Center of the island of stability is not located at element 114 — Heavier elements will move into the spotlight — ScienceDaily

An international research team succeeded in gaining new insights into the artificially produced superheavy element flerovium, element 114, at the accelerator facilities of the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany. Under the leadership of Lund University in Sweden and with significant participation of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU) as well as the Helmholtz Institute […]

Researchers find how cells move while avoiding adhesion

Cancer cells moving on glycoproteine strips: These strips act like splints, which allow to control and to study the movement of the cells better. Credit: Rädler Lab, Ludwig Maximilians Universität München Cell velocity, or how fast a cell moves, is known to depend on how sticky the surface is beneath it, but the precise mechanisms […]

Self-repairing gelatin-based film could be a smart move for electronics

Dropping a cell phone can sometimes cause superficial cracks to appear. But other times, the device can stop working altogether because fractures develop in the material that stores data. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Applied Polymer Materials have made an environmentally friendly, gelatin-based film that can repair itself multiple times and still maintain the electronic […]

Microswimmers are inanimate microparticles, but they move like moths to the light

Janus particles under the electron microscope. The titanium dioxide microswimmers are barely larger than one micrometer. Copyright: Simmchen Group The Freigeist group at TU Dresden, led by chemist Dr. Juliane Simmchen, has studied an impressive behavior of synthetic microswimmers: as soon as the photocatalytic particles leave an illuminated zone, they flip independently and swim back […]

Beaches can survive sea-level rises as long as they have space to move — ScienceDaily

An international team of coastal scientists has dismissed suggestions that half the world’s beaches could become extinct over the course of the 21st century. The claim was made by European researchers in a paper published in Nature Climate Change in March 2020 (Sandy coastlines under threat of erosion by Vousdoukas et al). See ‘World’s sandy […]

Ground-breaking discovery finally proves rain really can move mountains

IMAGE: First and corresponding author Dr Byron A. Adams in the steep terrain of the Greater Himalaya, central Bhutan. view more  Credit: Photo by second author Professor Kelin X Whipple. A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a long-standing scientific enigma. The dramatic effect rainfall […]

Ground-breaking discovery finally proves rain really can move mountains — ScienceDaily

A pioneering technique which captures precisely how mountains bend to the will of raindrops has helped to solve a long-standing scientific enigma. The dramatic effect rainfall has on the evolution of mountainous landscapes is widely debated among geologists, but new research led by the University of Bristol and published today in Science Advances, clearly calculates […]