An old adage holds that the flap of a butterfly’s wing in Brazil can trigger a tornado in Texas weeks later. From the butterfly’s wing to the tornado, turbulence seems unpredictable, but scientists are changing that by predicting future behavior of actual turbulent fluid flows.
What if your medical diagnosis and treatment could be further informed by the experience of millions of other patients, including those who not only had similar symptoms, but perhaps also were your age, gender, ethnicity — and with similar medical history?
Researchers used a networked variation of game theory to study individual behavior during a simulated influenza outbreak. Only if sick persons took precautions to avoid infecting others could the illness be eradicated.
With the health of honeybee colonies wavering and researchers trying to find technological ways to pollinate plants, a new Georgia Tech study has looked at how the insects do their job and clean pollen from their bodies.
Vast seas covered much of the early Earth, and scientists have long debated what kept those seas from freezing. A popular theory is that potent gases such as methane created a thicker greenhouse atmosphere than is required to keep water liquid today.
Using tiny snippets of DNA as “barcodes,” researchers have developed a new technique for rapidly screening nanoparticles for their ability to selectively deliver therapeutic genes to specific organs of the body.