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New materials of perovskite challenge the chemical intuition

(Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences) Materials scientists have synthesized a new type of perovskite–one of the most common crystal structures of materials deployed for a range of uses, from superconductors to photovoltaics–that goes against conventional thinking about how such structures behave at extreme pressures such as those that exist deep in the Earth.


The Peer-Review Process Is Bowing To The Mob

Within the scientific community, the peer-review process is widely held to be the gold standard of reliability and veracity, offering readers a degree of confidence lesser papers simply can’t muster. And so last month when The Lancet, one of the…

Oak Ridge National Laboratory welcomes 6 new research fellows to Innovation Crossroads

(DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge National Laboratory welcomed six technology innovators to join the fourth cohort of Innovation Crossroads, the Southeast’s only entrepreneurial research and development program based at a US Department of Energy national laboratory.

New solutions for fabric biogas storage systems

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) Biogas plants produce methane from agricultural residues. This energy carrier is then mostly stored in membrane gas holders. In Germany, however, these storage systems are often outdated. Via leaks, methane is released into the atmosphere, where it damages the climate. With an improved design, effective standards, and optimized operation concepts, these systems might be highly useful for the energy transition, scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) think.

DFG establishes 14 new priority programs

(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) Topics range from sensor-integrating machine elements and the systems ecology of soils to the theoretical principles of deep learning / Around €85 million for three years.

Airborne science discovers complex geomorphic controls on Bornean forests

(Arizona State University) Using tree chemistry maps created by ASU’s Global Airborne Observatory, high-resolution topography data, and computer models, researchers at Stanford University and Arizona State University’s Center for Global Discovery and Conservation Science uncovered new insights into the processes behind how life coevolved with our planet.

How the darter got stripes: Expanding a sexual selection theory explains animal patterns

(University of Maryland Baltimore County) Samuel Hulse at UMBC and colleagues have shown for the first time that there is a strong correlation between the complex patterns on male darters and their highly-variable environments. The findings support and expand upon sensory drive theory, which states that the environment influences which sexual signals, like visual patterns, are selected for. Previous sensory drive research looked at simple signals (e.g. colors), but Hulse used Fourier analysis to greatly expand that work.