From left, geology graduate students Jiashun Hu and Quan Zhou and professor Lijun Liu challenge traditional theories about western US volcanism with new evidence from supercomputer modeling. Credit: L. Brian Stauffer Recent stories in the national media are magnifying fears of...
This is an artist's depiction of a quantum simulation. Lasers manipulate an array of more than 50 atomic qubits to study the dynamics of quantum magnetism. Credit: E. Edwards/JQI Two independent teams of scientists, including one from the University of Maryland...
The tubeworm species Escarpia laminata. Credit: Image courtesy of the Chemo III project, BOEM and NOAA OER Large tubeworms living in the cold depths of the Gulf of Mexico may be among the longest living animals in the world. This is...
Due to its breadth, the Jena experiment proves for the first time that a loss of biodiversity has negative consequences for many individual components and processes in ecosystems. Credit: Photo: The Jena Experiment How serious is the loss of species globally?...
Helobdella robusta, a tiny freshwater leech that attacks and kills snails. Credit: Photo by Ajna S. Rievra/UC Berkeley Leeches, despite the yuck factor, have captured the hearts of two University of California, Berkeley, scientists who are part of a team...
University of Calgary Professor Jason Anderson, right, and doctoral student Jason Pardo published a paper in Nature about new insights into the ancient Scottish fossil called Lethiscus stocki. Credit: Photo by Riley Brandt, University of Calgary "It's like a snake on...
Street flooding in Miami (stock image). Credit: © light_magic / Fotolia The East Coast of the United States is threatened by more frequent flooding in the future. This is shown by a recent study by the Universities of Bonn, South Florida,...
Adams Flat, one of the two sites in Antarctica where microbes were collected. Credit: Phil O'Brien UNSW-Sydney led scientists have discovered that microbes in Antarctica have a previously unknown ability to scavenge hydrogen, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide from the air...
Nelson Sepulveda is a nanotechnology researcher and associate professor of engineering at Michigan State University. Credit: Michigan State University A paper-thin, flexible device created at Michigan State University not only can generate energy from human motion, it can act as a...
DNA (stock illustration). Credit: © frenta / Fotolia A neutral genetic mutation -- a fluke in the evolutionary process that had no apparent biological purpose -- that appeared over 700 million years ago in biological evolution could help explain the origin...
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Will virtual reality rob future students of the awe and wonder naturalists experience when exploring nature? Virtual reality has nothing on nature. Just ask the UC Santa Barbara students who one recent day trekked to a forest before dawn to...