2012 solar storm points up need for society to prepare
A massive ejection of material from the sun initially traveling at over 7 million miles per hour that narrowly missed Earth last year is an event solar scientists hope will open the eyes of policymakers regarding the impacts and mitigation of severe space (...)
[Science daily] Solar cells made thin, efficient and flexible
Scientists may be one step closer to tapping into the full potential of solar cells. The team found a way to create large sheets of nanotextured, silicon micro-cell arrays that hold the promise of making solar cells lightweight, more efficient, bendable and easy to mass (...)
[Science daily] Scientists scale terahertz peaks in nanotubes
Scientists find plasmons at the root of a terahertz peak seen in carbon nanotubes, but only in certain types. The discovery opens up the possibility of using nanotubes in terahertz-based optoelectronics.
[Science daily] Peer-review science is taking off on Twitter, but who is Tweeting what and why?
The most tweeted peer-reviewed articles published between 2010 and 2012, and the trends associated with their social media success, have now been identified.
[Science daily] VIDEO: How to encourage girls into 'boy-biased' A-levels
A science teacher and her female students discuss how to break down the “gender bias” that seems to prevent many girls from studying science at A-level.
[BBC News UK] Possibility of cloning quantum information from the past
Popular television shows such as "Doctor Who" have brought the idea of time travel into the vernacular of popular culture. But problem of time travel is even more complicated than one might think. Scientists have now shown that it would theoretically be possible for time travelers to copy (...)
[Science daily] Three-dimensional view helps laser in building new molecules
Scientists have developed a new feedback method for optimizing the laser pulse shapes used in the control of chemical reactions.
[Science daily] How water dissolves stone, molecule by molecule
Scientists have combined cutting-edge experimental techniques and computer simulations to find a new way of predicting how water dissolves crystalline structures like those found in natural stone and cement.
[Science daily] Laser light at useful wavelengths from semiconductor nanowires
Thread-like semiconductor structures called nanowires, so thin that they are effectively one-dimensional, show potential as lasers for applications in computing, communications, and sensing. Scientists have demonstrated laser action in semiconductor nanowires that emit light at technologically (...)
[Science daily] Can iPads help students learn science? Yes, study shows
A new study shows that students grasp the unimaginable emptiness of space more effectively when they use iPads to explore 3-D simulations of the universe, compared to traditional classroom instruction.
[Science daily] Ten times more throughput on optic fibers
Two scientists have shown how to achieve a dramatic increase in the capacity of optical fibers. Their simple, innovative solution, generating perfect "Nyquist sinc pulses," reduces the amount of space required between the pulses of light that transport data. The breakthrough could increase the (...)
[Science daily] Art could help create a better 'STEM' student
Scientists have focused on how to incorporate creativity into STEM education with the implication that doing so will increase the quality of STEM graduates. STEM studies are about problem solving, and creative endeavors are exercises in problem solving, experts (...)
[Science daily] Forget the needle; consider the haystack
Computer scientists have developed a method to uncover hidden patterns in huge data collections. Using a mathematical method that calculates the likelihood of a pattern repeating throughout a subset of data, the researchers have been able to cut dramatically the time needed to find patterns in (...)
[Science daily] Pushing limits of light microscopy
A team of researchers has established a new microscopy technique which greatly enhances resolution in the third dimension. In a simple set-up, the scientists used the translation of position information of fluorescent markers into color information. Overcoming the need for scanning the depth of (...)
[Science daily] New simulatable model displaying exotic quantum phenomena
Scientists have developed a new model for realizing the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect in lattice systems.