Diamond holds up at pressures more extreme than those in Earth’s core

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Diamond stands up to a squeeze. Surprisingly, the material’s structure persists even when compressed to 2 trillion pascals, more than five times the pressure in Earth’s core, scientists report January 27 in Nature. The study suggests that diamond is metastable at high pressures: It retains its structure despite the fact that other, more stable structures […]

Molecule holds promise to reprogram white blood cells for better cancer treatment

IMAGE: Pictured L-R: Caitlin Brandle, research assistant, Dr. Gang Zhou, Timothy Kim, undergraduate student, Nada S. Aboelella, PhD, graduate student, Dr. Zhi-Chun Ding, assistant professor view more  Credit: Kim Ratliff, AU photographer Cancer immunotherapy using “designer” immune cells has revolutionized cancer treatment in recent years. In this type of therapy, T cells, a type of white […]

Single-crystal technology holds promise for next-generation lithium-ion batteries — ScienceDaily

A promising technology under development by major battery makers has become even more attractive, thanks to researchers who have taken an unprecedented look at one key barrier to better, longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory report new findings about how to make a single-crystal, nickel-rich cathode hardier […]

Earth’s Magnetic Field Holds Clues to Human History

Destruction as a key to preserving the past? It sounds paradoxical—fires, floods, and war have often wiped out historic records and infrastructure. But destructive events are also a source of knowledge when it comes to the study of Earth’s magnetic field. Items burned during ancient upheavals store geomagnetic information from long ago—and those […]

A 50-Year-Old Global Warming Forecast That Still Holds Up

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of my mentor, climatologist Mikhail Budyko (1920–2001). Fifty years ago, when the science of climate change prediction was in its infancy, this scientist from the Soviet Union made a series of climate predictions that have proven to be surprisingly on target in the years […]

31,000-year-old burial holds world’s oldest known identical twins

An ancient grave in Austria may represent the oldest burial of twins on record, a new study finds. The 31,000-year-old burial dates to the Upper Paleolithic (a period lasting from 40,000 to 10,000 years ago), also known as the Old Stone Age. One of the infants died shortly after childbirth, while his twin brother lived […]

Galileo’s famous gravity experiment holds up, even with atoms

According to legend, Galileo dropped weights off of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, showing that gravity causes objects of different masses to fall with the same acceleration. In recent years, researchers have taken to replicating this test in a way that the Italian scientist probably never envisioned — by dropping atoms. A new study describes […]