Scientists create first laboratory generation of high-energy shock waves that accelerate astrophysical particles
Throughout the universe, supersonic shock waves propel cosmic rays and supernova particles to velocities near the speed of light. The most high-energy of these astrophysical shocks occur too far outside the solar system to be studied in detail and have long puzzled astrophysicists. Shocks closer to Earth can be detected by spacecraft, but they fly by too quickly to probe a wave’s formation. Now a team of scientists has generated the first high-energy shock waves in a laboratory setting, opening the door to new understanding of these mysterious processes.
Researchers find path to discovering new topological materials, holding promise for technological applications
An international team of researchers has found a way to determine whether a crystal is a topological insulator — and to predict crystal structures and chemical compositions in which new ones can arise. The results show that topological insulators are much more common in nature than currently believed.
Researchers identify a common underlying genetic basis for social behavior in dogs and humans
Dogs' ability to communicate and interact with humans is one the most astonishing differences between them and their wild cousins, wolves. A new study identifies genetic changes that are linked to dogs' human-directed social behaviors and suggests there is a common underlying genetic basis for hyper-social behavior in both dogs and their human companions.
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