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 2017-06-26 20:30 

Phys.org

California's giant water tunnels win first crucial approval... +

U.S. wildlife officials gave crucial first approval Monday to California Gov. Jerry Brown's decades-old ambitions to build two massive tunnels that would re-engineer the water system in the nation's most populous state....

 2017-06-26 20:22 

Phys.org

French PM says ban on 'bee-killer' pesticide will go ahead... +

French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe weighed in on a row between his environment and agriculture ministers on Monday to rule that a pesticide found harmful to bees would be banned in 2018 as scheduled....

 2017-06-26 20:21 

Phys.org

US mayors back plan for cities to use only renewable energy... +

A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for U.S. cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades....

 2017-06-26 20:21 

Phys.org

Greenland now a major driver of rising seas: study... +

Ocean levels rose 50 percent faster in 2014 than in 1993, with meltwater from the Greenland ice sheet now supplying 25 percent of total sea level increase compared with just five percent 20 years earlier, researchers reported Monday....

 2017-06-26 20:19 

Phys.org

Alaska Air offers charter flight for solar eclipse viewing... +

Alaska Airlines said Monday it will charter a flight over the Pacific Ocean this Aug. 21 so select passengers can view the astronomical event from the sky....

 2017-06-26 20:18 

Phys.org

Facebook to produce own TV series, games... +

Facebook is starting production on high-quality television series and gaming shows to be broadcast on its platform, one of the social media giant's executives said on Monday....

 2017-06-26 20:15 

Phys.org

Belief in free will predicts criminal punishment support, disapproval of unethical actions... +

In countries with transparent governments and low levels of corruption, the belief in free willthat is, believing that people's outcomes are tied to choices and personal responsibilitypredicts someone's intolerance of unethical behavior along with a great...

 2017-06-26 20:14 

Phys.org

Chimpanzee 'super strength' and what it might mean in human muscle evolution... +

Since at least the 1920s, anecdotes and some studies have suggested that chimpanzees are "super strong" compared to humans, implying that their muscle fibers, the cells that make up muscles, are superior to humans....

 2017-06-26 20:07 

Phys.org

Team creates better 'fingerprints' to detect elusive, valuable chemical compounds... +

Imagine being able to see the entire Statue of Liberty and a small ant on its nose simultaneously. The drastic difference in size between the two objects would seem to render this task impossible....

 2017-06-26 20:05 

Phys.org

Scientists create a cellular guillotine for studying single-cell wound repair... +

While doing research at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory in Massachusetts, Sindy Tang learned of a remarkable organism: Stentor coeruleus. It's a single-celled, free-living freshwater organism, shaped like a trumpet and big enough to see with t...

 2017-06-26 20:00 

Nature

Intuition harnessed in the name of particle packing... +

From avalanches to pharmaceuticals, the physics of powders relies on a much-maligned talent....

 2017-06-26 20:00 

Nature

Scientists in limbo as US Supreme Court allows modified travel ban... +

Justices overturn lower court rulings on policy targeting people from six majority-Muslim countries....

 2017-06-26 19:57 

ScienceDaily.com

Brains evolved to need exercise... +

Mounting scientific evidence shows that exercise is good not only for our bodies, but for our brains. Yet, exactly why physical activity benefits the brain is not well understood. Researchers suggest that the link between exercise and the brain is a produ...

 2017-06-26 19:57 

Phys.org

A little place for my stuff: How big bacteria can grow depends on how much fat they can make... +

In his classic comedy routine, "A Place for your Stuff," George Carlin argues that the whole point of life is to find an appropriately sized space for the things you own. What holds for people is also true for bacteria....

 2017-06-26 19:56 

Phys.org

Novel platform uses nanoparticles to detect peanut allergies... +

Researchers have developed a novel platform to more accurately detect and identify the presence and severity of peanut allergies, without directly exposing patients to the allergen, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports....

 2017-06-26 19:55 

Phys.org

Glycans as biomarkers for cancer?... +

Glycosylated proteins are often overexpressed in tumor cells and thus could serve as tumor markers, especially those with the interesting molecule sialic acid as their sugar moiety. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, American scientists now report on a bio...

