Stanford researchers may have found the key to better VR headsets in solar panels

Screens are made up of stacked layers. Adding a reflective metal sheet could make a big difference in manufacturers’ ability to pack in the pixels. (Stanford /) If you’re reading this article on a modern high-end smartphone, take a moment to move the device close to your face—as close as you can get before you […]

OSIRIS-REx spacecraft goes for early stow of asteroid sample

This illustration shows NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft stowing the sample it collected from asteroid Bennu on Oct. 20, 2020. The spacecraft will use its Touch-And-Go Sample Acquisition Mechanism (TAGSAM) arm to place the TAGSAM collector head into the Sample Return Capsule (SRC). Credit: NASA/University of Arizona, Tucson NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission is ready to perform an early […]

Photos: Murder hornets will haunt your nightmares

The Asian giant hornet (Vespa mandarinia) is dubbed a “murderer” for a reason: These thumb-size insects literally rip off the heads of honeybees … by the thousands. And such murder hornets have reached the U.S., where they are wreaking havoc with their oversized curved stingers and venomous stings. Here’s a look at the pests, which […]

How malaria parasites hide from the human immune system

Malaria parasites survive tough times by not being too clingy. During Africa’s dry season, when mosquitoes are scarce, malaria parasites have a hard time spreading to new hosts. So the parasites hide out in the human body by keeping the cells they infect from clinging to blood vessels, researchers report October 26 in Nature Medicine. […]

Most dentists have experienced aggression from patients — ScienceDaily

Roughly half of U.S. dentists experienced verbal or reputational aggression by patients in the past year, and nearly one in four endured physical aggression, according to a new study led by researchers at NYU College of Dentistry. The study, published in the October issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, is the first […]

How Long Does Iron Linger in the Ocean’s Upper Layers?

Iron is in our blood, our buildings, and our biomes. In our oceans, iron has helped regulate global climate by sustaining carbon-catching phytoplankton. However, current environmental models have difficulty pinning down the relationship between climate and marine iron cycling because they have little data to go on. In new research, Black et al. […]

Rural America is now the center of the COVID pandemic

The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine trial will continue after a patient who received an alternate treatment died. (National Cancer Institute/) Last week, the US set a record for the highest number of infections in a single day at more than 83,000 cases; that number was reported two days in a row, on Friday and Saturday. To put […]

Treating spinal mets with fewer, higher doses of radiation reduces pain more effectively

ARLINGTON, Va., October 26, 2020 — A new study shows using fewer and higher doses of high-precision radiation therapy is a more effective approach for treating painful spinal tumors than conventional radiation therapy. More than twice as many patients treated with stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) reported an enduring, complete reduction in pain, compared to […]