New research finds that viruses may have ‘eyes and ears’ on us

Frontiers in Microbiology to have binding sites for CtrA, a protein produced by the bacteriophage’s host that regulates the production of pili and flagella. The presence of these binding sites only in phages that require their host cells to have pili/flagella in order to infect them suggests that the phage is monitoring the presence of … Read more

New research backs improved translations of weather forecasts for US Spanish speakers

University of Oklahoma Ph.D. student Martin Satrio took this photo of a tornado in Sudan, Texas on May 23, 2022 during the NOAA and partner Targeted Observations researcher by Radar and UAS of Supercells (TORUS) field campaign. Credit: Martin Satrio New social science research published online today in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society … Read more

The priorities for food-security research under extreme events

by The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture Asking questions, looking for answers. Credit: CIAT / Neil Palmer Fixing hunger is as challenging as ever. Many food producers, including farmers, hunters and fishers are food-insecure; meaning they’re not always sure where their next meal will come from. More than 50% … Read more

Research links shale gas, legacy energy development to groundwater contamination

Environmental Science & Technology (2022). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c00001″ width=”500″ height=”275″/> Graphical abstract. Credit: Environmental Science & Technology (2022). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.2c00001 Fracking for natural gas in parts of Pennsylvania with a legacy of energy extraction may increase the risk of groundwater contamination, according to a team led by Penn State scientists. The researchers found a potential link … Read more

New laser-based instrument designed to boost hydrogen research

Optics Express (2022). DOI: 10.1364/OE.465817″ width=”800″ height=”469″/> (a) Energy and Feynman diagrams of a resonant (left) and a non-resonant (right) CRS pathways. (b) Polarization angles of the resonant (blue line) and non-resonant (red line) CRS signals, β and γ, represented as the elevation angle on the unit sphere as a function of the relative polarization … Read more

Doctors and lawyers less likely to live in prosperous areas if from working class families, says research

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Doctors, lawyers, and senior managers from working class families are less likely to live in prosperous areas than their counterparts from well-off backgrounds, new research shows. Family background could mean the difference between living in economically mixed areas such as Portsmouth and well-heeled ones like Brentwood in Greater London, the study … Read more

Research suggests financial declining in America

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Financial literacy declined in America between 2009 and 2018, even while a growing number of people were overconfident about their understanding of finance, a new study finds. The average score on a test of objective financial knowledge declined steadily when different groups of Americans were surveyed four times between 2009 and … Read more

Research team discovers how to convert 3D-printed polymer to a stronger, ductile hybrid carbon microlattice material

Matter (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2022.08.010″ width=”800″ height=”474″/> The four main types of samples studied in this work, namely as-fabricated, under-carbonized, partially carbonized, and over-carbonized microlattices. Credit: James Utama Surjadi et al, Matter (2022). DOI: 10.1016/j.matt.2022.08.010 Developing a lightweight material that is both strong and highly ductile has been regarded as a long-desired goal in the field … Read more

Manuka honey could help to clear deadly drug-resistant lung infection, research suggests

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A potential new treatment combining natural manuka honey with a widely used drug has been developed by scientists at Aston University to treat a potentially lethal lung infection and greatly reduce side effects of one of the current drugs used for its treatment. The findings, which are published in the journal … Read more

Research team confirms icy conditions existed in South Pole region during Late Cretaceous period

Nature Communications (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41467-022-32736-9″ width=”800″ height=”529″/> Bedrock map of Northern and Southern Victoria Land, Antarctica, showing the distribution of outcrop and location of the Butcher Ridge Igneous Complex (BRIC) and other localities referred to in the text with demonstrated mid to late-Cretaceous alteration ages. Basemap constructed using Quantarctica v3.2 from the Norwegian Polar Institute … Read more