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February 18, 2020

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Data from NASA's New Horizons mission are providing new insights into how planets and planetesimals -- the building blocks ... read more
The early solar system was a chaotic place, with evidence indicating that Mars was likely struck by planetesimals, small protoplanets up to 1,200 miles in diameter, early in ... read more
A completely passive solar-powered desalination system could provide more than 1.5 gallons of fresh drinking water per hour for every square meter of solar collecting area. ... read more
Scientists have solved a critical part of the mystery of photosynthesis, focusing on the initial, ultrafast events through which photosynthetic proteins capture light and use ... read more
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Rules of Life: From a Pond to the Beyond

Researchers have conducted experiments in the nutrient-poor Cuatro Cienegas Basin in Mexico. Their goal was to shed light on how fundamental features of an organism's genome -- its size, the way ... read more

Green Approach Accelerates Process Optimization and Retrieval of 'Switchable' Solvents

Researchers have demonstrated a new, green technology for both accelerated screening and retrieving 'switchable' solvents used in green chemistry applications. The new approach makes the ... read more

New Biochemical Compound Breaks Down Environmental Pollutants

Researchers discover a new biochemical compound that can break down environmental ... read more

Ultrasound Device Improves Charge Time and Run Time in Lithium Batteries

Researchers have developed an ultrasound-emitting device that brings lithium metal batteries, or LMBs, one step closer to commercial viability. Although the research team focused on LMBs, the device ... read more

Scientists Pioneer New Way to Study Exoplanets

A team of scientists using the Low Frequency Array radio telescope in the Netherlands has observed radio waves that carry the distinct signatures of aurorae, caused by the interaction between a ... read more

Fast-Charging, Long-Running, Bendy Energy Storage Breakthrough

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene, which charges quickly and safely stores a record-high level of energy for use over a long period, has been ... read more

New Green Technology Generates Electricity 'out of Thin Air'

Electrical engineers and microbiologists have created a device they call an 'Air-gen' or air-powered generator, with electrically conductive protein nanowires produced by the microbe ... read more

Breakthrough Listen Releases 2 Petabytes of Data from SETI Survey of Milky Way

Breakthrough Listen announced its second major release of SETI data: a radio survey of the plane of the Milky Way and the galactic center. The public is urged to search the data for signals from ... read more

Computer-Generated Genomes

Chemists have described how computational algorithms paired with chemical DNA synthesis enable digital manufacturing of biological systems up to the size of entire microbial genomes. They have made ... read more

New technologies that enable new strategies are revitalizing the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), by not only augmenting the traditional search for intelligently generated radio ... read more

Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet

Researchers have developed a ''smart'' diaper embedded with a moisture sensor that can alert a caregiver when a diaper is wet. When the sensor detects dampness in the diaper, it ... read more

Leaking Away Essential Resources Isn't Wasteful, Actually Helps Cells Grow

Experts have been unable to explain why cells from bacteria to humans leak essential chemicals necessary for growth into their environment. New mathematical models reveal that leaking metabolites -- ... read more

Electrons in Rapid Motion

Researchers observe quantum interferences in real-time using a new extreme ultra-violet light spectroscopy ... read more

Iodide Salts Stabilize Biocatalysts for Fuel Cells

Contrary to theoretical predictions, oxygen inactivates biocatalysts for energy conversion within a short time, even under a protective film. A research team has found out why: Hydrogen peroxide ... read more

Deconstructing Schrödinger's Cat

Many physicists have attempted to explain the problem of quantum superposition, as exemplified by Schrödinger's cat. Now a French theoretical physicist proposes a novel possible solution, which ... read more

WWI Helmets Protect Against Shock Waves Just as Well as Modern Designs

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that, despite significant advancements in protection from ballistics and blunt impacts, modern military helmets are no better at protecting from shock waves ... read more

Galactic Cosmic Rays Affect Titan's Atmosphere

Planetary scientists have revealed the secrets of the atmosphere of Titan, the largest moon of Saturn. The team found a chemical footprint in Titan's atmosphere indicating that cosmic rays ... read more

A Smart Jumpsuit Provides Information on Infants' Movement and Development

A new innovation makes it possible, for the first time, to quantitatively assess children's spontaneous movement in the natural ... read more

Hydropower Dams Cool Rivers in the Mekong River Basin, Satellites Show

Using 30 years of satellite data, researchers discovered that within one year of the opening of a major dam in the Mekong River basin, downstream river temperatures during the dry season dropped by ... read more

Polymers to the Rescue! Saving Cells from Damaging Ice

Chemists provide the foundation to design efficient polymers that can prevent the growth of ice that damages ... read more

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