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Teens today spend more time on digital media, less time reading
PHYS.ORG If you can't remember the last time you saw a teenager reading a book, newspaper or magazine, you're not alone. In recent years, less than 20... 10 minutes
Scientists identify enzyme that could accelerate biofuel production
PHYS.ORG Researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology report on an enzyme belonging to the glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT) family as a promising target for increasing biofuel production from the red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae. 29 minutes
Mother tongue versus father tongue—a new study reconciles the two hypotheses
PHYS.ORG Does the mother or father have a stronger influence on their children's language? The mother tongue hypothesis suggests that language usage follows matrilineal inheritance. The father... 29 minutes
Researchers strengthen DNA nanostructures to help them survive harsh environments
PHYS.ORG A team of researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a way to strengthen DNA nanostructures for improved survival under harsh environmental conditions. In their... 56 minutes
Scientists make leap in simulating quantum particles
PHYS.ORG New quantum theory research, led by academics at the University of St Andrews' School of Physics, could transform the way scientists predict how quantum particles behave. 56 minutes
Next-gen insect repellents to combat mosquito-borne diseases
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Nearly 700 million people suffer from mosquito-borne diseases—such as malaria, West Nile, Zika and dengue fever—each year, resulting in more than 1 million deaths. Increasingly, many species of mosquitoes have become resistant to the... 3 hours
Illicit drug use could be higher than previously thought; soars during special events
PHYS.ORG America's drug problem may be even worse than officials realize. And illicit drugs are consumed at a higher rate during celebratory events.... 3 hours
Maple leaf extract could nip skin wrinkles in the bud
PHYS.ORG Maple trees are best known for their maple syrup and lovely fall foliage. But it turns out that the beauty of those leaves could be skin-deep—and that's a... 3 hours
A new generation of artificial retinas based on 2-D materials
PHYS.ORG Scientists report they have successfully developed and tested the world's first ultrathin artificial retina that could vastly improve on existing implantable visualization technology for the blind. The flexible... 3 hours
Saliva could influence taste preferences
PHYS.ORG Saliva is crucial for tasting and digesting food, but scientists have now found that it may have another, more subtle role. Salivary proteins could be part of a feedback loop that influences how food tastes to people—and by... 3 hours
New drug could prevent debilitating side effect of cancer treatment
PHYS.ORG About 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed annually with head, neck, nasal and oral cancers. Most are treated with radiation, and of those, 70-80 percent develop a... 4 hours
Understanding urban issues through credit cards
PHYS.ORG Digital traces from credit card and mobile phone usage can be used to map urban lifestyles and understand human mobility, according to a report led by UCL, MIT and UC Berkeley. 4 hours
Science Says: Hotter weather turbocharges US West wildfires
PHYS.ORG As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. 6 hours
Techniques for reducing sugar content in dairy products show promise
PHYS.ORG Dairy foods are popular among consumers, and sales gross more than $125 billion per year (IDFA, 2017). With dairy product popularity comes new demands from consumers for healthier,... 6 hours
Fresh 6.9-magnitude quake rocks Indonesia's Lombok island (Update)
PHYS.ORG Multiple earthquakes—including a powerful and shallow 6.9-magnitude tremor—struck Indonesia's Lombok on Sunday, sending fresh panic coursing through the already battered island. 16 hours
Ethiopia opens plant to turn waste into energy
PHYS.ORG Ethiopia on Sunday inaugurated a power plant which converts waste into energy, next to a filthy open-air dump in Addis Ababa where a landslide last year killed more than 110 people. 16 hours
Elon Musk says cutting back on work hours isn't an option
PHYS.ORG Arianna Huffington is calling on Elon Musk to adopt a healthier work-life balance, but the Tesla CEO says that's not an option. 16 hours
Science Says: 'The warmer it is, the more fire we see'
PHYS.ORG As temperatures rise in the U.S. West, so do the flames. 20 hours
Fresh 6.9-magnitude earthquake hits Indonesia's Lombok: USGS
PHYS.ORG A strong earthquake rocked Indonesia's Lombok Sunday, two weeks after a quake killed more than 480 people on the island and hours after another tremor triggered landslides, damaged buildings and sent people fleeing. 20 hours
Three top Russian space industry execs held for 'fraud' (Update)
PHYS.ORG Three top executives of the Russian space company Energia, which designs and manufactures the Soyuz and Progress spacecrafts, have been arrested for alleged fraud, investigators said on Sunday. 20 hours
Chinese police nab suspects after $87 mn cryptocurrency theft
PHYS.ORG Chinese police have arrested three suspects alleged to have stolen assets worth 600 million yuan ($87 million) through hacking, state media reported Sunday, as cyber criminals target holders of bitcoin... 22 hours
Russian space executive, two others charged with fraud
PHYS.ORG Russia's top investigative agency says it has detained a deputy head of the nation's top space corporation on fraud charges. 22 hours
South Korean swaps bitcoins for 2 mln euros in fake notes
PHYS.ORG The deal sounded murky from the start: in exchange for bitcoin worth two million euros ($2.3 million), the wealthy buyer would hand over the equivalent sum... 22 hours
The environmental cost of contact lenses
PHYS.ORG Many people rely on contact lenses to improve their vision. But these sight-correcting devices don't last forever—some are intended for a single day's use—and they are eventually disposed of in various ways. Now, scientists are reporting... 1 day
Weaponizing oxygen to kill infections and disease
PHYS.ORG The life-threatening bacteria called MRSA can cripple a hospital since it spreads quickly and is resistant to treatment. But scientists report that they are now making advances in a new technique that avoids antibiotics.... 1 day
