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The composition of fossil insect eyes surprises researchers

By comparing the fossilized eyes with optic tissues from living crane-flies, the researchers were able to look closer at how the fossilization process has affected the conservation of compound eyes across geological time.

14 Aug 2019 Nature

Newfound superconductor material could be the ‘silicon of quantum computers’

Possible 'topological superconductor' could overcome industry's problem of quantum decoherence.

15 Aug 2019 Science

uSEE breakthrough unlocks the nanoscale world on standard biology lab equipment

The ability to observe how life works at a nanoscale level is a grand challenge of our time.

16 Aug 2019 Nature Communications

How buildings can cut 80% of their carbon emissions by 2050

A new model suggests that reaching this target will require the installation of highly energy-efficient building technologies, new operational approaches, and electrification of building systems that consume fossil fuels directly, alongside increases in the share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources.

15 Aug 2019 Joule

In the shadow of the dinosaurs

A new sphenodontian from Brazil is the oldest record of the group in Gondwana.

14 Aug 2019 Scientific Reports

Discovery of a bottleneck relief in photosynthesis may have a major impact on food crops

Until now, the majority of efforts to improve photosynthesis have been done in species that use C3 photosynthesis, such as wheat and rice, but not a lot has been done in enhancing C4 photosynthesis, such as maize and sorghum.

16 Aug 2019 Communications Biology

Pores for thought: Ion channel study beckons first whole-brain simulation

Blue Brain Project's 'Channelpedia' is open to brain modellers and pharmacologists everywhere.

15 Aug 2019 Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience

Atomic ‘Trojan horse’ for a new generation of X-ray lasers

An intense electron beam that could be used in the X-ray lasers of the future has been produced in research led at the University of Strathclyde.

17 Aug 2019 Nature Physics

Could biological clocks in plants set the time for crop spraying?

The researchers found that the death of plant tissue and slow-down in growth resulting from the herbicide glyphosate depends upon the time that the herbicide is applied and also the biological clock.

16 Aug 2019 Nature Communications

Growth of wind energy points to future challenges, promise

Wind energy continues to capture larger shares of the electricity market; larger turbines and better maintenance are on the horizon.

13 Aug 2019 Applied Physics Reviews