In most cases, a catalyst that’s good at driving chemical reactions in one direction is bad at driving reactions in the opposite direction. However, a team of scientists has created the first high-performance, two-way oxide catalyst...
The first comprehensive study of the content of rare earth elements in coal ashes from the United States shows that coal originating from the Appalachian Mountains has the highest concentrations of scarce elements like neodymium, europium, terbium, dysprosium, yttrium and erbium that are needed for alternative energy and other technologies. Show More Summary
Made of pure copper, a new ultra-thin ‘shell’ conceals sensors from remote inspection while still allowing them to probe the exterior environment, report researchers.
Over three years, a research team has collected increasingly complex samples of edible fat for research. They are using new data to characterize the nanoscale structure of different kinds of edible fats and applying the data to a model that predicts the effect of processes like heating and mixing on fat structure. Show More Summary
In July of 2015 a team of scientists discovered a new species of boa during an expedition to a remote corner of the Bahamian Archipelago. They have named the new species the Silver Boa, Chilabothrus argentum. Significantly, this is the first new species of boa discovered in situ in the Caribbean since the 1940s. Show More Summary
A professor calls for action to tackle the effect of a rapidly growing world population on greenhouse gas production.
More young people of all ages are surviving cancer than ever before, but new research shows that adolescents and young adults have a lower chance of surviving eight relatively common types of cancer than children, according to the latest data from a long-running study of cancer survival across Europe.
They've announced the shortlist for the (Australian) Miles Franklin Literary Award. There's still quite a wait until they announce the winner of the A$60,000 prize -- on 26 August.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Basma Abdel Aziz's The Queue, just out from Melville House. Some nice related coverage in The New York Times today too, as Alexandra Alter reports that Abdel Aziz and other Middle Eastern Writers Find Refuge in the Dystopian Novel.
ayellowbirds: squidscientistas: Baby Hawaiian Bobtail Squid, raised in the Nyholm Lab, Spring 2014. eeny bloopers
New research addresses the importance of discussing potential pregnancy and providing pregnancy testing for women of reproductive age before they undergo surgery, so that harm to mother and baby can be avoided.
An algorithm for building DNA nanoparticles automatically has now been developed by researchers, paving the way to many more applications for 'DNA origami.'
Finding new, more effective and personalized treatments for cancer is the challenge of many researchers. The challenge has been successfully met by a team that has just synthesized and developed new drugs for melanoma.
Manduca sexta hawk moth use their proboscis to smell the floral volatiles when they visit flowers, report scientists. They discovered the olfactory neurons involved in the perception of these volatiles on the Manduca proboscis. OnlyShow More Summary
Having an 'alcohol identity' puts college students at greater risk of having drinking problems, say researchers, adding that posting about alcohol use on social media sites is actually a stronger predictor of alcohol problems than having a drink.
The heart rate may be an indicator of a person's life expectancy. A research team has to this end analyzed an effect which at first seems paradoxical: Minor irregularities in the heartbeat are indicative of a healthy body. A clinical study confirmed a strong correlation between this phenomenon and the survival prospects of heart attack patients. Show More Summary
Like many of you I am excited about the first episode of the mini-series Roots, which airs on the History channel tomorrow evening. I am also concerned. History does not have the best track record when it comes to programs that are actually about history. Many of their most popular programs have only a loose […]
noaasanctuaries: Well, apart from the fact that they’re awesome, of course. The answer is simple: Birds are quite sensitive to ecological changes. That sensitivity makes them ideal species for monitoring ecosystem shifts. By paying attention...Show More Summary
So asked Michael Rank in the comments section to this post: "Triple topolectal reprimand" (5/29/16) That's a very good question. It's a common expression among Wuhan speakers, a pet phrase for men and women alike, almost as though it were a sort of mantra or dharani. If you ask them what it means, they will […]
Landon Jones’s NY Times article “On the Trail of Nabokov in the American West” is in the travel section, and it is in fact much more about travel than literature, but hey, it’s Nabokov, and I can’t resist passing it along. It’s got evocative photos and some piquant bits about Vlad and Vera: And what […]