Australia ramps up aid to farmers as drought bites
PHYS.ORG Financial aid for drought-stricken Australian farmers will be increased to Aus$1.8 billion (US$1.3 billion) as they endure the driest conditions in half a century, the prime minister said Sunday. 1 day
Strong, deep undersea quake shakes Fiji; no damage expected
PHYS.ORG A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported. 1 day
French farm aims to grow new crop of farmers
PHYS.ORG They bandy about terms like "co-working" but instead of coding and developing algorithms in open space offices they work out in the open trying to tease tomatoes from the soil. 1 day
First satellite to measure global winds set for launch
PHYS.ORG A satellite designed to measure Earth's global wind patterns is set to be hoisted into orbit Tuesday from the Arianespace launch site in French Guiana. 1 day
Hammering of copper price a worrying signal for global growth
PHYS.ORG The plunge in the price of copper by more than 20 percent since the beginning of June has worried analysts who see it as a bad signal for... 1 day
China shows off automated doctors, teachers and combat stars
PHYS.ORG Robots that can diagnose diseases, play badminton and wow audiences with their musical skills are among the machines China hopes could revolutionise its economy, with visitors to a Beijing exhibition... 1 day
Sightings, satellites help track mysterious ocean giant
PHYS.ORG The sight of a basking shark's brooding silhouette gliding through the waters off western France is more than just a rare treat for sailors—it is a boon for scientists trying to trace its secretive... 1 day
Germany: No preparations made in case of alien landing
PHYS.ORG The German government says it has made no preparations for the possibility that aliens might land in the European country. 2 days
Intensifying Hurricane Lane examined by GPM satellite
PHYS.ORG Heavy rainfall and towering cloud heights were the findings when Hurricane Lane was scanned by the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core observatory satellite on Aug. 17. Lane strengthened to a Category 2... 2 days
A valley so low: Electrons congregate in ways that could be useful to 'valleytronics'
PHYS.ORG A Princeton-led study has revealed an emergent electronic behavior on the surface of bismuth crystals that could lead to insights... 2 days
Tesla shares tumble after Musk interview sparks fresh fears
PHYS.ORG Tesla shares took a pounding Friday amid fresh fears about the future of the electric carmaker after a wide-ranging interview with chief executive Elon Musk in which he revealed his... 2 days
US regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads
PHYS.ORG Federal regulators are alleging that Facebook's advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination. 2 days
Making aquafeed more sustainable: Scientists develop feeds using a marine microalga co-product
PHYS.ORG Dartmouth scientists have created a more sustainable feed for aquaculture by using a marine microalga co-product as a feed ingredient. The study is the... 2 days
Scientists downgrade alert level for Hawaii volcano
PHYS.ORG Slowing activity at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has prompted scientists on Friday to downgrade their alert level for the mountain. 2 days
Silicon Valley idealism at odds with China market
PHYS.ORG Google workers' outrage over the notion of censoring searches to appease Chinese officials highlights the dilemma US tech companies face in accessing the lucrative market. 2 days
Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order
PHYS.ORG A privacy group said in a letter sent to the Federal Trade Commission on Friday that Google has violated the terms of a 2011 settlement because of practices exposed in... 2 days
H-1B use skyrocketed among Bay Area tech giants
PHYS.ORG Even as the White House began cracking down on U.S. work visas, major Silicon Valley technology firms last year dramatically ramped up hiring of workers under the controversial H-1B visa program, according... 3 days
Alexa, Cortana finally get the conversation going
PHYS.ORG Amazon's Alexa and Microsoft's Cortana are coming soon to a smart device near you – together, with new integrated features that allow the digital assistants to talk to each other. 3 days
Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water
PHYS.ORG Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to four times the size... 3 days
NASA's GPM analyzes Atlantic Tropical Storm Ernesto's rainfall
PHYS.ORG NASA found light to moderate rainfall occurring in Tropical Storm Ernesto as it continued on an eastern trek toward Ireland and the United Kingdom. Ireland has already issued a warning for Ernesto. 3 days
Judge told to consider protections for Montana grayling fish
PHYS.ORG An appeals court on Friday told a judge to take another look at whether a Montana fish should be protected, saying that U.S. wildlife officials did not consider all environmental... 3 days
Chemists develop contaminant detection technique for heparin
PHYS.ORG In 2008, a contaminant eluded the quality safeguards in the pharmaceutical industry and infiltrated a large portion of the supply of the popular blood thinner heparin, sickening hundreds and killing about 100 in the... 3 days
NASA analyzes Typhoon Soulik's water vapor
PHYS.ORG NASA's Terra satellite looked at water vapor and cloud top temperatures when it passed over the recently strengthened Typhoon Soulik in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. 3 days
This Silicon Valley car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento
PHYS.ORG VIDEO A Silicon Valley tech company recently posted a video front and center on its website that may startle... 3 days
How Amazon could change your evening at the movies
PHYS.ORG Going to the movies now consists of buying a ticket and sitting through some trailers. What if the entire evening was brought to you by Amazon? 3 days
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Next-gen insect repellents to combat mosquito-borne diseases
This Silicon Valley car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento
The plastic waste crisis is an opportunity for the U.S. to get serious about recycling at home
From pine cones to an adaptive shading system
Virtual reality providing real-world literacy and numeracy learning tool
NASA water vapor data shows a 'patchy' Sub-Tropical Storm Ernesto
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Here’s what robots could learn from fire ants
Why X-rays could become a lot more personal