Despite frequent sightings, red squirrel habitats in Berlin are small and fragmented

by Steven Seet, Leibniz-Institut für Zoo- und Wildtierforschung (IZW) im Forschungsverbund Berlin eV Stephanie Kramer-Schadt. Credit: Leibniz-IZW/Stephanie Kramer-Schadt Red squirrels are among the most commonly sighted wildlife in European big cities such as Berlin. However, their habitats are more reminiscent of a patchwork quilt full of challenges, a team of scientists led by the Leibniz … Read more

Mars is mighty in first Web observations of Red Planet

by Margaret W. Carruthers, Space Telescope Science Institute Webb’s first images of Mars, captured by its NIRCam instrument Sept. 5, 2022 [Guaranteed Time Observation Program 1415]. Left: Reference map of the observed hemisphere of Mars from NASA and the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA). Top right: NIRCam image showing 2.1-micron (F212 filter) reflected sunlight, revealing … Read more

New study finds racial and ethnic differences in perception and use of ‘red flag’ laws

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain New research from the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program finds racial and ethnic differences in how extreme risk protection orders (ERPOs) are perceived and used in California. The study, published in Preventive Medicine, found Black Californians perceived ERPOs as less appropriate and were less willing to ask a judge to … Read more

Probing the Red Planet: Finding past life at Jezero Crater

Since its wheels-down landing in February of last year, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover has been busily at work, on the prowl steering itself across the Jezero Crater landscape. A key duty of the robot is to search for signs of ancient microbial life. The Mars is industriously machinery gathering up samples of Martian rock and … Read more

Researchers work to restore iconic West Virginia red spruce forests

Lacy Rucker, a doctoral student at West Virginia University, searches for salamanders that inhabit red spruce ecosystems. Researchers at the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design are studying ways to restore the red spruce as it faces threats from warming temperatures. Credit: West Virginia University Clearcutting and wildfires decimated the red spruce, once … Read more

Mars sample return: How NASA will launch from the Red Planet

Work is progressing on a vital part of NASA’s Mars sample return plans. The Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) is a small, lightweight, two-stage solid-propellant rocket with a big assignment: blast rock, sediment and atmospheric samples off Mars in the early 2030s, in the first-ever rocket launch from the surface of another planet. The MAV, which … Read more

Red Supergiant Stars Bubble and Froth so much that their Position in the Sky Seems to Dance Around

Making a 3D map of our galaxy would be easier if some stars behaved long enough to get good distances to them. However, red supergiants are the frisky kids on the block when it comes to pinning down their exact locations. That’s because they appear to dance around, which makes pinpointing their place in space … Read more