A new study has revealed that the thickness of Antarctica’s floating ice shelves has recently decreased by as much as 18 percent in certain areas over nearly two decades, providing new insights on how the Antarctic ice sheet is responding to climate change.
Scientific literature traces manhole explosions back nearly a century, but a series of such incidents in Indianapolis has authorities looking for a quick solution. A combination of power system design, winter road salt, older electrical cable insulation and basic chemistry have triggered underground explosions in older downtowns, launching 350-pound manhole covers high in the air.
Three of the nation’s largest philanthropies, the HHMI, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Simons Foundation are announcing a new partnership to provide much needed research support to outstanding early career scientists in the U.S. Through the new Faculty Scholars Program, the philanthropies will invest a total of $148 million in research support over the program’s first five years.
Squid are the ultimate camouflage artists, blending almost flawlessly with their backgrounds so that unsuspecting prey can't detect them. Using a protein that's key to this process, scientists have designed "invisibility stickers" that could one day help soldiers disguise themselves, even when sought by enemies with tough-to-fool infrared cameras.
They’re in just about every box you get in the mail, and they almost immediately get thrown in the trash. Now, one group of scientists wants to turn those packing peanuts into power. Researchers have shown how to convert waste-packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste.
The Thermo Scientific Spinnaker Smart Laboratory Robot with built-in vision, coupled with proprietary Momentum 4 software, is designed to eliminate the need for users to manually correct for drift that occurs over time by automatically compensating for positional variations.
Apart from their style, sunglasses have changed very little in the last few decades. Photochromic lenses that change from clear to tinted in sunlight were a big breakthrough. New research could give that technology a big boost. Researchers have developed a polymer coating that changes colors with the push of a button.
Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, researchers have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes - and while recovery is still possible.
Researchers have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles— a technique allowing direct stimulation of neurons, which could be an effective treatment for a variety of neurological diseases, without the need for implants or external connections.
A puzzling observation, pursued through hundreds of experiments, has led researchers to a simple yet profound discovery: under certain circumstances, droplets of fluid will move like performers in a dance choreographed by molecular physics.
There is a rapidly growing momentum driving the development of mobile payment systems. New research has shown systems, such as the Bristol Pound, can have a positive effect on the local community by encouraging consumers to support and value their local businesses.
Research has found that relatively small eddies and jets are doing the heavy lifting in the ocean, driving heat into the Southern Ocean and slowing the impacts of global warming.
Researchers wanted to find a better way to make coatings that can be painted onto surfaces to conduct electricity or convert electricity into hydrogen fuels. Instead, they found a new way to make state-of-the-art materials for energy storage using a cheap lamp from the hardware store.
Leaves of three, let them be, right? But what happens when you get covered in poison ivy and can't stop scratching?
A toilet, conveniently situated near the Student Union Bar at a university, is proving pee can generate electricity. The prototype urinal is the result of a partnership between the school and Oxfam. It is hoped the “pee-power” technology will light cubicles in refugee camps, which are often dark and dangerous places, particularly for women.
By showing a robot how to write letters, children improve their writing skills and gain self-confidence. When a robot struggles to write on a tablet a little girl kindly steps in to help, writing out the word to show the robot how to do it. She puts in effort to teach the robot... without realizing that in reality she is the one who is improving her writing skills.