Newest supercomputer to help develop fusion energy in international device(DOE/Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory) Scientists led by Stephen Jardin, principal research physicist and head of the Computational Plasma Physics Group at the US Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), have won 40 million core hours of supercomputer time to simulate plasma disruptions that can halt fusion reactions and damage fusion facilities, so that scientists can learn how to stop them. The PPPL team will apply its findings to ITER, the international tokamak under construction in France to demonstrate the practicality of fusion energy.
NASA's most technically complex space observatory requires precision(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) The James Webb Space Telescope is of one the most ambitious and technically complex missions NASA has ever set its focus upon. Building an infrared observatory of this magnitude, power and complexity has never been attempted before. In order to ensure seamless operation in space, the cutting-edge technology incorporated into Webb must be rigorously tested prior to launch.
Tropical Storm Jongdari more organized in NASA's Terra satellite imagery(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Storm Jongdari appeared much more organized in visible imagery from NASA's Terra satellite when passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean.
Typhoon Wukong opens an Eye to NASA's Terra satellite(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) When NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean it found that Typhoon Wukong developed an eye.
Feds back Rice U. study of nanoscale electrocatalysis(Rice University) The U.S. Department of Energy awards Rice University researchers $1.1 million to study single nanoparticles and their ability to act as electrocatalysts.
Space-age tech offers timely crop data relief(Rothamsted Research) An ambitious collaboration project to harness space technology and bring sustainable productivity to rice and oil palm farmers in Colombia entered a crucial phase this month with the start of technical training workshops in Cali, the country's second largest city and Pacific gateway. Earth observation data from satellites and drones promise near real-time support for the farmers who are seeking to improve the viability of the country's agriculture.
Vibrations at an exceptional point(Washington University in St. Louis) A team of international researchers led by engineers at Washington University has developed a way to use a light field to trigger a mechanical movement that will generate an acoustic wave.
Team shatters theoretical limit on bio-hydrogen production(University of Nebraska-Lincoln) A bacterium engineered at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln produced 46 percent more hydrogen per cell than a naturally occurring form of the same species. The team's highest reported yield -- 5.7 units of hydrogen for every unit of glucose fed to the bacterium -- easily surpassed the longstanding theoretical limit of 4 units.
Demon in the details of quantum thermodynamics(Washington University in St. Louis) Researcher in physics in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis are working out a theory of thermodynamics in quantum physics and finding some interesting results, including 'negative information.'
A breath test for early-stage Parkinson's(American Chemical Society) Symptoms of Parkinson's disease include tremor, loss of smell and neuropsychiatric problems. However, many people aren't diagnosed until their disease is well-advanced, which could limit their treatment options. Now, researchers have tested a sensor to detect early-stage Parkinson's disease from the breath of patients. They report their results in ACS Chemical Neuroscience.