Science & Technology

Photo by H. Alexander Talbot (CC BY 2.0).
Lobster antennules inspiring robotic ‘noses’

Robotic “noses” modeled after a lobster’s sensory antennules may be the next tool for detecting explosives and oil...

Photo by Dartmouth College Electron Microscope Facility
Study suggests hygiene may lead to more severe allergies

Allergies pose issues that affect, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, an upward of one in five A...

Photo by Christopher Spedden
April 17, 2015: Observatory Corner

Hello, eager astronomy learners, and welcome back for another edition of Observatory Corner for Friday, April 17, 2015! ...

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Kentaro IEMOTO (CC SA 2.0). (Location: Beijing)
Chinese government censors pollution documentary

The Chinese government has removed the recent documentary “Under the Dome” by Chai Jing  from major online sites. T...

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...