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Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant
PHYS.ORG There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard... 6 hours
These ring-tailed lemurs raise a 'stink' when they flirt with potential mates
PHYS.ORG VIDEO A U of T Scarborough study finds that a unique ritual performed by male ring-tailed lemurs may come at a significant physical cost, but... 16 hours
20 years of changing seasons on Earth packed into two and half minutes
PHYS.ORG VIDEO NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of the home planet. 16 hours
Mathematician's study of 'swarmalators' could direct future science
PHYS.ORG How does the Japanese tree frog figure into the latest work of noted mathematician Steven Strogatz? As it turns out, quite prominently. 16 hours
Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cell phone screens
PHYS.ORG A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an... 17 hours
Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war
PHYS.ORG Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can finally tell one of those stories this week, thanks to a one-of-a-kind instrument that allowed them to hear... 17 hours
When to fish: Timing matters for fish that migrate to reproduce
PHYS.ORG It's no secret that human activities affect fish, particularly those that must migrate to reproduce. Years of building dams and polluting rivers in some regions have... 17 hours
Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018
PHYS.ORG Apple said Friday it was delaying until early next year the release of its HomePod speaker set to compete with Amazon's Alexa-powered devices and Google Home as a smart home... 17 hours
Game review: 'Need For Speed: Payback,' wrong way
PHYS.ORG Racing simulators are thriving within the genre these days, but arcade racers offer a brief respite from the tighter sim experiences and will always have a home with casual gamers. "Need For... 21 hours
Mapping 'damage trails' lets researchers follow the water in Photosystem II
PHYS.ORG Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have traced the paths of three water channels in an ancient photosynthetic organism to provide the first comprehensive, experimental... 21 hours
Apple's smart speaker HomePod may get Face ID: report
PHYS.ORG Apple's new Face ID technology may be coming to a living room near you. 22 hours
Tesla's all-electric semi truck aims to disrupt transport
PHYS.ORG After shaking up the auto world with its electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the unveiling of a futuristic all-electric semi truck. 22 hours
Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them
PHYS.ORG Fisheries biologists in Idaho say they think they know why a relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing... 22 hours
Scientific advances can make it easier to recycle plastics
PHYS.ORG Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every year end up in landfills, the oceans and elsewhere. Less than 9 percent of plastics are recycled... 22 hours
Research shows drones could help crop management take off
PHYS.ORG Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute... 22 hours
eDNA tool detects invasive clams before they become a nuisance
PHYS.ORG When seeking a cure for a disease, early detection is often the key. The same is true for eliminating invasive species. Identifying their presence in a lake before... 22 hours
New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys
PHYS.ORG A team of leading computer scientists has developed a novel computational system to aid the design and fabrication of wind-up toys, focusing on automating the intricate interior machinery... 22 hours
Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity
PHYS.ORG Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of... 22 hours
Infrared NASA imagery shows development of Tropical Depression 31W
PHYS.ORG NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared imagery of the latest tropical cyclone in the South China Sea. 22 hours
Taking a spin on plasma space tornadoes with NASA observations
PHYS.ORG Interplanetary space is hardly tranquil. High-energy charged particles from the Sun, as well as from beyond our solar system, constantly whizz by. These can damage satellites and endanger... 22 hours
Strain-free epitaxy of germanium film on mica
PHYS.ORG Germanium, an elemental semiconductor, was the material of choice in the early history of electronic devices, before it was largely replaced by silicon. But due to its high charge carrier mobility—higher than silicon by... 23 hours
Richard Spencer, other white supremacists lose Twitter verification
PHYS.ORG A week after the ruckus over blue checks on Twitter, the company has updated its policy on verifications and revoked the verifications of some white supremacists. 23 hours
Walmart gives Amazon run for its money in third quarter
PHYS.ORG Unseating Amazon as the biggest player in e-commerce is a tall, maybe even impossible task. But Walmart is giving the online titan a run for its money. 23 hours
Facebook launches video app for content creators in challenge to YouTube
PHYS.ORG Facebook has launched a video app called Creators aimed at building a community of closely followed producers like YouTube's, the company announced Thursday. 23 hours
Inventor Brian Krohn combats snoring, creates wizard tools
PHYS.ORG Brian Krohn has developed brain surgery tools, pioneered biodiesel innovations and briefed members of Congress on how to turn waste oils into energy. 23 hours
New iPhone X teardown study estimates cost to build Apple's deluxe phone
PHYS.ORG As the iPhone X has made the biggest technological leap for Apple smartphones in several years, a new study has done the math to... 24 hours
What grosses out a chimpanzee?
