Nature & Science

Hotly debated carbon ring allotrope reveals its structure

Cyclo[18]carbon. Artistic representation of AFM data of a cyclo[18]carbon molecule, with the determined molecular structure fading in. Credit: IBM Research Bonding matters. It explains the difference between diamond and pencil lead (graphite) – both pure carbon – but one has each carbon bonded to another four carbons, while the layers of graphite have carbons bonded…

Revolutionary ‘robo suit’ developed to boost walking and running

Scientists have developed a revolutionary new lightweight exosuit that can boost walking and running.The high-tech suit, which potentially could be worn by first responders like firefighters and rescue workers navigating challenging terrain, weighs 11 pounds and is made of textile components that attach to a user’s waist and thighs.”This breakthrough study gives us a glimpse into…

It’s raining plastic in the Rockies

And it falls in even the most remote areas. Researchers set out to measure nitrogen levels in rainwater. But it was the plastic that grabbed their attention. (Photo: Claudine Van Massenhove/Shutterstock) A hard rain is falling on the Rocky Mountains. It’s the kind that brings an even harder reality home to many Americans: Plastic has…

Swiss Scientists Upgrade CRISPR to Edit Many Genes at…

A research group at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, has made it possible to edit hundreds of genes at once with CRISPR gene editing.CRISPR gene editing has revolutionized the biotech industry by providing an easy and quick way to genetically modify organisms. So far, however, CRISPR techniques have only managed to edit a maximum of seven genes…

How SpaceX’s Starship Will Help Establish a Mars Base

SpaceX will use its Starship and Super Heavy rocket to transport humans and cargo to and from Mars. (Image: © SpaceX) As NASA works toward its long-term goal of establishing a human settlement on Mars, SpaceX is fleshing out its plans to help NASA make that dream a reality. The private spaceflight company, which regularly launches…