NASA has shared video taken by its planet-hunting Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, from its first observations before beginning its primary mission July 25. The images show a comet, two variable stars, a light reflected by Mars, and asteroids.
A small medieval Bible that was lost from Canterbury Cathedral during the English Reformation under King Henry VIII has been recovered and returned. The 13th-century Lyghfield Bible was purchased by the cathedral at a rare book sale last month.
A kind of corn found in Oaxaca, Mexico, where soil is lacking in nitrogen, can capture the nutrient from the air, a study in PLOS Biology suggests. The plant attracts nitrogen-fixing bacteria with slime that oozes from thick roots that grow out of its stem.
Harvard researchers who last year produced a chemically powered soft robot have advanced their work with a flexible robot powered by microfluidics. Similar to a peacock spider, the silicone rubber device takes shape, changes color and moves as specialty liquids are pumped through its system of tiny tubes, demonstrating the potential of soft robotics that can work closely with human beings.
Ultrasonography aids in characterizing pure ovarian clear cell carcinoma, according to a retrospective multicenter study published in Ultrasound: Obstetrics and Gynecology. All tumors had solid components, 23.7% were completely solid and 84.2% were unilateral, researchers reported.
The $4.3 million Delaware Watershed Conservation Fund has been created by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to help conservation efforts. The fund is accepting grant proposals through Sept. 27.
Scientists, engineers and students will discuss opportunities, challenges and ethical considerations of using big data in research during symposia at Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society's Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference. The events will take place Oct. 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in California. The Student Research Conference on Oct. 27 includes a research poster competition that is open to high school students through graduate students. You can save 10% on registration through Aug. 31.
American Scientist wins awards for nonprofit publishing
Sigma Xi's magazine American Scientist has once again ranked among the top publications from nonprofit associations, and its newly relaunched website is gaining recognition in the digital media category.