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Some female termites can reproduce without males
PHYS.ORG Populations of the termite species Glyptotermes nakajimai can form successful, reproducing colonies in absence of males, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Biology. 2 hours
Ford executive says may boost production in China to avoid tariffs
PHYS.ORG Ford is looking at speeding up plans to build more Lincoln models in Chinese plants amid the growing trade war with the United States that has... 2 hours
Judge restores protections for grizzly bears, blocking hunts
PHYS.ORG A U.S. judge has restored federal protections to grizzly bears in the Northern Rocky Mountains and blocked the first hunts planned for the animals in the Lower 48 states in almost three... 2 hours
ICoast eyes better online access with satellite broadband
PHYS.ORG Abu Dhabi's Yahsat on Monday launched its satellite broadband service in Ivory Coast in a bid to boost internet access in this west African nation where only 27 percent of the population... 2 hours
DNA tests bring together French son of GI and US half-brother
PHYS.ORG A Frenchman who spent his whole adult life searching for his American father, a soldier who fought in Europe during World War Two, said he was... 2 hours
Leaders back climate change urgency in New York
PHYS.ORG Heads of state and government on Monday kicked off "Climate Week," held every year on the margins of the UN General Assembly, by urging world leaders to act urgently to reduce global... 2 hours
Photosynthesis discovery could help next-gen biotechnologies
PHYS.ORG Researchers from The University of Queensland (UQ) and the University of Münster (WWU) have purified and visualized the 'Cyclic Electron Flow' (CEF) supercomplex, a critical part of the photosynthetic machinery in all plants, in a discovery... 2 hours
California urges Trump to drop plan for weaker fuel standard
PHYS.ORG California officials demanded Monday that the Trump administration back off a plan to weaken national fuel economy standards aimed at reducing car emissions and saving people money at... 2 hours
How fruits got their eye-catching colors
PHYS.ORG Red plums. Green melons. Purple figs. Ripe fruits come in an array of greens, yellows, oranges, browns, reds and purples. Scientists say they have new evidence that plants owe their rainbow of fruit colors to the... 2 hours
What Brexit could mean for your ferret
PHYS.ORG Britain laid out Monday the potential impact of Brexit for ferrets in case no deal is reached with the EU, along with warnings on air travel, freight transport and copyrights. 2 hours
Astronomers use Earth's natural history as guide to spot vegetation on new worlds
PHYS.ORG By looking at Earth's full natural history and evolution, astronomers may have found a template for vegetation fingerprints—borrowing from epochs of changing... 2 hours
Parasite makes quick exit when researchers remove the handbrake
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Melbourne researchers have discovered a way to halt the invasion of the toxoplasmosis-causing parasite into cells, depriving the parasite of a key factor necessary for its growth. 2 hours
Renewed project could protect environment for millennia
PHYS.ORG A team that has included more than 85 researchers from three South Carolina universities is receiving $2 million to continue investigating how buried nuclear waste would react with soil and groundwater if it were... 2 hours
Team finds Wigner crystal—not Mott insulator—in 'magic-angle' graphene
PHYS.ORG Recently, a team of scientists led by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) created a huge stir in the field of condensed matter physics when they showed that two... 2 hours
How will climate change stress the power grid? Hint: Look at dew point temperatures
PHYS.ORG A new study suggests the power industry is underestimating how climate change could affect the long-term demand for electricity in... 2 hours
Satellite sees short-lived Tropical Cyclone Kirk
PHYS.ORG Tropical Storm Kirk formed on Saturday, Sept. 22. By Monday, Sept. 24, Kirk lacked the closed circulation that is a prerequisite for tropical cyclone status. The NOAA-20 satellite provided a visible image of the storm at... 2 hours
'Ground coffee' with soil perks in Brazil
PHYS.ORG Coffee is one of Brazil's biggest crops. Brazil's favorable climate helps coffee beans ripen and be ready for picking during a concentrated period of weeks. This makes mechanical harvesting an economically reasonable choice. 2 hours
North Korea's 2017 bomb test set off later earthquakes, new analysis finds
PHYS.ORG Using newly refined analysis methods, scientists have discovered that a North Korean nuclear bomb test last fall set off aftershocks over a period of... 2 hours
