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Phys.org / Analysis of ancient incense found at Famen Royal Temple reflects importance of incense trade along the Silk Road

A team of researchers affiliated with the Palace Museum, the Famen Temple Museum and the University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, all in China, has conducted an analysis of ancient incense found at the Famen Royal Temple. ...

17 hours ago in Other Sciences
Phys.org / Modeling suggests loss of biocrusts by 2070 could result in increase of 15% more dust emissions

An international team of researchers has found via global modeling that loss of biocrusts due to global warming could result in an additional 15% more dust emitted into the atmosphere by 2070. In their paper published in ...

17 hours ago in Earth
Phys.org / Environmentally friendly insecticide selectively targets cotton pest

An environmentally friendly spray that targets and kills one of cotton's (and the world's) most damaging agricultural pests—silverleaf whitefly—has been created by scientists at The University of Queensland.

18 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Going beyond Mother Nature's molecules to target radioactive metals

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists and collaborators at Penn State University are improving natural molecules that would help target specific radioactive elements that are found in nuclear waste or used ...

18 hours ago in Chemistry
Phys.org / Method to cultivate microbial communities in a permanently stable manner

The capabilities of complex microbial communities are used for numerous biotechnological processes. This requires special compositions of the microbial communities. However, these are often unstable and susceptible to disruption. ...

17 hours ago in Biology
Phys.org / Deep ocean warming as climate changes

Much of the "excess heat" stored in the subtropical North Atlantic is in the deep ocean (below 700m), new research suggests.

21 hours ago in Earth
Phys.org / Buildup of solar heat likely contributes to Mars' dust storms, researchers find

A seasonal imbalance in the amount of solar energy absorbed and released by the planet Mars is a likely cause of the dust storms that have long intrigued observers, a team of researchers reports.

21 hours ago in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / Validation brings new predictive capability to global megafire smoke impacts

New research modeling smoke from two recent megafires sets the stage for better forecasting of how emissions from these global-scale events will behave and impact temperatures. As huge wildfires become more common under climate ...

21 hours ago in Earth
Phys.org / Research recommends extending California's prescribed burning season

Prescribed burning of ground-level shrubs, branches and leaves is a time-tested tool to help prevent wildland fires from getting out of control, but a team led by researchers at the University of California, Irvine suggests ...

21 hours ago in Earth
Phys.org / Searching for cosmic-ray boosted sub-GeV dark matter using data from the PandaX-II experiment

Physicists worldwide are continuing their search for dark matter, an elusive type of matter that does not absorb, reflect or emit light and is believed to make up most of the matter in the universe. A type of dark matter ...

May 16, 2022 in Physics
Phys.org / Shaping the future of light through reconfigurable metasurfaces

The technological advancement of optical lenses has long been a significant marker of human scientific achievement. Eyeglasses, telescopes, cameras, and microscopes have all literally and figuratively allowed us to see the ...

May 16, 2022 in Physics
Phys.org / Researchers find CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing approach can alter the social behavior of animals

Georgia State University scientists have created gene-edited hamsters for studies of social neuroscience and have found that the biology behind social behavior may be more complex than previously thought.

May 16, 2022 in Biology