Research resolves a debate over 'killer electrons' in space
Sep 28, 2016
New findings by a UCLA-led international team of researchers answer a fundamental question about our space environment and will help scientists develop methods to protect valuable telecommunication and navigation satellites. ...
Researcher developing cost-effective water treatment technologies to meet industrial, agricultural and domestic needs
Sep 28, 2016
The Earth can only handle so many contaminants in excess water released into the environment by homes, businesses and industries before becoming overwhelmed. To prevent this daunting introduction of pollutants to the environment, ...
Image: Mawrth Vallis Martian mosaic
Sep 27, 2016
Sculpted by ancient water flowing on the surface, Mawrth Vallis is one of the most remarkable outflow channels on Mars. The valley, once a potentially habitable place, is one of the main features of a region at the boundary ...
Feeding a Mars mission: The challenges of growing plants in space
Sep 21, 2016
Plants will play a critical role in the survival of human beings on long-duration space missions, such as a mission to Mars. However, as a paper published in Botany Letters shows, many challenges need to be addressed if ...
Microbes corrode steel in ships, marine infrastructure
Sep 19, 2016
Rust is the bane of steel, whether on cars, on ships and boats, or as part of marine infrastructure. Now, contrary to previous thinking, it turns out that the ocean-dwelling, steel-corroding species, Mariprofundus sp. DIS-1, ...
New all fiber-optic system for monitoring structural integrity in harsh environments
Sep 16, 2016
Structural health monitoring systems traditionally use piezoelectric transducers—a device which converts pressure to electric voltage. These transducers normally have excellent reliability except in cases of corrosive environments ...
Study investigates crowd behaviour under stress in a virtual environment
Sep 15, 2016
In emergency situations such as terrorist attacks, natural catastrophes, and fires, there is always a risk of mass panic leading to deadly crowd disasters. But what causes mass panic and where are the danger zones? Researchers ...
Antarctica provides ICE to study behavior effects in astronauts
Sep 13, 2016
A trip to the Red Planet begins long in advance of liftoff. NASA's journey to Mars includes preparing astronauts to cope with several months of isolation, confinement, and in an extreme environment (identified with the acronym ...
Students develop environmentally friendly, soy-based alternative to plastic exfoliating beads in soap
Sep 13, 2016
Four Purdue students have created an alternative to the plastic microbeads found in nearly all exfoliating soaps by using soy-based components. Soy-based beads are safe for the environment, unlike the plastic beads that can ...
Following your mother's lead could better prepare you for your environment
Sep 12, 2016
Mums experience physiological responses to their environment that will produce genome modifications in their offspring.