When LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, first detected gravitational waves from merging black holes, it opened up a new window in astrophysics and provided the most powerful confirmation yet of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Now LIGO has done it again, together with the Virgo interferometer, this time by observing merging neutron stars – something astrophysicists had known must happen but had never been able to detect definitively until now.
New research may answer a long-standing question about how proteins act inside cells.
Supplies of a promising drug for cancer and HIV—provided by a feathery creature of the sea—is about half what it was in the 1990s. Now, scientists have come up with a synthetic alternative.
Scientists are using octopuses and other cephalopods—and their ability to quickly change color and shape—as inspiration for a method to morph stretchable flat surfaces into 3D ones on demand.
The widespread adoption of mindfulness and meditation as a means to mental and physical wellness has been rapid in recent years, but dependable scientific evidence has lagged behind.