Sci/tech

NASA's Webb Telescope Team Prepares For Earsplitting Acoustic Test
February 24, 2017 11:13 AM - NASA

Inside NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland the James Webb Space Telescope team completed the environmental portion of vibration testing and prepared for the acoustic test on the telescope. 

Cosmic blast from the past
February 24, 2017 10:47 AM - ESA/Hubble Information Centre

Three decades ago, a massive stellar explosion sent shockwaves not only through space but also through the astronomical community. SN 1987A was the closest observed supernova to Earth since the invention of the telescope and has become by far the best studied of all time, revolutionising our understanding of the explosive death of massive stars.

Cosmic blast from the past
February 24, 2017 10:47 AM - ESA/Hubble Information Centre

Three decades ago, a massive stellar explosion sent shockwaves not only through space but also through the astronomical community. SN 1987A was the closest observed supernova to Earth since the invention of the telescope and has become by far the best studied of all time, revolutionising our understanding of the explosive death of massive stars.

Do Cats Cause Schizophrenia? Believe the Science, Not the Hype
February 24, 2017 10:37 AM - Nick Stockton, Wired

Cats, you might have heard, cause schizophrenia. Or—more recently—they do nothing of the sort. It’s a decades-long scientific investigation, infrequently punctuated by headline-grabbing stories that definitively claim one or the other, depending on whatever the newest sliver of research indicates.

Researchers develop math models to address antibiotic resistance in healthcare facilities
February 24, 2017 08:10 AM - York University

Scientists at York University and a national team of collaborators have developed new mathematical models that will help researchers, doctors and policymakers address the challenging public health issue of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. The research, co-led by postdoctoral fellows Josie Hughes and Xi Huo, was published in the journal PLOS ONE.

Researchers find new clues for nuclear waste cleanup
February 23, 2017 05:31 PM - Washington State University

A Washington State University study of the chemistry of technetium-99 has improved understanding of the challenging nuclear waste and could lead to better cleanup methods.

The work is reported in the journal Inorganic Chemistry. It was led by John McCloy, associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, and chemistry graduate student Jamie Weaver. Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Office of River Protection and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory collaborated.

Study Targets Warm Water Rings that Fuel Hurricane Intensification in the Caribbean Sea
February 23, 2017 10:05 AM - Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science

Last year’s devastating category-5 hurricane—Matthew—may be one of many past examples of a tropical storm fueled by massive rings of warm water that exist in the upper reaches of the Caribbean Sea.

What, You Can't Tell Two Lemurs Apart? Computers Can
February 23, 2017 09:39 AM - Megan Molteni via Wired

The Centre Valbio research station, a modern building of stone and glass set in the jungled hills at the edge of Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park, was starting to look like the third season of The Wire. Big tackboards lined the walls, each one covered with dozens of pinned-up photographs. Some images were grouped together in families, while others floated alone, unconnected. It was 2012, and Rachel Jacobs was using Detective McNulty-style tactics to sort out the associations in a very different kind of crew: the park’s population of red-bellied lemurs.

Serendipity Uncovers Borophene's Potential
February 22, 2017 03:35 PM - Amanda Morris

Almost one year ago, borophene didn’t even exist. Now, just months after a Northwestern Engineering and Argonne National Laboratory team discovered the material, another team led by Mark Hersam is already making strides toward understanding its complicated chemistry and realizing its electronic potential.

From rocks in Colorado, evidence of a chaotic solar system
February 22, 2017 03:11 PM - Terry Devitt

Plumbing a 90 million-year-old layer cake of sedimentary rock in Colorado, a team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Northwestern University has found evidence confirming a critical theory of how the planets in our solar system behave in their orbits around the sun.

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