The H.L. Hunley, the first combat submarine to sink an enemy ship, also instantly killed its own eight-man crew with the powerful explosive torpedo it carried, according to new research from a Duke University Ph.D. in biomedical engineering.
That means the top 10 universities in the United States – a country of over 315 million people – at any given time are educating a grand total of only 62,150 students. By contrast, here are the rough numbers of undergraduates at theShow More Summary
(Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology: Eawag) Arsenic-contaminated groundwater may threaten the health of 50 to 60 million people in Pakistan. This is shown by an Eawag-led study in which data from 1,200 groundwater samples was analyzed and combined with hydrological parameters to generate a hazard map. Show More Summary
(University of Alberta) New research from University of Alberta and University of Vienna microbiologists provides unparalleled insight into the Earth's nitrogen cycle, identifying and characterizing the ammonia-oxidizing microbe, Nitrospira inopinata.
(Georgia Institute of Technology) Evolution has weeded out genetic variants associated with diseases for millennia and propagated variants that protect against ailments, a comparative genetics study shows. But in the last 500 to 1,000 years that trend appears to have changed. Show More Summary
(Duke University) A powerful shockwave from the H.L. Hunley's own weapon killed the crew of the Confederate combat submarine as it sunk a Union ship. This finding comes from a four-year research project that involved repeatedly setting...Show More Summary
Sussex man held in Turkey for smuggling ancient coinsA British man is facing up to three years in a Turkish prison for trying to take home some ancient coins found on the seabed during a family holiday. Toby Robyns, 52, an ambulance driver from Southwick, in West Sussex, was arrested as he made his way through security at Bodrum airport on Saturday. Show More Summary
The first unambiguous fossil from the botfly family adds to the few known fossils of a major clade of flies (Calyptratae), shedding light on their rapid radiation during the Cenozoic Era, according to a study published August 23, 2017 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Pierfilippo Cerrito from Sapienza Università di Roma, Italy, and colleagues.
Author Stephen Asma knows how to improvise, but The Evolution of Imagination begs the question: what can unbridled thought bring to science?
Sports organizations are only starting to understand the harm that can be inflicted by high-contact activities. Science must play its part in highlighting the problem and in aiding diagnosis.
Antiskyrmion offers promise for superfast spintronic computers.
A former Google engineer’s memo on diversity reveals psychological blind spots, not biological differences, says Debbie Chachra.
The week in science: 18–24 August 2017.
Mixing artificial intelligence with climate science helps researchers to identify previously unknown atmospheric processes and rank climate models.
Physicists have described how observations of gravitational waves limit the possible explanations for the formation of black holes outside of our galaxy; either they are spinning more slowly than black holes in our own galaxy or they spin rapidly but are 'tumbled around' with spins randomly oriented to their orbit.
Brightness of exploding stars may vary more than researchers realized.
Scientists say the move will reduce the country’s capacity to predict future ecosystem changes.
Simulations follow how swirls in a fluid transfer and dissipate energy.
Efforts to relocate artefacts to sites of origin could stall after gold robbery at national park.
Scientists investigate why mountain slopes can slip slowly for years and then suddenly speed up, with potentially fatal effects.