This is an aerial view of Sheringham Shoal wind farm.

AGU: Voyager spacecraft might not have reached interstellar space

In 2012, the Voyager mission team announced that the Voyager 1 spacecraft had passed into interstellar space, traveling further from Earth than any other manmade object.

Bats use polarized light to navigate

Scientists have discovered that greater mouse-eared bats use polarisation patterns in the sky to navigate -- the first mammal that's known to do this.

Newly discovered gut virus lives in half the world's population

Odds are, there's a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University has found...

The physics of lead guitar playing

String bends, tapping, vibrato and whammy bars are all techniques that add to the distinctiveness of a lead guitarist's sound, whether it's Clapton, Hendrix, or BB King.

Magnets for fusion energy: A revolutionary manufacturing method developed

This is the cross-section of the conductor sample.The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the...

NSU researcher part of team studying ways to better predict intensity of hurricanes

They are something we take very seriously in Florida -- hurricanes. The names roll off the tongue like a list of villains -- Andrew, Charlie, Frances and Wilma.

How honey bees stay cool

The top panel depicts the experimental hive. It shows that the high heat area, colored red, grew within three minutes of cooling and disappeared within nine minutes. The bottom panel shows how the control panel gradually dissipated heat. There, heat persisted after 18 minutes of cooling.Honey bees, especially the young, are highly sensitive to temperature and to protect developing bees, adults work together to maintain temperatures within a narrow range. Recently published research led by...

A crystal wedding in the nanocosmos

Indium arsenide (green-cyan) is perfectly integrated into the silicon nanowire (blue). (Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy).Researchers at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR), the Vienna University of Technology and the Maria Curie-Skłodowska University Lublin have succeeded in embedding nearly perfect semiconductor crystals into a silicon nanowire. With...

3-D image of Paleolithic child's skull reveals trauma, brain damage

This is a 3-D reconstruction of skull compound fracture and endocranial surface changes.Three-dimensional imaging of a Paleolithic child's skull reveals potentially violent head trauma that likely lead to brain damage, according to a study published July 23, 2014 in the open-access journal...

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

This is a scanning electron microscope image of a fungal haustorium (<i>Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei</i>) taken from inside the barley epidermal cell.New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew.

Dog jealousy: Study suggests primordial origins for the 'green-eyed monster'

This image depicts emotion researcher Christine Harris, professor of psychology at UC San Diego, with Samwise, one of three border collies to inspire the study on dog jealousy.This will not surprise most dog owners: Dogs can act jealous, finds a new study from the University of California, San Diego. Darwin thought so, too. But emotion researchers have...

Law of physics governs airplane evolution

This graph shows how -- as the years have passed -- bigger and bigger airplanes have joined the ranks of their behemoth brothers.Researchers believe they now know why the supersonic trans-Atlantic Concorde aircraft went the way of the dodo -- it hit an evolutionary cul-de-sac.

Hubble finds 3 surprisingly dry exoplanets

This is an artistic illustration of the gas giant planet HD 209458b in the constellation Pegasus. To the surprise of astronomers, they have found much less water vapor in the hot world's atmosphere than standard planet-formation models predict.Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun -- and have come up nearly...

ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory study combined microscopy and data processing to provide an unprecedented look at the surface of a magnanite material known for its unusual properties. The resulting "distortion maps" (right) brought into view structural areas called domains that were not easily identified in the raw images (left).A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known...

Global warming 'pause' since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation

Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research...

Australian researchers pioneer a 'Google street view' of galaxies

This is associate Professor Scott Croom (CAASTRO/University of Sydney) with the SAMI instrument during its construction.A new home-grown instrument based on bundles of optical fibres is giving Australian astronomers the first 'Google street view' of the cosmos -- incredibly detailed views of huge numbers of...

The microbes make the sake brewery

A sake brewery has its own microbial terroir, meaning the microbial populations found on surfaces in the facility resemble those found in the product, creating the final flavor according to...

Greater odds of adverse childhood experiences in those with military service

Men and women who have served in the military have a higher prevalence of adverse childhood events (ACEs), suggesting that enlistment may be a way to escape adversity...

Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink

This is an artist's impression of the coherent orbit of dwarf galaxies about a large galaxy.The discovery that many small galaxies throughout the universe do not 'swarm' around larger ones like bees do but 'dance' in orderly disc-shaped orbits is a challenge to our understanding...

Large twin study suggests that language delay due more to nature than nurture

University of Kansas Distinguished Professor Mabel Rice directs a longitudinal study of language development in 1,000 sets of Australian twins from birth through adolescence.A study of 473 sets of twins followed since birth found that compared to single-born children, 47 percent of 24-month-old identical twins had language delay compared to 31 percent of...

Common blood thinner for pregnant women proven ineffective: Lancet study

Amy Mills poses for a photo with her husband Jeff and children Joshua and Mikayla. They were at a wedding in Bancroft, Ontario (Canada), in the summer of 2013.It's a daily injection to the belly for pregnant women at risk of developing blood clots and it's ineffective, according to a clinical trial led by researchers at The Ottawa...