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Building up an appetite for a new kind of grub

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 11:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageEdible insects could be a key ingredient to avoiding a global food crisis, according to a new report, but there are significant barriers to overcome before they are part of the mainstream.

Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 10:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageResearchers have discovered that terahertz light --light at trillions of cycles per second -- can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales to practical applications such as ultrafast computing.

Space Weather causes years of radiation damage to satellites using electric propulsion

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 10:05 AM PDT

The use of electric propulsion for raising satellites into geostationary orbit can result in significant solar cell degradation according to a new study.

Well-meaning climate measures can make matters worse

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 10:05 AM PDT

Lifestyle changes can reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and help protect nature. While some actions offer great potential

UCI, UC Merced: California forest die-off caused by depletion of deep-soil water

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 09:05 AM PDT

Irvine, Calif., July 1, 2019 - A catastrophic forest die-off in California's Sierra Nevada mountain range in 2015-2016 was caused by the inability of trees to reach diminishing supplies of subsurface water following years of severe drought and abnormally warm temperatures. That's the conclusion by researchers from the University of California, Irvine and UC Merced outlined in a study published today in Nature Geoscience.

'Committed' CO2 emissions jeopardize international climate goals, UCI-led study finds

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 09:05 AM PDT

Irvine, Calif., July 1, 2019 - The nations that have signed agreements to stabilize the global mean temperature by 2050 will fail to meet their goals unless existing fossil fuel-burning infrastructure around the world is retired early, according to a study - published today in Nature - by researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions.

How to Protect Corals Facing Climate Change

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 09:00 AM PDT

Newswise imageThe best way to protect corals threatened by climate change is to conserve a wide range of their habitats, according to a study in Nature Climate Change. The finding likely applies to conservation efforts for many other species in the ocean and on land, including trees and birds.

Today's gifts from the 1969 moon walk

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 09:00 AM PDT

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Study: Longer Summer Dry Season Observed in Congo Rainforest

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 09:00 AM PDT

Newswise imageA recently documented long-term drying trend over the Congo Basin could have important implications on the future of the world's second largest rainforest, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change.

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, July 2019

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 08:20 AM PDT

Newswise imageStudy finds waste soft drinks for carbon capture could help cut carbon dioxide emissions; sharing secret messages using quantum communications just got more practical for better cybersecurity; designed synthetic polymers for better binding in next-generation li-ion batteries; predictive modeling could point to nuclear reactors running longer; scientists to create computers that mimic human brain.

Researchers develop new, low-cost method to create thin film electrodes for supercapacitors

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 08:10 AM PDT

Researchers at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have developed a new and inexpensive method to fabricate thin film electrode materials for supercapacitors that produce higher power at a lower cost. 

Advances in plasma and fusion science over the past year are described in Quest, PPPL's annual research magazine

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 08:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageQuest, PPPL's annual research magazine, profiles laboratory achievements over the past year.

Personalized medicine software vulnerability uncovered by Sandia researchers

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 08:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageA weakness in one common open source software for genomic analysis left DNA-based medical diagnostics vulnerable to cyberattacks. Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories identified the weakness and notified the software developers, who issued a patch to fix the problem. The issue has also been fixed in the latest release of the software.

New Insights into a Long-Standing Debate About Materials that Turn Motion into Electricity

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 08:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageFor decades, scientists have been intrigued by a class of electronic materials called relaxor ferroelectrics. These lead-based materials can convert mechanical energy to electrical energy and vice versa. The underlying mechanism for this behavior has been elusive. The challenge was getting a detailed view of the atomic structure, critical to resolve the debate concerning the role of local order. Now, novel neutron-based tools and methods have resolved this debate--revealing the relationship of local order motifs and how they affect the underlying properties.

Hubble Captures the Galaxy's Biggest Ongoing Stellar Fireworks Show

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 08:00 AM PDT

Newswise imageThe giant star Eta Carinae has been prone to violent outbursts, including an episode in the 1840s when ejected material formed the bipolar bubbles seen here. This new ultraviolet- and visible-light view from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the star's hot, expanding gases glowing in red, white, and blue.

WVU chemist is a molecular architect

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 07:20 AM PDT

Newswise imageWest Virginia University chemist Kung Wang is an architect. Not the kind that builds houses - one that designs molecules. Wang is constructing a synthetic pathway to creating new molecular templates for growing carbon nanotubes

Corals in Singapore likely to survive sea-level rise: NUS study

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 07:00 AM PDT

Newswise imageMarine scientists from the National University of Singapore found that coral species in Singapore's sedimented and turbid waters are unlikely to be impacted by accelerating sea-level rise.

Obesity? Just turn it off!

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 05:05 AM PDT

New model suggests lost continents for early Earth

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 01:05 AM PDT

Newswise imageA new radioactivity model of Earth's ancient rocks calls into question current models for the formation of Earth's continental crust, suggesting continents may have risen out of the sea much earlier than previously thought but were destroyed, leaving little trace.

Russian Mars expert voices reservations on recent methane discovery

Posted: 01 Jul 2019 12:05 AM PDT