Want students to do better in class? Send them on culturally enriching field trips

Journal Reference: Heidi H. Erickson, Angela R. Watson, Jay P. Greene. An Experimental Evaluation of Culturally Enriching Field Trips. Journal of Human Resources, 2022; 1020-11242R1 DOI: 10.3368/jhr.1020-11242R1 As such, many art venues, science museums and zoos have reported declines in field trip attendance. Teachers and students have also reported decreasing amounts of school-sponsored trips, particularly … Read more

Secondary cratering on Earth: The Wyoming impact crater field

Journal Reference: Thomas Kenkmann, Louis Müller, Allan Fraser, Doug Cook, Kent Sundell, Auriol S.P. Rae. Secondary cratering on Earth: The Wyoming impact crater field. GSA Bulletin, 2022; DOI: 10.1130/B36196.1 Many of the craters are clustered in groups and are aligned along rays. Furthermore, several craters are elliptical, allowing the reconstruction of the incoming paths of … Read more

Extraordinary Roman mosaic and villa discovered beneath farmer’s field in Rutland, UK

The initial discovery of the mosaic was made during the 2020 lockdown by Jim Irvine, son of landowner Brian Naylor, who contacted the archaeological team at Leicestershire County Council, heritage advisors to the local authority. Given the exceptional nature of this discovery, Historic England was able to secure funding for urgent archaeological investigations of the … Read more

Tuning a magnetic fluid with an electric field creates controllable dissipative patterns

Journal Reference: Tomy Cherian, Fereshteh Sohrabi, Carlo Rigoni, Olli Ikkala, Jaakko V. I. Timonen. Electroferrofluids with nonequilibrium voltage-controlled magnetism, diffuse interfaces, and patterns. Science Advances, 2021; 7 (52) DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abi8990 The mixture consists of an oily liquid carrying nanoparticles of iron oxide, which become magnetized in a magnetic field. Under the right conditions, applying a … Read more

3D printed nanomagnets unveil a world of patterns in the magnetic field

Journal Reference: Claire Donnelly, Aurelio Hierro-Rodríguez, Claas Abert, Katharina Witte, Luka Skoric, Dédalo Sanz-Hernández, Simone Finizio, Fanfan Meng, Stephen McVitie, Jörg Raabe, Dieter Suess, Russell Cowburn, Amalio Fernández-Pacheco. Complex free-space magnetic field textures induced by three-dimensional magnetic nanostructures. Nature Nanotechnology, 2021; DOI: 10.1038/s41565-021-01027-7 The international team led by Cambridge University’s Cavendish Laboratory used an advanced … Read more

Exotic quantum particles — less magnetic field required

Journal Reference: Xie, Y., Pierce, A.T., Park, J.M. et al. Fractional Chern insulators in magic-angle twisted bilayer graphene. Nature, 2021 DOI: 10.1038/s41586-021-04002-3 But what if you could get these particles and phenomena to show up under less extreme conditions? Much has been made of the potential of room-temperature superconductivity, but generating exotic fractionally charged particles … Read more