Scientists search for coral's new home
PHYS.ORG Coral reefs have long faced problems like overfishing, global warming and pollution—but they're also threatened by how slow they regenerate. 3 hours
NASA's Terra Satellite finds Subtropical Storm Leslie drifting in Central Atlantic
PHYS.ORG NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Subtropical Storm Leslie as it was meandering around the North Central Atlantic Ocean on Sept. 24, 2018. 3 hours
Violence in pre-Columbian Panama exaggerated, new study shows
PHYS.ORG Buried alive. Butchered. Decapitated. Hacked. Mutilated. Killed. Archaeologist Samuel K. Lothrop did not obfuscate when describing what he thought had happened to the 220 bodies his expedition excavated from Panama's Playa Venado... 3 hours
NASA's Terra Satellite glares at the 37-mile wide eye of Super Typhoon Trami
PHYS.ORG NASA's Terra satellite provided a visible image of Super Typhoon Trami as it continued moving in a northwesterly direction in the Northwestern... 3 hours
Drivers for Uber, Lyft see incomes fall as participation jumps
PHYS.ORG Drivers for Uber, Lyft and other US ridesharing services have seen their incomes fall by half in recent years as more people get behind the wheel, according to... 3 hours
Study finds US ranks 27th among nations investing in education, health care
PHYS.ORG The United States ranks 27th in the world for its investments in education and health care as measurements of its commitment to economic growth,... 3 hours
Cryo-EM reveals structure of protein responsible for regulating body temperature
PHYS.ORG A team led by Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) scientists has revealed for the first time the atomic-level structure of TRPM2, a protein that may be a promising... 3 hours
Fake Apple products: Here's how to avoid being fooled—and endangered—by counterfeits
PHYS.ORG Counterfeit Apple power adapters and charging cables may look like the real thing, but they have differences that can cause injuries to you or damage your... 4 hours
New earthquake risk model could better inform disaster planning
PHYS.ORG Researchers have developed a new way to model seismic risk, which they hope will better inform disaster risk reduction planning in earthquake-prone areas. 6 hours
Birds' voiceboxes are odd ducks
PHYS.ORG Birds sing from the heart. While other four-limbed animals like mammals and reptiles make sounds with voiceboxes in their throats, birds' chirps originate in a unique vocal organ called the syrinx, located in their chests. No other animals... 6 hours
How Earth sheds heat into space
PHYS.ORG Just as an oven gives off more heat to the surrounding kitchen as its internal temperature rises, the Earth sheds more heat into space as its surface warms up. Since the 1950s, scientists have observed a... 6 hours
Desert ants have an amazing odor memory
PHYS.ORG Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology used behavioral experiments to show that desert ants quickly learn many food odors and remember them for the rest of their lives. However, their memory... 6 hours
Common weed killer linked to bee deaths
PHYS.ORG The world's most widely used weed killer may also be indirectly killing bees. New research from The University of Texas at Austin shows that honey bees exposed to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup,... 6 hours
Urbanization is cutting off life support to NYC's wetlands
PHYS.ORG Historically, salt marshes have not only served as ecological nurseries for fish, birds, and other wildlife—they've been stalwart defenses against coastal storms. But recently, coastal development coupled with accelerated sea... 6 hours
Chinese Cretaceous fossil highlights avian evolution
PHYS.ORG A newly identified extinct bird species from a 127 million-year-old fossil deposit in northeastern China provides new information about avian development during the early evolution of flight. 6 hours
From a microwave to a clock, Amazon is taking Alexa beyond speakers
PHYS.ORG Amazon's product blitz Thursday wasn't just about new Echo speakers and new Fire TV DVR. In announcing 70 new products, the tech and delivery... 8 hours
Expanding CEO-to-worker pay gap bad for business
PHYS.ORG Companies whose CEOs earn hundreds of times their average employee's pay are viewed as less desirable to work for, and to do business with, according to a new University of California, Berkeley, study. 8 hours
Martian moon may have come from impact on home planet, new study suggests
PHYS.ORG The weird shapes and colors of the tiny Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have inspired a long-standing debate about their origins. 8 hours
Why are data ethics so challenging in a changing world?
