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Salt applied to roadways as a wintertime deicer has been shown to make significant contributions to increased salinity in freshwater streams in the United States, Europe and elsewhere. New research suggests that saltier water also liberates toxic metals and harmful nitrogen-containing compounds from streambeds and soils, creating dangerous "chemical cocktails" that can be more damaging than individual pollutants alone. CREDIT Joseph Galella/University of Maryland

Saltier waterways are creating dangerous ‘chemical cocktails’

A cocktail of chemicals from many human activities is making U.S. rivers saltier and more alkaline across the nation. Surprisingly, road salt in winter is...
This brain circuit is key to both depression and addiction

This brain circuit is reason to both depression and addiction

Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore have recently discovered a key region in the brain that is responsible for both...
This image provides three different perspectives on GRB150101B, the first known cosmic analogue of GW170817, the gravitational wave event discovered in 2017. At center, an image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy where GRB150101B took place. At top right, two X-ray images from NASA's Chandra X-ray observatory show the event as it appeared on January 9, 2015 (left), with a jet visible below and to the left; and a month later, on February 10, 2015 (right), as the jet faded away. The bright X-ray spot is the galaxy's nucleus. Credit: NASA/CXC

All in the family: Kin of gravitational wave source discovered

On October 16, 2017, a universal group of astronomers and physicists energetically revealed the first simulations detection of light and gravitational waves from a...
Researchers used a single photon, stored in a quantum memory, to toggle the state of other photons. (Image credit: E. Edwards/JQI)

Semiconductor quantum transistor opens door for photon-based computing

Researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and Joint Quantum Institute (JQI) have cleared a hurdle in the development...