New Property of Flames Sparks Advances in Technology

New Property of Flames Sparks Advances in Technology

Chemists at UCL have discovered a new property of flames, which allows them to control reactions at a solid surface in a flame and opens up a whole new field of chemical innovation. Published in the journal Angewandte Chemie, authors of the new study have discovered...
On the Origin of Music by Means of Natural Selection

On the Origin of Music by Means of Natural Selection

Do away with the DJ and scrap the composer. A computer program powered by Darwinian natural selection and the musical tastes of 7,000 website users may be on the way to creating a perfect pop tune, according to new research published June 18 in the journal Proceedings...
Brothers in Arms: Commensal Bacteria Help Fight Viruses

Brothers in Arms: Commensal Bacteria Help Fight Viruses

  Healthy humans harbor an enormous and diverse group of bacteria and other bugs that live within their intestines. These microbial partners provide beneficial aid in multiple ways — from helping digest food to the development of a healthy immune system. In a...
Dating Evidence: Relics Could Be of John the Baptist

Dating Evidence: Relics Could Be of John the Baptist

New dating evidence supports claims that bones found under a church floor in Bulgaria may be of John the Baptist, who is described in the Bible as a leading prophet and relative of Jesus Christ. A team from the Oxford Radiocarbon Accelerator Unit at Oxford University...
Black Holes as Particle Detectors

Black Holes as Particle Detectors

Finding new particles usually requires high energies — that is why huge accelerators have been built, which can accelerate particles to almost the speed of light. But there are other creative ways of finding new particles: At the Vienna University of Technology,...
Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica, Study Finds

Ancient Warming Greened Antarctica, Study Finds

A new university-led study with NASA participation finds ancient Antarctica was much warmer and wetter than previously suspected. The climate was suitable to support substantial vegetation — including stunted trees — along the edges of the frozen...