How Temperate Rainforests Can Effectively Aid the Fight Against Climate Change

How Temperate Rainforests Can Effectively Aid the Fight Against Climate Change

Upland oak woodland known as temperate rainforests may provide nature-based solutions to climate change. Credit: Lloyd Russell, University of Plymouth There is global recognition that woodland expansion could be one of the most effective solutions in the fight against climate change. However, new research has shown that the level of growth needed to produce the … Read more

What NASA’s James Webb Looks Like From Powerful Earth Telescopes

James Webb Space Telescope in Space Artist

This artist’s conception shows the fully unfolded James Webb Space Telescope in space. Credit: Adriana Manrique Gutierrez, NASA Animator The past month has been an exciting time for the James Webb Space Telescope! After launching on Christmas Day, the telescope spent the next few weeks deploying its mirrors, checking the individual segments, and then maneuvering … Read more

Solving a Superconducting Mystery With Supercomputer Computations

Superconductor Illustration

New method from Clemson University researcher, enabled by Frontera supercomputer, helps explain role of phonons in copper-based superconductivity. Researchers have known about high-temperature superconducting copper-based materials, or cuprates, since the 1980s. Below a certain temperature (approximately -130 degree Celsius), electrical resistance vanishes from these materials and magnetic flux fields are expelled. However, the basis for … Read more

A Spacecraft Could Catch Up With Interstellar Object ’Oumuamua in 26 Years – If Launched by 2028

A Spacecraft Could Catch Up With Interstellar Object ’Oumuamua in 26 Years – If Launched by 2028

Laser sail spacecraft arriving at ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar asteroid. Credit: Maciej Rebisz In October 2017, the interstellar object ‘Oumuamua passed through our Solar System, leaving a lot of questions in its wake. Not only was it the first object of its kind ever to be observed, but the limited data astronomers obtained as it shot … Read more

How Big Does Your Quantum Computer Need To Be To Break Bitcoin Encryption or Simulate Molecules?

Advanced Quantum Computer Concept

Quantum computers are expected to be disruptive and potentially impact many industry sectors. So researchers in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands decided to explore two very different quantum problems: breaking the encryption of Bitcoin (a digital currency) and simulating the molecule responsible for biological nitrogen fixation. In AVS Quantum Science, from AIP Publishing, the … Read more