First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices in the future!

First-ever visualizations of electrical gating effects on electronic structure could lead to longer-lasting devices in the future!

Electronic structure of a semiconductor device – how it behaves when voltage is applied – visualized for the first time. Insights from the technique will help development of high performance electronics with low power consumption. This will help to to pave the way for two dimensional semiconductors in future electronics

Four ways blockchain could make the internet safer, fairer and more creative

Four ways blockchain could make the internet safer, fairer and more creative

The internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority. It has given everyone with access to it a platform to express their views and exchange ideas with others instantaneously. But in recent years, internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms.

Why you should always shake hands with a robot

Why you should always shake hands with a robot

There are many unspoken rules of human interaction, whether that’s whether or not to look them in the eyes, the firmness of the handshake, smiling or words of greeting. Little things like this can lead to big judgments about trustworthiness or social acceptability.

Researchers May Have Found the Missing Piece of Evidence that Explains the Origins of Life

Researchers May Have Found the Missing Piece of Evidence that Explains the Origins of Life

The question of how life first emerged here on Earth is a mystery that continues to elude scientists. Despite everything that scientists have learned from the fossil record and geological history, it is still not known how organic life emerged from inorganic elements (a process known as abiogenesis) billions of years ago.

Awesome picture: HiRISE Spots Curiosity Rover at Mars' 'Woodland Bay'

Awesome picture: HiRISE Spots Curiosity Rover at Mars' 'Woodland Bay'

A dramatic Martian landscape can be seen in a new image taken from space, showing NASA's Curiosity rover examining a location called "Woodland Bay." It's just one of many stops the rover has made in an area referred to as the "clay-bearing unit" on the side of Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain inside of Gale Crater.

Arctic ice loss is worrying, but the giant stirring in the south could be even worse

Arctic ice loss is worrying, but the giant stirring in the south could be even worse

A record start to summer ice melt in Greenland this year has drawn attention to the northern ice sheet. We will have to wait to see if 2019 continues to break ice-melt records, but in the rapidly warming Arctic the long-term trends of ice loss are clear.

Commercial supersonic aircraft could return to the skies

Commercial supersonic aircraft could return to the skies

Flying faster than the speed of sound still sounds futuristic for regular people, more than 15 years after the last commercial supersonic flights ended. The planes that made those journeys, the 14 aircraft collectively known as the Concorde, flew from 1976 to 2003. It traveled three times faster than regular passenger aircraft, but the airlines that flew it couldn’t make a profit on its trips.

Feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Science can help you decide which diet works best for you

Feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Science can help you decide which diet works best for you

Do you feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Do you want science-based information about diet but don’t know whom or what to believe? Science can help you decide which diet works best for you

Study suggests asteroids and other objects might play key role in spreading the seeds of life

Study suggests asteroids and other objects might play key role in spreading the seeds of life

Picture this: A bacteria-carrying asteroid is ejected from the center of the galaxy into the far reaches of space only to be “captured” by a distant solar system, potentially bringing life to a new world.

There Should Be More Iron In Space. Why Can’t We See It?

There Should Be More Iron In Space. Why Can’t We See It?

Iron is one of the most abundant elements in the Universe, along with lighter elements like hydrogen, oxygen, and carbon. Out in interstellar space, there should be abundant quantities of iron in its gaseous form. So why, when astrophysicist look out into space, do they see so little of it?

Five reasons future space travel should explore asteroids

Five reasons future space travel should explore asteroids

On the same day that the Earth survived an expected near-miss with asteroid 367943 Duende, Russian dashcams unexpectedly captured footage of a different asteroid as it slammed into the atmosphere, exploded, and injured more than 1,000 people. That day in Chelyabinsk in February 2013 reminded the world that the Earth does not exist in a bubble.

A Jarful of Titan Could Teach Us A Lot About Life There, and Here On Earth

A Jarful of Titan Could Teach Us A Lot About Life There, and Here On Earth

Titan is a distant, exotic, and dangerous world. It’s frigid temperatures and hydrocarbon chemistry is like nothing else in the Solar System. Now that NASA is heading there, some researchers are getting a jump on the mission by recreating Titan’s chemistry in jars.

Reforesting an area the size of the US needed to help avert climate breakdown, say researchers – are they right?

Reforesting an area the size of the US needed to help avert climate breakdown, say researchers – are they right?

Restoring the world’s forests on an unprecedented scale is “the best climate change solution available”, according to a new study. The researchers claim that covering 900m hectares of land – roughly the size of the continental US – with trees could store up to 205 billion tonnes of carbon, about two thirds of the carbon that humans have already put into the atmosphere.