|First Ever Underwater University Lectures|
Biology » Coral, Reefs »
University of Essex − Unique university lecture held 18 metres underwater Students at the University of Essex have taken their lectures to a whole new level – 18 metres under the sea in remote Indonesia to be precise. The ground-breaking underwater marine biology lectures were the first of their kind, revolutionising the teaching, educational and learning experience during dives on tropical coral reef systems.
|Front-row Seats to Climate Change|
Nature » Wetlands, Fescue »
United States Geological Survey − By day, insects provide the white noise of the South, but the night belongs to the amphibians. In a typical year, the Southern air hangs heavy from the humidity and the sounds of wildlife.
|Satellite Sees Tropical Storm Alvin's Life End Quickly|
Nature » Low, Goes-13 »
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center − The first tropical storm of the Eastern Pacific hurricane season was short-lived. Satellite imagery revealed that Tropical Storm Alvin became a remnant low pressure area 36 hours after it was named.
|NASA's STEREO Detects a CME from the Sun|
Space » Cme, Operators »
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center − On 5:24 a.m. EDT on May 17, 2013, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of solar particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later and affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground. Experimental NASA research models, based on observations from NASA's Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory, show that the CME left the sun at speeds of around 745 miles per second. The solar material
|NASA Sees Cyclone Mahasen Hit Bangladesh|
Space » Cyclone, Mahasen »
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center − NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission satellite known as TRMM measured Cyclone Mahasen's rainfall rates from space as it made landfall on May 16. Mahasen has since dissipated over eastern India. Tropical Cyclone Mahasen hit southern Bangladesh on May 16, causing the reported deaths of at least 13 people and the destruction of many homes. Mahasen brought heavy rains and tropical storm force winds when it came ashore, but the winds quickly weakened.
|New Discovery of Ancient Diet Shatters Conventional Ideas of How Agriculture Emerged|
Biology » Rice, Cassava »
University of Leicester − Archaeologists have made a discovery in southern subtropical China which could revolutionise thinking about how ancient humans lived in the region. They have uncovered evidence for the first time that people living in Xincun 5,000 years ago may have practised agriculture –before the arrival of domesticated rice in the region.
|Study: Patient Openness to Research Can Depend on Race And Sex of Study Personnel|
Psychology » Patients, Medical »
University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center − CINCINNATI—Researchers at the University of Cincinnati (UC) have found that the race and sex of study personnel can influence a patient's decision on whether or not to participate in clinical research. The study, presented today at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine's annual meeting in Atlanta, that there is an interaction of the race and sex of the study assistant and the race of the patient.
|Promising Doped Zirconia|
Chemistry » Dresden, Magnetic »
Springer − Materials belonging to the family of dilute magnetic oxides (DMOs) — an oxide-based variant of the dilute magnetic semiconductors — are good candidates for spintronics applications. This is the object of study for Davide Sangalli of the Microelectronics and Microsystems Institute (IMM) at the National Research Council (CNR), in Agrate Brianza, Italy, and colleagues. They recently explored the effect of iron (Fe) doping on thin films of a material called zirconia (ZrO2 oxide). For the first time, the authors bridged the gap between
|Corruption Influences Migration of Skilled Workers|
Economics » Immigrants, Immigration »
European Molecular Biology Organization − HEIDELBERG, 17 May 2013 – Countries that have higher levels of corruption struggle to attract and retain skilled workers report the authors of a new study published in EMBO reports.
|New X-ray Method Shows How Frog Embryos Could Help Thwart Disease|
Biology » Gastrulation, Archaea »
Argonne National Laboratory − LEMONT, Ill. – An international team of scientists using a new X-ray method recorded the internal structure and cell movement inside a living frog embryo in greater detail than ever before. This result showcases a new method to advance biological research and the search for new treatments for genetic diseases.
|World's Smallest Droplets|
Physics » Lhc, Collisions »
Vanderbilt University − Physicists may have created the smallest drops of liquid ever made in the lab.
|GPS Solution Provides 3-minute Tsunami Alerts|
Nature » Tsunami, Debris »
European Geosciences Union − Researchers have shown that, by using global positioning systems (GPS) to measure ground deformation caused by a large underwater earthquake, they can provide accurate warning of the resulting tsunami in just a few minutes after the earthquake onset. For the devastating Japan 2011 event, the team reveals that the analysis of the GPS data and issue of a detailed tsunami alert would have taken no more than three minutes. The results are published on 17 May in Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences,
|Climate Change May Have Little Impact on Tropical Lizards|
Biology » Lizards, Islands »
Dartmouth College − A new Dartmouth College study finds human-caused climate change may have little impact on many species of tropical lizards, contradicting a host of recent studies that predict their widespread extinction in a rapidly warming planet.
|NASA's Asteroid Sample Return Mission Moves into Development|
Space » Osiris-Rex, Asteroid »
NASA − NASA's first mission to sample an asteroid is moving ahead into development and testing in preparation for its launch in 2016. The Origins-Spectral Interpretation Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer (OSIRIS-REx) passed a confirmation review Wednesday called Key Decision Point (KDP)-C. NASA officials reviewed a series of detailed project assessments and authorized the spacecraft's continuation into the development phase.
|Strong Resistance to Making People Think Green|
Technology » Change, Organisational »
youris.com − How can policymakers change the way people think? This is what the InContext project, funded by the EU, hopes to answer. Leading European research institutions in the fields of transition, behaviour and sustainable development are trying to create a manual for change.This manual should ultimately be developed into a so-called ‘Transition Theory’ that is, as yet, unproven. And this theory, in its turn, should make it possible to change people’s mindset. For example, towards living in a more environmental sustainable way.
