UN chief's call to 'save the Pacific to save the world'  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said it was vital "to save the Pacific to save the world" as he wrapped up his brief South Pacific tour in... more
After the Moon, people on Mars by 2033... or 2060  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
On December 11, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed a directive ordering NASA to prepare to return astronauts to the Moon "followed by human missions to Mars and... more
Life goes on under cloud of smog in Mexico City  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Scientists say breathing the heavily polluted air in Mexico City these days is like smoking somewhere between a quarter- and a half-pack of cigarettes a day. more
As bitcoin gyrates, less euphoria in evidence at blockchain gathering  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The vibe at a gathering this week for blockchain enthusiasts felt decidedly less exuberant than its predecessor a year ago after dizzying swings in bitcoin. more
Nanoscale sculpturing leads to unusual packing of nanocubes  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
From the ancient pyramids to modern buildings, various three-dimensional (3-D) structures have been formed by packing shaped objects together. At the macroscale, the shape of objects is fixed and thus dictates how... more
EU adopts powers to respond to cyberattacks  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The European Union on Friday adopted powers to punish those outside the bloc who launch cyberattacks that cripple hospitals and banks, sway elections and steal company secrets or funds. more
Machine learning speeds modeling of experiments aimed at capturing fusion energy on Earth  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Machine learning (ML), a form of artificial intelligence that recognizes faces, understands language and navigates self-driving cars, can help bring to Earth... more
Polymers jump through hoops on pathway to sustainable materials  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Recyclable plastics that contain ring-shaped polymers may be a key to developing sustainable synthetic materials. Despite some promising advances, researchers said, a full understanding of how to processes ring polymers... more
Dangerous pathogens use this sophisticated machinery to infect hosts  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Gastric cancer, Q fever, Legionnaires' disease, whooping cough—though the infectious bacteria that cause these dangerous diseases are each different, they all utilize the same molecular machinery to infect human cells.... more
Metals influence C-peptide hormone related to insulin  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Metals such as zinc, copper and chromium bind to and influence a peptide involved in insulin production, according to new work from chemists at the University of California, Davis. The research is part of... more
Manipulating atoms one at a time with an electron beam  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The ultimate degree of control for engineering would be the ability to create and manipulate materials at the most basic level, fabricating devices atom by atom with precise... more
HP Enterprise buying supercomputer star Cray  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) on Friday announced a $1.3 billion deal to buy supercomputer maker Cray, part of a move to expand into data analysis from connected devices . more
Dirty data: Firms count environmental costs of digital planet  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Technology is often touted as a solution to the world's environmental challenges, but it is also part of the problem: industry executives are facing rising pressure to clean up their... more
Fuel subsidies defy green trend amid rising climate alarm  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Even as warnings of climate catastrophe and calls for greener economies grow ever louder, the world is still spending hundreds of billions of dollars every year to subsidise the fossil... more
Facebook breakup could boost China rivals: Sandberg  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg said Friday a breakup of big US technology would not address "underlying issues" facing the sector and suggested that such a move could help rivals in China. more
Lunar South Pole Atlas—a new online reference for mission planners  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI), managed by Universities Space Research Association (USRA), has compiled and made available an atlas of the Moon's south pole. Given NASA's recent direction... more
Ultra-clean fabrication platform produces nearly ideal 2-D transistors  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Semiconductors, which are the basic building blocks of transistors, microprocessors, lasers, and LEDs, have driven advances in computing, memory, communications, and lighting technologies since the mid-20th century. Recently discovered two-dimensional materials, which... more
Earliest evidence of the cooking and eating of starch  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New discoveries made at the Klasies River Cave in South Africa's southern Cape, where charred food remains from hearths were found, provide the first archaeological evidence that anatomically modern humans... more
Researchers unravel mechanisms that control cell size  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Working with bacteria, a multidisciplinary team at the University of California San Diego has provided new insight into a longstanding question in science: What are the underlying mechanisms that control the size of cells? more
Researchers develop novel framework for tracking developments in optical sensors  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Plasmonics and photonics have been drawing attention in both academia and industry due to their use in an extensive range of applications, one of which includes optical sensing.... more
Ernst Haeckel: Pioneer of modern science  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
"By ecology, we understand the whole science of the organism's relationship with the surrounding outside world, which includes in a broader sense all 'existential conditions'. These are partly organic and partly inorganic in nature; both the... more
Museum volunteers discover new species of extinct heron at North Florida fossil site  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
When the bones of an ancient heron were unearthed at a North Florida fossil site, the find wasn't made by researchers but... more
Human capital benefits of military boost economy by billions  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A recent study from North Carolina State University finds that U.S. government spending on military personnel has a positive impact on the nation's human capital—essentially improving the American workforce. Using... more
Healthcare, social media and a web of moral issues  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
"Ethics asks what we owe to one another and how we should treat one another. The internet has changed the landscape in which we, as humans, relate, and ethicists need... more
