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Lyft team steers toward open self-driving tech (Update)
PHYS.ORG US ride-share startup Lyft on Friday dedicated a new team focused on speeding up its effort to create a self-driving vehicle platform, which would be open to use by other companies. 2 hours
Optimization for self-production may explain mysterious features of the ribosome
PHYS.ORG Optimization for self-production may explain key features of ribosomes, the protein production factories of the cell, reported researchers from Harvard Medical School in Nature on July 20. 3 hours
National Weather Service cancels its union contract
PHYS.ORG The National Weather Service is canceling its contract with the union representing about 3,800 of its meteorologists and other workers in what could be the first major labor showdown of the Trump administration. 3 hours
Name that scotch: Colorimetric recognition of aldehydes and ketones
PHYS.ORG Vodka tastes different from brandy, and connoisseurs can distinguish among different brands of whiskeys. The flavors of spirits result from a complex bouquet of volatile compounds. New colorimetric sensor arrays... 4 hours
NASA sees Tropical Storm Noru east of Japan
PHYS.ORG NASA's Terra satellite captured a visible-light image of Tropical Storm Noru after it formed far to the east of Japan in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. 4 hours
Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science (Update)
PHYS.ORG Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the... 4 hours
Zing! Sprint opens 'Twice the Price' store next to Verizon retailer
PHYS.ORG The advertising war between the cell phone carriers is hitting the pavement, and once again, Sprint is taking on Verizon. 5 hours
NASA spots newly formed Tropical Depression 08W in South China Sea
PHYS.ORG NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed over the South China Sea and captured an image of newly formed Tropical Depression 08W near Hainan Island, China. 5 hours
NASA notes 9th northwestern Pacific Tropical Cyclone
PHYS.ORG The ninth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean has formed and developed into a tropical storm. Tropical Storm Kulap was spotted by NASA's Terra satellite far to the west of Midway Island. 5 hours
Solar eclipse offers millions a chance at citizen science
PHYS.ORG Millions of people, from students to rocket scientists, are poised to contribute to a massive scientific effort to study the total solar eclipse that will sweep across the United States... 5 hours
GOES Satellite sees Tropical Depression 09E form
PHYS.ORG The Eastern Pacific Ocean has been recently generating a lot of tropical cyclones. Tropical Depression 09E just formed off the southern coast of Mexico and was captured in imagery from NOAA's GOES-East satellite. 5 hours
Since its IPO, Snap Inc. did exactly what it said it would, so why is its stock struggling?
PHYS.ORG The Los Angeles tech company behind Snapchat offers a simple sales pitch... 6 hours
High-tech mystery: Is a Facebook phone in the works?
PHYS.ORG Facebook could be working on a smartphone, according to paperwork recently spotted by cyber sleuths which the tech giant filed earlier this year. 6 hours
Judge OKs $11.2M settlement for hacked Ashley Madison users
PHYS.ORG A federal judge on Friday approved an $11.2 million settlement between the marital infidelity website Ashley Madison and users who sued after hackers released personal information, including financial data and... 6 hours
Review: Amazon meal kits offer easy dinners—for a price
PHYS.ORG Amazon's new ready-to-eat meal package is the perfect recipe for someone who doesn't have enough time to shop and cook, yet has a healthy appetite and a need for balanced... 6 hours
'Mystery' signal from space is solved. It's not aliens
PHYS.ORG Astronomers have finally solved the mystery of peculiar signals coming from a nearby star, a story that sparked intense public speculation this week that perhaps, finally, alien life had been... 6 hours
Rush hour pollution may be more dangerous than you think
PHYS.ORG The first in-car measurements of exposure to pollutants that cause oxidative stress during rush hour commutes has turned up potentially alarming results. The levels of some forms of... 6 hours
