NASA’s Super Guppy Arrives in California With Key Component for Artemis Moon Mission

NASA’s Super Guppy Arrives in California With Key Component for Artemis Moon Mission

The Aero Spacelines Super Guppy aircraft taxies past Hangar One after landing at Moffett Federal Airfield. Credit: NASA/Ames Research Center/Don Richey Crews transported the heat shield skin for a future mission of NASA’s Orion spacecraft — via the agency’s Super Guppy oversize cargo transport aircraft — to Moffett Federal Airfield on Nov. 9. The heat … Read more

Simple New 10-Minute Test Accurately Detects COVID-19 Immunity

Rapid Neutralizing Antibody Test Lab Prototype

SMART researcher Hoi Lok Cheng (right) performs a rapid neutralizing antibody test on a lab prototype. He is a co-author on a new paper reporting the development of a 10-minute test to detect immunity to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. Credit: Photo courtesy of SMART Paper-based blood test developed by SMART researchers can rapidly … Read more

Zero-Emissions Rail and Securing the Grid With Big Batteries on Wheels

Freight Train

Near elimination of air pollution from diesel-electric freight trains by 2025 is now possible by retrofitting them with battery tender cars. Berkeley Lab study shows how battery-electric trains can deliver environmental justice, cost-savings, and resilience to the U.S. Trains have been on the sidelines of electrification efforts for a long time in the U.S. because … Read more

Caltech Researchers Read a Jellyfish’s Mind

Read Jellyfish Mind

Credit: B. Weissbourd The human brain has 100 billion neurons, making 100 trillion connections. Understanding the precise circuits of brain cells that orchestrate all of our day-to-day behaviors—such as moving our limbs, responding to fear and other emotions, and so on—is an incredibly complex puzzle for neuroscientists. But now, fundamental questions about the neuroscience of … Read more

Are We Standing on a Quadrillion Tons of Diamonds? [Video]

Are We Standing on a Quadrillion Tons of Diamonds? [Video]

There might be a quadrillion tons of diamonds 100 miles below Earth’s surface. But the farthest we’ve traveled is 7 miles down, so how could we know that? Video Transcript: There’s apparently a quadrillion tons of diamonds 100 miles below Earth’s surface. But we’ve never been that far down, so how do we know there … Read more

For the First Time Ever, Physicists Detect Signs of Neutrinos at Large Hadron Collider

Particle Collision Neutrino Concept

Scientific first at CERN facility a preview of upcoming 3-year research campaign. The international Forward Search Experiment team, led by physicists at the University of California, Irvine, has achieved the first-ever detection of neutrino candidates produced by the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility near Geneva, Switzerland. In a paper published on November 24, … Read more

Researchers Use Nanoparticles To Kill Dangerous Bacteria That Hide Inside Human Cells

Macrophages in Culture

Macrophages in Culture. Credit: Adam Taylor Researchers from the University of Southampton, working with colleagues at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), have developed a new technology based on nanoparticles to kill dangerous bacteria that hide inside human cells. Burkholderia is a genus of bacterium that causes a deadly disease called melioidosis. This disease … Read more

Why Are Barns Almost Always Painted Red?

Red Barn

There are three reasons we see so many red American barns. It’s traditional, it’s practical and the color looks good. Although a main reason to paint wooden buildings is for appearances, paint also protects the wood so it lasts longer. During the 1700s and early 1800s, barns on family farms in the Northeast U.S. were … Read more