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Scientists uncover principles of universal self-assembly

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For years, researchers have searched for the working principles of self-assembly that can build a cell (a complex biological organism) as well as a...

Physicists develop approach to increase performance of solar energy

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Experimental condensed matter physicists in the Department of Physics at the University of Oklahoma have developed an approach to circumvent a major loss process...

Tracing the human genetic history: Every tooth tells a different story

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Researchers at the University of Tübingen have shown that the shape of human teeth can be used to reconstruct genetic relationships. Dr. Hannes Rathmann...

‘Lucky’ MESSENGER data upends long-held idea about Venus’ atmosphere

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Philosopher Nicholas Rescher once wrote, "Scientific discoveries are often made not on the basis of some well-contrived plan of investigation, but through some stroke...

New ethane-munching microbes discovered at hot vents

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Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen have discovered a microbe that feeds on ethane at deep-sea hot vents. With...

Rising CO2 causes more than a climate crisis—it may directly harm...

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As the 21st century progresses, rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations will cause urban and indoor levels of the gas to increase, and that...

Astronomers discover planet that never was

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What astronomers thought was a planet beyond our solar system has now seemingly vanished from sight, suggesting that what was heralded as one of...

Quantum entanglement offers unprecedented precision for GPS and more

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Your phone's GPS, the Wi-Fi in your house and communications on aircraft are all powered by radio-frequency, or RF, waves, which carry information from...

Researchers unveil electronics that mimic the human brain in efficient learning

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Only 10 years ago, scientists working on what they hoped would open a new frontier of neuromorphic computing could only dream of a device...

Very Large Telescope sees star dance around supermassive black hole, proves...

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Observations made with ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) have revealed for the first time that a star orbiting the supermassive black hole at the...

Applying mathematics to accelerate predictions for capturing fusion energy

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A key issue for scientists seeking to bring the fusion that powers the sun and stars to Earth is forecasting the performance of the...