Science & Technology

Photo by Australian Antarctic Division.
Warmer oceans threaten Antarctica’s Totten Glacier

Late last year, scientists discovered that the West Antarctic ice sheet is collapsing, which is predicted to lead to a g...

Image by UI News Bureau: L. Brian Stauffer photo.
3-D printing innovation enables molecular-scale printing

Recently a team at the University of Illinois in Urbana headed by Dr. Michael Burke tested the limits of tiny 3-D printi...

Photo by Rob Lavinsky (CC-BY-SA-3.0)
Mineral Spotlight: Feldspar

Feldspar is the most common mineral in the earth’s crust. It makes up part of most igneous rocks, as well as part of m...

Photo by Vladimir Pushkarev, Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration
Mysterious craters appear in Siberia

Siberia has recently played host to dozens of mysterious craters, the first of which appeared last July. At the time, it...

Photo by NASA Goddard's Scientific Visualization Studio
Saharan dust spurs Amazonian growth

New images from NASA indicate that the Amazon rainforest is not as self-sufficient as many believe. It turns out that th...

Image by Richard Heim, NDMC/NOAA.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.
Megadrought predicted for U.S. Southwest and Central Plains

For the past four years, California has experienced a drought that has placed 27 percent of the state in “extreme drou...

Photo by Robert Hershler & Hsiu-Ping Liu (CC-BY 3.0).
Limpet teeth are the strongest known biological material

Scientists have recently identified Earth’s new strongest known material: limpet teeth. Stronger than Kevlar, and surp...

Photo by Jake Slagle (CC BY-NC 2.0).
Mineral Spotlight: Garnet

This week the mineral spotlight is garnet, a very versatile and beautiful mineral. Garnet is a silicate mineral with gen...

Photo by FlexForm Technologies
The oceans are growing — by 8 tons (of plastic) each year

Last year, according to National Geographic, the amount of garbage in the global oceans was estimated to be 245,000 tons...

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Termite mounds: a grasslands climate change buffer

Once universally considered pests, termites are now revealed to be diminutive ecosystem engineers. A study published in ...