Controlling the nanoscale structure of membranes is key for clean water, researchers find

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A desalination membrane acts as a filter for salty water: push the water through the membrane, get clean water suitable for agriculture, energy production and even drinking. The process seems simple enough, but it contains complex intricacies that have baffled scientists for decades — until now. Researchers from Penn State, The […]

Stretching diamond for next-generation microelectronics

Stretching of microfabricated diamonds pave ways for applications in next-generation microelectronics. Credit: Dang Chaoqun / City University of Hong Kong Diamond is the hardest material in nature. But out of many expectations, it also has great potential as an excellent electronic material. A joint research team led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has […]

10 ways COVID-19 changed the world

The year 2020 was defined by the coronavirus pandemic, arguably the worst pandemic the world has seen in 100 years. COVID-19 has caused more than 75 million cases and 1.6 million deaths worldwide as of mid-December. The illness has affected nearly every aspect of life, from work and school to everyday activities like getting groceries, […]

Traditional Ghanaian medicines show promise against tropical diseases — ScienceDaily

The discovery of new drugs is vital to achieving the eradication of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa and around the world. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have identified traditional Ghanaian medicines which work in the lab against schistosomiasis, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis, three diseases endemic to Ghana. The major intervention for […]

The Boston Dynamics robots are surprisingly good dancers

At this point, we’ll watch the Boston Dynamics robots do basically anything. In their latest YouTube adventure, the squad of robots dances to the 1962 Contours classic “Do You Love Me?” and it’s as weird as it is adorable. The video features a pair of the company’s vaguely humanoid Atlas robots that do the running […]

Spontaneous robot dances highlight a new kind of order in active matter

IMAGE: When a swarm of smarticles is made to interact in a confined space, they form stunningly symmetric dances whose choreography emerges spontaneously from the physics of low rattling. view more  Credit: Thomas A. Berrueta Predicting when and how collections of particles, robots, or animals become orderly remains a challenge across science and engineering. In the […]

Controlling the nanoscale structure of membranes is key for clean water, researchers find

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain A desalination membrane acts as a filter for salty water: push the water through the membrane, get clean water suitable for agriculture, energy production and even drinking. The process seems simple enough, but it contains complex intricacies that have baffled scientists for decades—until now. Researchers from Penn State, The University of […]

10 steamy signs in 2020 that climate change is speeding up

As the world turned its eyes to a dire pandemic, another global catastrophe was not-so-quietly gaining steam: Climate change has been simmering since the Industrial Revolution, but 2020 was a year that really drove home how fast it’s accelerating. We blazed past ominous milestones that were supposed to take decades to arrive, broke records every […]

Effective posts led to better understanding among new parents — ScienceDaily

When using social media to nudge people toward safe and healthy behaviors, it’s critical to make sure the words match the pictures, according to a new study. After looking at social media posts, parents of young children were better able to recall safety messages such as how to put a baby safely to sleep when […]