NIST team demonstrates heart of next-generation chip-scale atomic clock  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and partners have demonstrated an experimental, next-generation atomic clock—ticking at high "optical" frequencies—that is much smaller than usual, made of... more
New computer program can help crack precision medicine  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers from ANU have helped develop a new computer program to find out a person's genetic make-up, bringing us a step closer to an era of precision medicine. more
Mission control 'saves science'  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Every minute, ESA's Earth observation satellites gather dozens of gigabytes of data about our planet—enough information to fill the pages on a 100-metre long bookshelf. Flying in low-Earth orbits, these spacecraft are continuously taking the pulse of our planet, but... more
Earthquake in 2009 intensified American Samoa's rising sea levels  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The 2009, magnitude-8.1 Samoa earthquake dealt a great deal of damage to the Samoan Islands: Tsunami waves as high as 14 meters (46 feet) wiped out multiple villages, claiming nearly... more
Extraordinarily transparent compact metallic metamaterials  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
In materials science, achromatic optical components can be designed with high transparency and low dispersion. Materials scientists have shown that although metals are highly opaque, densely packed arrays of metallic nanoparticles with more than 75 percent metal by... more
Making the best of sparse information  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
New findings reported by LMU researchers challenge a generally accepted model of echolocation in bats. They demonstrate that bats require far less spatial information than previously thought to navigate effectively. more
'Brand Me' presentations increase students' confidence and enhance their employability  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The University of Portsmouth is helping its students build a strong personal brand to increase their confidence and enhance their employability. more
Changes in subsistence hunting threaten local food security  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Scientists with the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and WCS Ecuador Program publishing in the journal BioTropica say that subsistence hunting in Neotropical rain forests—the mainstay of local people as a source... more
What's behind the belief in a soulmate?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The United States appears to be in a romantic slump. Marriage rates have plummeted over the last decade. And compared to previous generations, young single people today are perhaps spending more time on social... more
Alibaba faces consumer complaints in Europe  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Six European consumer rights associations said Friday they have asked national authorities to look into illegal practices by firms using the AliExpress site of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. more
China creates app to recognize Pandas  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
China has developed an app that allows conservationists to identify individual pandas using facial recognition technology, state-run Xinhua news agency reported Friday. more
Germany green-lights e-scooters on roads, not pavements  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Germany on Friday authorised battery-powered scooters on its streets and cycle paths but banned them from pavements to protect pedestrians as the two-wheeled craze continues to spread across Europe. more
Ocean twilight zone scientists tackle the challenge of bringing light into darkness  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Oceanographers studying creatures in the ocean twilight zone are facing an optical dilemma. They need to observe the fish in order to study them,... more
Engineered microbial production of grape flavoring  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Researchers report a microbial method for producing an artificial grape flavor. Methyl anthranilate (MANT) is a common grape flavoring and odorant compound currently produced through a petroleum-based process that uses large volumes of toxic acid catalysts. more
Why decarbonizing marine transportation might not be smooth sailing  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
About 60,000 merchant ships sail the world's oceans, including container ships, oil tankers and dry bulk carriers loaded with everything from grain to coal. Most operate on carbon-rich fuels such... more
Scientists find 'molecular destruction code' for enzyme involved in cholesterol production  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A team of UNSW scientists at the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences led by Professor Andrew Brown have shown how a key enzyme that contributes... more
Development of a displacement sensor to measure gravity of smallest source mass ever  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
One of the most unknown phenomena in modern physics is gravity. Its measurement and laws remain somewhat of an enigma. Researchers at... more
Selective application of contraceptives may be most effective pest control  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Since the mid-20th century, the global human population has grown from 2.5 billion to 7.7 billion, according to the most recent United Nations estimate. Much of this growth... more
Wild wheat relative genes to aid in battle against trio of pests  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Wheat curl mite, greenbug and Hessian fly have long been troublemaker pests for Texas wheat, but a team of Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists... more
Laser of sound promises to measure extremely tiny phenomena  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Most people are familiar with optical lasers through their experience with laser pointers. But what about a laser made from sound waves? more
Hydropower dams can harm coastal areas far downstream  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Thousands of hydroelectric dams are under construction around the world, mainly in developing countries. These enormous structures are one of the world's largest sources of renewable energy, but they also cause environmental... more
Why is the Pentagon interested in UFOs?  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
U.S. Navy pilots and sailors won't be considered crazy for reporting unidentified flying objects, under new rules meant to encourage them to keep track of what they see. Yet just a few years ago,... more
Climate a driver of language diversity  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
A region's climate has a greater impact than landscape on how many languages are spoken there, new research from The Australian National University (ANU) shows. more
How Japan's renewables-powered Olympics could kick off a global race for clean energy  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Japan is aiming to host the first Olympic Games powered solely by renewable sources. If successful, this could help the country carve... more
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