Solving the sun’s super-heating mystery with Parker Solar Probe

It’s one of the greatest and longest-running mysteries surrounding, quite literally, our sun: Why is its outer atmosphere hotter than its fiery surface? Read More

Scientists call on funders to make research freely available immediately

Scientific research usually takes months to be published by academic journals, and once it is, many of the papers can only be read by scientists from wealthy institutes that subscribe to the journals. Over the years, there have been various attempts to make research more widely available, but most papers…

New approach optimizes use of future wave electricity generators during disaster

When hurricanes strike, electricity loss ranks as one of the top concerns. New work looks to develop a strategy for how floating devices that harness the energy of ocean waves might be able to provide this much needed aid. Researchers are studying a new approach to supplying electricity that potentially…

Using physics to print living tissue

Bioprinting is a relatively new technology that has advanced mostly by trial and error. Scientists are now using the laws of physics and predictive computer modeling to improve these techniques and optimize the bioprinting process. Read More

Dowsing for electric fields in liquid crystals

Nematic liquid crystals can be oriented in a curious way termed the ‘dowser texture’, which is sensitive to external conditions. Physicists have now published an article that shows that the dowser texture responds to electric fields in different ways in different nematic materials. Read More

Exposing modern forgers

Researchers have developed a process that can provide conclusive evidence with regard to modern fakes of paintings, even in cases where the forger used old materials. This verification process requires less than 200 micrograms of paint. Read More

Researchers develop superconducting quantum refrigerator

Researchers have harnessed superconductivity to conceive of a quantum refrigerator that could cool atoms to nearly absolute zero temperatures. Read More

Chemists could make ‘smart glass’ smarter by manipulating it at the nanoscale

Chemists have devised a potentially major improvement to both the speed and durability of smart glass by providing a better understanding of how the glass works at the nanoscale. Read More

House Judiciary launches antitrust investigation into tech giants

The House Judiciary Committee is launching a bipartisan investigation into whether large tech companies are suppressing competition.The panel’s Democratic and Republican leaders announced the investigation on Monday, which will address the… Read More

New method to gauge atmosphere’s ability to clear methane

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Hydroxyl radicals (OH) react with methane and break it down, but it’s been hard for scientists to get a handle on how much OH is present in the atmosphere at high-enough spatial and temporal resolution to be useful. New research got…