Nanomagnets can choose a wine, and could slake AI’s thirst for energy

Human brains process loads of information. When wine aficionados taste a new wine, neural networks in their brains process an array of data from each sip. Synapses in their neurons fire, weighing the importance of each bit of data – acidity, fruitiness, bitterness – before passing it along to the next layer of neurons in … Read more

Whale mothers choose nursery sites in shallow waters where predators cannot ‘eavesdrop’ on communication between a mother and her young — ScienceDaily

Sitting on a beach looking out to sea, it may seem unusual to spot one of the world’s largest animals swimming in shallow, coastal, 30-foot-deep waters. But each winter, female southern right whales migrate thousands of miles to bay habitats to give birth and care for their young. So why do they choose such shallow … Read more

How we choose to end deforestation will impact future emissions – BIOENGINEER.ORG

The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on Forests and Land Use signed at COP26 represents a commitment by leaders representing over 85% of the world’s forests to halt and reverse deforestation and land degradation by 2030. But could the declaration’s ambitions be too ambiguous? An international team of researchers looked into this question. The Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration … Read more

Burr Ridge middle school students helped choose Dolostone as Illinois’ state rock

You can thank Pleasantdale Middle School fifth graders for making sure Illinois had an official state rock. And you can also thank them for making sure coal was not chosen for said state rock. Yes, coal was in the running, according to now sixth grader Matej Naunov. “One of our main reasons as to why … Read more


Stingrays are in a lot of trouble, mainly because of overfishing. Scientists from the Save Our Seas Foundation D’Arros Research Center (SOSF-DRC) and the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity have been working to discover more about the lives of stingrays in Seychelles. Their office is the newly protected D’Arros Island and St Joseph Atoll. … Read more

Why do athletes choose social sciences over STEM? We looked at the numbers.

Despite the commitment of daily practices and weekend competitions, varsity student-athletes, in principle, have the same academic experience as other students. Composing just under 18 percent of the undergraduate population, student-athletes receive the same advising, take the same classes, and are held to the same standards. “As a matter of educational policy,” the University’s athletics … Read more

How To Choose a Spatial Biology Platform for Your Lab

The research community’s enthusiasm about spatial biology tools is reminiscent of the excitement we saw with the advent of microarrays, next-generation sequencing, or single-cell analysis platforms. And for good reason: the discoveries enabled by space biology promise to be even more revolutionary for our understanding of biological systems as those brought about by major technological … Read more