Hackers had access to millions of Social Security numbers
PHYS.ORG Hackers who breached a Kansas Department of Commerce data system in March had access to more than 5.5 million Social Security numbers in 10 states, along with another 805,000 accounts... 7 hours
3-D shape acquisition using water displacement as the shape sensor for the reconstruction of complex objects
PHYS.ORG A global team of computer scientists and engineers have developed an innovative technique that more completely... 7 hours
Silicon Valley investors embrace a new vision of college
PHYS.ORG Make School, a for-profit startup in this city's South of Market district, is one of the most unusual schools in the country: It lets students enroll in classes for free... 7 hours
Satellite sees Tropical Storm Greg after 'eating' a depression
PHYS.ORG Tropical Storm Greg is intensifying after absorbing the moisture from the remnants of former Tropical Depression 8E. NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of Greg as it moves west in... 7 hours
Good fighters are bad runners
PHYS.ORG For mice and men, a strength in one area of Darwinian fitness may mean a deficiency in another. A look at Olympic athletes shows that a wrestler is built much differently than a marathoner. It's long been supposed... 7 hours
NC island's mysterious birth appears on NASA satellite images
PHYS.ORG NASA has released satellite images that show North Carolina's newly formed Shelly Island was born in November. 8 hours
Best Buy rings up a rebound
PHYS.ORG Five years ago Best Buy Co. looked like a retail dinosaur, another victim of e-commerce juggernaut and other online sellers. 8 hours
Superluminous supernova marks the death of a star at cosmic high noon
PHYS.ORG The death of a massive star in a distant galaxy 10 billion years ago created a rare superluminous supernova that astronomers say is one... 9 hours
Flashes of light on the dark matter
PHYS.ORG A web that passes through infinite intergalactic spaces, a dense cosmic forest illuminated by very distant lights and a huge enigma to solve. These are the picturesque ingredients of a scientific research - carried... 9 hours
Neural nets model audience reactions to movies
PHYS.ORG Disney Research used deep learning methods to develop a new means of assessing complex audience reactions to movies via facial expressions and demonstrated that the new technique outperformed conventional methods. 9 hours
the moon is front and center during a total solar eclipse The moon is front and center during a total solar eclipse
PHYS.ORG VIDEO In the lead-up to a total solar eclipse, most of the attention is on the sun, but Earth's moon also has a starring role. 9 hours
Computers using linguistic clues to deduce photo content
PHYS.ORG Scientists at Disney Research and the University of California, Davis have found that the way a person describes the content of a photo can provide important clues for computer vision programs to... 9 hours
NASA sees Tropical Storm Fernanda sliding into central Pacific
PHYS.ORG Tropical Storm Fernanda has crossed the 140 degree longitude line and entered the central Pacific Ocean. NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission, or GPM, satellite took a look at the rainfall... 9 hours
Rare discovery of three new toad species in Nevada's Great Basin
PHYS.ORG Three new species of toads have been discovered living in Nevada's Great Basin in an expansive survey of the 190,000 square mile ancient lake bottom. Discoveries... 9 hours
In saliva, clues to a 'ghost' species of ancient human
PHYS.ORG In saliva, scientists have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa today. 9 hours
Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network
PHYS.ORG Lyft is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. 9 hours
Exhumation of Dali's remains finds his mustache still intact
PHYS.ORG Forensic experts in Spain have removed hair, nails and two long bones from Salvador Dali's embalmed remains to aid a court-ordered paternity test that may enable a woman who says... 9 hours
Sentinel-5 precursor satellite ready for launch
PHYS.ORG A UK-built satellite which will be part of Europe's world-leading environmental monitoring programme – Copernicus – is ready for launch. 10 hours
Can we save low-lying island nations from rising seas?
