Researchers shed new light on nebula formation processes — ScienceDaily

Images of two iconic planetary nebulae taken by the Hubble Space Telescope are revealing new information about how they develop their dramatic features. Researchers from Rochester Institute of Technology and Green Bank Observatory presented new findings about the Butterfly Nebula (NGC 6302) and the Jewel Bug Nebula (NGC 7027) at the 237th meeting of the […]

Mechanophores: Making polymer crystallization processes crystal clear

In modern times, manufacturers produce highly specialized materials for a wide array of uses, called polymers. Polymers have a variety of purposes owing to their versatile properties, ranging from being used in construction due to their high tensile strength and resistance to manufacturing plastic bags that require more lightweight, flexible materials, such as nylon or […]

New electron microscopy technique offers first look at previously hidden processes

A schematic depiction of virtual electron–positron pairs appearing at random near an electron (at lower left). Credit: RJHall/Wikipedia Northwestern researchers have developed a new microscopy method that allows scientists to see the building blocks of “smart” materials being formed at the nanoscale. The chemical process is set to transform the future of clean water and […]

How is Modern Climate Change Affecting Landscape Processes?

Over the past 50 years human alteration of Earth’s climate has accelerated rapidly, which will inevitably affect physical landscape processes in societally challenging ways. But landscape responses to modern climate change have not been synthesized previously over any large regional scale. A recent article in Reviews of Geophysics explores anticipated landscape consequences of […]

How cell processes round up and dump damaged proteins

IMAGE: Eric Strieter at UMass Amherst says he and his chemistry lab group have discovered how an enzyme known as UCH37 regulates a cell’s waste management system. view more  Credit: UMass Amherst/Strieter lab AMHERST, Mass. – In a new paper with results that senior author Eric Strieter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst calls “incredibly surprising,” […]

How cell processes round up and dump damaged proteins

Credit: CC0 Public Domain In a new paper with results that senior author Eric Strieter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst calls “incredibly surprising,” he and his chemistry lab group report that they have discovered how an enzyme known as UCH37 regulates a cell’s waste management system. Strieter says, “It took us eight years to […]

Better understanding of biological processes — ScienceDaily

At first glance, a pack of wolves has little to do with a vinaigrette. However, a team led by Ramin Golestanian, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization, has developed a model that establishes a link between the movement of predators and prey and the segregation of vinegar and oil. They expanded […]