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How Scientists are Managing to Trap the World’s Coldest Plasma in a Magnetic Bottle

Physicists have discovered a way to trap the world’s coldest plasma in a magnetic bottle, a technological achievement that could advance research into clean energy, space weather, and astrophysics. “To understand how the solar wind interacts with the Earth, or to generate clean energy from nuclear fusion, one has to understand how plasma—a soup of […]

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The delicate balance of protecting river deltas and society

(University of Texas at Austin) Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tech University created a novel analysis tool that seeks to protect the millions of people living on urban river deltas, while preserving the environmental and commercial viability of these landscapes.

The pressure is off and high temperature superconductivity remains

(University of Houston) Using a new pressure quenching (PQ) technique at high temperatures to induce superconductivity in iron selenide (FeSe) crystals, superconductivity was achieved by Paul Chu and team at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston – and sustained without pressure.

Absorbent aerogels show some muscle

(Rice University) A simple chemical process developed at Rice University creates light and highly absorbent aerogels for environmental remediation or as membranes for batteries and other applications.

Harvesting Air Conditioning Condensation Could Replace Cities’ Potable Water Use

While looking for ways to make homes and offices more efficient, building managers have realized that something as seemingly insignificant as the water droplets from the underside of air conditioning units have the potential to quench the thirst of thousands. While the drips don’t seem like much, they really add up. Microsoft reports that their […]

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Flatfish got weird fast due to evolutionary cascade

(Rice University) Flatfishes rapidly evolved into the most asymmetric vertebrates by changing multiple traits at once, according to a new Rice University study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Houston flooding polluted reefs more than 100 miles offshore

(Rice University) Extreme storm flooding in Houston washed human waste onto coral reefs more than 100 miles offshore. Rice University marine biologists found fecal bacteria on sponges in the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary following 2016’s Tax Day flood and 2017’s Hurricane Harvey.

Does selfishness evolve? Ask a cannibal

(Rice University) Biologists have used one of nature’s most prolific cannibals to show how social structure affects the evolution of selfish behavior. Researchers showed they could drive the evolution of less selfish behavior in Indian meal moths with habitat changes that forced larval caterpillars to interact more often with siblings.

Fewer butterflies seen across the warming, drying landscapes of American West

(University of Nevada, Reno) New methods of conservation and management of butterfly habitat may be needed to stem the consistent annual decline in the numbers of butterflies over the past 40 years in the western United States, according to a new study published in the journal Science. The decline was estimated using data from 72 locations with at least 10 years of data per location and more than 250 butterfly species.

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