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 2017-09-26 11:11 

LiveScience.com

To Keep AI from 'Eating a Table,' Scientists Make It Read Wikipedia... +

To help AI learn what actions are appropriate for an object, a team of computer scientists had it read all of Wikipedia....

 2017-09-26 11:04 

Phys.org

Large meteorite impacts drove plate-tectonic processes on the early Earth... +

An international study led by researchers at Macquarie University has uncovered the ways in which giant meteorite impacts may have helped to kick-start our planet's global tectonic processes and magnetic field. The study, being published in the premier jo...

 2017-09-26 11:02 

TreeHugger

Beach audit reveals which brands are worst offenders for plastic waste... +

Knowing where trash comes from is the first step in figuring out better, more sustainable solutions....

 2017-09-26 11:00 

Seeker

Pressure in the deep ocean transforms carbon dioxide into hydrates, and a New Zealand-based engineer says dumping CO2 in an deep ocean trench off the coast of Sumatra offers a possible storage site fo... +

Credit: US Geological SurveyA novel but potentially flawed proposal to put carbon dioxide in deep ocean trenches illustrates the thorny challenge of sequestering the greenhouse gas most associated with climate change. Scientists for years have exami...

 2017-09-26 11:00 

Space.com

Look for the Moon, Saturn and Antares in the Sky Tonight... +

If the weather is clear in your area on Tuesday evening (Sept. 26), youll have an opportunity to see what probably are the two "most asked for" objects to look at through a telescope: the moon and Saturn....

 2017-09-26 11:00 

Space.com

Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts May Flash Every Second... +

The mysterious, powerful flashes of light known as fast radio bursts (FRBs) may occur once every second somewhere in the universe, a new study suggests....

 2017-09-26 11:00 

Space.com

Ancient Lake On Mars Was Hospitable Enough To Support Life... +

Mars' Gale Crater, once home to a flowing river and a lake, had the right conditions for life in ancient times, according to a new study looking at three years of data from NASA's Curiosity rover....

 2017-09-26 11:00 

Space.com

Crescent Enceladus: Icy Saturn Moon Shines in Cassini Photo... +

Cassini may be gone, but the spacecraft's gorgeous photos will be with us forever, as a newly released shot of the icy Saturn moon Enceladus shows....

 2017-09-26 11:00 

Scientific American

More Guns Do Not Stop More Crimes, Evidence Shows... +

More firearms do not keep people safe, hard numbers show. Why do so many Americans believe the opposite? ...

 2017-09-26 11:00 

LiveScience.com

Beasts in Battle: 15 Amazing Animal Recruits in War... +

Humans have enlisted animals to help fight their wars since prehistoric times. Here are some of the unwitting animals that have been recruited to fight in both ancient and modern warfare....

 2017-09-26 10:59 

Phys.org

'Bigger is different'the unusual physics of mechanical metamaterials exposed... +

Mechanical metamaterials, which exhibit unusual properties such as shape morphing and programmability, have been found to display further surprising features. When the materials are a step in size larger, new rules seem to apply. This was discovered by re...

 2017-09-26 10:59 

Phys.org

Engineers create atomically thin superlattice materials with precision... +

Control is a constant challenge for materials scientists, who are always seeking the perfect materialand the perfect way of treating itto induce exactly the right electronic or optical activity required for a given application....

 2017-09-26 10:56 

Phys.org

3-D analysis offers new info on Martian climate change, age of polar caps... +

Three-dimensional (3-D) subsurface radar volumes generated from thousands of 2-D radar profiles are revealing new information about the polar regions of Mars, including more accurate mapping of CO2 and water ices, the discovery of buried impact craters, a...

 2017-09-26 10:55 

Phys.org

The material that obscures supermassive black holes... +

Cristina Ramos Almeida, researcher at the IAC, and Claudio Ricci, from the Institute of Astronomy of the Universidad Catlica de Chile, have published a review in Nature Astronomy on the material that obscures active galactic nuclei obtained from infrared ...

 2017-09-26 10:53 

LiveScience.com

4,000-Year-Old Jar of Headless Toads Discovered in Jerusalem Burial... +

Archaeologists have discovered a 4,000-year-old burial in Jerusalem and inside they found a jar full of the remains of decapitated toads....

