Neurons are fickle: Electric fields are more reliable for information

Journal Reference: Dimitris A. Pinotsis, Earl K. Miller. Beyond dimension reduction: Stable electric fields emerge from and allow representational drift. NeuroImage, 2022; 119058 DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2022.119058 Indeed, whenever neuroscientists have looked at how brains represent information in working memory, they’ve found that from one trial to the next, even when repeating the same task, the participation … Read more

Researchers map magnetic fields in 3D, findings could improve device storage capacity

Journal Reference: Kodai Niitsu, Yizhou Liu, Alexander C. Booth, Xiuzhen Yu, Nitish Mathur, Matthew J. Stolt, Daisuke Shindo, Song Jin, Jiadong Zang, Naoto Nagaosa, Yoshinori Tokura. Geometrically stabilized skyrmionic vortex in FeGe tetrahedral nanoparticles. Nature Materials, 2022; 21 (3): 305 DOI: 10.1038/s41563-021-01186-x “The number three really represents a breakthrough in this field,” said Jiadong Zang, … Read more

Imaging spectroscopy can predict water stress in wild blueberry fields

Journal Reference: Catherine Chan, Peter R. Nelson, Daniel J. Hayes, Yong-Jiang Zhang, Bruce Hall. Predicting Water Stress in Wild Blueberry Fields Using Airborne Visible and Near Infrared Imaging Spectroscopy. Remote Sensing, 2021; 13 (8): 1425 DOI: 10.3390/rs13081425 The technology involves measuring the light reflected off of objects depicted in images captured by drones, satellites and … Read more

Tsunamis’ magnetic fields are detectable before sea level change

Journal Reference: Zhiheng Lin, Hiroaki Toh, Takuto Minami. Direct Comparison of the Tsunami‐Generated Magnetic Field With Sea Level Change for the 2009 Samoa and 2010 Chile Tsunamis. Journal of Geophysical Research: Solid Earth, 2021; 126 (11) DOI: 10.1029/2021JB022760 Tsunamis generate magnetic fields as they move conductive seawater through the Earth’s magnetic field. Researchers previously predicted … Read more

New study shows electric fields can improve the efficiency of wastewater purification

Journal Reference: Young-Chae Song, Jung-Hui Woo, Gyung-Geun Oh, Dong-Hoon Kim, Chae-Young Lee, Hyun-Woo Kim. External electric field promotes ammonia stripping from wastewater. Water Research, 2021; 203: 117518 DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2021.117518 Ammonia is one of many pollutants present in wastewater and can be toxic for marine and terrestrial life. Therefore, in a process called air stripping, it … Read more

Strong winds power electric fields in the upper atmosphere

Journal Reference: Thomas J. Immel, Brian J. Harding, Roderick A. Heelis, Astrid Maute, Jeffrey M. Forbes, Scott L. England, Stephen B. Mende, Christoph R. Englert, Russell A. Stoneback, Kenneth Marr, John M. Harlander, Jonathan J. Makela. Regulation of ionospheric plasma velocities by thermospheric winds. Nature Geoscience, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41561-021-00848-4 Using observations from NASA’s ICON mission, … Read more