Monday, August 03, 2015 News for a Mobile Generation

REBEKAH MARCARELLI

Could a new type of paper be strong enough to replace metal?

Paper Made From Tiny Cellulose Fibers Could One Day Replace Metal, Create Super 'Green' Vehicles

Aug 01, 2015 11:47 PM EDT

The paper is made of cellulose fibers thousands of times smaller than what is used to create conventional notebook paper.

Lovejoy

'Dusty' Comet Could Teach Us How These Objects Grow Their Iconic Tails (VIDEO)

Aug 01, 2015 11:21 PM EDT

The comet was discovered by accident while scientists had their eyes trained on the Sun.

How long does it take for trees to recover from major droughts?

Droughts Hinder Trees' Ability To Absorb CO2 For Years, And Phenomenon Is Not Factored Into Current Climate Models

Jul 31, 2015 06:22 PM EDT

New research shows droughts can reduce tree growth for up to four years.

A robotic insect that can jump on water.

Robot Can Walk On Water Thanks To Insect Inspiration (VIDEO)

Jul 31, 2015 05:21 PM EDT

Could a robot leap across the surface of water?

The Ensatina salamander (Ensatina eschscholtzii)

Salamander Fungus Could Devastate U.S. Amphibians If Urgent Action Is Not Taken

Jul 31, 2015 05:03 PM EDT

The fungus has been deemed the "most devastating infectious wildlife disease ever recorded."

An artist's depiction of Earth's magnetic field deflecting high-energy protons from solar winds.

Earth's Magnetic Shield Is Older Than We Thought, And Mars' Likely Disappeared After 4 Billion Years

Jul 31, 2015 04:37 PM EDT

New findings shed light on the magnetic behavior of Earth's early atmosphere.

A color-coded map from NASA's Dawn mission.

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Reveals Stunning Map Of Dwarf Planet Ceres (VIDEO)

Jul 30, 2015 04:51 PM EDT

The insights could help reveal the source of the dwarf planet's bright spots.

Fly

Electric Fields Influence Flies' Wing Movements, Leading To Changes In Behavior And Neurochemical Balance

Jul 30, 2015 04:16 PM EDT

How do electric fields influence insects' behavior?

Artist's impression of an auroral display on a brown dwarf.

Auroras On Brown Dwarf Reveal Objects Behave More Like Planets Than Stars

Jul 30, 2015 02:53 PM EDT

The findings reveal brilliant auroras occur on dim brown dwarfs, but researchers are not sure exactly what is driving them.

An  image from the New Technology Telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory showing Nova Centauri 2013 in July 2015.

Lithium Spotted In Exploding Star For The First Time, Solving Decades-Old Stellar Mystery

Jul 30, 2015 01:47 PM EDT

The findings help explain excess lithium seen in young stars.

Could graphene be used to create the world's smallest springs?

Graphene 'Kiragami' Could Lead To The Creation Of The World's Smallest Machines (VIDEO)

Jul 30, 2015 12:42 PM EDT

Scientists demonstrated a way to create bendable springs using graphene.

Rice

Genetically Modified Rice Could Almost Completely Eliminate Paddy Methane Emissions

Jul 29, 2015 03:50 PM EDT

The new rice is also starchier and has more biomass.

Treating OME

Nasal Balloon Could Help Prevent Hearing Loss In Children Suffering From 'Glue Ear' (VIDEO)

Jul 28, 2015 04:26 PM EDT

Could blowing a baloon solve a common childhood ear problem?

Teosinte kernels lost their hard case to become edible corn.

Corn Got Naked And Became 'King Of Crops' Through One Small Genetic Change

Jul 28, 2015 04:04 PM EDT

Scientists have determined how corn transformed from its inedible ancestor to the crop we enjoy today,

Magnetic field strength in the South Atlantic Anomaly

Earth's Magnetic Field In Ancient Africa Examined For The First Time: Are We Headed For Another Pole Reversal?

Jul 28, 2015 03:42 PM EDT

Scientist looked at ancient minerals to gain insight into the Earth's weakening magnetic field.

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