Category Archives: News

An eye for high explosives

Fluorescent polymer points the finger at traces of explosive devices. Bomb plots could be thwarted with the help of a portable system for detecting traces of high explosives using fluorescent…

Engineered Therapy for Blood Clotting Disorder Shows Early Promise

An investigational treatment that mimics a key clotting enzyme is effective, safe, and may one day eliminate the need for blood products for people with the rare, life-threatening blood disease…

Celebrating Herschel’s legacy

This delicate image showing the intricacies of interstellar bubbles and wisps reveals great turmoil in the W3/W4/W5 complex of molecular clouds and star-forming regions. It was taken by ESA’s Herschel Space…

Citizen scientists scour Madison area for invasive jumping worms

From Fitchburg to Governor’s Island and Monona to Middleton, teams of volunteers dispersed across the Madison area Sept. 10 in search of small, pink, wriggling invaders: jumping worms. Hunched over…

Galileos set to fly on Ariane 6

Four of the latest set of Galileo navigation satellites will be launched on Ariane 6 rockets – ESA’s first contract to use Europe’s new vehicle. The launches are scheduled between…

Asthma Drug from the Garden Center

The coralberry could offer new hope for asthmatics: researchers at the University of Bonn have extracted a new kind of active pharmaceutical ingredient from its leaves to combat this widespread…

Secrets of Bonsai: Uncovering the mechanism of root regeneration

The molecular mechanism behind root regeneration after root cutting in plants has been discovered. A finding which could lead to the development of new methods for regulating plant growth in…

Diet tracker in space

Whether you are on a diet or just want to be healthier, you might be one of those millions of people around the planet who use a mobile app to…

Cassini and Huygens

In December 2004, after a seven-year journey as part of the international Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn, ESA’s Huygens probe separated from NASA’s Cassini orbiter to make a lonely one-way voyage to Titan, Saturn’s…

“Handedness” in Scale-eating Fish: Nature and Nurture

Two researchers from Nagoya University and the University of Toyama find scale-eating fish have a naturally stronger side for attacking prey fish, and learn to use the dominant side through…