How to fall asleep

All too often, we take falling asleep for granted. For many of us, all we need to do is change into our pajamas, climb under the covers and fall straight to sleep. But it’s not always that easy. Knowing...

Voles cut grass to watch flying predators

A tiny rodent trims tall grasses so it can watch the skies for flying predators, new research shows. Brandt's voles live in grassland in Inner Mongolia, China, where they are hunted by birds called shrikes. The new study --...

Lunar swirl patterns and topography are related, study finds

This image shows the swirl region within Mare...

Using ions to find molecules

When we think of ions, we usually think of single atoms that have lost or gained some electrons, but entire molecules can also become ions. In a new publication that was highlighted as an Editor's Suggestion in Physical Review...

Lichens Could Need More Than a Million Years to Adapt

Often mistaken for primitive plants such as moss (if they are even noticed in the first place), lichens are actually not plants at all. They are a group of versatile symbiotic life-forms that play crucial roles in myriad ecosystems,...

Introducing 21 Ways COVID Changed the World

In the spring of 2020 a cartoon was making the rounds on social media. It showed a city perched on a tiny island, surrounded by ocean. A speech bubble emerged from the skyline: “Be sure to wash your hands...

Study introduces the intrinsic superconducting diode effect

Schematic figure for the superconducting diode effect. The...

Lower, more frequent doses of nanomedicines may enhance cancer treatment:

Tiny structures called nanoparticles can be used to carry substances to certain parts of the body -- for example, to deliver a chemotherapy drug to a tumor. Although such "nanomedicine" offered hope for improving cancer therapeutics, the survival benefits...

Stemming the tide of invasive species in Great Lakes: Bi-national

Ballast water release from ocean vessels has introduced hundreds of invasive species to coastal ecosystems worldwide, causing major disruptions to fisheries and biodiversity. Attempts to control aquatic invasions have met with mixed success in general. However, a new study...

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