|Symbolic Saviour of an Endangered Species|
Biology » Squirrels, Knut »
University of Oslo − The story about Knut, the polar bear from Berlin, tells us something about our times, our relationship with animals and our outlook on the environment.
|New World Record in Wireless Data Transmission|
Technology » Network, Home »
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology − Researchers of the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics and the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology have achieved the wireless transmission of 40 Gbit/s at 240 GHz over a distance of one kilometer. Their most recent demonstration sets a new world record and ties in seamlessly with the capacity of optical fiber transmission. In the future, such radio links will be able to close gaps in providing broadband internet by supplementing the network in rural areas and places which are difficult to access.
|New Method Proposed for Detecting Gravitational Waves from Ends of Universe|
Space » Lisa, Gravitational »
University of Nevada, Reno − RENO, Nev. – A new window into the nature of the universe may be possible with a device proposed by scientists at the University of Nevada, Reno and Stanford University that would detect elusive gravity waves from the other end of the cosmos. Their paper describing the device and process was published in the prestigious physics journal Physical Review Letters.
|NASA Sees Heavy Rainfall as Cyclone Mahasen Made Landfall|
Nature » Mahasen, Rainfall »
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center − NASA's TRMM satellite identified areas of heavy rainfall as Cyclone Mahasen made landfall today, May 16, in southern Bangladesh. NASA's Aqua satellite also captured an image of the storm and showed the extent of Cyclone Mahasen's clouds over three countries.
|NASA Sees Eastern Pacific Get First Tropical Storm: Alvin|
Nature » Storm, Tropical »
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center − NASA's Aqua satellite and NOAA's GOES-15 satellite captured imagery of the Eastern Pacific Ocean's first named tropical storm, Alvin. Aqua and GOES-15 provided imagery of Alvin that provided a look at the overall storm and the temperatures of its cloud tops.
|NASA Satellite Data Helps Pinpoint Glaciers' Role in Sea Level Rise|
Nature » Glacier, Ice »
NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center − A new study of glaciers worldwide using observations from two NASA satellites has helped resolve differences in estimates of how fast glaciers are disappearing and contributing to sea level rise.
|Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results|
Chemistry » Graphene, Electrons »
Massachusetts Institute of Technology − CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Graphene has dazzled scientists, ever since its discovery more than a decade ago, with its unequalled electronic properties, its strength and its light weight. But one long-sought goal has proved elusive: how to engineer into graphene a property called a band gap, which would be necessary to use the material to make transistors and other electronic devices.
|LLNL Scientist Finds Topography of Eastern Seaboard Muddles Ancient Sea Level Changes|
Nature » Rise, Sea-Level »
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory − The distortion of the ancient shoreline and flooding surface of the U.S. Atlantic Coastal Plain are the direct result of fluctuations in topography in the region and could have implications on understanding long-term climate change, according to a new study.
|70's-era Physics Prediction Finally Confirmed|
Space » Graphene, Butterfly »
City College of New York − City College of New York Assistant Professor of Physics Cory Dean, who recently arrived from Columbia University where he was a post-doctoral researcher, and research teams from Columbia and three other institutions have definitively proven the existence of an effect known as Hofstadter's Butterfly.
|How Should Geophysics Contribute to Disaster Planning?|
Nature » Seismic, Rnc »
American Institute of Physics − Earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters often showcase the worst in human suffering – especially when those disasters strike populations who live in rapidly growing communities in the developing world with poorly enforced or non-existent building codes.
|Sea Level: One-third of Its Rise Comes from Melting Mountain Glaciers|
Nature » Glaciers, Ice »
University of Zurich − How much all glaciers contribute to global sea-level rise has never been calculated before with this accuracy. An international group of researchers involving two geographers from the University of Zurich has confirmed that melting of glaciers caused about one third of the observed sea-level rise, while the ice sheets and thermal expansion of sea water account for one third each. So far, estimates on the contribution of glaciers have differed substantially. Now 16 scientists from nine countries have compared the data from traditional
|UT Arlington Physicist's Tool Has Potential for Brain Mapping|
Biology » Brain, Connections »
University of Texas at Arlington − A new tool being developed by UT Arlington assistant professor of physics could help scientists map and track the interactions between neurons inside different areas of the brain.
|Research into Carbon Storage in Arctic Tundra Reveals Unexpected Insight into Ecosystem Resiliency|
Nature » Carbon, Permafrost »
University of California - Santa Barbara − (Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– When UC Santa Barbara doctoral student Seeta Sistla and her adviser, environmental studies professor Josh Schimel, went north not long ago to study how long-term warming in the Arctic affects carbon storage, they had made certain assumptions.
|Bach to the Blues, Our Emotions Match Music to Colors|
Biology » Faces, Emotions »
University of California - Berkeley − Whether we're listening to Bach or the blues, our brains are wired to make music-color connections depending on how the melodies make us feel, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. For instance, Mozart's jaunty Flute Concerto No. 1 in G major is most often associated with bright yellow and orange, whereas his dour Requiem in D minor is more likely to be linked to dark, bluish gray.
|World's Melting Glaciers Making Large Contribution to Sea Rise|
Nature » Glacier, Ice »
University of Colorado at Boulder − While 99 percent of Earth's land ice is locked up in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, the remaining ice in the world's glaciers contributed just as much to sea rise as the two ice sheets combined from 2003 to 2009, says a new study led by Clark University and involving the University Colorado Boulder.
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