PHYS.ORG Chimpanzees do some pretty disgusting things. 1 day
Seagrass is a key fishing ground globally
PHYS.ORG New research demonstrates that seagrass meadows are important fishing grounds all around the globe. The work highlights that there is an urgent need to start appreciating and understanding this role to be able to... 1 day
No more deer in the headlight: Study finds large mammals do use road crossing structures
PHYS.ORG Large mammals crossing US Highway 93 are more likely to use wildlife crossing structures than move past a... 1 day
NIR-driven H2 evolution from water: Expanding wavelength range for solar energy conversion
PHYS.ORG Hydrogen gas is a promising "green" fuel. The lightest chemical element, hydrogen is an efficient energy store and could potentially replace gasoline in vehicles.... 1 day
Performance appraisal success depends on frequent feedback and good standard setting
PHYS.ORG Appraisal of employees often gets a bad press, but recent research suggests if it involves frequent feedback between the formal appraisal and good prior planning and... 1 day
Science update on climate change: from bad to worse
PHYS.ORG Scientists monitoring the Earth's climate and environment have delivered a cascade of grim news this year, adding a sense of urgency to UN talks on how best to draw down... 1 day
What is the Paris Agreement?
PHYS.ORG On December 12, 2015, 195 countries gathered in the French capital to conclude the first truly universal climate treaty, the Paris Agreement, aimed at preventing worst-case-scenario global warming. 1 day
Warmer water signals change for Scotland's shags
PHYS.ORG An increasingly catholic diet among European Shags at one of Scotland's best-studied breeding colonies has been linked to long-term climate change and may have important implications for Scotland's seabirds, according to research led by... 1 day
Want safe travels? Find freeways with these features
PHYS.ORG New BYU research commissioned by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows a number of highway features that make accidents less likely. Among them are some that are intuitive: minimal hills and curves,... 1 day
Grade inflation adds thousands to the cost of a family home
PHYS.ORG Grade inflation at English primary schools can increase the price of surrounding houses by up to £7,000, according to early research from economists at Queen Mary... 1 day
NASA develops tool that shows how much sea level rise coastal cities can expect based on location and degree of ice melt
PHYS.ORG (—A trio of researchers... 1 day
New paper answers causation conundrum
PHYS.ORG In a new paper published in a special issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, SFI Professor Jessica Flack offers a practical answer to one of the most significant, and most confused questions in evolutionary biology—can... 1 day
Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook
PHYS.ORG Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. 1 day
Six missing after deadly Greek floods as stricken towns face shortages
PHYS.ORG Six people were still missing in Greece Friday after a flash flood killed 16 others near the capital, with local communities facing food and medicine shortages... 1 day
New theory rewrites opening moments of Chernobyl disaster
PHYS.ORG A brand-new theory of the opening moments during the Chernobyl disaster, the most severe nuclear accident in history, based on additional analysis is presented for the first time in the journal Nuclear... 1 day
VW to spend $40B on electric cars, technology through 2022
PHYS.ORG Volkswagen says it plans to spend more than 34 billion euros ($40 billion) over the next five years on developing electric cars, autonomous driving and other new technologies. 1 day
Breakthrough discovery in diagnostic tools that can replace commonly used and fragile antibodies
PHYS.ORG Experts from the Biotechnology Group at the University of Leicester led by Professor Sergey Piletsky in collaboration with the spin-off company MIP... 1 day
Image: Salar de Atacama from orbit
PHYS.ORG From the Salar de Atacama salt flat in the east to the Cordillera Domeyko mountains in the west, Sentinel-2 takes us over part of the Atacama Desert in northern Chile. 1 day
Plant respiration could become a bigger feedback on climate than expected
PHYS.ORG New research, led by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, suggests that plant respiration is a larger source of carbon emissions than previously thought, and warns... 1 day
Companies should monitor egos of employees to prevent unethical behaviour
PHYS.ORG Monitoring the egos of employees could prevent bad behaviour because people who feel entitled are more likely to behave unethically at work, research suggests. 1 day
Using eDNA to identify the breeding habitat of endangered species
PHYS.ORG Using wide-ranging eDNA analysis combined with traditional collection survey methods, Japanese researchers have identified the breeding site of critically endangered fish species Acheilognathus typus in the mainstream of Omono River... 1 day
Researchers reveal jamming in cellular motor protein traffic
PHYS.ORG To keep a cell alive, molecular motor proteins constantly transport building blocks and waste across the cell, along its biopolymer network. Because of the high density of these proteins, jamming effects are... 1 day
Researchers put probiotics in food and supplements to the test
PHYS.ORG It's a great time to be a bacterium. 1 day
The astonishing efficiency of life
PHYS.ORG All life on earth performs computations – and all computations require energy. From single-celled amoeba to multicellular organisms like humans, one of the most basic biological computations common across life is translation: processing information from a genome and... 1 day
These ring-tailed lemurs raise a 'stink' when they flirt with potential mates
20 years of changing seasons on Earth packed into two and half minutes
Everything you ever wanted to know about perovskite, Earth’s most abundant type of mineral—that we almost never see
Science Magazine
Cofounders Cyrus Mehta and Nitin Patel tell the Cytel story
This scientist wants your help tracking mosquitoes—and all you need is a cellphone
Science Magazine
The spliceosome—now available in high definition
Research suggests vertical axis turbines could increase public support for new wind energy installations
FAIMS technology holds potential to be effective screening tool for pancreatic cancer
Volunteers use 3-D imaging to map shipwrecks
Researchers use 3-D printers to turn century-old theory into complex schwarzites