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Physicists uncover clues to mechanism behind magnetic reconnection
PHYS.ORG Physicist Fatima Ebrahimi at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has published a paper showing that magnetic reconnection—the process in which magnetic field lines snap together and... 53 minutes
Cassini Gets Up Close and Personal With Saturn's 'Wavemaker' Moon Daphnis
LIVE SCIENCE As NASA's Saturn mission skims the gas giant's rings, it's seeing incredible detail in the interactions between ring particles and a tiny moon's gravity. 3 days
The evolution of massive galaxy clusters
PHYS.ORG Galaxy clusters have long been recognized as important laboratories for the study of galaxy formation and evolution. The advent of the new generation of millimeter and submillimeter wave survey telescopes, like the South Pole Telescope (SPT),... 3 days
STO2 landed and data secured
PHYS.ORG The STO2 telescope with Dutch detectors on board that circled around the South Pole in December 2016 to investigate gas clouds between the stars landed safely on 30 December. 3 days
tools and techniques to track and study methane Tools and techniques to track and study methane
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Methane is less prevalent in the atmosphere than fellow greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2), but it presents more difficult challenges for researchers attempting to study it. 3 days
Cassini Gets Up Close and Personal With Saturn's 'Wavemaker' Moon Daphnis
SPACE.COM As NASA's Saturn mission skims the gas giant's rings, it's seeing incredible detail in the interactions between ring particles and a tiny moon's gravity. 3 days
#DoesItFart: Database Answers Your Burning Questions About Animal Gas
LIVE SCIENCE Spurred by an innocent query posed to a biologist on Twitter, scientists are assembling a database of animal life to answer the burning question, "Does it fart?" 3 days
galaxy murder mystery Galaxy Murder Mystery
ASTRO WATCH It’s the big astrophysical whodunnit. Across the Universe, galaxies are being killed and the question scientists want answered is, what’s killing them? New research published by a global team of... 4 days
Harvests in US to suffer from climate change
SCIENCE DAILY Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions will likely impact wheat, maize and soybean, an... 4 days
How anthropogenic forest fires may have impacted Earth's climate over 10 000 years ago
PHYS.ORG Recently paleoclimatologist William Ruddiman suggested that humans may have had a significant impact on the Earth's climate already thousands of... 4 days
Cosmic Whodunit: Gas Stripping May Be Killing Galaxies
SPACE.COM What's causing so many galaxies in the universe to die before their time? A new study suggests star-forming gas is stripped out of even more galaxies than previously thought. 4 days
Harvests in the U.S. to suffer from climate change, according to study
PHYS.ORG Some of the most important crops risk substantial damage from rising temperatures. To better assess how climate change caused by human greenhouse gas emissions... 4 days
Researchers discover greenhouse bypass for nitrogen
SCIENCE DAILY Production of a potent greenhouse gas can be bypassed as soil nitrogen breaks down into unreactive atmospheric N2, an international team of researchers has discovered. 5 days
‘Ram-Pressure Stripping’ Shuts Off Star Formation in Galaxies, Astronomers Say
SCI-NEWS.COM According to a new study published this week in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical... 5 days
A big nano boost for solar cells
SCIENCE DAILY Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be harnessed. 5 days
Three new gas giant exoplanets discovered by SuperWASP-South
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Astronomers report the discovery of three new gas giant planets using the SuperWASP-South Observatory in South Africa. Two of the newly detected alien worlds were classified as the so-called "warm Jupiters," while... 5 days
A big nano boost for solar cells
PHYS.ORG Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be harnessed. 5 days
Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield
PHYS.ORG To unravel how intricate waste biomass converts to biofuels, a Cornell professor studied the bacterium Clostridium acetobutylicum to decipher its metabolism. Understanding the bacterium's sugar-processing complexities may lead to improved biofuel yields. 5 days
VW will appeal court order to buy back customer's diesel car
PHYS.ORG Volkswagen says it will appeal a court ruling that it must buy back a German customer's diesel car rigged to cheat on emissions tests. 5 days
A catalog of habitable zone exoplanets
PHYS.ORG The last two decades have seen an explosion of detections of exoplanets, as the sensitivity to smaller planets has dramatically improved thanks especially to the Kepler mission. These discoveries have found that the frequency of planets... 5 days
Interior Nominee Zinke Doubles Down on Coal
LIVE SCIENCE Interior secretary nominee Ryan Zinke emphasized the Trump administration’s vow to recommit America to fossil fuels. 5 days
California finishes safety review of wells after blowout
PHYS.ORG A California natural gas storage facility where a blowout spewed methane for nearly four months has completed a safety review required to resume operations, though it might never return to full capacity,... 6 days
Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
SCIENCE DAILY Researchers have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields... 6 days
San Francisco Bay Area methane emissions may be double what we thought
SCIENCE DAILY Emissions of methane, a potent climate-warming gas, in the San Francisco Bay Area may be roughly twice as high as official estimates, with most... 6 days
Bay Area methane emissions may be double what we thought
PHYS.ORG Emissions of methane—a potent climate-warming gas—may be roughly twice as high as officially estimated for the San Francisco Bay Area. Most of the emissions come from biological sources,... 6 days
