Using a highly-detailed musculoskeletal model of an echidna forelimb, Harvard scientists are not only shedding new light on how the little-studied echidna's forelimb works, but are also opening a window into understanding how extinct mammals might have used their forelimbs.
Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have discovered how to make 'superalloys' even more super, extending useful life by thousands of hours. The discovery could improve materials performance for electrical generators and nuclear reactors.
Caught in the act of landfall, Tropical Cyclone Gaja was seen by NASA's Aqua satellite as it passed overhead and collected temperature information.
Forests in the Pacific Northwest will be less vulnerable to drought and fire over the next three decades than those in the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada, computer modeling shows.
Research by scientists at the University of Liverpool suggests that being raised communally makes mice more competitive when they're older. It is well known that in many animals, including humans, early-life experiences have long-lasting effects on the development of behaviours later in life. In a new study published in Scientific Reports, researchers have investigated the effects of communal rearing on competitive and exploratory behaviours in adult male house mice.
A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo and RIKEN in Japan were finalists for the coveted Gordon Bell Prize for outstanding achievements in high-performance computing, praised for their simulation of earthquake physics in complex urban environments.
Dynamical downscaling is one of the major approaches to obtain finer-scale climate information. A recent paper published in Science China Earth Sciences reviewed dynamical downscaling methods.
The paleontological site of Somosaguas (Madrid) hosts a large colony of ants of the species Messor barbarus. A study conducted by researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid, the National Museum of Natural Sciences, the Institute of Geosciences and the Doñana Biological Station has revealed that the daily activity of these insects modifies soil composition and therefore influences the results obtained in paleoclimatic studies. The researchers also found that the ants transport fossils
A collaboration between Nagoya University and TU Braunschweig finds evidence that when projectiles hit soft clumps of dust or hard clumps of loose glass beads, the scaling laws for energy dissipation and energy transfer are the same in each case. This helps us understand how granular clumps stick together, and how planets are formed.
The Bureau of Reclamation has released a report that identifies innovative approaches to improve drought resiliency within the Washita Basin in Oklahoma. It specifically looked at Foss and Fort Cobb Reservoirs. The study showed that a repeat of paleo droughts could have far greater impacts on reservoir yield than the observed drought of record. The study also quantified the risks of a reservoir not fulfilling its intended purposes under different drought scenarios.