PHYS.ORG Though climate change has been an internationally recognised challenge since the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1992, efforts towards reducing carbon emissions by governments remain uneven and... 10 hours
How scientists invent new colours
PHYS.ORG VIDEO For tens of thousands of years, humans have created colours through simple chemistry. At first we used dyes found in nature such as berries and charcoal. Later, new pigments were synthesised in the lab. 10 hours
Digging into the harsh world of ants
PHYS.ORG Imagine working for the harshest corporation in the world. 10 hours
Lockheed Martin to build full-scale prototype of NASA cislunar habitat
PHYS.ORG Refurbishing a shuttle-era cargo container used to transfer cargo to the International Space Station, Lockheed Martin is prototyping a deep space habitat for NASA at Kennedy Space Center.... 10 hours
Temperature, solar radiation, wind—parameters to predict a vehicle's cabin air temperature
PHYS.ORG Parked vehicles can quickly become a life-threatening environment for unattended children or dogs during the summer months. Dangerous cabin temperatures can be reached after just 30... 10 hours
How enzymes produce hydrogen
PHYS.ORG Researchers at Ruhr-Universität Bochum and the Freie Universität Berlin have clarified the crucial catalytic step in the production of hydrogen by enzymes. The enzymes, called [FeFe]-hydrogenases, efficiently turn electrons and protons into hydrogen. They are thus a candidate for the... 10 hours
On the path to vitamin A in rice
PHYS.ORG The lack of vitamin A in food is a major cause of health problems worldwide and can lead to blindness and even death. This is especially a problem in threshold or third-world... 10 hours
When evolution and biotechnologies collide
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Since 2012, genetic engineering has been revolutionised by CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing. The technology is based on an enzyme from a bacterial cell, whose work is to cut the information storing system of living beings, DNA, at one predefined location.... 10 hours
Re-envisioning underwater imaging
PHYS.ORG The Advanced Imaging and Visualization Laboratory (AIVL) at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) working with Marine Imaging Technologies has developed a revolutionary new multi-function, underwater imaging system capable of generating ultra-high definition television (UHDTV) video, 2-D mosaic imaging, and... 10 hours
Probing the pores in membrane vesicles
PHYS.ORG Ion channels in the membrane vesicles that mediate intracellular protein transport play a crucial role in cell physiology. A method developed by an Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich team now allows them to be studied with greater... 10 hours
Is Syria really a 'climate war'? The links between drought, migration and conflict
PHYS.ORG The Syrian civil war has raged for more than six years now. You've probably heard the following story linking it to climate... 10 hours
India must rethink infrastructure needs for 100 new 'smart' cities to be sustainable
PHYS.ORG Plans to create 100 new 'smart' cities in India to support the country's rapidly growing urban population could have a significant detrimental... 10 hours
Sparkling springs aid quest for underground heat energy sources
PHYS.ORG Analysis of natural sparkling mineral water has given scientists valuable clues on how to locate hot water springs - potential sources of sustainable, clean energy. 10 hours
Native leech preys on invasive slug?
PHYS.ORG Citizen science has revealed the spread of the invasive giant slug Limax maximus and its potential native predator in Japan, providing new insights into predator-prey dynamics between introduced prey and native predators. 10 hours
India's Ambani to launch free smartphone as he shakes up telecoms
PHYS.ORG India's richest man Mukesh Ambani said Friday that his telecoms venture Jio would launch a free smartphone, escalating a price war that is shaking up the... 10 hours
Did Oxygen Therapy Really 'Reverse' Child's Brain Damage? Experts Are Skeptical
Meet the scientist who turns data into music—and listen to the sound of a neutron star
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Fire ants build towers with three simple rules
Holographic imaging could be used to detect signs of life in space
How scientists invent new colours
How scientists invent new colours
When evolution and biotechnologies collide
Groundbreaking for an international neutrino experiment
Groundbreaking for an international neutrino experiment
The moon is front and center during a total solar eclipse
NASA invites you to become a citizen scientist during U.S. total solar eclipse
Researcher considers structural measures to protect cities from extreme heat events
Researchers discover mice speak similarly to humans
Researchers work to improve recovery from tight shale reservoirs
Researchers work to improve recovery from tight shale reservoirs