PHYS.ORG We now live largely in a data-driven world, and ethical oversight and constraints are needed to be sure that data ethics can reach an appropriate balance between the... 9 hours
Study sheds light on—and through—2-D materials
PHYS.ORG The ability of metallic or semiconducting materials to absorb, reflect and act upon light is of primary importance to scientists developing optoelectronics—electronic devices that interact with light to perform tasks. Rice University scientists have now produced... 9 hours
How a molecular signal helps plant cells decide when to make oil
PHYS.ORG A study at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory identifies new details of how a sugar-signaling molecule helps regulate oil production in... 9 hours
Mosquitoes that can carry malaria eliminated in lab experiments
PHYS.ORG The team from Imperial College London were able to crash caged populations of the malaria vector mosquito Anopheles gambiae in only 7-11 generations. 10 hours
A new way to count qubits
PHYS.ORG Researchers at Syracuse University, working with collaborators at the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison, have developed a new technique for measuring the state of quantum bits, or qubits, in a quantum computer. 10 hours
A new app pays you for product recommendations
PHYS.ORG Don't try to make money off my online behavior—unless, of course, I get a commission. 10 hours
DNA islands effective as 'anti-bacterial drones'
PHYS.ORG Genomic "islands" that evolved from viruses can be converted into "drones" that disable Staphylococcus aureus, bacteria that are often resistant to antibiotics and pose a threat to safe hospital care, a new study finds. 10 hours
Apple, Salesforce teaming up on mobile apps for business
PHYS.ORG Customer relations software company Salesforce says it will join with Apple to create new business apps exclusively for iPhone and iPad. 10 hours
Research forecasts US among top nations to suffer economic damage from climate change
PHYS.ORG For the first time, researchers have developed a data set quantifying what the social cost of carbon—the measure of the economic harm... 10 hours
Study finds first evidence of climate change impacts on East Antarctic vegetation
PHYS.ORG A landmark 13-year study published in Nature Climate Change has provided the first evidence that climate change is affecting terrestrial ecosystems in East Antarctica. 10 hours
Smaller, faster and more efficient modulator sets to revolutionize optoelectronic industry
PHYS.ORG A research team comprising members from City University of Hong Kong (CityU), Harvard University and a renowned information technologies laboratory has successfully fabricated a tiny on-chip... 10 hours
Burst of morning gene activity tells plants when to flower
PHYS.ORG For angiosperms—or flowering plants—one of the most important decisions facing them each year is when to flower. It is no trivial undertaking. To flower, they must cease vegetative... 10 hours
Perovskite/CIGS tandem cell with record efficiency of 24.6 percent
PHYS.ORG Today at the EU PVSEC conference, imec, the world-leading research and innovation hub in nanoelectronics, energy and digital technologies, presents a thin-film tandem solar cell consisting of a top perovskite... 11 hours
SiriusXM buys Pandora to step up streaming music wars
PHYS.ORG SiriusXM, which dominates satellite radio in the United States, announced Monday it is buying online rival Pandora for $3.5 billion, ramping up competition in the streaming music market dominated by... 11 hours
Parasite makes quick exit when researchers remove the handbrake
Crowd counting through walls with WiFi
Blowing the whistle on referee decisions
Your Vision Matters: How to Protect Your Eyesight
Your Vision Matters: How to Protect Your Eyesight
Spray-on antennas unlock communication of the future
Spray-on antennas unlock communication of the future
The weird world of one-sided objects
Custom circuits for living cells
Spray-coated tactile sensor on a 3-D surface for robotic skin