University of Massachusetts Amherst

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AMHERST — UMass Amherst chemical engineer Sarah Perry, working with a colleague at the University of Illinois, is creating new bioinspired materials using electrostatic charge to direct the self-assembly process of long molecules. The research team, working with a class of polymers called coacervates, found they could be modified by changing the...

Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty Images For decades, Donald Trump has described the US-China relationship in apocalyptic terms. China is a “rival in its ambition to dominate Asia,” he wrote in his 2000 book The America We Deserve. It wants to “beat us and own our country,” he tweeted in 2011. “We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country,” he said...

By John Wendle PUBLISHED November 14, 2017 National Geographic produced this content as part of our partnership with Rolex, formed to promote exploration and conservation. The organizations will join forces in efforts that support veteran explorers, nurture emerging explorers, and protect Earth’s wonders. Nordaustlandet, SvalbardThe boat shot up...

It is no secret that politicians often lie, but consider this – they can do so simply by telling the truth. Confused? That statement becomes clearer when you realise that we've probably all done it. A classic example might be if your mum asks if you've finished your homework and you respond: "I've written an essay on Tennessee Williams for my...

New York City’s ability to withstand hurricanes could hinge on the state of the Antarctic ice sheet some 8,000 miles away, according to a study published Monday. Using computer projections to simulate thousands of storms in potential future climates, researchers found that storms would be more likely to swerve away from the city. The trouble is the...

Whether inside the lab or in the community, graduate students and their research will be affected by federal budget cuts in more ways than one. Many federal agencies provide support for graduate students to conduct research. More importantly, these agencies often reward researchers for doing educational outreach. For example, the authors of this...

Researchers in Antarctica have discovered rapidly growing banks of mosses on the ice continent’s northern peninsula, providing striking evidence of climate change in the coldest and most remote parts of the planet. Amid the warming of the last 50 years, the scientists found two different species of mosses undergoing the equivalent of growth spurts,...

Since the advent of the Fitbit and other step-counting activity trackers, most people have absorbed the idea that taking 10,000 steps a day is the benchmark for a healthy life. While scientists are usually leery of round numbers, there’s some good data to support that 10K target. Back in 2000, a Japanese team found walking 10,000 steps every day...

Researchers from across the globe have officially begun the process of imaging one of the most camera shy subjects in the galaxy: a black hole. Or, to be more specific, the edge of a black hole. The project, known as Event Horizons Telescope, started April 5 and will continue until Friday, April 14, with a team of scientists stationed in six...

closemore Federal prosecutors are investigating an asbestos-removal company active in the Boston area to see whether the firm withheld wages and benefits from workers, according to people familiar with the matter. The case is part of widening U.S. Justice Department activity and private civil action targeting asbestos-removal and demolition...