Researchers prove fish-friendly detection method more sensitive than electrofishing

USDA Forest Service research fish biologist Brooke Penaluna collects water samples to test for fish eDNA. Credit: Brooke Penaluna Delivering a minor electric shock into a stream to reveal any fish lurking nearby may be the gold standard for detecting fish populations, but it’s not much fun for the trout. Scientists at Oregon State University […]

First Detection of a Built-In Wobble on Another Planet

In a first for a solar system body other than Earth, scientists have detected the Chandler wobble on Mars, a repeated movement of the poles on the surface of the planet away from its average axis of rotation. The Chandler wobble arises when a rotating body isn’t a perfect sphere. This imbalance affects […]

A giant black hole keeps evading detection and scientists can’t explain it

An enormous black hole keeps slipping through astronomers’ nets. Supermassive black holes are thought to lurk at the hearts of most, if not all, galaxies. Our own Milky Way has one as massive as 4 million suns, for example, and M87’s — the only black hole ever imaged directly — tips the scales at a […]

Researchers adapt cell phone camera for SARS-CoV-2 detection

IMAGE: A photo of a device attached to an ordinary smartphone that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab. view more  Credit: Daniel Fletcher and Melanie Ott Researchers have developed an assay that can detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in a nasal swab using a device attached to an ordinary smartphone, they report […]

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants — ScienceDaily

Researchers from the Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) of Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore and Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory (TLL) have discovered a way to use Raman spectroscopy for early detection of shade avoidance syndrome (SAS) in plants. The discovery can […]

New discovery by SMART allows early detection of shade avoidance syndrome in plants

IMAGE: Raman spectroscopy and the carotenoid Raman peak allows for early detection of Shade Avoidance Syndrome (SAS) in the (a) model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and (b) leafy vegetables Kai Lan and… view more  Credit: Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology Negative effects of shade avoidance syndrome (SAS), where plants reach for more light to overcome shaded […]