Monday, December 3, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
color-glass condensate, a liquid-like wave of gluons that may result from the phenomenon of quantum entanglement.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Monday, November 12, 2012
failed "golden" test for supersymmetry whose model predicts this decay with much greater frequency than detected.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
new way to form glass from a liquid cooling past its melting temperature by the disordered arrangement of nickel-phosphorus polyhedra, the resulting substance classified as a glass by having the mechanical properties of a solid but the amorphous structure of a liquid.
Friday, November 9, 2012
mechanoreceptor nerve endings that give the animal an exceptional sense of touch sensitivity greater than human fingertips.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
unusual tomb of the ancient Egyptian princess Sheretnebty dating to 2500 B.C. was discovered in Abusir South, carved out of bedrock and surrounded by four non-royal high officials, with most of the Fifth Dynasty's royal family buried to the north.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
spade-toothed beaked whales (Mesoplodon traversii), a mother and calf, stranded themselves and died on a beach in New Zealand, the first time this species known only through partial skulls has been seen and examined as a complete specimen.
Monday, November 5, 2012
resist tumor growth and make them virtually immune to cancer, the former committing a "concerted cell death" when densities reach a certain level and the latter simply ceasing to grow beyond a certain cell density.
Friday, November 2, 2012
verified Cope's Rule that smaller animals always evolve into larger sizes with no upper limit, with exceptions for structural function between clades such as theropods (two legs) versus sauropods and ornithopods (four legs).
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
cooking our food, separating Homo erectus from the other primates' inefficient raw diet by unlocking 100% of the digestible nutrition in cooked foods for calorie-expensive brain growth.
Monday, October 29, 2012
feed on tiny krill like a whale by filtering them through specialized teeth, allowing this species to feed from both the top and the bottom of the Antarctic food web.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
magnetic poles reversed and then reversed again relatively quickly about 41,000 years ago, with the process that normally takes millennia completing its cycle in only about 200 years and during which the magnetic field strength was only one-twentieth what it is today.
Monday, October 22, 2012
impact-echo testing, engineers have developed a new method to analyze and evaluate the structural stability of a bridge deck based on the acoustic footprint generated by droplets of water striking the surface.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
more accurate standard for radiocarbon dating.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
closest possible planet outside our own solar system.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
first new source of cosmic rays 100 years after their first discovery, the new low-energy type originating not from the explosion of supernovae but from the Arches cluster with the particles accelerated by the shock wave of the young stars moving at around 700,000 km/h.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
slight mechanical movements to trigger the chemical release of a signal rather than an electrical action potential.
Monday, October 8, 2012
spider attack on a parasitic wasp caught in its web, the first and only evidence of such an interaction between these types of species.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
can dissolve in water and inside the human body, enabling the design of medical implants that do not require surgical removal.
Friday, October 5, 2012
significant amount of carbon stored in lakes and rivers -- often thousands of years old -- is still being released into the atmosphere, challenging current models of long-term carbon storage in aquatic systems and its dynamics in modern climatology.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
more complex than modern grazers such as cows and horses with an amazing capacity to chew tough and abrasive plant matter.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
pain-killing compounds called mambalgins from the venom of Africa's black mamba snake that are as strong as some opiates used today but without the common dangerous side-effects.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
unexpected cold layer in Venus' atmosphere 77 miles above the planet's surface with temperatures reaching −283°F, much colder than anything in Earth's atmosphere and able to form carbon dioxide ice.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
17th-century marble pieces looted from Kazimierz Palace during the Swedish Deluge and sinking to the river bottom with the barge that carried them away some 350 years ago.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Indo-Australian plate and the possible formation of a new tectonic structure for the region.
Monday, September 24, 2012
keratin proteins in the human eye have remarkably strong and versatile antimicrobial properties, possibly providing an easily manufactured and biocompatible line of low-cost therapeutic drugs.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
artificial beeswax filling perfectly filling a cavity on a cracked canine tooth, the oldest known example of Neolithic dentistry.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Roman poolside mosaic of some 1600 square feet has been unearthed in a freshly plowed farmer's field in the city of Antiochia ad Cragum in southern Turkey, likely dating back to the third or fourth century A.D.
Monday, September 17, 2012
astronomical unit (AU), traditionally found through a parallax calculation or one transforming angular measurements with a Gaussian constant, and have unanimously adopted the fixed linear value of exactly 149,597,870,700 meters.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
unknown degradation process between paint and protective varnish in Van Gogh's painting, Flowers in a blue vase, a reaction between the cadmium sulphide in the paint and lead ions in the varnish to form an opaque anglesite (PbSO4) and cadmium oxalate (CdC2O4).
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Roman military fortification in Germany has been found southeast of the city of Trier in the Hunsrueck region, presumably built during Julius Caesar's Gallic War in the late 50s B.C. and providing a rich repository of soldiers' artifacts from this historically significant period.
Friday, September 14, 2012
atomic force microscopy (AFM) to take single-molecule images so detailed that the types of atomic bonds and local distortions in atomic arrangement can be seen.
Monday, September 10, 2012
odor-sensing capability than other species with four to five time more odor receptors than flying insects such as moths, mosquitoes and honeybees.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Greyfriars church, the final resting place of King Richard III, who was buried here in 1485 after his death in the Battle of Bosworth Field.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
huge volcanic eruptions causing extinctions of life on the ocean floor and potentially compromising land-based species prior to the larger event.
Friday, August 31, 2012
discriminate between different numbers of grouped items, showing for the first time other animal species can exhibit cognitive counting abilities on a par with primates.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
viable tissues with embedded electronics that can provide real-time biometrics to monitor the health and activity of these tissues and possibly deliver commands or instructions.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
simple sugar molecules (glycoaldehyde) in the gas surrounding a star 400 light years away (IRAS 16293-2422), suggesting such organic components may be more common than expected in the search for interstellar life.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
population of microbial life and biomass on Earth by about half.
Monday, August 27, 2012
virtually impassable by most marine species, with implications for climate research and species-preservation efforts.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
two previously unknown owl species in the Philippines: the Cebu hawk-owl, once thought to be extinct due to deforestation, and the Camiguin hawk-owl, originally suspected to be a subspecies but both confirmed as distinctly new species.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
bend and flex as opposed to being the hardest material in their bodies.
Monday, August 20, 2012
penny-sized electronic engines covered in 500 microscopic tips that emit tiny beams of ions producing 50 micronewtons of force, enough to propel a shoebox-sized satellite through simple orbital maneuvers.