• Climate could cause abrupt British vegetation changes
    on May 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Climate change could cause abrupt shifts in the amount of vegetation growing in parts of Great Britain, new research shows.

  • Active material created out of microscopic spinning particles
    on May 29, 2020 at 1:31 pm

    Researchers have created a new kind of self-healing active material out of 'microspinners,' which self-assemble under a magnetic field to form a lattice.

  • Using electrical stimulus to regulate genes
    on May 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    A team of researchers has succeeded in using an electric current to directly control gene expression for the first time. Their work provides the basis for medical implants that can be switched on and off using electronic devices outside the body.

  • Global environmental changes leading to shorter, younger trees
    on May 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Ongoing environmental changes are transforming forests worldwide, resulting in shorter and younger trees. Researchers found that a range of factors, including rising temperatures and carbon dioxide levels, have caused a dramatic decrease in the age and stature of forests.

  • New 'whirling' state of matter discovered in an element of the periodic table
    on May 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    The strongest permanent magnets today contain a mix of the elements neodymium and iron. However, neodymium on its own does not behave like any known magnet, confounding researchers for more than half a century. Physicists have now shown that neodymium behaves like a so-called 'self-induced spin glass,' meaning that it is composed of a rippled sea of many tiny whirling magnets circulating at different speeds and constantly evolving over time.