Category: Science

Scientist helps link climate change to Madagascar’s megadrought

Scientist helps link climate change to Madagascar’s megadrought

A team reveals a clear link between human-driven climate change and the years-long drought currently gripping southern Madagascar. …read more

Atlas of the human ovary with cell-level resolution is a step toward artificial ovary

Atlas of the human ovary with cell-level resolution is a step toward artificial ovary

A new ‘atlas’ of the human ovary provides insights that could lead to treatments restoring ovarian hormone production and the ability to have biologically related children, according to engineers. …read more

Common loons threatened by declining water clarity

Common loons threatened by declining water clarity

The Common Loon, an icon of the northern wilderness, is under threat from climate change due to reduced water clarity, according to a new study. The study followed up an earlier paper that showed substantial reproductive decline in the author’s study area in northern Wisconsin. …read more

Heat stress from ocean warming harms octopus vision

Heat stress from ocean warming harms octopus vision

While climate change has led to an increase in the abundance of octopuses, heat stress from projected ocean warming could impair their vision and impact the survivability of the species. …read more

Stellar collisions produce strange, zombie-like survivors

Stellar collisions produce strange, zombie-like survivors

Densely packed, fast-moving stars at the Milky Way’s center can collide with each other. New research uses simulations to explore the outcomes of these collisions. Some collisions are more like ‘violent high fives’ while others are full-on mergers. …read more

Rusty-patched bumblebee’s struggle for survival found in its genes

Rusty-patched bumblebee’s struggle for survival found in its genes

The rusty-patched bumblebee, once common in the United States, has declined from about 90% of its former range. Researchers conducted the first range-wide genetic study of the endangered species to inform recovery efforts. …read more

Discovery of how limiting damage from an asthma attack could stop disease

Discovery of how limiting damage from an asthma attack could stop disease

Scientists have discovered a new cause for asthma that sparks hope for treatment that could prevent the life-threatening disease. …read more

Are universities connected to local sustainability? A new study suggests yes…and no.

Are universities connected to local sustainability? A new study suggests yes…and no.

A new study finds that universities scoring strongly on measures of sustainability are associated with innovation and economic growth in their surrounding communities. However, the study did not find similar connections between university sustainability performance and environmental sustainability in their home communities. …read more

Intelligent liquid

Intelligent liquid

Researchers have developed a programmable meta-fluid with tunable springiness, optical properties, viscosity and even the ability to transition between a Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluid. The first-of-its-kind meta-fluid uses a suspension of small, elastomer spheres — between 50 to 500 microns — that buckle under pressure, radically changing the characteristics of the fluid. The meta-fluid could be used in everything from hydraulic actuators to program robots, to intelligent shock absorbers that can dissipate energy depending on the intensity of the impact, to optical devices that can transition from clear to opaque. …read more