New method for tapping vast plant pharmacopeia to make more effective drugs

New method for tapping vast plant pharmacopeia to make more effective drugs Geneticists have developed an effective method for identifying the plant genes that produce the chemical ammunition plants use to protect themselves from predation and is a natural source of many important drugs. Read more

Watch Live @ 1 pm ET: NASA Science Preview for Tuesday’s Cygnus Launch

Watch Live @ 1 pm ET: NASA Science Preview for Tuesday's Cygnus Launch NASA will hold a press conference today at 1 p.m. EDT (1700 GMT) to preview the big science payloads launching to the International Space Station on Orbital ATK’s Cygnus spacecraft on Tuesday. You can watch the briefing live here, courtesy of NASA TV. Read more

Cygnus Spacecraft To Launch Atop Atlas V Rocket – OA-7 Mission | Video

Cygnus Spacecraft To Launch Atop Atlas V Rocket - OA-7 Mission  | Video  The International Space Station re-supply mission launch is scheduled to occur on April 18, 2017. United Launch Alliance delivers the mission profile. Read more

On-Board Cams Deliver Awesome Views of Rocket Landing Test | Video

On-Board Cams Deliver Awesome Views of Rocket Landing Test | Video The CoOperative Blending of Autonomous Landing Technologies (COBALT) project is working on precision technologies to land on places like Mars, the moon, Europa, and more. NASA and Masten Space Systems have parterned to test the new tech. Read more

Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland

Migration from sea-level rise could reshape cities inland Researchers estimate that approximately 13.1 million people could be displaced by rising ocean waters, with Atlanta, Houston and Phoenix as top destinations for those forced to relocate. Read more

Retreating Yukon glacier caused a river to disappear

Retreating Yukon glacier caused a river to disappear A postmortem of the first known case of ‘river piracy’ in modern times outlines how a retreating glacier in the Yukon diverted water from one river to another, leading to many downstream effects. Read more

Models, observations not so far apart on planet’s response to greenhouse gas emissions

Recent observations suggest less long-term warming, or climate sensitivity, than the predicted by climate models. But the mismatch is resolved by factoring in that Earth is still in the early stages of adjusting to greenhouse gases. Read more

High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes

High-resolution imaging with conventional microscopes Researchers have developed a way to make extremely high-resolution images of tissue samples, at a fraction of the cost of other techniques with similar resolution. Known as iterative expansion microscopy, relies on expanding tissue repeatedly, before imaging it with a conventional light microscope. Read more

Glacier shape influences susceptibility to thinning

Glacier shape influences susceptibility to thinning Researchers have identified glaciers in West Greenland that are most susceptible to thinning in the coming decades by analyzing how they’re shaped. The research could help predict how much the Greenland Ice Sheet will contribute to future sea-level rise during the next century, a number that currently ranges from inches to feet. Read more

Method to control light propagation in waveguides invented

Method to control light propagation in waveguides invented Engineers have invented a method to control light propagating in confined pathways, or waveguides, with high efficiency by using nano-antennas. They built photonic integrated devices that had record-small footprints and were also able to maintain optimal performance over an unprecedented broad wavelength range. The method could lead to faster, more powerful, and more efficient optical chips, which in turn could transform optical communications and optical signal processing. Read more