Deepest scientific ocean drilling sheds light on Japan’s next great earthquake

The deep sea scientific drilling vessel Chikyu, which in 2018 performed the deepest drilling of a subduction zone earthquake fault. Credit: Satoshi Kaya/FlickR Scientists who drilled deeper into an undersea earthquake fault than ever before have found that the tectonic stress in Japan’s Nankai subduction zone is less than expected, according to a study from … Read more

DNA in Viking poop sheds new light on 55,000-year-old relationship between gut companions

sample map. Credit: University of Copenhagen Using fossilized eggs in up to 2,500-year-old feces from Viking settlements in Denmark and other countries, researchers at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences and the Wellcome Sanger Institute (UK) have made the largest and most in-depth genetic analysis of one of the oldest parasites … Read more

Molecular atlas of an Australian dragon’s brain sheds new light on more than 300 million years of brain evolution

The Australian bearded dragon Pogona vitticeps. Credit: Max Planck Institute for Brain Research / G. Laurent These days, dragons are keeping “Game of Thrones” fans on their toes. But they are also providing important insights into vertebrate brain evolution, as revealed by the work of Max Planck scientists on the brain of the Australian bearded … Read more

Radiology sheds light on ancient fish species coelacanth

The Copenhagen coelacanth entering the CT-scanner. Credit: Henrik Lauridsen An after-hours trip to Aarhus University Hospital Skejby’s radiology department has shed light on a mysterious and ancient fish, one that remains one of the world’s rarest—the Coelacanth. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have removed Denmark’s only specimen of this primordial fish … Read more

Study sheds new light on materials assembly in confinement

Researchers from Cornell used computer simulations to show how the assembly of vertex-truncated tetrahedra is affected when confined inside a spherical container. The findings offer materials scientists a new method for controlling the assembly structure and characteristics of the resulting material. Credit: Rachael Skye Cramming multiple pairs of shoes into a vacation suitcase, twisting and … Read more

Webb sheds light on galaxy evolution, black holes

Science & Exploration 12/07/2022 6270 views 64 likes In this enormous new image, the NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope reveals never-before-seen details of the galaxy group “Stephan’s Quintet”. Close proximity of the system gives astronomers a ringside seat to galactic mergers and interactions. Webb’s new image also shows in rare detail how interacting galaxies trigger … Read more

Study sheds light on how scramblase proteins rearrange cell membranes

2+ (A), C18/Ca2+ (B), C18/0 Ca2+< /sup> (C) and C14/0 Ca2+ (D) from the extracellular (top panels) and intracellular (bottom panel) side. The C1 final unsharpened maps containing nanodisc densities were aligned, resampled on the same grid, and colored according to the Z coordinate using UCSF Chimera. The density corresponding to the protein is segmented … Read more

Study sheds light on what influences water supplied by snowmelt

Snow and glacial melt from the Wind River Mountains in Wyoming feeds the Wind River via Dinwoody Creek. Credit: Beatrice Gordon, University of Nevada, Reno Water often falls from the sky and is stored in mountains across the US as snow before it melts and flows down to urban and rural communities. Knowing what factors … Read more