 2017-09-26 10:52 

LiveScience.com

Photos: A Bronze Age Burial with Headless Toads... +

Archaeologists found more than 60 ancient graves in a Bronze Age cemetery in Jerusalem. In one they found a jar full of the remains of decapitated toads....

 2017-09-26 10:45 

Scientific American

The Last Woman to Win a Physics Nobel... +

It’s been more than 50 years since there was a female winner. We look back at the life and legacy of Maria Goeppert Mayer, the winner in 1963 ...

 2017-09-26 10:38 

livemint

Now, log into your computer with a heart scan... +

Scientists have developed a new computer security system that lets you log in with a heart scanusing the dimensions of the organ as a unique identifier...

 2017-09-26 10:25 

livemint

Elon Musks plan to girdle Earth with satellites hits turbulence... +

Experts say SpaceX will have to restrict the power of its satellites signals in some cases, and possibly limit the frequencies, making it very difficult to provide an economically viable service outside the US...

 2017-09-26 10:24 

Phys.org

Bacterial nanosized speargun works like a power drill... +

In order to get rid of unpleasant competitors, some bacteria use a nanosized speargun. Researchers at the University of Basel's Biozentrum have gained new insights into the construction, mode of action and recycling of this weapon. As they report in the j...

 2017-09-26 10:09 

TreeHugger

Electric car charging stations are getting bigger... +

Electric car charging locations have proliferated in recent years. Now they're expanding in terms of capacity too....

 2017-09-26 10:00 

Phys.org

Geologists study the drying up of the Mediterranean Sea 5.96 million years ago... +

We already know that climate change influences such Earth processes as erosion and fluctuations in sea levels. But do surface processes in turn have an influence on volcanic activity? This was the question raised by geologists from the University of Genev...

 2017-09-26 09:49 

Phys.org

The fastest light-driven current source... +

Controlling electronic current is essential to modern electronics, as data and signals are transferred by streams of electrons controlled at high speed. Demands on transmission speeds are also increasing as technology develops. Physicists at Friedrich-Ale...

 2017-09-26 07:00 

Nautilus

What to Savor about the Discovery of Gravity Waves - Facts So Romantic... +

What will come with the ability to detect gravitational waves? Nergis Mavalvala cant wait to find out.Image by LLacertae / FlickrYou may have once startled a duck or two after tossing a rock into a pond to watch the water ripple. But imagine watching ripp...

 2017-09-26 06:01 

BBC

Botanic gardens 'best hope' for saving endangered plants... +

The world's botanic gardens contain a third of all known plants and help protect 40% of endangered ones....

 2017-09-26 05:28 

The Conversation AU

Don't be distracted by an SMS in the same-sex marriage survey debate... +

Ding, another text message this time not from a friend or work, but from the marriage equality campaign. An SSM SMS. A personal copy of the same sex marriage SMS received and screen captured. Graeme Orr, Author provided ...

 2017-09-26 04:19 

BBC

Australia joins space radar mission... +

Australia is to be the third launch partner on the UK's innovative new small radar satellite, NovaSAR....

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Larger-dose opioid prescriptions not coming from emergency departments, study shows... +

Opioid prescriptions from the emergency department (ED) are written for a shorter duration and smaller dose than those written elsewhere, shows new research led by Mayo Clinic. The study, published today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, also demonstra...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

How forest fires spoil wine... +

If wine is cultivated where forest fires occur more often, such as in Australia or Italy, aromas that make the alcoholic drink unpalatable can develop in the finished product. Until now, it wasn't known why this is so and what happens at the molecular lev...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Discovering potential therapeutic protein inhibitors for Chagas disease... +

Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Nagasaki University have identified four potential protein inhibitors and unlocked drug discovery strategies for the treatment of Chagas disease by using advanced three-dimensional computer simulat...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Patients who get opioids in the ER are less likely to use them long-term... +

Compared to other medical settings, emergency patients who are prescribed opioids for the first time in the emergency department are less likely to become long-term users and more likely to be prescribed these powerful painkillers in accordance with The C...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Weight loss for adults at any age leads to cost savings, study suggests... +

Helping an adult lose weight leads to significant cost savings at any age, with those savings peaking at age 50, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study....

