Innovative study produces first experimental evidence linking math anxiety, math avoidance

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 by Jack Wang, University of Chicago Math anxiety is far from uncommon, but too often, those who dread the subject simply avoid it. Research from the University of Chicago offers new evidence for the link between math anxiety and avoidance—as well as possible paths toward breaking that connection. UChicago psychologists found that people […]

Telescopes and satellites combine to map entire planet’s ground movement

NOVEMBER 21, 2019 by Curtin University Curtin University research has revealed how pairing satellite images with an existing global network of radio telescopes can be used to paint a previously unseen whole-of-planet picture of the geological processes that shape the Earth’s crust. The research, published in Geophysical Research Letters, showed that satellite images capturing the movement of the Earth’s […]

Study on surface damage to vehicles traveling at hypersonic speeds

NOVEMBER 19, 2019 by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Vehicles moving at hypersonic speeds are bombarded with ice crystals and dust particles in the surrounding atmosphere, making the surface material vulnerable to damage such as erosion and sputtering with each tiny collision. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studied this interaction one molecule at […]

Technique identifies T cells primed for certain allergies or infections

Researchers develop a method to isolate and sequence the RNA of T cells that react to a specific target. Anne Trafton | MIT News OfficeNovember 19, 2019 When your immune system is exposed to a vaccine, an allergen, or an infectious microbe, subsets of T cells that can recognize a foreign intruder leap into action. […]

Phoenix cluster is cooling faster than expected

With increasingly advanced data, Michael McDonald and colleagues study a galaxy cluster bursting with new stars. Fernanda Ferreira | School of Science | MITNovember 20, 2019 From the very beginning, it was clear that the Phoenix cluster was different from other galaxy clusters. When assistant professor of physics Michael McDonald looked at the first image […]

How to observe a ‘black hole symphony’ using gravitational wave astronomy

NOVEMBER 18, 2019 by Vanderbilt University Shrouded in mystery since their discovery, the phenomenon of black holes continues to be one of the most mind-boggling enigmas in our universe. In recent years, many researchers have made strides in understanding black holes using observational astronomy and an emerging field known as gravitational wave astronomy, first hypothesized by Albert […]

Protein imaging at the speed of life

With this capability, scientists can watch how proteins do their jobs properly—or how their shape-changing goes awry, causing disease. NOVEMBER 18, 2019 by University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee To study the swiftness of biology—the protein chemistry behind every life function—scientists need to see molecules changing and interacting in unimaginably rapid time increments—trillionths of a second or […]

A marvelous molecular machine

NOVEMBER 15, 2019 by Harrison Tasoff and Sonia Fernandez, University of California – Santa Barbara Squids, octopuses and cuttlefish are undisputed masters of deception and camouflage. Their extraordinary ability to change color, texture and shape is unrivaled, even by modern technology. Researchers in the lab of UC Santa Barbara professor Daniel Morse have long been interested […]

From a cloud of cold and a spark, researchers create and stabilize pure polymeric nitrogen for the first time

NOVEMBER 14, 2019 by Drexel University Scientists have long theorized that the energy stored in the atomic bonds of nitrogen could one day be a source of clean energy. But coaxing the nitrogen atoms into linking up has been a daunting task. Researchers at Drexel University’s C&J Nyheim Plasma Institute have finally proven that it’s experimentally […]

Hot electrons harvested without tricks

Scientists from the University of Groningen and Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) have now shown that this may be easier than expected by combining a perovskite with an acceptor material for hot electrons. NOVEMBER 15, 2019 by University of Groningen Semiconductors convert energy from photons (light) into an electron current. However, some photons carry too much energy […]