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What's the coldest place you can think of?  (Image: NASA)

The Coolest Experiment in the Universe

What’s the coldest place you can think of? Temperatures on a winter day in Antarctica dip as low as −120ºF (−85ºC). On the dark side of the Moon, they hit −280ºF (−173ºC). But inside NASA’s Cold Atom Laboratory on the…

Rice materials scientist Rafael Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes check a sample while working on shape-shifting polymers. They have created a liquid crystal elastomer that can be molded into shapes that shift from one to another when heated. (Image: by Jeff Fitlow)

Mighty Morphing Materials Take Complex Shapes

Rice University scientists have created a rubbery, shape-shifting material that morphs from one sophisticated form to another on demand. The shapes programmed into a polymer by materials scientist Rafael Verduzco and graduate student Morgan Barnes appear in ambient conditions and…

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The Coolest Experiment in the Universe

What’s the coldest place you can think of? Temperatures on a winter day in Antarctica dip as low as −120ºF (−85ºC). On the dark side of the Moon, they hit…

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Those Over 65 More Likely to Pass on Fake News

A small percentage of Americans, less than 9 percent, shared links to so-called “fake news” sites on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election campaign, but this behavior was disproportionately common…

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Mighty Morphing Materials Take Complex Shapes

Rice University scientists have created a rubbery, shape-shifting material that morphs from one sophisticated form to another on demand. The shapes programmed into a polymer by materials scientist Rafael Verduzco…

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Deep Sea Mining Zone Hosts CO2-Consuming Bacteria

Scientists have discovered that bacteria in the deepest parts of the seafloor are absorbing carbon dioxide and could be turning themselves into an additional food source for other deep-sea life.…

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Simple Way to Massively Improve Crop Loss Simulations

Droughts or heat waves have consequences that spread beyond farmers anxiously watching their fields; these fluctuations in crop yields can send shockwaves through local and global food supplies and prices.…

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‘Warm’ Ice in the World’s Highest Glacier

Ice temperatures inside the world’s highest glacier on the slopes of Mount Everest are warmer than expected, making it especially vulnerable to future climate change, warn glaciologists. In 2017, the EverDrill…

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Research Questions the Rate of Climate Change

Climate change may be occurring even faster than first thought. That is according to a ground-breaking new study by Dr. Clayton Magill from the Lyell Centre at Heriot-Watt University in…