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Advances point the way to smaller, safer batteries
New Cornell research advances the design of solid-state batteries, a technology that is inherently safer and more energy-dense than today's lithium-ion batteries, which rely on flammable liquid electrolytes for fast transfer of chemical energy stored in molecular bonds to electricity. (2019-03-18)
Materials could delay frost up to 300 times longer than existing anti-icing coatings
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering describe for the first time several unique properties of materials known as phase-switching liquids, or PSLs, that hold promise as next-generation anti-icing materials. (2019-03-18)
Can an antifreeze protein also promote ice formation?
Antifreeze is life's means of surviving in cold winters: Natural antifreeze proteins help fish, insects, plants and even bacteria live through low temperatures that should turn their liquid parts to deadly shards of ice. (2019-03-14)
Unique diversity of the genetic history of the Iberian Peninsula revealed by dual studies
Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA from almost 300 individuals from the Iberian Peninsula, spanning more than 12,000 years, in two studies published today in Current Biology and Science. (2019-03-14)
Tectonics in the tropics trigger Earth's ice ages, study finds
Over the last 540 million years, the Earth has weathered three major ice ages -- periods during which global temperatures plummeted, producing extensive ice sheets and glaciers that have stretched beyond the polar caps. (2019-03-14)
Sources and sinks
For the entire history of our species, humans have lived on a planet capped by a chunk of ice at each pole. (2019-03-14)
Researchers uncover additional evidence for massive solar storms
Solar storms can be far more powerful than previously thought. (2019-03-11)
Atmospheric scientists reveal the effect of sea-ice loss on Arctic warming
Analyses indicate that Arctic amplification would not slow down until the 22nd and 23rd centuries. (2019-03-08)
It's raining on the Greenland ice -- in the winter
Rainy weather is becoming increasingly common over parts of the Greenland ice sheet, triggering sudden melting events that are eating at the ice and priming the surface for more widespread future melting, says a new study. (2019-03-07)
How antifreeze proteins make ice crystals grow
Bacteria, plants, insects, or even fish use antifreeze proteins to protect themselves from the cold. (2019-03-07)
New satellite keeps close watch on Antarctic ice loss
A recently-launched satellite mission has captured precision data on the elevation of the Antarctic ice sheet proving a valuable addition to monitoring efforts in the region, according to work published this week in The Cryosphere. (2019-03-06)
Migrating snowline plays outsized role in setting pace of Greenland ice melt
Meltwater from Greenland's ice sheet is a leading contributor to global sea level rise, and a Brown University study shows that an underappreciated factor -- the position of the snowline on the ice sheet -- plays a key role in setting the pace of melting. (2019-03-06)
Evidence for human involvement in extinction of megafauna in the late Pleistocene
By re-dating giant ground sloth remains found in the Argentinian Pampas region using more advanced technology, scientists say they have provided evidence that humans hunted and butchered this animal near a swamp during the end of the Pleistocene. (2019-03-06)
Human 'footprint' on Antarctica measured for first time
The full extent of the human 'footprint' on Antarctica has been revealed for the first time by new IMAS-led research which used satellite images to measure stations, huts, runways, waste sites and tourist camps at 158 locations. (2019-03-04)
Mystery of green icebergs may soon be solved
Researchers have proposed a new idea that may explain why some Antarctic icebergs are tinged emerald green rather than the normal blue, potentially solving a decades-long scientific mystery. (2019-03-04)
How to catch a magnetic monopole in the act
A research team led by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) has created a nanoscale 'playground' on a chip that simulates the formation of exotic magnetic particles called 'monopoles.' The study could unlock the secrets to ever-smaller, more powerful memory devices, microelectronics, and next-generation hard drives that employ the power of magnetic spin to store data. (2019-03-04)
Thousands of tiny quakes shake Antarctic ice at night
UChicago scientists placed seismometers on the McMurdo Ice Shelf and recorded hundreds of thousands of tiny 'ice quakes' that appear to be caused by pools of partially melted ice expanding and freezing at night. (2019-03-04)
Junk food purchases increase after recreational marijuana legalization
New research by a UConn economist found a link between state recreational marijuana legalization and increased consumption of certain high-calorie foods. (2019-02-28)
Ice-free Arctic summers could happen on earlier side of predictions
