Rosetta's comet in August 2015, when it was closest to the sun and when most of the glycine was detected. Credit: ESA Ingredients crucial for the origin of life on Earth, including the simple amino acid glycine and phosphorus, key components...
A new concept for a flow battery functions like an old hourglass or egg timer, with particles (in this case carried as a slurry) flowing through a narrow opening from one tank to another. The flow can then be...
The Cedars, shown here, is a small, isolated set of springs flowing out of a large patch of red rock from Earth's mantle in Sonoma County, California. The Cedars is one of the few easily-accessible sites of serpentinization on...
A depiction of the global order of magnetic charge ice. Orange-red areas represent the positive charges; blue areas represent negative charges.Credit: Yong-Lei Wang and Zhili Xiao A team of scientists working at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National...
A 2-D diagram of how the prism spectrum splitter mini-module works.Credit: Rob Largent/UNSW A new solar cell configuration developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales has pushed sunlight-to-electricity conversion efficiency to 34.5% -- establishing a new world...
Black and yellow garden spider (Argiope aurantia). Credit: © Justin McGregor / Flickr Why doesn't a spider's web sag in the wind or catapult flies back out like a trampoline? The answer, according to new research by an international team of...
This is an illustration showing structure of Bi2Se3-EuS bilayer film. On the top layer the depth profile of the magnetization vector distribution of Eu atoms is represented by green arrows. The light purple spheres represent Bi2Se3 interfacial layers magnetized...
This graphic illustrates an engineered nitrogen vacancy in aluminum nitride. Credit: H.Seo, M.Govoni and G.Galli, University of Chicago Quantum computers have the potential to break common cryptography techniques, search huge datasets and simulate quantum systems in a fraction of the time...
A schematic image representing a periodic variation in the density of Cooper pairs (pairs of blue arrows pointing in opposite directions) within a cuprate superconductor. Densely packed rows of Cooper pairs alternate with regions having lower pair density and...
This is an image of the 'Tully Monster' fossil and 'meatball' and 'sausage' melanosomes. Credit: University of Leicester A 300 million year-old fossil mystery has been solved by a research team led by the University of Leicester, which has identified...
Researchers have found a new kind of long-range interaction between particles, in a liquid medium, that is based entirely on their motion. Alfredo Alexander-Katz describes the kind of interactions his team found as being related to the research field...