Corgi-size pterosaurs walked in the rain 145 million years ago

At the end of the Jurassic period, corgi-size pterosaurs were searching for food along an ancient shoreline when they felt the cool pings of a light rain, new fossil track marks reveal. Researchers found the fossilized track marks of these winged reptiles interspersed with raindrop impressions near Casper, Wyoming, which used to lie along the […]

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx just tried to grab a piece of the asteroid Bennu

NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is a cosmic rock collector. Cheers erupted from mission control at 6:12 p.m. EDT on October 20 as scientists on Earth got word that the spacecraft had gently nudged a near-Earth asteroid called Bennu, and grabbed some of its rocks to return to Earth. “The spacecraft did everything it was supposed to […]

Deep magma facilitates the movement of tectonic plates — ScienceDaily

A small amount of molten rock located under tectonic plates encourages them to move. This is what scientists from the Laboratoire de géologie de Lyon: Terre, planètes et environnement (CNRS/ENS de Lyon/Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1) have recently discovered. Their new model takes into account not only the velocity of seismic waves but also the […]

The Legacy of Nitrogen Pollution

Kim Van Meter jokes that she can trace her career back to a family road trip across the Midwest she took as a child, when an aunt promised a restless Van Meter a penny for each cow she counted along the way. Van Meter dutifully tallied up thousands of cows in pastures along […]

Does classroom indoor environmental quality affect teaching and learning?

IMAGE: A new study published in Indoor Air indeicates that indoor environmental quality can affect short-term students’ academic performance, with a preference for a relatively cool, bright, and quiet environment and… view more  Credit: H.W. Brink What impact does a classroom’s indoor environment have on teaching, learning, and students’ academic achievement in colleges and universities? This […]

Precaution: A lesson from COVID-19

Measures that could have been taken at the beginning of the pandemic were not implemented as precautionary preparation but rather as reactionary to an already spreading virus, making it hard to contain. Image credit: Lei Jiang Unsplash Which is more important in the initial phase of a pandemic: taking precautionary action or responding to its […]

New biofilms study could lead to a more sustainable water industry

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Slightly reducing the amount of disinfectant residuals we use to maintain clean drinking water could deliver significant improvements to water quality while making our drinking water systems more sustainable, according to new research from engineers at the University of Sheffield. In a new study, led by Professor Joby Boxall and Dr. […]

Black holes could become massive particle accelerators

Black holes are powerful engines of pure gravity, capable of pulling on objects so intensely that they can’t possibly escape.  When those objects near the event horizon, they’re accelerated to incredible velocities. Now, some physicists are suggesting harnessing the gravitational pull of black holes to create ferocious particle accelerators. The trick, the new study finds, […]

Brain scans reveal the vocabulary that drives neural polarization — ScienceDaily

How can the partisan divide be bridged when conservatives and liberals consume the same political content, yet interpret it through their own biased lens? Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Johns Hopkins University scanned the brains of more than three dozen politically left- and right-leaning adults as they viewed short videos […]