 2017-06-26 19:29 

Universe Today

No, NASA (Still) Has Not Discovered Proof of Alien Life... +

It seems that every few months or so, breathless claims surface on the internet that NASA is about to make an Earth-shattering announcement about aliens or UFOs or killer asteroids or some other sensational assertion. Or better yet, NASA is hiding t...

 2017-06-26 19:15 

Scientific American

Scientists in Limbo as US Supreme Court Allows Modified Travel Ban... +

Justices overturn lower court rulings on policy targeting people from six majority-Muslim countries ...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Researchers demonstrate how some genes evolved from an immune function to an olfactory role in some mammals... +

Mammals possess several lines of defense against microbes. One of them is activated when receptors called Fprs, which are present on immune cells, bind to specific molecules that are linked to pathogens. Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Sw...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Formation of artificial cells with a skeletal support reinforcement to withstand application realized... +

A research group of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University and Tohoku University have successfully developed an artificial cytoskeletal structure for cell models (liposomes or artificial cells) using...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

How AI helped auction off $19 billion worth of radio spectrum... +

Mobile phone carriers scooped up airwaves no longer needed by television broadcasters last March in a $19-billion auction designed by UBC and Stanford University researchers....

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Study finds way to pack more data in single acoustic beam for underwater communications... +

A new strategy for sending acoustic waves through water could potentially open up the world of high-speed communications activities underwater, including scuba diving, remote ocean monitoring, and deep-sea exploration....

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Could humans ever regenerate a heart? A new study suggests the answer is 'yes'... +

When Mark Martindale decided to trace the evolutionary origin of muscle cells, like the ones that form our hearts, he looked in an unlikely place: the genes of animals without hearts or muscles....

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

New class of 'soft' semiconductors could transform HD displays... +

A new type of semiconductor may be coming to a high-definition display near you. Scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have shown that a class of semiconductor called halide perovskites is capable of...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Water exists as two different liquids... +

We normally consider liquid water as disordered with the molecules rearranging on a short time scale around some average structure. Now, however, scientists at Stockholm University have discovered two phases of the liquid with large differences in structu...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Animals, not drought, shaped our ancestors' environment... +

The shores of Lake Turkana, in Kenya, are dry and inhospitable, with grasses as the dominant plant type. It hasn't always been that way. Over the last four million years, the Omo-Turkana basin has seen a range of climates and ecosystems, and has also seen...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Microbe mystery solved: What happened to the Deepwater Horizon oil plume... +

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is one of the most studied spills in history, yet scientists haven't agreed on the role of microbes in eating up the oil. Now a research team at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley Nat...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Messages with moral-emotional words are more likely to go viral on social media... +

Tweets about political topics that include moral and emotional language are more likely to spread within the ideological networks of the sender, a team of researchers has found. Its study, which examined Twitter messages related to gun control, climate ch...

 2017-06-26 19:00 

Phys.org

Curtain system creates soundproofed office spaces in open floor plans... +

Anyone who has worked in an office with an open floor plan becomes aware of a major downside of these otherwise collaborative spaces: It is impossible to hold confidential meetings with colleaguesor even make a personal phone call to schedule a dentist ap...

 2017-06-26 18:09 

TreeHugger

Loch sunglasses are made of 500-year-old timbers from the Great Lakes... +

This Canadian eyewear company is showcasing sustainable fashion as its best....

 2017-06-26 18:00 

Scientific American

Liquid Fuels from Sunshine... +

Artificial-leaf technology converts carbon dioxide to fuels and more ...

 2017-06-26 17:58 

Astrobiology Magazine

Topsy-Turvy Motion Creates Light Switch Effect at Uranus... +

Unlike Earth, this icy planets magnetosphere opens and closes every day....

 2017-06-26 17:57 

ScienceDaily.com

Air pollution casts shadow over solar energy production... +

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. The first study of its kind shows airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells is cutting energy output by more than 25 percent in certain parts of the world. ...

 2017-06-26 17:22 

New Scientist

SpaceX has launched and landed two used rockets in one weekend... +

On 23 and 25 June, SpaceX launched two Falcon 9 rockets using boosters that had already been to space, the second and third time SpaceX has flown used boosters...

 2017-06-26 17:19 

TreeHugger

Rising from the ruins of war, Neues Museum in Berlin mixes old and new... +

David Chipperfield turned a pile of rubble into a masterpiece of renovation and rehabilitation....

