Behold six galactic collisions, masterfully captured by Hubble

The peculiar galaxy NGC 3256, pictured above, is about 100 million light-years from Earth and is the result of a past galactic merger, which created its distorted appearance. (ESA/Hubble, NASA/) To ring in the new year, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) dropped six captivating images of galaxies smashing into one another. The vistas […]

SARS-CoV-2 infection demonstrated in a human lung bronchioalveolar tissue model

Heidelberg/Germany, 11 January 2021 – Development of an in vitro human-derived tissue model for studying virus infection and disease progression in the alveolar cells of the lungs responsible for oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange with the blood might enable the study of possible therapies for acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) triggered by SARS-CoV-2. Researchers in […]

Quick guide: COVID-19 vaccines in use and how they work

Dozens of coronavirus vaccines entered clinical trials during 2020, and now, a handful have been authorized for emergency use in various countries — meaning the shots can be administered to the public while their developers continue to collect data on their safety and efficacy. Should they meet all the necessary criteria, these vaccines could be […]

A Tried-and-True Medium to Broaden the Reach of Science

The importance of communicating science to the public is being increasingly recognized in light of ongoing climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and many other issues affecting everyday people. However, most current outreach endeavors—science days, open houses, podcasting, and the like—skew heavily toward middle- and upper-class audiences. Even the Internet is not universal. As […]

Those ‘gas masks’ at the Capitol were actually escape hoods

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Are autism drugs on the horizon?

Recent years have provided substantial research displaying the effect of genetic mu-tations on the development of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Based on those studies, researchers have focused attention on the commonalities be-hind those mutations and how they impact on the functioning of the brain. A study conducted by Professor Sagiv Shifman from the Life […]

Metastable metallic nanoparticles could find use in electronics, optics

Rice University scientists extended their technique to produce graphene in a flash to tailor the properties of 2D dichalcogenides molybdenum disulfide and tungsten disulfide, quickly turning them into metastable metallics for electronic and optical applications. Credit: Tour Group/Rice University Rice University scientists have extended their technique to produce graphene in a flash to tailor the […]

Where are all the squarks and gluinos?

Supersymmetry is the idea that the fundamental particles of nature are connected through a deep relationship. This theory predicts the existence of brand-new particles in the world’s largest collider experiments.  But according to a recent report, there have been no signs of supersymmetry, and the theory is looking a little shaky. Related: 8 baffling astronomy […]