LSU in the News
For three decades scientist Peter Doran has collected environmental data in Antarctica. This year he is leading a project that uses aerial sensors to probe beneath the surface of vast glaciers.
Some journalists are reluctant to speak up in defense of their profession. One school of thought argues that responding to attacks from President Donald Trump, who regularly calls the media "the enemy of the people," risks making reporters look like advocates. Better, they argue, just to do good work.
This year, scientists announced an incredible discovery by looking at poop stains in satellite images — 1.5 million Adélie penguins were living and thriving on a little patch in Antarctica surrounded by treacherous sea ice called the Danger Islands.
Ice cores, sediment samples, and tree rings are commonly consulted for the history of the planet’s climate. But the Antarctic, it turns out, has another climate record.
This year was full of discovery throughout the cosmos.
With a new crew arriving at the International Space Station, astronauts will be relieved to know that they won't have to worry about a major aspect of their immune system being compromised. While researchers know a lot about astronauts' skeletal and muscular health during spaceflight and when they return to Earth, much less is known about how spaceflight affects immunity. It has been generally thought, until now, that spaceflight has a detrimental impact on all aspects of the immune system.
Scientists have announced the detection of four new gravitational waves, bringing the total to 11. First captured by the LIGO detectors in 2015, the new observations of ripples in the fabric of space-time are quickly adding up and helping researchers to better understand powerful and distant cosmic phenomena like black holes and neutron stars.