Bringing atoms to a standstill: Researchers miniaturize laser cooling

It’s cool to be small. Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have…

Advances in modeling and sensors can help farmers and insurers manage risk

When drought caused devastating crop losses in Malawi in 2015-2016, farmers in the southeastern African nation…

Researchers prove fish-friendly detection method more sensitive than electrofishing

Delivering a minor electric shock into a stream to reveal any fish lurking nearby may be…

Squeezing a rock-star material could make it stable enough for solar cells

Among the materials known as perovskites, one of the most exciting is a material that can…

Nature's decline risks our quality of life

It is no secret that over the last few decades, humans have changed nature at an…

A cascaded dual deformable phase plate wavefront modulator enables direct AO integration with existing microscopes

Microscopy is the workhorse of contemporary life science research, enabling morphological and chemical inspection of living…

NASA mission to test technology for satellite swarms

A NASA mission slated for launch on Friday will place three tiny satellites into low-Earth orbit,…

Scientists make pivotal discovery on mechanism of Epstein-Barr virus latent infection

Researchers at The Wistar Institute have discovered a new enzymatic function of the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)…

Snake sex chromosomes say less about sex and more about survival

Sex-specific chromosomes are a dangerous place to be, if you’re a gene. Because these chromosomes—Y chromosomes,…

Small electric fields can play decisive role in formation of diamond

Diamond, like graphite, is a special form of carbon. Its cubic crystal structure and its strong…