Science Spies

Doctoral Student Nadia Valentina Tapia Navarro, Faculty of Law, University of Helsinki. Credit: University of Helsinki. According to a doctoral thesis completed by Nadia Valentina Tapia Navarro, victims of mass atrocities are often portrayed as disempowered, passive, defenceless and docile in discourses pertaining to international law. “This prevents parties active in international law from assessing
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Jing Shi is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside. Credit: I. Pittalwala, UC Riverside. A team of physicists has discovered an electrical detection method for terahertz electromagnetic waves, which are extremely difficult to detect. The discovery could help miniaturize the detection equipment on microchips and enhance sensitivity. Terahertz is
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Using cryo-electron microscopy, Furukawa’s lab compiled a 3D image detailing the exact arrangement of the proteins that shape each CALHM pore. Pictured: CALHM1 as seen from the side, from the outside of the cell (extracellular), and from the inside of the cell (cytoplasm). Credit: Furukawa lab/CSHL, 2020 Many cells are covered with mysterious large holes,
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The perfectly composed metamaterial is soft: it completely deforms when you squeeze it. Both experiments and simulations have shown that. However, with a topological error, the structure is different: it becomes soft on one side and hard on the other. Credit: AMOLF Metamaterials have properties that depend on their shape and architecture. Researchers at AMOLF,
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Researchers made a simulation of a carbon nanotube intruduced into the lipid membrane. Credit: Universitat Rovira i Virgili Cholesterol is crucial to the formation of the cell membranes of mammals and is part of many life processes. One of the most controversial concepts in biophysics is the hypothesis of the so-called lipid rafts: areas of
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Probability associated to the wave function of the universe calculated using Qiskit. The vertical axis denotes the probability of realizing a particular configuration in the simple model of early cosmology, while the other axes indicate scale factor of the universe and magnitude of the inflaton field (from Kocher and McGuigan, 2018). Credit: Brookhaven National Laboratory
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Skulls hold clues to intelligence. (Clockwise from left: Australopithecus, orangutan, gorilla, chimpanzee). Credit: Roger Seymour, Author provided How did human intelligence evolve? Anthropologists have studied this question for decades by looking at tools found in archaeological digs, evidence of the use of fire and so on, and changes in brain size measured from fossil skulls.
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WASHINGTON — The Japanese space agency JAXA hopes to have an agreement in place outlining its contributions to NASA’s lunar exploration efforts in the next few months. In a Jan. 24 presentation at the Washington office of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, Yoshikazu Shoji, director of the international relations and research department at JAXA, said
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Credit: European Space Agency Solar Orbiter will orbit our nearest star, the sun, observing it up close. It will take the first-ever direct images of its poles, while also studying the inner heliosphere—the bubble-like region around the sun created by the stream of energized, charged particles released in the solar wind. At its closest, Solar
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain In the aftermath of the devastating Tohoku-Oki earthquake that struck off the coast of Japan in March 2011, seismologists were stunned by the unprecedented 50 meters of shallow displacement along the fault, which ruptured all the way to the surface of the seafloor. This extreme slip at shallow depths exacerbated the
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WASHINGTON — SpaceX will launch Egyptian operator NileSat’s next communications satellite on a Falcon 9 rocket in 2022, SpaceX said Jan. 23.  Nilesat, having launched all three of its past satellites with Arianespace, is a first-time customer for SpaceX.  SpaceX and Nilesat signed a contract in Cairo for the launch of Nilesat-301, an approximately 4,000-kilogram
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