NASA’s Voyager 1 Spacecraft Mystery: Engineers Investigating Telemetry Data

The engineering team for NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft is trying to solve a mystery: The interstellar explorer, which is currently over 14 billion miles from Earth, appears to be functioning normally, receiving and executing commands from Earth, along with gathering and returning science data. But readouts from the probe’s attitude articulation and control system (AACS)… Continue reading NASA’s Voyager 1 Spacecraft Mystery: Engineers Investigating Telemetry Data

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New strategies to save the world’s most indispensable grain 

Rice plants submerged as part of the long-running investigation into root responses. Credit: Julia Bailey-Serres/UCR Plants—they’re just like us, with unique techniques for handling stress. To save one of the most important crops on Earth from extreme climate swings, scientists are mapping out plants’ own stress-busting strategies. A UC Riverside-led team has learned what happens… Continue reading New strategies to save the world’s most indispensable grain 

Puzzling features deep in Earth’s interior illuminated by high resolution imaging

Credit: CC0 Public Domain New research led by the University of Cambridge is the first to take a detailed image of an unusual pocket of rock at the boundary layer with Earth’s core, some three thousand kilometers beneath the surface. The enigmatic area of rock, which is located almost directly beneath the Hawaiian Islands, is… Continue reading Puzzling features deep in Earth’s interior illuminated by high resolution imaging

Last of UK’s nuclear reprocessing plants to close | News

One of the world’s oldest nuclear reprocessing plants – and the last remaining one in the UK – will cease operations in July this year. Since its opening in 1964, the Magnox reprocessing facility at Sellafield in northern England has received almost 55,000 tonnes of spent nuclear fuel from Magnox power stations across the country,… Continue reading Last of UK’s nuclear reprocessing plants to close | News

COVID Has Reached North Korea, Threatening A Humanitarian Emergency

The World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic in March 2020. But it’s only in recent days, in May 2022, that the secretive Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has reported its first confirmed cases of the virus. While it may seem somewhat astounding that a country has managed to get so far into… Continue reading COVID Has Reached North Korea, Threatening A Humanitarian Emergency

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“Off the Shelf” Engineered Stem Cells Created To Treat Aggressive Brain Cancer

Encapsulated stem cells (green) tracking and killing GBM tumor cells (red). Credit: Shah lab (CSTI) Investigators uncovered a diagnostic method to identify receptors on cancer cells in the blood, then engineered a cell-based therapy to target and kill tumor cells in the brain, paving the way to clinical testing. Glioblastomas (GBMs) are highly aggressive cancerous… Continue reading “Off the Shelf” Engineered Stem Cells Created To Treat Aggressive Brain Cancer

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Satellite Monitoring of Biodiversity Advances To Protect Threatened Ecosystems

Plant species diversity in four different ecosystems represented as spectral variation. Credit: Anna Schweiger, Etienne Laliberté Internationally comparable data on biodiversity is needed to protect threatened ecosystems, restore destroyed habitats and counteract the negative effects of global biodiversity loss. Current biodiversity monitoring, however, is labor-intensive and costly. In addition, many places around the world are… Continue reading Satellite Monitoring of Biodiversity Advances To Protect Threatened Ecosystems

Satellite monitoring of biodiversity moves within reach

Plant species diversity in four different ecosystems represented as spectral variation. Credit: Anna Schweiger, Etienne Laliberté Global biodiversity assessments require the collection of data on changes in plant biodiversity on an ongoing basis. Researchers from the universities of Zurich and Montréal have now shown that plant communities can be reliably monitored using imaging spectroscopy, which… Continue reading Satellite monitoring of biodiversity moves within reach

Electrolytes complicate the future of aqueous aluminium batteries | Research

Rechargeable aqueous aluminium batteries must overcome some fundamental problems before they can hit the market, new research shows. Having emerged as a more sustainable alternative to lithium-based batteries, aqueous aluminium batteries have been shown to have a high theoretical and volumetric capacity. Moreover, aluminium’s inherent safety and non-toxicity have added to researchers’ excitement about the… Continue reading Electrolytes complicate the future of aqueous aluminium batteries | Research

In Bangladesh, a community comes together to save a life-giving forest

Several tribal settlements are spread across Bangladesh’s Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region, each with its own communally managed forest that residents can use. But the unchecked exploitation of the once-rich forests, a consequence of population growth, has led to local water holes drying up, forcing many residents to leave the villages. In one village, however,… Continue reading In Bangladesh, a community comes together to save a life-giving forest