Pivot into COVID-19 research eases as publishing surge starts to level off | Science

In early 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, a lab run by virologist John Schoggins at the University of Texas (UT) Southwestern Medical Center became one of many around the world to shift its full attention to the crisis. He and his seven-person lab offered help to other scientists and physicians — by testing … Read more

Violent Coastal Storms Could Help Protect Beaches From Sea Level Rise

A new research study finds that extreme weather events could actually help protect beaches from the impact of sea level rise – by bringing in new sand from deeper waters or from nearby beaches. Images in the wake of violent coastal storms usually focus purely on the extensive damage caused to beaches, dunes, property, and … Read more

Satellites and Drones Are Being Used To Study Glacial Physics and Predict Sea Level Rise

Calving front of the Upsala Glacier in Argentina. This glacier has been thinning and retreating at a rapid rate during the last decades – from 2006 to 2010, it receded 43.7 yards (40 meters) per year. Credit: Etienne Berthier / Université de Toulouse / NASA Goddard Brent Minchew leads two proposals to better understand glacial … Read more

Computerized, rolling DNA motors move molecular robotics to next level – BIOENGINEER.ORG

Chemists integrated computer functions into rolling DNA-based motors, opening a new realm of possibilities for miniature, molecular robots. Nature Nanotechnology published the development, the first DNA-based motors that combine computational power with the ability to burn fuel and move in an intentional direction. Chemists integrated computer functions into rolling DNA-based motors, opening a new realm … Read more

Controlling How Fast Graphene Cools for an Unprecedented Level of Control of Optical Properties

Graphene charge carriers lying on different energetic levels represented by the Dirac cones, which, depending on the number of charge carriers, are occupied up to the neutrality point (blue level on the left cone) or well into the conduction band (blue level on the right cone). In the two cases, the photoexcited charge carriers relax … Read more

Super scintillators enable X-ray detection at an ultralow level – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The introduction of lead-free metal halide powder into a scintillation screen took some tinkering. Once a KAUST team worked out the right technique, they were able to produce an exceptionally efficient, robust and flexible scintillation film to bring significant improvements in medical, industrial and security X-ray imaging. Credit: © 2022 KAUST. The introduction of lead-free … Read more

Onset of Modern Sea Level Rise Began in 1863 – In Line With the Industrial Revolution

An international team of scientists including Rutgers researchers has found that modern rates of sea level rise began emerging in 1863 as the Industrial Age intensified, coinciding with evidence for early ocean warming and glacier melt. The study, which used a global database of sea-level records spanning the last 2,000 years, will help local and … Read more

Sea Level Denial | Open Mind

Back in 2010, the North Carolina Coastal Coastal Resource Commission published the North Carolina Sea Level Rise Assessment Report. Dave Burton of “NC-20” (a trade group for business interests in the coastal counties of NC) ridiculed their results, claiming that the only sensible way to forecast future sea level rise was to fit a straight … Read more

Advancing our view at the subcellular level – BIOENGINEER.ORG

In the field of scientific research, details matter. The minutia of processes and structures are explained with specificity, data points are reported to the most precise decimal and seeing is believing. Credit: Photo provided by Jiajie Diao. In the field of scientific research, details matter. The minutia of processes and structures are explained with specificity, … Read more