Record-breaking laser link could help us test whether Einstein was right — ScienceDaily

Scientists from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) and The University of Western Australia (UWA) have set a world record for the most stable transmission of a laser signal through the atmosphere. In a study published today in the journal Nature Communications, Australian researchers teamed up with researchers from the French National Centre […]

Ramekins for souffles, salsas, and more

Is it a bowl? Is it a cup? No! It’s a ramekin, and it’s going to make a wonderful addition to your kitchen. Ramekins come in sets and will make you feel like a pro when hosting a dinner party. With these nifty receptacles, you can serve every portion of French onion soup with its […]

Wet and wild: There’s lots of water in the world’s most explosive volcano

IMAGE: Shiveluch volcano has had more than 40 violent eruptions over the last 10,000 years. The last gigantic blast occurred in 1964, creating a new crater and covering an area of… view more  Credit: Michael Krawczynski, Washington University in St. Louis There isn’t much in Kamchatka, a remote peninsula in northeastern Russia just across the Bering […]

Rediscovery of the ‘extinct’ Pinatubo volcano mouse

The rediscovered volcano mouse, thought to be extinct. Credit: Danny Balete, Field Museum In June 1991, Mount Pinatubo, a volcanic peak on the Philippine Island of Luzon, literally blew its top. It was the second-most powerful volcanic eruption of the 20th century, ten times stronger than Mount Saint Helens, and its effects were devastating. Lava […]

Pluto’s haze made up of ice crystals with cyanide hearts

The haze shrouding Pluto might be made up of ice crystals possessing cyanide hearts, a new study finds. Hazes, which are made of tiny motes of dust, smoke, ice and other substances, are not unique to Earth — scientists have detected hazes enveloping Mars, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter.  Nor are hazes limited to planets. Saturn’s […]

Creating a safe CAR T-Cell therapy to fight solid tumors in children — ScienceDaily

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy — CAR T — has revolutionized leukemia treatment. Unfortunately, the therapy has not been effective for treating solid tumors including childhood cancers such as neuroblastoma. Preclinical studies using certain CAR T against neuroblastoma revealed toxic effects. Now, a group of scientists at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles have developed a modified […]

RIP Loon, Google’s balloon-based cellular network

The balloons used solar energy to power their on-board systems, but had no engines. (Project Loon/) It always seemed like an idea that was cool, far-fetched, and possibly helpful: Balloons, high above the earth, sending cell signals to people down below. The giant polyethylene flying machines could transmit LTE signals to people in disaster zones […]

UTMB team proves potential for reducing pre-term birth by treating fetus as patient

GALVESTON, Texas – The results of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch may pave the way for a new medicine delivery system that could reduce the incidence of pre-term labor and premature birth by allowing physicians to treat the ‘fetus as the patient’. The study has been published in Science […]

New technique builds super-hard metals from nanoparticles

This gold “coin” was made from nanoparticle building blocks, thanks to a new technique developed by Brown University researchers. Making bulk metals this way allows for precise of the metal’s microstructure, which enhances its mechanical properties. Credit: Chen Lab / Brown University Metallurgists have all kinds of ways to make a chunk of metal harder. […]

Why do dogs bury bones?

Chewing bones is a favorite pastime of dogs. If a bone is very beloved, the dog might even bury it. To humans, this behavior may seem odd, so why do dogs invest so much energy in burying their prized possessions? “The reason why a dog buries something is to save it for later,” Teoti Anderson, […]