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September 29, 2020

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Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko has its own far-ultraviolet aurora, data reveal. It is the first time such electromagnetic emissions in the far-ultraviolet have been ...
Astronomers have discovered a rare molecule -- phosphine -- in the clouds of Venus. On Earth, this gas is only made industrially or by microbes that thrive in oxygen-free ...
Recent observations have found that something may be missing from the theories of how dark matter behaves. This missing ...
To the surprise of many planetary scientists, the oxidized iron mineral hematite has been discovered at high latitudes on ...
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Many Ventilation Systems May Increase Risk of COVID-19 Exposure, Study Suggests

Ventilation systems in many modern office buildings, which are designed to keep temperatures comfortable and increase energy efficiency, may increase the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, ...

Untapped Potential Exists for Blending Hydropower, Floating Solar Panels

Hybrid systems of floating solar panels and hydropower plants may hold the technical potential to produce a significant portion of the electricity generated annually across the globe, according to a ...

Antiferromagnet Lattice Arrangements Influence Phase Transitions

New research reveals that the nature of the boundary at which an antiferromagnet transitions to a state of disorder slightly depends on the geometry of its lattice ...

Avoiding Environmental Losses in Quantum Information Systems

New research has revealed how robust initial states can be prepared in quantum information systems, minimizing any unwanted transitions which lead to losses in quantum ...

Cement-Free Concrete Beats Corrosion and Gives Fatbergs the Flush

Researchers have developed an eco-friendly zero-cement concrete, which all but eliminates ...

To Kill a Quasiparticle: A Quantum Whodunit

Quasiparticles die young, lasting far, far less than a second. Why? A new Monash University study finds a culprit beyond the usual suspect (decay into lower energy states). Identification of the new ...

First Study With CHEOPS Data Describes One of the Most Extreme Planets in the Universe

CHEOPS keeps its promise: Observations with the space telescope reveal details of the exoplanet WASP-189b - one of the most extreme planets ...

Study Reveals Design Flaws of Chatbot-Based Symptom-Checker Apps

Millions of people turn to their mobile devices when seeking medical advice. They're able to share their symptoms and receive potential diagnoses through chatbot-based symptom-checker (CSC) ...

First Measurements of Radiation Levels on the Moon

In the coming years and decades, various nations want to explore the moon, and plan to send astronauts there again for this purpose. But on our inhospitable satellite, space radiation poses a ...

Researchers Help Develop Sustainable Polymers

Researchers have made new discoveries on the effects of temperature on sustainable polymers. Their findings may help the industry to produce plastics that are better for the ...

Faced With Shortages, Researchers Combine Heat and Humidity to Disinfect N95 Masks

Researchers found that gently heating N95 masks in high relative humidity could inactivate SARS-CoV-2 virus trapped within the masks, without degrading the masks' ...

Physicists Develop a Method to Improve Gravitational Wave Detector Sensitivity

Gravitational wave detectors opened a new window to the universe by measuring the ripples in spacetime produced by colliding black holes and neutron stars, but they are ultimately limited by quantum ...

Comparing Face Coverings in Controlling Expired Particles

Laboratory tests of surgical and N95 masks show that they do cut down the amount of aerosolized particles emitted during breathing, talking and coughing. Tests of homemade cloth face coverings, ...

Machine Learning Takes on Synthetic Biology: Algorithms Can Bioengineer Cells for You

Scientists have developed a new tool that adapts machine learning algorithms to the needs of synthetic biology to guide development systematically. The innovation means scientists will not have to ...

Astronomers Model, Determine How Disk Galaxies Evolve So Smoothly

By developing better computer simulations, researchers have determined that the scattering of stars from their orbits by the gravity of massive clumps within galaxies leads to a common look in galaxy ...

3D-Printed Nasal Swabs Work as Well as Commercial Swabs for COVID-19 Diagnostic Testing, Study Finds

A clinical trial provides evidence that 3D-printed alternative nasal swabs work as well for COVID-19 diagnostic testing as commercial synthetic flocked nasal swabs. Given the ongoing need for ...

A Clearer View of What Makes Glass Rigid

Scientists used computer simulations to better understand the mechanical transition in glassy materials. They found that a system-wide network provides the backbone that gives glass its strength. ...

PLUS Takes 3D Ultrasound Images of Solids

A two-in-one technology provides 3D images of structural defects, such as those that can develop in aircraft and power ...

Pair of Massive Baby Stars Swaddled in Salty Water Vapor

Astronomers spotted a pair of massive baby stars growing in salty cosmic soup. Each star is shrouded by a gaseous disk which includes molecules of sodium chloride, commonly known as table salt, and ...

'Stretching Rack' for Cells

An ingenious device, only a few micrometers in size, lets researchers study the reaction of individual biological cells to mechanical ...

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