Wadi Rum as a Stand-In for the Red Planet

Wadi Rum as a Stand-In for the Red Planet

August 11, 2021. (Click image for wide, high-resolution image.) Several filmmakers have used the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum as a stand-in for the Red Planet. Wadi Rum looks like few other places on Earth. In fact, the distinctive desert landscapes have inspired more than a few filmmakers to use the valley in southern Jordan … Read more

NASA’s Deep Space Network Looks to the Future

NASA’s Deep Space Network Looks to the Future

The 70-meter (230-foot) Deep Space Station 14 (DSS-14) is the largest Deep Space Network antenna at the Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex near Barstow, California. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech The DSN is being upgraded to communicate with more spacecraft than ever before and to accommodate evolving mission needs. When NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover touched down on … Read more

Bioengineers Using 3D Printing and Smart Biomaterials To Create an Insulin-Producing Implant for Type 1 Diabetes

Vascularized, Insulin-Producing Implant

Rice University bioengineers are designing a vascularized, insulin-producing implant for Type 1 diabetes. Graduate student Madison Royse demonstrates a laboratory setup for testing blood flow through 3D-printed hydrogels that can be turned into living tissue. Credit: Photo by Jeff Fitlow/Rice University JDRF funds creation of implant to automatically regulate blood glucose levels. Rice University bioengineers … Read more

Lucky 13? Mars Ingenuity Helicopter to Get Lower for More Detailed Images During Next Flight

NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter Above

Animation of NASA Ingenuity Mars Helicopter from above. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech “The longer you look back, the farther you can look forward.” –Winston Churchill Following Flight 12’s scouting images of “South Séítah,” which were the most valuable Ingenuity has taken to date, we are taking Winston’s advice for Ingenuity’s 13th flight. We will again be venturing … Read more

Common Floral Bacteria Can Enhance Pollen Germination

Pollen With Acinetobacter

This image shows what pollen looks like with Acinetobacter, a genus of bacteria common in flowers. Many of the pollen grains are germinating and bursting. Credit: Shawn Christensen, UC Davis The bacteria can double amount of protein released from pollen. Newly published, first-of-its-kind research indicates that certain species of floral bacteria can enhance pollen germination, announced … Read more

DNA Structure Itself Is Involved in Genome Regulation

DNA Structure Itself Is Involved in Genome Regulation

TOP2A relieves negative supercoiling at gene promoters, resulting thus in an increase in the number of twists of the DNA strands. This is an obstacle to the continuous opening of the helix that prevents the advance RNA polymerase, remaining in a poised state ready to trigger gene expression as soon as needed. Credit: CNIO DNA … Read more

Integrated Strategies To Meet Biodiversity, Climate, and Water Objectives

Global Priority Maps

Global areas of importance for terrestrial biodiversity, carbon, and water and implications for prioritizing biodiversity and water protection over carbon. Credit: Adam Islaam | International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) We are collectively failing to conserve the world’s biodiversity and to mobilize natural solutions to help curb global warming. A new study carried out … Read more

Ending Prices With “.99″ Can Sometimes Backfire on Sellers

Price Tag

It makes consumers less likely to choose pricey upgrades. Setting a price just below a round number ($39.99 instead of $40) may lead consumers into thinking a product is less expensive than it really is – but it can sometimes backfire on sellers, a new study shows. Researchers found that this “just-below” pricing makes consumers … Read more

Scientists Develop a Skin Crawling Treatment for Acne

Great Diving Beetle

Scientists develop beetle-inspired device for skincare. Drawing inspiration from nature, a team of international scientists have invented a smart device for personalized skin care modeled after the male diving beetle. This tool collects and monitors body fluids while sticking to the skin’s surface, paving the way for more accurate diagnostics and treatment for skin diseases … Read more