Largest Populus SNP dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
PHYS.ORG Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful... 6 days
NuSTAR Finds Two Enormous Black Holes in Milky Way’s Neighborhood
SCI-NEWS.COM NASA’s Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) mission has identified two gas-enshrouded supermassive black holes, located at... 6 days
A new twist on fusion power could help bring limitless clean energy
PHYS.ORG VIDEO In a world struggling to kick its addiction to fossil fuels and feed its growing appetite for energy, there's one technology in development that... 6 days
Chemical engineers program yeast to convert plant sugars into oils
PHYS.ORG MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production... 6 days
SAGE III to provide highly accurate measurements of atmospheric gases
PHYS.ORG The International Space Station (ISS) will soon get an important tool capable of conducting highly accurate measurements of aerosols and gaseous constituents in the stratosphere and troposphere. The... 6 days
In Photos: Girls' Hut Found at Nazi Death Camp
LIVE SCIENCE During excavations at the Sobibór Nazi death camp, archaeologists found the hut where women and girls would be undressed before going to the gas chambers. They also found personal items... 6 days
Sonar maps from MH370 search will reveal more about seafloor
PHYS.ORG The deep-sea sonar search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may not have found the plane but will reveal more about how land beneath the Indian Ocean formed over... 7 days
sage iii to provide highly accurate measurements of atmospheric gases SAGE III to Provide Highly Accurate Measurements of Atmospheric Gases
ASTRO WATCH The International Space Station (ISS) will soon get an important tool to investigate the Earth's upper... 7 days
A step toward renewable diesel
MIT Chemical engineers program yeast to convert plant sugars into oils. 1 week
Oslo temporarily bars diesel cars to combat pollution
PHYS.ORG Oslo will ban diesel cars from the road for at least two days this week in a bid to combat rising air pollution, angering some motorists after they were urged to buy... 1 week
Finding may offer farmers a way to reduce harmful emissions from fertilized soil
PHYS.ORG Those concerned with the health of Chesapeake Bay are familiar with nitrogen as a major pollutant whose excess runoff into bay waters... 1 week
Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy
SCIENCE DAILY A new streamlined process could quickly pare down heaps of algae species into just a few that hold the most promise for making biofuel, say researchers. 1 week
Italy under pressure over regulation of Fiat Chrysler
PHYS.ORG Italy has come under pressure over how it regulates Fiat Chrysler, which Germany and the U.S. accuse of using software that can allow some diesel engines to emit more pollution than legally... 1 week
biofuel matchmaker finding the perfect algae for renewable energy Biofuel matchmaker: Finding the perfect algae for renewable energy
PHYS.ORG VIDEO A dozen glass cylinders containing a potential payload of bright green algae are exposed to hundreds of multi-colored lights, which provide all of sunlight's natural hues. The tiny LEDs brighten... 1 week
Renault targeted in new 'dieselgate' scandal
PHYS.ORG A year and a half after Volkswagen's "dieselgate" erupted, Paris prosecutors are probing Renault over possible "cheating" in diesel emissions, sending the carmaker's shares sliding on the stock exchange. 1 week
Ultra-fast, ultra-sensitive PtSe2 gas sensors
PHYS.ORG Researchers from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland have shown that PtSe2, a little-studied transition metal dichalcogenide has potential for a variety of uses. In particular, PtSe2 is an excellent high performance gas sensor, and fabrication is compatible with silicon... 1 week
Keck Cosmic Web Imager ships from Caltech to Keck Observatory
PHYS.ORG An instrument designed to image the vast web of gas that connects galaxies in the universe has been shipped from Los Angeles to Hawaii, where it will be... 2 weeks
Perfect powder: Laboratory perfects metal powders for manufacturing
SCIENCE DAILY A high-pressure gas atomization process has garnered an American laboratory at least 16 patents over the last two decades and created a spin-off company. 2 weeks
[Technical Response] Response to Comment on “Ribose and related sugars from ultraviolet irradiation of interstellar ice analogs”
Science Magazine We detected ribose and related sugars in the organic residues of simulated interstellar ices... 2 weeks
[In Depth] Observations hint at a new recipe for giant black holes
Science Magazine Astronomers have glimpsed a new solution to a long-standing puzzle: how black holes could have grown fast enough to explain the monsters a billion... 2 weeks
[In Depth] NASA missions aim at asteroid oddballs
Science Magazine On 4 January, the agency picked two $450 million missions for Discovery, its low-cost planetary program, and, like several recent probes, both target small bodies. Set for a 2021 launch, Lucy will... 2 weeks
US gov't accuses Fiat Chrysler of cheating on emissions
PHYS.ORG The U.S. government is accusing Fiat Chrysler of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than... 2 weeks
Amino acids formed from the single-electron activation of carbon dioxide
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Carbon dioxide, an abundant greenhouse gas, is very difficult to use as a carbon source for carbon-carbon bond formation. CO2 is highly stable and unreactive, requiring prohibitively difficult... 2 weeks
Observations hint at a new recipe for giant black holes
Science Magazine Direct collapse from primordial gas clouds could solve a cosmic timing problem 2 weeks
Black Holes Regurgitate 'Spitballs' After Devouring Stars
LIVE SCIENCE When a black hole devours a star, it spews planet-size "spitballs" of regurgitated gas tumbling through the galaxy — and some of these globs can come within a few hundred light-years of Earth, new... 2 weeks
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