Bouncing, Floating, and Jetting

Oil jets from citrus fruits, balls that bounce on water, and self-propelled levitating plates – step inside some of the latest fluid dynamics research!…


How partial differential equations can unravel information in data

The advance of data science and the solution of big data questions rely heavily on fundamental mathematical techniques. We are surrounded by technology that collects, transmits and manipulates data on an immense scale; the key is the application and development of advanced mathematics for the efficient gathering and manipulation of ‘data’–values of qualitative or quantitative variables–and efficient extraction of ‘information’–the content and meaning present in data.…


Water Footprinting of beef and sheep production

The animal article of the month for May is Water footprinting of pasture-based farms; beef and sheep Agricultural production consumes significant amounts of natural resources, including water, along the supply chain.…


How shifting continents influence global CO2 and climate

Continental configurations have come and gone over Earth’s history. From the steady cycling through supercontinental arrangements to the distributed scattering of numerous continents separated by oceans today, the geography of our world is constantly changing.…


New Approach to Harvest-Time Weed Seed Control Benefits Conservation Cropping Systems

Australian farmers have long considered harvest-time weed seed control their “last chance” opportunity to battle herbicide-resistant weeds that survive in-crop treatments.…


Battling Chinese Privet? You can get great control with significantly less herbicide than you think

Chinese privet is a common fixture in the southeastern United States – typically found growing in dense thickets along roadsides, on rights of way and in forests.…


Materials Science to Empower Quantum Information Technologies

Quantum materials have exotic physical properties that arise from quantum mechanical or topological properties of their electrons. These materials display novel surface properties, magnetic effects, and optical properties, and are expected to lead to, for example, qubits with enhanced coherence times and sensors with unprecedented accuracy.


2017 JMR Paper of the Year: New model could make metal alloys even stronger

The Journal of Materials Research Paper of the Year recognizes excellence in advancing materials knowledge through written scholarship. The 2017 JMR Paper of the Year has been awarded to Arvind Kalidindi and Christopher A.…


We think we’re the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens of millions of years, however, all of the direct evidence of a civilization—its artifacts and remains—gets ground to dust. How do we really know, then, that there weren’t previous industrial civilizations on Earth that rose and fell long before human beings appeared? It’s a compelling thought experiment, and one that Adam Frank, a professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Rochester, and Gavin Schmidt, the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, take up in a paper published in the International Journal of Astrobiology.


Under the microscope: SemStat Elements

A few months ago, Cambridge University Press launched a new set of succinct, yet information-rich products known as SemStat Elements, edited by Ernst Wit, Chair of Statistics and Probability at the University of Groningen.…


All hyped up about CRISPR/Cas9 in apicomplexan parasites

The latest Paper of the Month from Parasitology is ‘New and emerging uses of CRISPR/Cas9 to genetically manipulate apicomplexan parasites’ by Manlio Di Cristina and Vern B.…


The end of the universe

Manu Paranjape, author of The Theory and Applications of Instanton Calculations, discusses the potential end of the universe. Recently, reports in the media have warned that our universe could be destroyed abruptly in a collision with a bubble of negative energy, and that the process may have already started!…