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Wet winter may help Colorado River push off problems, but it will not end the drought
PHYS.ORG California is not the only place in the West confronting startling amounts of rain and snow. 32 minutes
How do you cool a city in a warming world?
PHYS.ORG Globally, 2016 was the warmest year on record. In Los Angeles, temperature records were shattered last summer during scorching heat waves that saw highs of 100 degrees for... 1 hour
Florida wildlife officials encouraged by high manatee count
PHYS.ORG Florida wildlife officials are encouraged by the results of a recent survey that counted 6,620 manatees in the state. 1 hour
Kennewick Man skeleton may be on its way back to ancestral home
PHYS.ORG The 9,000-year-old skeleton Native Americans call The Ancient One and scientists refer to as Kennewick Man may be headed back to his ancestral home... 1 hour
Spooked by spike in cyber extortion, businesses are stockpiling bitcoin for payoffs
PHYS.ORG U.S. corporations that have long resisted bending to the demands of computer hackers who take their networks hostage are increasingly stockpiling bitcoin, the digital... 1 hour
NASA aims to measure vital snow data from satellites
PHYS.ORG Instrument-laden aircraft are surveying the Colorado high country this month as scientists search for better ways to measure how much water is locked up in the world's mountain snows—water that... 2 hours
Snapchat Spectacles now sold online
PHYS.ORG If you didn't race out to Los Angeles to get them, or stand in an endless line in Santa Monica, Calif., or catch a helicopter ride to the middle of the Grand Canyon, or brave the Manhattan cold,... 2 hours
Transgender political candidates still likely face an uphill battle, study finds
PHYS.ORG New Hope, Texas, mayor Jess Herbst last month publicly came out as transgender, making her likely the first transgender elected official in the state. 2 hours
Chemists improve batteries for renewable energy storage
PHYS.ORG Because the sun doesn't always shine, solar utilities need a way to store extra charge for a rainy day. The same goes for wind power facilities, since the wind doesn't always blow. To take... 2 hours
Impacts of mass coral die-off on Indian Ocean reefs revealed
PHYS.ORG Warming seawaters, caused by climate change and extreme climatic events, threaten the stability of tropical coral reefs, with potentially devastating implications for many reef species and the human... 2 hours
Gene editing mulled for improving livestock
PHYS.ORG Gene editing, which has raised ethical concerns due to its capacity to alter human DNA, is being considered in the United States as a tool for improving livestock, experts say. 3 hours
Taiwan 'White Terror' brought back to life for gamers
PHYS.ORG As the 70th anniversary of a bloody political purge in Taiwan looms, a new horror video game set during the island's "White Terror" is winning rave reviews. 3 hours
Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite
PHYS.ORG A prefecture in China's far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install a real-time GPS-like tracking system as part of an anti-terror initiative. 3 hours
Scientists explore the evolution of a 'social supergene' in the red fire ant
PHYS.ORG Scientists from Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) have discovered that the chromosome responsible for the social organisation of colonies of the... 5 hours
Drones are what's next for plant breeders
PHYS.ORG Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time; until now, observations of key traits were made by hand. In a new study, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, were used successfully to remotely... 12 hours
High-sensitivity cameras reveal the atomic structure of metal-organic frameworks
PHYS.ORG Highly sensitive electron cameras allow researchers to see the atomic structure of metal-organic frameworks. 12 hours
60,000-year-old microbes found in Mexican mine: NASA scientist
PHYS.ORG NASA scientists have discovered living microorganisms trapped inside crystals for as long as 60,000 years in a mine in Mexico. 13 hours
AP, other media ask judge to order release of iPhone records
PHYS.ORG The Associated Press and two other news organizations asked a judge Monday to force the federal government to reveal how much it paid for a tool... 13 hours
John Glenn still inspires 55 years after his 1st orbit
PHYS.ORG John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth. 13 hours
Selenium deficiency promoted by climate change
PHYS.ORG Selenium is an essential micronutrient obtained from dietary sources such as cereals. The selenium content of foodstuffs largely depends on concentrations in the soil: previous studies have shown that low selenium concentrations are associated with high... 13 hours
An alternative to opioids? Compound from marine snail is potent pain reliever
PHYS.ORG A tiny snail may offer an alternative to opioids for pain relief. Scientists at the University of Utah have found a compound that blocks... 13 hours
A new computer model explores how proteins are controlled 'at a distance'
PHYS.ORG EPFL scientists have created a new computer model that can help better design of allosteric drugs, which control proteins "at a distance". 13 hours
Mapping the family tree of stars
PHYS.ORG Astronomers are borrowing principles applied in biology and archaeology to build a family tree of the stars in the galaxy. By studying chemical signatures found in the stars, they are piecing together these evolutionary trees looking... 16 hours
Oil exporter Saudi starts hunt for solar, wind firms
PHYS.ORG The world's biggest oil exporter on Monday took the first step towards a goal of generating 9.5 GW of energy through solar and other renewable means. 16 hours
New hydronium-ion battery presents opportunity for more sustainable energy storage
PHYS.ORG A new type of battery developed by scientists at Oregon State University shows promise for sustainable, high-power energy storage. 16 hours
Poaching drives 80 percent decline in elephants in key preserve
PHYS.ORG Forest elephant populations in one of Central Africa's largest and most important preserves have declined between 78 percent and 81 percent because of poaching, a new Duke University-led... 16 hours
Warming ponds could accelerate climate change
PHYS.ORG Rising temperatures could accelerate climate change by reducing the amount of carbon dioxide stored in ponds and increasing the methane they release, new research shows. 18 hours
Why are there different 'flavors' of iron around the Solar System?
