Scientists reveal regions of the brain where serotonin promotes patience

We’ve all been there. Whether we’re stuck in traffic at the end of a long day, or eagerly anticipating the release of a new book, film or album, there are times when we need to be patient. Learning to suppress the impulse for instant gratification is often vital for future success, but how patience is […]

Physicists invent printable superconducting device

Credit: Leiden Institute of Physics Superconducting devices such as SQUIDS (Superconducting Quantum Interferometry Device) can perform ultra-sensitive measurements of magnetic fields. Leiden physicsts invented a method to 3-D-print these and other superconducting devices in minutes. “Fabricating superconducting devices on a computer chip is a multi-step and demanding procedure, requiring dedicated facilities,” says Kaveh Lahabi, a […]

Catalogue vastly expands global knowledge of plant diversity — ScienceDaily

Leipzig could mean for the future of plant taxonomy what Greenwich meant for world time until 1972: it could become the reference city for correct scientific plant names. In an outstanding feat of research, the curator of the Botanical Garden of Leipzig University, Dr Martin Freiberg, and colleagues from iDiv and UL have compiled what […]

Electronic skin has a strong future stretching ahead

IMAGE: KAUST researchers have developed a durable “electronic skin ” that can mimic natural functions of human skin, such as sensing temperature and touch. view more  Credit: © 2020 KAUST A material that mimics human skin in ?strength, stretchability and sensitivity could be used to collect biological data in real time. Electronic skin, or e-skin, may […]

Melting ice patch in Norway reveals large collection of ancient arrows

An arrow from c. AD 700 as it was found lying on the stones in the scree, close to the melting ice. Credit: Innlandet Fylkeskommune A team of researchers affiliated with a host of institutions in Norway and one in the U.K., has unveiled their findings after collecting and studying a very large number of […]

The best science kit deals for Black Friday

If you have a child who loves to dig up bugs, build rolling robots, or is just curious about how things work, one of these science kits may be for you. Here’s a look at what is on sale for Black Friday. Crime Catchers Spy Science Kit: $22.00 $15.99 at Amazon Embrace your inner 007 […]

Understanding traditional Chinese medicine can help protect species — ScienceDaily

Demystifying traditional Chinese medicine for conservationists could be the key to better protecting endangered species like pangolins, tigers and rhino, according to University of Queensland-led researchers. UQ PhD candidate Hubert Cheung said efforts to shift entrenched values and beliefs about Chinese medicine are not achieving conservation gains in the short term. He said a better […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

IMAGE: Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian… view more  Credit: Melissa Marchese DURHAM, N.C. – The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of […]

Mine ponds amplify mercury risks in Peru’s Amazon

Thousands of artificial ponds like this one, created when rainwater filled in an abandoned gold mining pit, are amplifying risks of mercury exposure for humans and wildlife in the Peruvian Amazon. Credit: Melissa Marchese The proliferation of pits and ponds created in recent years by miners digging for small deposits of alluvial gold in Peru’s […]