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Facebook beyond Facebook? Instagram, Messenger step up
PHYS.ORG When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, it seemed like a big gamble for an unproven little app. Six years later, that little app—along with Messenger and WhatsApp—are serving as Facebook's safety... 1 hour
Facebook report shows backers of US political ads
PHYS.ORG Facebook on Tuesday released the first of what it promised will be routine reports showing who is behind US political ads seen at the social network or its Instagram service. 1 hour
Trump's 'Space Force' to be built in stages by 2020
PHYS.ORG A new US "Space Force" will soon take shape but will at least initially be a step below the proposed sixth branch of the military envisioned by President... 1 hour
Scientists capture images of antibodies working together against malaria
PHYS.ORG Scientists investigating how the human immune system defends against malaria have uncovered a rare phenomenon: antibodies working together to bind to a vulnerable spot on the parasite. 1 hour
Measuring immigrant integration
PHYS.ORG How well are immigrants integrating in the United States? Are they doing better or worse than in Germany or France? Under what conditions have immigrants most successfully integrated into their host societies? Despite great advances in social science, the answers... 1 hour
Researchers demonstrate 'random, transistor' laser that can be manipulated at nanoscale
PHYS.ORG In the last half-century, laser technology has grown into a multi-billion-dollar global industry and has been used in everything from optical-disk drives and barcode scanners to surgical and... 1 hour
How to mass produce cell-sized robots
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Tiny robots no bigger than a cell could be mass-produced using a new method developed by researchers at MIT. The microscopic devices, which the team calls "syncells" (short for synthetic cells), might eventually be used to... 2 hours
Tsetse fly out of Zimbabwe's hot Zambezi valley
PHYS.ORG The tsetse fly—an insect that transmits trypanosomiasis or sleeping sickness—could soon die out in Zimbabwe's Zambezi Valley due to rising temperatures, a study said Tuesday. 3 hours
Strong Indian monsoons steer Atlantic hurricanes towards land, study finds
PHYS.ORG Strong monsoons in the Indian Ocean can induce easterly winds that push Atlantic Ocean hurricanes westward, increasing the likelihood they'll make landfall in the Americas, according to new... 3 hours
Yahoo to pay $50M, other costs for massive security breach
PHYS.ORG Yahoo has agreed to pay $50 million in damages and provide two years of free credit-monitoring services to about 200 million people in the U.S. and Israel whose... 3 hours
ALMA maps Europa's temperature
PHYS.ORG Jupiter's icy moon Europa has a chaotic surface terrain that is fractured and cracked, suggesting a long-standing history of geologic activity. 3 hours
Sockeye carcasses tossed on shore over two decades spur tree growth
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Hansen Creek, a small stream in southwest Alaska, is hard to pick out on a map. It's just over a mile long and about 4 inches... 3 hours
NASA eyes powerful Hurricane Willa affecting western Mexico
PHYS.ORG NASA's Aqua satellite provided an infrared view of Hurricane Willa as it continued moving toward landfall in western Mexico on Oct. 23. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite provided a visible look at the... 3 hours
Canada to impose carbon tax on provinces bucking climate action
PHYS.ORG Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday his government will impose a federal carbon tax on four out of 10 Canadian provinces that have failed to plan to curb... 3 hours
Motley crews of bacteria cleanse water at huge oceanic Georgia Aquarium exhibit
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Sea creatures need to go to the bathroom, too, and in aquariums, that creates the task of cleaning the water of waste like ammonia,... 4 hours
Walmart makes improvements to third-party marketplace
PHYS.ORG Walmart says it will work with third-party sellers to make millions of items available for free two-day shipping on orders over $35. 4 hours
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite catches Typhoon Yutu strengthening, Guam on alert
PHYS.ORG Tropical Storm Yutu continued strengthening as NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead. On Oct. 23, Yutu was a strengthening typhoon east of Guam. 4 hours
New study scrutinizes time and effort it takes to vote in each state
PHYS.ORG Wide variations among the 50 states when it comes to the ease of casting a ballot are impacting the quality of democracy... 4 hours
Predicting how native plants return to abandoned farm fields
PHYS.ORG Movement is one of the most common processes in all biology—mice forage for food and geese migrate with the seasons. While plants may be rooted in one spot for most... 4 hours
Climate change, rising sea levels a threat to farmers in Bangladesh
PHYS.ORG Rising sea levels driven by climate change make for salty soil, and that is likely to force about 200,000 coastal farmers in Bangladesh inland as glaciers... 4 hours
Bringing Americans together on the issue of affordable housing
PHYS.ORG A lack of affordable housing is linked with many health problems, including asthma, stress and alcoholism. Penn State researchers found that while some Americans may be less aware of this... 4 hours
Invasive species in an ecosystem harm native organisms but aid other invasive species
PHYS.ORG The presence of an invasive species in an ecosystem makes native organisms more susceptible to pollutants and may encourage the spread of... 4 hours
Honey, I shrunk the cell culture
PHYS.ORG From "Fantastic Voyage" to "Despicable Me," shrink rays have been a science-fiction staple on screen. Now chemists at The University of Texas at Austin have developed a real shrink ray that can change the size and... 4 hours
'Mushrooms' and 'brushes' help cancer-fighting nanoparticles survive in the body
PHYS.ORG For a number of innovative and life-saving medical treatments, from organ replacements and skin grafts to cancer therapy and surgery, success often depends on slipping past or fending... 4 hours
Where deep learning meets metamaterials