PHYS.ORG New work from Carnegie's Stephen Elardo and Anat Shahar shows that interactions between iron and nickel under the extreme pressures and temperatures similar to a planetary... 18 hours
Fifty-five years after first orbit, Glenn still inspires
PHYS.ORG John Glenn is continuing to inspire 55 years after becoming the first American to orbit Earth. 18 hours
Pest ant control improved with water-resistant bait
PHYS.ORG Pest ants like the red imported fire ant could be controlled more effectively with insecticide baits that can withstand moisture, say researchers with the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). A... 18 hours
Ultrafast laser pulses meet magnetic materials in new research
PHYS.ORG Researchers have studied ultrafast non-equilibrium magnetization in correlated spin systems in recent years. At both fundamental and application levels, ultrafast laser pulse excitation and dynamics measurement provide an effective path... 19 hours
Friction in the vacuum?
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—When three physicists first discovered through their calculations that a decaying atom moving through the vacuum experiences a friction-like force, they were highly suspicious. The results seemed to go against the laws of physics: The vacuum, by definition, is completely... 19 hours
Differences in the rhetorical styles of candidates in the 2016 US presidential election
PHYS.ORG A new paper published in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities reveals and quantifies dramatic differences in the speaking styles of candidates in... 19 hours
'Tully monster' mystery is far from solved, group argues
PHYS.ORG Last year, headlines in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Scientific American and other outlets declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The "Tully monster," an ancient animal... 19 hours
New internet security device launched to safeguard schools against child abuse
PHYS.ORG Computer experts at the University of Plymouth have created a new device that provides round-the-clock monitoring against online child abuse and radicalisation for primary and secondary... 19 hours
Image: Star formation on filaments in RCW106
PHYS.ORG Stars are bursting into life all over this image from ESA's Herschel space observatory. It depicts the giant molecular cloud RCW106, a massive billow of gas and dust almost 12 000 light-years away in... 19 hours
Sharpening our knowledge of prehistory on East Africa's bone harpoons
PHYS.ORG A project exploring the role of East Africa in the evolution of modern humans has amassed the largest and most diverse collection of prehistoric bone harpoons ever assembled... 19 hours
Carbon uptake by Amazon forests matches region's emissions
PHYS.ORG Carbon emissions across all nine Amazon nations have been fully matched by carbon absorption by mature Amazon forests since the 1980s, new research shows. 19 hours
Fluorescence method detects mercury contamination in fish
PHYS.ORG Researchers from the University of Burgos (Spain) have developed a fluorescent polymer that lights up in contact with mercury that may be present in fish. High levels of the metal were detected in samples... 20 hours
Cooperative species can invade harsher environments
PHYS.ORG Through cooperation, animals are able to colonise harsher living environments that would otherwise be inaccessible, according to a new study from Lund University in Sweden, together with researchers in England and USA. The research community has... 20 hours
Winners and losers—climate change will shift vegetation
PHYS.ORG Projected global warming will likely decrease the extent of temperate drylands by a third over the remainder of the 21st century coupled with an increase in dry deep soil conditions during agricultural growing season.... 20 hours
Study signals new hope for Rockall oil and gas exploration
PHYS.ORG A geological analysis of the Rockall area of the North Atlantic has revealed previously unknown insights that could lead to new oil and gas discoveries in the UK... 20 hours
Scientists readying to create first image of a black hole
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from around the world is getting ready to create what might be the first image of a black hole. The project is the result... 20 hours
Mathematics is beautiful (no, really)
PHYS.ORG For many people, memories of maths lessons at school are anything but pretty. Yet "beautiful" is a word that I and other mathematicians often use to describe our subject. How on earth can maths be beautiful – and... 20 hours
the universe has a lithium problem The universe has a lithium problem
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Over the past decades, scientists have wrestled with a problem involving the Big Bang Theory. The Big Bang Theory suggests that there should be three times as much lithium as we can observe. Why is there... 20 hours
New insights on the nature of the star V501 Aurigae revealed
PHYS.ORG (Phys.org)—Astronomers have presented the results of new photometric and spectroscopic observations of the star V501 Aurigae (V501 Aur for short), providing new insights into the nature... 20 hours
An Interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Fossum
PHYS.ORG Mike Fossum is a shining example for astronaut wannabes shooting for the stars. His story undeniably proves that dreams of space voyages come true if you have the motivation and courage to... 20 hours
Wary of human-animal hybrids? It's probably just your own moral superiority
PHYS.ORG In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head... 20 hours
Crowdsourcing effort helps researchers predict how a molecule will smell
PHYS.ORG You can anticipate a color before you see it, based solely on the length of light waves. Music can be interpreted from notes on a page without being... 20 hours
Simple etching technique for creating left-handed and right-handed nanostructures
PHYS.ORG Structures that just may be the world's smallest screws have been fabricated by researchers from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Singapore. 20 hours
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