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Serum Institute's vaccine demonstrates significant efficacy against severe rotavirus... +

Results from a Phase 3 efficacy study in India of the Serum Institute of India Pvt. Ltd.'s rotavirus vaccine BRV-PV (known as ROTASIIL) were published in the journal Vaccine. The study showed the vaccine to be safe, well tolerated, and to provide signific...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

New study analyzes causes of 2010 landslide in Saint-Jude, Quebec... +

New study discusses triggers of the Saint-Jude landslide in Quebec that occurred in nearly 10,000-year-old sensitive clay sediment that 'liquefies' when disturbed....

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Influence of C-section, formula feeding and antibiotics on infant gut microbiome... +

Researchers characterize the combined influence of cesarean delivery, antibiotic treatment, and formula feeding on the development of gut microbiota in infants....

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Pigeons better at multitasking than humans... +

Pigeons are capable of switching between two tasks as quickly as humans -- and even more quickly in certain situations. These are the findings of biopsychologists who had performed the same behavioral experiments to test birds and humans. The authors hypo...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

A new role for insulin as a vital factor in maintaining stem cells... +

When large amounts of insulin are around, stem cells retain their ability to make all the cell types in the body. However, too little insulin leads to embryonic stem cells being transformed into a new type of stem cell, one that can make tissues that supp...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

A little tension yields enormous solar crystals... +

New evidence of surface-initiated crystallization may improve the efficiency of printable photovoltaic materials....

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Drought -- a cause of riots... +

UNIGE, in partnership with the universities of Heidelberg and Lucerne, has verified the possibility of a relationship between periods of drought and rioting. The researchers observed a systematic link between the sudden depletion of water resources and th...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Scientists recalibrate the traditional Chinese Solar Terms with big meteorological data... +

The 24 Solar Terms (24-STs) is one of the most popular elements in Chinese culture invented by their ancestors some 3,000 years ago. Researchers have recalibrated the two medically related critical timings of Great Heat and Great Cold in the classic 24-ST...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Discovery: Bernie Sanders spider... +

Students and a scientist at the University of Vermont have discovered 15 new species of 'smiley-faced' spiders -- and named them after, among others, David Attenborough, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders....

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

General practitioners' home visit habits determine where patients die... +

The more a general practitioner prioritizes home visits to patients in general, the greater the likelihood that the doctor's most ill patients will die at home. This is shown by a new study of the role played by the general practitioner for terminally ill...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Artificial intelligence for obtaining chemical fingerprints... +

Researchers at the universities of Vienna and Gttingen have succeeded in developing a method for predicting molecular infrared spectra based on artificial intelligence. These chemical 'fingerprints' could only be simulated by common prediction techniques ...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Understanding football violence could help the fight against terror... +

Football has long been tarnished by outbreaks of fan violence. Although media headlines often link the behavior to 'hooliganism,' the activity could stem from potentially more positive motivations, such as passionate commitment to the group and the desire...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Even open-label placebos work -- if they are explained... +

For some medical complaints, open-label placebos work just as well as deceptive ones. As psychologists from the University of Basel and Harvard Medical School report in the journal Pain, the accompanying rationale plays an important role when administerin...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Researchers identify novel way to target Ebola... +

Researchers have identified a potential new way to attack Ebola. Scientists have discovered that a protein called Tim-1 (T-cell immunoglobulin and mucin domain-containing protein 1) plays a key role in the development of the cytokine storm seen in the las...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Bacterial outer membrane vesicles: An emerging tool in vaccine development... +

Outer membrane vesicles, biological nanoparticles shed during normal growth by bacteria, have seen significant recent advances in engineering and are thus finding new utility as therapeutic and drug delivery agents. One specific research focus explored re...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

The drying of peatlands is reducing bird diversity... +

A recent international study indicates that the populations of peatland birds in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia and Latvia have decreased by a third during the past three decades. The situation in Finland is the most dire, and the species in most troubl...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

Novel route to polyamide 6: Catalytic oxidation of cyclohexane with ferrocene in ionic liquid medium... +

Polyamide (PA) 6 is widely used in several industries and therefore economically very important. In its current industrial production process, first KA oil (a mixture of cyclohexanol and cyclohexanone) is obtained from cyclohexane ineffective oxidation (c...

 2017-09-26 04:00 

EurekAlert

The connection between nitrogen utilization and groundwater quality is clear... +

A new study based on 70 years of monitoring data highlights the importance of a consistent national groundwater monitoring program and the need for development of future effective nitrogen mitigation measures in intensive agriculture worldwide in order to...

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