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Laser ranging can 'see' 3D objects melting in fires

1 week ago from Science Daily

Researchers have used a laser detection and ranging (LADAR) system to image three-dimensional (3D) objects melting in flames. The method could offer a precise, safe and compact way to measure...

Tiny tunnels inside garnets appear to be the result of boring microorganisms

1 week ago from Science Daily

Complex systems of microscopic tunnels found inside garnet crystals from Thailand are most likely the result of microorganisms making their homes inside these minerals, according to a new study.

Scientists squeeze nanocrystals in a liquid droplet into a solid-like state and back again

1 week ago from Science Daily

A team led by scientists found a way to make a liquid-like state behave more like a solid, and then to reverse the process.

Scientists design material that can store energy like an eagle's grip

1 week ago from Physorg

What do a flea and an eagle have in common? They can store energy in their feet without having to continuously contract their muscles to then jump high or hold...

The world of plastics, in numbers

1 week ago from Physorg

From its early beginnings during and after World War II, the commercial industry for polymers – long chain synthetic molecules of which "plastics" are a common misnomer – has grown...

Best of both worlds: Combining two skeleton-building chemical reactions

1 week ago from Science Daily

The method could speed the discovery of new drugs and other products by offering the ability to simply and efficiently build a wide variety of molecular architectures.

Diamond-based sensors enable spintronics and next-generation MRI

1 week ago from Physorg

Sensors developed under the DIADEMS project and capable of measuring magnetic fields with unprecedented accuracy are on the path to commercialisation. The technology has already spurred the creation of four...

Mini antimatter accelerator could rival the likes of the Large Hadron Collider

1 week ago from Physorg

Researchers have found a way to accelerate antimatter in a 1000x smaller space than current accelerators, boosting the science of exotic particles.

How ions gather water molecules around them

1 week ago from Physorg

Charged particles in aqueous solutions are always surrounded by a shell of water molecules. However, much is still unknown about the nature of this so-called hydration shell. Using terahertz spectroscopy,...

SNS completes full neutron production cycle at record power level

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

The Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has reached a new milestone by operating a complete neutron production run cycle at 1.3 megawatts. Achieving the record power level...

Elusive nightjar back at RSPB Sandy reserve

A pair have been spotted breeding at the Bedfordshire site for the first time in 45 years.

Diamond capsules improve performance of laser fusion

1 week ago from Physorg

Osaka University-led researchers demonstrated that the perturbation of laser imprinting on a capsule for nuclear fusion fuel made from stiff and heavy materials was mitigated. Using the latest chemical vapor...

Researchers find intermolecular forces stabilize clusters, promote aerosol production

1 week ago from Physorg

One enigma that has perplexed scientists is how new particles form in the atmosphere. They know how aerosols can grow into sizes large enough to seed cloud droplets, but those...

World's densest, totally silent solid state drive

1 week ago from Physorg

Fast disappearing from data centers are power-hungry spinning hard disk drives that hum, buzz, run warm (or even hot), require fans and expensive cooling systems, and can crash unexpectedly.

Revolutionary new view of how living cells make energy

1 week ago from Physorg

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research have made a fundamental discovery about of the atomic structure and function of the biological 'factories'...

Lining Up the Surprising Behaviors of a Superconductor with One of the World's Strongest Magnets

1 week ago from Newswise - Scinews

Scientists have discovered that the electrical resistance of this material changes in an unusual way under very high magnetic fields--a finding that could help direct the search for materials that...

The underestimated cooling effect on the planet from historic fires

1 week ago from Science Blog

Historic levels of particles in the atmosphere released from pre-industrial era fires, and their cooling effect on the planet, may have been significantly underestimated according to a new study. Fires...

Team develops simple hydrogel modification method toward stretchable and transparent electronics

1 week ago from Physorg

Scientists from the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have proposed a novel method for the fabrication of highly transparent, electrically conductive,...

SNS completes full neutron production cycle at record power level

1 week ago from Physorg

The Spallation Neutron Source at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has reached a new milestone by operating a complete neutron production run cycle at 1.3 megawatts.

Ben Schwartz to voice Sonic the Hedgehog in upcoming film

1 week ago from UPI

Ben Schwartz has been selected to voice Sonic the Hedgehog in Paramount's upcoming film based on the iconic video game character.

Hybrid catalyst with high enantiomer selectivity

1 week ago from Physorg

A group of Japanese researchers has developed a technology to create a hybrid catalyst from simple-structured, commercially available rhodium and organic catalysts, which reduces chemical waste and produces molecules with...

Mazda, Suzuki, Yamaha acknowledge false emissions tests

1 week ago from UPI

Mazda, Suzuki and Yamaha have acknowledged running improper fuel economy and emissions tests after the transport ministry ordered an investigation last month.

Novel approach to coherent control of a three-level quantum system

1 week ago from Physorg

For the first time, researchers were able to study quantum interference in a three-level quantum system and thereby control the behavior of individual electron spins. To this end, they used...

World's fastest 3-D tomographic images reported at BESSY II

1 week ago from Physorg

An HZB team has developed an ingenious precision rotary table at the EDDI beamline at BESSY II and combined it with particularly fast optics. This enabled them to document the...

Surprise slow electrons are produced when intense lasers hit clusters of atoms

1 week ago from Physorg

Scientists found that relatively slow electrons are produced when intense lasers interact with small clusters of atoms, upturning current theories.

A new wave of satellites in orbit: Cheap and tiny, with short lifespans

1 week ago from Physorg

It's one of the most recognizable images in aerospace: Highly specialized workers clad in gowns, hair nets and shoe coverings crawl over a one-of-a-kind satellite the size of a school...

Best of both worlds: Combining two skeleton-building chemical reactions

1 week ago from Physorg

Scripps Research scientists have developed a powerful new strategy for synthesizing molecular skeletons of chemicals used in drugs and other important products, a technique that provides unprecedented flexibility and control...

Seed coats could lead to strong, tough, yet flexible materials

1 week ago from Science Daily

Inspired by elements found in nature, researchers say the puzzle-like wavy structure of the delicate seed coat, found in plants like succulents and some grasses, could hold the secret to...