Exploring an ancestral Maya neighborhood

Aerial view of the elite platform and the 15 stemmed macroblades found in a cache. Credit: ©2022 VOPA and Belize Institute of Archeology, NICH. We stand in the open fields of Spanish Lookout, a modernized Mennonite farming community in Central Belize, looking at what remains of ancestral Maya homes. White mounds, the remnants of these … Read more

Voyager 2: An iconic spacecraft that’s still exploring 45 years on

Voyager 2, was the first of two twin probes NASA sent to investigate the outer planets of our solar system. The probe was launched aboard a Titan IIIE-Centaur from Cape Canaveral Space Launch Complete 41 (previously Launch Complex 41) on Aug. 20, 1977, its twin spacecraft Voyager 1 was launched about two weeks later on … Read more

NASA’s New Horizons probe still exploring, 7 years after Pluto flyby

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto seven years ago, but the probe’s work is far from done. New Horizons is still on duty in extended mission mode, diving ever deeper into the Kuiper Belt to examine ancient, icy mini-worlds in that vast region beyond the orbit of Neptune. New Horizons launched in January 2006 … Read more

Exploring nitrogen-doped polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons for high-performance OLEDs

Within the novel OLEDs, scientists light up even the darkest darkness. Photo was taken of the Neon Museum in Warsaw. Credit: Source IPC PAS, Grzegorz Krzyzewski Electronic visual displays have come a long way since the early days of cathode-ray tubes. Modern display devices, based on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs), are compact enough to accompany … Read more

Exploring the biometric data that could predict racehorse injury

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Imagine having the knowledge to prevent a catastrophic event from occurring ahead of time. In horse racing, this could be a possibility. New research investigated whether the same systems used to help punters pick a winning racehorse could provide the data needed to protect that same racehorse from injury. A problem … Read more

Exploring chemical logic systems that can respond to environmental conditions

Sensing, information processing and generation of programmable functions. Schematic representation of Boolean logic regulated spatiotemporal functions in out-of-equilibrium in (A) a living system (a single cell) and (B) in non-living artificially designed out-of-equilibrium chemical logic systems (CLSs). Credit: POSTECH The ability to process information obtained from their immediate environment helps organisms perform difficult tasks. Even … Read more

Adventures in Exploring the Planetary Science Data Archives

This week, Conor discusses that wonderful repository of US-generated planetary science data: the Planetary Data System. This data, provided for free on the web at https://pds.nasa.gov/ allows any researcher – no matter whether they are professional or amateur – to benefit from the space missions that have been funded by US taxpayer money. Sometimes, this … Read more

Exploring Active Planetary Defense & the DART Mission

One strong motivation for learning more about asteroids is to understand their potential for colliding with the earth. In this week’s post, MSc student Ankita Das considers the Double-Asteroid Redirect Test, or DART, Mission. (Above: Asteroid Didymos and its moonlet Dimorphos taken by the Arecibo telescope is radar taken in 2003 Source: Arecibo Observatory/NASA) by … Read more