PHYS.ORG Breakthroughs in the field of nanophotonics—how light behaves on the nanometer scale—have paved the way for the invention of "metamaterials," man-made materials that have enormous applications, from remote nanoscale sensing to energy harvesting and medical diagnostics. But their... 4 hours
Researchers connect the current mix of soil bacteria to climate conditions from 50 years ago
PHYS.ORG Scientists expect climate change influences the geographical distribution of microbes in the soil, but few studies have dug... 4 hours
Hey Portal, Facebook might want to cut the losses now on the video device
PHYS.ORG Imagine the politician who gets caught in a scandal, breaching the public's trust, whether that be of a sexual nature,... 4 hours
Macron urges Apple chief to boost investment in France
PHYS.ORG French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday urged Apple's chief executive Tim Cook to invest more in his country, even as Paris pursues a new EU tax on the revenues of... 6 hours
MoviePass to be jettisoned by parent company
PHYS.ORG MoviePass, the struggling discount movie ticket subscription service, is being spun off by the company that owns it. 6 hours
Politics interferes with the ability to assess expertise
PHYS.ORG Learning about someone's political beliefs interferes with a person's ability to assess expertise, as people judge like-minded peers as being more expert in fields completely unrelated to politics, finds a new UCL-led... 6 hours
Wildlife on the highway to hell: Roadkill in the largest wetland, Pantanal region, Brazil
PHYS.ORG Having systematically monitored wild animals killed on the Brazilian federal highway BR-262, which passes through the Pantanal region, a research... 6 hours
Professional, not personal, familiarity works for virtual teams
PHYS.ORG Knowing that your colleague on a project once owned a business, earned a specialized degree, or is a technology genius can foster improved working partnerships. 6 hours
Adaptive behavior, markets, and what it means for curing cancer
PHYS.ORG MIT Sloan finance professor Andrew Lo is working to solve global issues through his studies of financial markets. He's also applying his research on risk to a problem... 7 hours
E-cigarettes and a new threat—how to dispose of them
PHYS.ORG The two largest global brands of capsule coffee, Nespresso and Keurig, are regarded by many as environmental nightmares. Billions of the throwaway nonrecyclable plastic products currently clutter waste dumps, waterways... 7 hours
'Soil probiotics' promise bigger, healthier crops, but there's a downside
PHYS.ORG More than half the world's plant-derived energy intake comes from just three crops: rice, wheat and maize. These crops, like most land plants, live in an evolutionarily ancient... 7 hours
Is that new doll spying on your kids?
PHYS.ORG VIDEO What if strangers are using one of your child's toys to spy on them? In the new world of connected toys, truth can be spookier than fiction. 7 hours
Apple offers a range of iPhones, from $450 to $1,100
PHYS.ORG Apple's new iPhone XR has most of the features found in the top-of-the-line iPhone XS Max, but not its $1,100 price tag. The XR offers the right trade-offs... 7 hours
Cancer-causing toxicants found in a tributary of South Africa's second largest river
PHYS.ORG A new study has established that sharptooth catfish found in the Klip River which feeds into the Vaal River, South Africa's second largest river,... 7 hours
Requiem or renewal? This is how a tropical city like Darwin can regain its cool
PHYS.ORG On my way to work, I walk across the intersection of Knuckey and Wood streets. Most days a... 7 hours
How can we reduce the environmental cost of cement?
PHYS.ORG Look around you and you will likely see cement in use. That is, unless you are reading this on a mobile device out in an entirely natural landscape – in... 7 hours
Hubble moving closer to normal science operations
PHYS.ORG NASA took great strides last week to press into service a Hubble Space Telescope backup gyroscope (gyro) that was incorrectly returning extremely high rotation rates. The backup gyro was turned on after the spacecraft... 7 hours
More in depth data is required to reveal the true global footprint of fishing
PHYS.ORG There has been a lot of debate recently on the extent of the global fishing footprint. A recent paper claimed... 7 hours
Non-native plants in homeowners' yards endanger wildlife, researchers report
PHYS.ORG Human-dominated landscapes are one of the most rapidly expanding and least-understood ecosystems on Earth. Historically, in urban areas, landowners convert native plant communities into habitats dominated by non-native species. While... 7 hours
Wine's origin might affect acceptable price more than taste study shows
PHYS.ORG Taste might have less to do with what consumers are willing to pay for wine than you think. 7 hours
Electric cars are a hazard for blind people
PHYS.ORG Electric cars are good for the environment – but not for people who cannot see. They have problems detecting the silent vehicles. However, Norwegian research scientists are working on a solution. 7 hours
Testing an undersea robot that can detect and map oil spills
PHYS.ORG In late September 2018, MBARI engineers demonstrated a new use for MBARI's long-range autonomous underwater vehicles (LRAUVs)—detecting and tracking oil spills. Working with the US Coast... 7 hours
Study of tree rings offers more evidence of poleward migration of tropical storms
PHYS.ORG An international team of researchers has found evidence in tree rings that backs up prior research suggesting tropical cyclones (typhoons in the... 7 hours
These kids and young adults want their day in court on climate change
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Humanity must rapidly decrease greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic levels of global warming, climate scientists have warned for decades. But America's... 7 hours
Do mussels reveal the fate of the oceans?
PHYS.ORG More than 10 million tons of plastic debris enter the oceans every year and are found in nearly every oceanic layer. They start out as large floating items and eventually break down... 7 hours
Smartphone app brings atoms and molecules to life like never before
PHYS.ORG A new smartphone app that enables people to see how atoms and molecules move in the world around them in unprecedented detail has been developed by... 7 hours
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