Category Archives: Science

Q&A: ShakeAlert earthquake early warning system arriving in Pacific Northwest

After years in development, an earthquake early warning system known as ShakeAlert is on the cusp of being released in Oregon and Washington. The system that spans the West Coast was launched in California in late 2019. It launches to the public in Oregon on March 11, the 10th anniversary of the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, and in Washington in May. (more…)

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No eyes? No problem. Worms still avoid the blues

Worms don’t like the blues. At least not the blue-tinged toxic bacteria that are common in the environments where they live. But how does a bacteria-foraging worm — without eyes, photoreceptors, or the opsin genes that help animals perceive color — know to avoid the toxic, blue-reflecting bacterium known as Pseudomonas aeruginosa? (more…)

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The linguistic device that creates resonance between people and ideas

In literature, writers often use the word “you” generically to make an idea seem more universal, even though it might not be.

Now, in a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, University of Michigan researchers show that this linguistic device—the use of the generic-you—has a hand in making ideas resonate. (more…)

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The universe is getting hot, hot, hot, a new study suggests

Temperature has increased about 10-fold over the last 10 billion years

The universe is getting hotter, a new study has found.

The study, published Oct. 13 in the Astrophysical Journal, probed the thermal history of the universe over the last 10 billion years. It found that the mean temperature of gas across the universe has increased more than 10 times over that time period and reached about 2 million degrees Kelvin today — approximately 4 million degrees Fahrenheit. (more…)

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Die Krater der Erde

Ein zweibändiger Atlas präsentiert und erklärt die weltweiten Einschlagsstellen von Meteoriten und Asteroiden

Der Geologe Prof. Dr. Thomas Kenkmann vom Institut für Geo- und Umweltnaturwissenschaften der Universität Freiburg hat zusammen mit dem Mineralogen Prof. Dr. Wolf Uwe Reimold von der Universität Brasilia/Brasilien und Dr. Manfred Gottwald vom Deutschen Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) einen zweibändigen Atlas herausgegeben, der für jeden Kontinent einen Überblick über sämtliche bekannten Einschlagkrater darstellt. (more…)

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A high-impact internship

Meilyn Farnell’s summer job is combatting New York’s coronavirus crisis

Internships aren’t typically a matter of life and death. Keeping people alive is rarely part of the job description.

Unless, of course, you’re working for the high-profile leader of a health department that became the epicenter of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. (more…)

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Tex­tile Nach­haltig­keit

Nicht brennbare Stoffe, T-Shirts zum Messen von Körperfunktionen wie Temperatur, Herzfrequenz oder die Gewinnung von neuen Rohstoffen aus recycelten Textilien – am Forschungsinstitut für Textilchemie und Textilphysik untersuchen die Wissenschaftler*innen unter der Leitung von Tung Pham gesellschafts- und umweltrelevanten Fragestellungen im Textilbereich. (more…)

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