 2017-06-26 17:18 

ScienceDaily.com

2-D material's traits could send electronics R&D spinning in new directions... +

Researchers created an atomically thin material and used X-rays to measure its exotic and durable properties that make it a promising candidate for a budding branch of electronics known as 'spintronics.'...

 2017-06-26 17:01 

Phys.org

Ten million tonnes of fish wasted every year despite declining fish stocks... +

Industrial fishing fleets dump nearly 10 million tonnes of good fish back into the ocean every year, according to new research....

 2017-06-26 17:00 

Phys.org

Spain firefighters gain upper hand over blaze near nature reserve... +

Spanish firefighters on Monday beat back a wildfire which threatens a renowned national park that is home to endangered species and has forced the evacuation of over 2,000 people from homes, campsites and hotels....

 2017-06-26 16:59 

Phys.org

Subway digging uncovers 'Pompeii-like scene' in Rome... +

Digging for Rome's new subway has unearthed the charred ruins of a 3rd century building and the 1,800-year-old skeleton of a dog that apparently perished in a fire....

 2017-06-26 16:58 

Phys.org

Report reveals improvements and persistent inequities in college access and success in NYC... +

A new report from the Research Alliance for New York City Schools provides an in-depth look at high school students' pathways into and through college, revealing large improvements in college access, but also highlighting persistent differences in outcome...

 2017-06-26 16:54 

Space.com

This Isn't the 1st Eclipse to Occur on Aug. 21, and It Won't Be the Last... +

Significant eclipses throughout history have taken place on Aug. 21, just like the total solar eclipse that will cross the U.S. this summer....

 2017-06-26 16:50 

LiveScience.com

Bread's Done! This Company Wants to Help Astronauts Bake in Space... +

A team of engineers and scientists may have just found a way for astronauts to enjoy fresh bread in space....

 2017-06-26 16:48 

Phys.org

New method to rapidly map the 'social networks' of proteins... +

Salk scientists have developed a new high-throughput technique to determine which proteins in a cell interact with each other. Mapping this network of interactions, or "interactome," has been slow going in the past because the number of interactions that ...

 2017-06-26 16:47 

Phys.org

Predicting future outcomes in the natural world... +

When pesticides and intentional fires fail to eradicate an invasive plant species, declaring biological war may be the best option....

 2017-06-26 16:46 

ScienceDaily.com

Microscope can scan tumors during surgery and examine cancer biopsies in 3-D... +

A new microscope could provide accurate real-time results during cancer-removal surgeries, potentially eliminating the 20 to 40 percent of women who have to undergo multiple lumpectomy surgeries because cancerous breast tissue is missed the first time aro...

 2017-06-26 16:46 

Phys.org

Scientists study changes in the biodiversity of California's sandy beaches... +

And to think it was all right there in her garage. A load of boxes pulled from biologist Dale Straughan's home yielded a veritable treasure trove for UC Santa Barbara researchers studying the impact of climate change on coastal biodiversity in California....

 2017-06-26 16:46 

ScienceDaily.com

Cloning thousands of genes for massive protein libraries... +

Discovering the function of a gene requires cloning a DNA sequence and expressing it. Until now, this was performed on a one-gene-at-a-time basis, causing a bottleneck. Scientists have invented a technology to clone thousands of genes simultaneously and c...

 2017-06-26 16:45 

ScienceDaily.com

Peanut family secret for making chemical building blocks revealed... +

The peanut and its kin -- legumes -- have not one, but two ways to make the amino acid tyrosine. That might seem small, but why this plant family has a unique way to make such an important chemical building block is a mystery that extends back to the 1960...

 2017-06-26 16:45 

ScienceDaily.com

Biodiversity loss from deep-sea mining will be unavoidable... +

Biodiversity losses from deep-sea mining are unavoidable and possibly irrevocable, an international team of scientists, economists and lawyers argue. They say the International Seabed Authority, which is responsible for regulating undersea mining in areas...

 2017-06-26 16:45 

ScienceDaily.com

Vinegar: A cheap and simple way to help plants fight drought... +

Researchers have discovered a new, yet simple, way to increase drought tolerance in a wide range of plants. The study reports a newly discovered biological pathway that is activated in times of drought. By working out the details of this pathway, scientis...

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