...

Biodiversity on Some Alien Planets May Dwarf That of Earth

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 16:00
Earth's dazzling biodiversity may not be so remarkable in the cosmic scheme of things, a new study suggests. Alien planets with more favorable ocean-circulation patterns might support life in even greater abundance and variety than our own world does, the ...

Gene Editing Transforms Gel into Shape-Shifting Smart Material

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 16:00
Is there anything CRISPR can't do? Scientists have wielded the gene-editing tool to make scores of genetically modified organisms, as well as to track animal development, detect diseases and control pests. Now, they have found yet another application for it: ...

Experiments illuminate key component of plants' immune systems

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:55
Date: August 22, 2019; Source: Colorado State University; Summary: Biologists have shed new light on a crucial aspect of the plant immune response. Their discovery, revealing how plant resistance proteins trigger localized cell death, could lead to new ...

Atacama Desert Offers Insights Into Microbial Life On Mars

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:41
Searching for life on other planets has been the focus of much of the research of the universe. Hoping to get a better understanding of how microbes could survive in extreme environments, scientists are studying similar environments on Earth. A group of ...

What's killing sea otters? Parasite strain from cats

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:40
Date: August 22, 2019; Source: University of California - Davis; Summary: Many wild southern sea otters in California are infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, yet the infection is fatal for only a fraction of sea otters, which has long puzzled the scientific ...

The Paleozoic diet: Why animals eat what they eat

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:39
Date: August 22, 2019; Source: University of Arizona; Summary: In what likely is the first study on the evolution of dietary preferences across the animal kingdom, researchers report several unexpected discoveries, including that the first animal likely was a ...

Beachgoers Warned of Dangerous Waves on Lake Michigan

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:35
(Published 1 minute ago) Beachgoers were under an urgent warning of strong currents and dangerous waves across the lakefront in Chicago and the surrounding area on Friday. Lauren Petty reports. (Published 1... See More ...

Western Slope Skies - Late Summer Galaxies

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:16
When hot summer days yield to cool, pleasant nights, late summer evenings provide some of the best opportunities for star gazing. The constellations of summer and early autumn contain some of the finest examples of the various types of astronomical ...

Nano-thermometer takes temperature inside cells

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:38
Date: August 22, 2019; Source: Rice University; Summary: Scientists have developed a nano-thermometer able to take temperatures inside cells. The technique takes advantage of the fluorescent properties of a modified molecular rotor and the viscosity of the ...

How the sun damages our skin

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:37
Date: August 22, 2019; Source: Binghamton University; Summary: Researchers have discovered the mechanism through which ultraviolet radiation, given off by the sun, damages our skin. Share: FULL STORY ...

Research details impact of energy development on deer habitat use

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:26
... details impact of energy development on deer habitat use. Date: August 22, 2019; Source: University of Wyoming; Summary: Mule deer avoid areas close to such human disturbance, even when there's quality forage in those areas. Share: FULL STORY ...

Viewpoint: Russia, China Alliance on Navigation Satellites Threatens GPS

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:22
Russia and China have been increasingly moving toward greater synergies between their respective satellite navigation systems since at least 2015. The stated goals of the two powers have been: ensuring compatibility and interoperability of GLONASS and ...

World's Tiniest Engine Created

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 13:10
A team of researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the Universität Mainz has developed the world's smallest engine. The nanoscale heat engine. Image credit: John Goold, Trinity College Dublin. The nanoscale engine — a trapped 40Ca+ ion — is ...

NASA wants to launch a spacecraft from Vandenberg and smash it into an asteroid

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:45
If an asteroid comes hurtling toward Earth, Vandenberg Air Force Base might be the planet's first line of defense. NASA is currently developing a way to divert asteroids on a collision course toward the planet, preventing a cataclysmic event that could ...

Using CRISPR to program gels with new functions

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:41
The CRISPR genome-editing system is best-known for its potential to correct disease-causing mutations and add new genes into living cells. Now, a team from MIT and Harvard University has deployed CRISPR for a completely different purpose: creating ...

A Cosmic Rarity Found in Antarctic Snow

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:40
The isotope iron-60, produced when a star explodes, is hidden in some of Earth's most isolated places. Marina Koren. 7:00 AM ET. Satellite image of Antarctic ice from 2011NASA. The snow arrived at the laboratory in Munich inside Styrofoam boxes. It came ...

Researchers produce first-ever videos of chemical synthesis at atomic resolution

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:35
Electron microscope images of the test sample at different magnifications. Credit: (c) 2019 Nakamura et al. For the first time, researchers have managed to view previously inaccessible details of certain chemical processes. They have shown there are ...

Manta rays form social bonds with each other

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 12:35
Manta rays form social relationships and actively choose their social partners, a new study has revealed. Research published today by scientists from the Marine Megafauna Foundation, Macquarie University and the University of Papua is the first to describe ...

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