- News Home
5 December 2013 11:26 am ,
Vol. 342 ,
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
- 5 December 2013 11:26 am , Vol. 342 , #6163
- About Us
ScienceShot: A Solar Slingshot
12 April 2010 4:44 pm
Like giant slingshots, magnetic ropes on the sun fling billions of tons of solar matter out into space, researchers revealed today at a Royal Astronomical Society meeting in Glasgow, United Kingdom. These so-called "flux ropes" build up energy in much the same way that an elastic band builds up energy as it's stretched. In the sun's case, magnetic energy forces a flux rope tens of thousands of kilometers upward from the surface. Then, when it snaps back, it creates a coronal mass ejection, which can disrupt communications and even electric power transmission on Earth. Learning more about these giant storms, the team says, will help technicians protect delicate equipment from their effects, both in orbit and on the ground.