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Researchers create ‘decoy’ coatings that trick infrared cameras

Light can sometimes play tricks on our eyes. If you look at a shiny surface, what you see will largely depend on the surrounding environment and lighting conditions.

Materials Science

Novel gas-capture approach advances nuclear fuel management

Nuclear energy provides about 20 percent of the U.S. electricity supply, and over half of its carbon-free generating capacity.

Two new high-redshift red quasars discovered

Using the Subaru Telescope, astronomers have identified two new dust-reddened (red) quasars at high redshifts. The finding, detailed in a paper published July 16 on the arXiv pre-print server, could improve the understanding …

Taking the guesswork out of twistronics

The twist has been taking the field of condensed matter physics by storm. No, not the 1960s dance craze made famous by Chubby Checker— the stunning discovery that two sheets of graphene, a flat honeycomb-shaped lattice …

A deep dive into shallow quakes

New research from the Australian National University (ANU) has shown that Australia is prone to shallow and potentially destructive earthquakes.

 Medical Xpress

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes
Tips to keep ticks under control this summer
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes
Engineers develop a ventilator-sharing device
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes
Video: Why should masks cover your nose?

 Tech Xplore

Consumer & Gadgets
Apple to issue hackable iPhones

Wrong number of fingers leads down wrong track

Have you ever wondered why human hands have five fingers? And what about amphibians? They usually only have four. Until now, researchers assumed that this was the case with the early ancestors of today’s frogs and salamanders, …

Discovery of disordered nanolayers in intermetallic alloys

Intermetallic alloys potentially have high strength in a high-temperature environment. But they generally suffer poor ductility at ambient and low temperatures, hence limiting their applications in aerospace and other engineering …

How microscopic scallops wander

All microscopic objects, from enzymes to paint particles, are jittering constantly, bombarded by solvent particles: this is called Brownian motion. How does this motion change when the object is flexible instead of rigid? …

How the zebrafish got its stripes

Animal patterns—the stripes, spots and rosettes seen in the wild—are a source of endless fascination, and now researchers at the University Bath have developed a robust mathematical model to explain how one important …

Cycad plants provide an important ‘ecosystem service’

A study published in the June 2020 edition of the peer-reviewed journal Horticulturae shows that cycads, which are in decline and among the world’s most threatened group of plants, provide an important service to their neighboring …

Agonizing over school-reopening plans? Think Marie Kondo

Her advice has helped millions declutter their lives. Now organizing expert Marie Kondo’s philosophy of letting go of nonessentials can help K-12 educators scrambling to design creative back-to-school plans in the age of …

An origin story for a family of oddball meteorites

Most meteorites that have landed on Earth are fragments of planetesimals, the very earliest protoplanetary bodies in the solar system. Scientists have thought that these primordial bodies either completely melted early in …

Facebook bots to combat bad behavior

As the world’s largest social network, Facebook provides endless hours of discussion, entertainment, news, videos and just good times for the more than 2.6 billion of its users.

Paper describing hummingbird-sized dinosaur retracted

The journal Nature has issued a retraction for a paper it published March 11th called “Hummingbird-sized dinosaur from the Cretaceous period of Myanmar.” The editorial staff was alerted to a possible misclassification of …

Mapping the Oaxaca earthquake from space

On the morning of 23 June 2020, a strong earthquake struck the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. The 7.4-magnitude earthquake prompted evacuations in the region, triggered a tsunami warning and damaged thousands of houses. …

Coronavirus and its impact on carbon emissions

The emergence of a novel coronavirus towards the end of 2019 that has led to the major ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has already taken its toll on people’s lives, healthcare systems, and the commercial world.

Solving the jigsaw puzzle of regional carbon budgets

Accurate regional carbon budgets are critical for informing land-based mitigation policy and tracking mitigation progress. For nine regions covering the globe, inventory estimates of carbon stock changes were collected and …


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