The Arctic Ocean could become ice-free in the summer in the next 20 years due to a natural, long-term warming phase in the tropical Pacific that adds to human-caused warming, according to a new study. (2019-02-27)
Cool adaptations to the cold
Icefish live in an environment that should be deadly for them. (2019-02-25)
Older biologic age linked to elevated breast cancer risk
Biologic age, a DNA-based estimate of a person's age, is associated with future development of breast cancer, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. (2019-02-22)
Freezing upon heating: Formation of dynamical glass
IBS scientists have modeled the energy behavior of chaotic networks of superconducting elements (grains), separated by non-superconducting junctions, and found out some unexpected statistical properties at long (but still finite) time-scales. (2019-02-21)
Researchers peer inside the mind of the worm for clues on how memories form
Study lays the ground for uncovering the molecular basis of memory blocking that has baffled scientists for decades. (2019-02-20)
New insight into river flows and sediment transport under ice cover
The ice-covered season plays an important role in the development of river channels, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. (2019-02-20)
Drinking contexts associated with early onset of alcohol intoxication among adolescents
New research by scientists at the Prevention Research Center of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation has begun to identify these circumstances by examining relationships between early age of first intoxication (less than 15 years), drinking in different contexts such as one's own home, at friends' homes, or outdoor settings, and problems that arise in those contexts. (2019-02-16)
Scientists discovered where black carbon comes from in the Arctic in winter and summer
Scientists from seven countries published an article on the study of the sources of black carbon (BC) emissions in the Arctic. (2019-02-15)
Preserved leaves reveal 7000 years of rainfall and drought
A study by University of Adelaide researchers and Queensland Government scientists has revealed what south-east Queensland's rainfall was like over the last 7000 years -- including several severe droughts worse and longer lasting than the 12-year Millennium Drought. (2019-02-15)
Ice shelves buckle under weight of meltwater lakes
Researchers have recorded first the field measurements of Antarctic ice shelf flexure, which can lead to ice shelf break up. (2019-02-13)
Surface lakes cause Antarctic ice shelves to 'flex'
The filling and draining of meltwater lakes has been found to cause a floating Antarctic ice shelf to flex, potentially threatening its stability. (2019-02-13)
Undersea gases could superheat the planet
Geologic carbon and hydrate reservoirs in the ocean pose a climate threat beyond manmade greenhouse gases. (2019-02-13)
Ice volume calculated anew
Researchers have provided a new estimate for the glacier ice volume all around the world, excluding the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. (2019-02-12)
New study suggests possibility of recent underground volcanism on Mars
A study published last year in the journal Science suggested liquid water is present beneath the south polar ice cap of Mars. (2019-02-12)
Insulating crust kept cryomagma liquid for millions of years on nearby dwarf planet
A recent NASA mission to the dwarf planet Ceres found brilliant, white spots of salts on its surface. (2019-02-12)
Do you like Earth's solid surface and life-inclined climate? Thank your lucky (massive) star
Earth's solid surface and moderate climate may be due, in part, to a massive star in the birth environment of the sun, according to new computer simulations of planet formation. (2019-02-11)
NASA finds possible second impact crater under Greenland ice
A NASA glaciologist has discovered a possible second impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland. (2019-02-11)
Arctic sea ice loss in the past linked to abrupt climate events
A new study on ice cores shows that reductions in sea ice in the Arctic in the period between 30-100,000 years ago led to major climate events. (2019-02-11)
Hubble reveals dynamic atmospheres of Uranus, Neptune
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has uncovered another mysterious dark storm on Neptune and provided a fresh look at a long-lived storm circling around the north polar region on Uranus. (2019-02-07)
The interplay between relationships, stress, and sleep
A new Personal Relationships study documents how the quality of a person's romantic relationship and the life stress he or she experiences at two key points in early adulthood (at age 23 and 32) are related to sleep quality and quantity in middle adulthood (at age 37). (2019-02-06)
Cracks herald the calving of a large iceberg from Petermann Glacier
Cracks in the floating ice tongue of Petermann Glacier in the far northwest reaches of Greenland indicate the pending loss of another large iceberg. (2019-02-06)
Melting ice sheets may cause 'climate chaos' according to new modelling
The weather these days is wild and will be wilder still within a century. (2019-02-06)
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