College of Sciences News
The College of Sciences provides students a solid foundation in natural, physical, and mathematical sciences for a successful career in the sciences and other professional programs.
Current Sciences News
A roundup of news stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made headlines locally, nationally, and globally.
International team of scientists reveals first in-depth look at Omnitrophota, one of the world’s oldest and tiniest bacteria.
Marge and Bill Speer’s love and dedication to each other and the university has been commemorated in what once was their favorite spot on campus.
Physicist Elizabeth Donley tackles the challenge of precisely redefining the second.
University Forum on March 9 features Elise Pearlstine — wildlife biologist, perfumer, author — discussing the complex and storied relationship between humans and fragrant plants.
A polymer created by a longtime chemistry professor can lower the risk of fires when used as a component of lithium-ion batteries.
Sciences In The News
Bacteria are literally everywhere -- in oceans, in soils, in extreme environments like hot springs, and even alongside and inside other organisms including humans. They're nearly invisible, yet they play a big role in almost every facet of life on Earth.
It is said that science is a mosaic of contributions from all over the world. Modern science has, however, been hailed as a product of Western civilization for centuries, with the narrative of its history centered around seventeenth-century European gentlemen, who distinguished themselves from the scholastic schoolmen of yore by seeking to uncover the laws of nature. This narrative has provided a powerful resource to explain the economic and political hegemony of Europe in the centuries to follow. But how accurate is the idea and notion of formulating science as a product of Western attitudes? And if that’s not the case, is it more incumbent than ever for the science community at large to help the world regard science as a global enterprise?
This week researchers claimed to have discovered a superconducting material that can shuttle electricity with no loss of energy under near-real-world conditions. But drama and controversy behind the scenes have many worried that the breakthrough may not hold up to scientific scrutiny.
Has the quest for room temperature superconductivity finally succeeded? Researchers at the University of Rochester (U of R), who previously were forced to retract a controversial claim of room temperature superconductivity at high pressures, are back with an even more spectacular claim. This week in Nature they report a new material that superconducts at room temperature—and not much more than ambient pressures.
India has found 5.9 million tonnes (about 6.5 million US tons) of lithium in the federally administered, long-disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir, a discovery that can transform the country into a lithium global powerhouse. India currently relies on China and Hong Kong for its lithium requirements and about 96% of its lithium-ion cell and battery imports. Yet, it will be a lengthy and complicated process to get the new reserves into smartphones, electric vehicles (EVs) and wind turbines.
News reports and social media are awash with photos and videos of coyotes roaming the streets of Las Vegas — but why? Are we in the middle of a coyote population boom, is climate change driving them out of their natural habitat, or are we simply moving into the coyotes’ neighborhoods?