A New Era of Debris Flow Experiments in the Oregon Woods

Studying the physics of landslide initiation and the dynamics of debris flows is challenging, as these phenomena occur spontaneously, commonly in remote locations, and usually during inclement weather. Those who do this work trudge into the muck not only because the unpredictable natures of natural slope failures and landslide runouts are scientifically interesting […]

Think with your heart: A new era of biocomputing

Researchers build the first biocomputers from heart cells and demonstrate their ability to perform complex computational tasks. Physical systems, including biological systems, have a natural ability to minimize their own energy to reach a ground state — a process that finds a natural analog to problems such as optimization and learning. Based on this ability, […]

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era — ScienceDaily

Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these characterisations do little to help. Yet archaeology as practiced today bears virtually no resemblance to the tomb raiding portrayed in movies and video games. Indeed, it bears little resemblance to even more scholarly depictions […]

A new archaeology for the Anthropocene era

IMAGE: Archaeological studies of low-density, agrarian-based cities such as ancient Angkor Wat in Cambodia are increasingly being used to inform the development of more sustainable urban centres in the future…. view more  Credit: Alison Crowther Indiana Jones and Lara Croft have a lot to answer for. Public perceptions of archaeology are often thoroughly outdated, and these […]

Broken Arecibo telescope collapses, ending an era of alien-hunting

A broken cable was the final straw for the already badly damaged Arecibo Observatory’s radio telescope in Puerto Rico. The massive structure’s 900-ton instrument platform collapsed on Tuesday (Dec. 1) and landed on the 1,000-foot-wide (305 meters) radio dish. The cable parted at around 8 a.m. local time, Ramon Lugo, director of the Florida Space […]

A Juno Era Model of the Jovian Magnetosphere

Jupiter creates the solar system’s most powerful planetary magnetic field, and understanding its region of influence, called the magnetosphere, is vital to nearly all observations of the Jovian system. The first estimates of Jupiter’s magnetosphere were developed in anticipation of the first spacecraft flybys in the 1970s. The 1979 visits by the dual […]