LICIA Cube will witness DART smash into asteroid Dimorphos in real time

When NASA’s DART spacecraft smashes into asteroid Dimorphos on Sept. 26, it will have a silent witness: An Italian cubesat called LICIACube will watch the ground-breaking experiment in real time for eager scientists on Earth. LICIACubeor the Light Italian Cubesat for Imaging of Asteroids, is a 31-pound (14 kilograms) micro-satellite that has hitched a ride … Read more

Rising seas fueled by climate change to swamp $34B in US real estate in just 30 years, analysis finds

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Higher high tides, supercharged by rising sea levels, could flood all or parts of an estimated $34 billion worth of real estate along the nation’s coasts within just 30 years, a new report concludes. Within the span of a 30-year mortgage, as many as 64,000 buildings and roughly 637,000 properties along … Read more

How a human rights approach to climate change can spark real change

Erosion next to houses in Shishmaref, Alaska. Credit: University of Colorado at Boulder On Dec. 7, 2005, Canadian-born mother and grandmother Sheila Watt-Cloutier filed a 163-page petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights arguing that the impacts of climate change violated the “fundamental human rights” of Indigenous Inuit people like her across the arctic. … Read more

Open-source software enables researchers to visualize nanoscale structures in real time

Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-32046-0″ width=”800″ height=”463″/> This rendering of platinum nanoparticles on a carbon support shows how tomviz interprets microscopy data as it’s created, resolving from a shadowy image to a detailed rendering. Credit: Jonathan Schwartz et al, Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-32046-0 Computer chip designers, materials scientists, biologists and other scientists now have … Read more

Stiff, achy knees? Lab-made cartilage gel outperforms the real thing

A hydrogel-based implant could replace worn-out cartilage and alleviate knee pain without replacing the entire joint. Credit: Benjamin Wiley, Duke University. Over-the-counter pain relievers, physical therapy, steroid injections—some people have tried it all and are still dealing with knee pain. Often knee pain comes from the progressive wear and tear of cartilage known as osteoarthritis, … Read more

Damaged plants and fake perfumes can be identified rapidly and reliably in real time

The resin secreted by a damaged conifer to protect the site of the damage has its own characteristic chiral signature within that of the overall emissions of the plant. Credit: Lykourgos Bougas The chiral signature of a fragrance can reveal whether a perfume is genuine or fake. Similarly, the chiral signature of the emissions of … Read more