Scientists unveil new system for naming majority of the world’s microorganisms

Fluorescent-stained bacteria (pink) and archaea (green) from near-boiling water from Great Boiling Spring in Gerlach, Nevada. Credit: Jeremy Dodsworth What’s in a name? For microorganisms, apparently a lot. Prokaryotes are single-celled microorganisms—bacteria are an example—that are abundant the world over. They exist in the oceans, in soils, in extreme environments like hot springs, and even … Read more

There Could be as Many Water Worlds as Earths in the Milky Way

On July 12th, 2022, NASA released the first images acquired by the James Webb Space Telescope, which were taken during its first six months of operation. Among its many scientific objectives, Web will search for smaller, rocky planets that orbit closer to their suns – especially dimmer M-type (red dwarf) stars, the most common in … Read more

World’s tiniest plumbing could one day funnel drugs to individual human cells

Tubes, visible in light green, are roughly seven nanometers in diameter — about two million times smaller than an ant — and several microns long, or about the length of a dust particle. Credit: Johns Hopkins University Working on microscopic pipes only a millionth as wide as a single strand of human hair, Johns Hopkins … Read more

The world’s biggest ice sheet is more vulnerable to global warming than scientists previously thought

Credit: titoOnz / shutterstock The eastern two thirds of Antarctica is covered by an ice sheet so large that if it melted the sea would rise by 52 meters. Most scientists had once thought this ice sheet was largely invulnerable to climate change, but not any more. And our new research, published in Naturereveals the … Read more

Researchers develop the world’s fastest two-qubit gate between two single atoms

Fig. 1. Conceptual diagram of the world’s fastest two-qubit gate. Two atoms captured in optical tweezers (red light) with a separation of a micrometer are manipulated by a ultrafast laser pulse (blue light) shone for only 10 picoseconds. Credit: Dr. Takafumi Tomita (IMS) A research group led by graduate student Yeelai Chew, Assistant Professor Sylvain … Read more

Researchers trace the source of nitrogen pollution affecting the world’s second largest barrier reef

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Tropical coastal ecosystems are among the most biodiverse areas on Earth. They’re also on the front lines of effects caused by human activity. That’s why it’s becoming increasingly.important, especially as human populations increase, to manage the runoff and wastewater that flow into the sea “Tropical coastal ecosystems, such as coral reefs, … Read more

World’s toughest turtle? Survivor among 8 returned to ocean

Bill Deerr, a leader of Sea Turtle Recovery, holds Titan, a rehabilitated turtle before releasing it back into the ocean in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ on Aug. 2, 2022. Titan survived being gashed by a boat propeller, having part of a flipper bitten off by a shark, and was being attacked by a different shark … Read more

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ episode 9 continues Uhura’s journey

Warning: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” season 1, episode 9 We had high hopes for the finale of the inaugural season of “Strange New Worlds” and the drama is already building in the penultimate installment that is episode 9. Entitled “All Those Who Wander,” the episode does not disappoint and in fact, marks … Read more

Ancient DNA yields surprising findings on world’s earliest seafarers

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain New genetic research from remote islands in the Pacific offers fresh insights into the ancestry and culture of the world’s earliest seafarers, including family structure, social customs, and the ancestral populations of the people living there today. The work, described in the journal Sciencereveals five previously undocumented migrations into a subregion … Read more

‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ episode 8 suffers from a clash of styles

Warning: Spoilers for “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” season 1, episode 8 The inaugural season of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” has had its share of genre-bending episodes, from the silly, sitcom-like “Spock Amok” (S01, E05) to the scenes of Captain Pike cooking the crew a luxurious meal in “Children of the Comet” (S01, E02). … Read more