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Self-driving vehicle strikes and kills pedestrian in Arizona (Update)
PHYS.ORG A self-driving Uber SUV struck and killed a pedestrian in suburban Phoenix in the first death involving a fully autonomous test vehicle—a crash that could have far-reaching consequences for the... 4 hours
US children now draw female scientists more than ever
PHYS.ORG When drawing scientists, U.S. children now depict female scientists more often than ever, according to new Northwestern University research, which analyzed five decades of "Draw-A-Scientist" studies conducted since the 1960s. 7 hours
Making intricate images with bacterial communities
PHYS.ORG Working with light and genetically engineered bacteria, researchers from Stanford University are able to shape the growth of bacterial communities. From polka dots to stripes to circuits, they can render intricate designs overnight. The technique, described... 14 hours
How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation
PHYS.ORG Facebook likes can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of—and which Facebook may have enabled. 14 hours
Facebook rocked by data breach scandal as investigations loom (Update)
PHYS.ORG Facebook shares plunged Monday as the social media giant faced an onslaught of criticism at home and abroad over revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's presidential... 14 hours
So close, yet so far: Making climate impacts feel nearby may not inspire action
PHYS.ORG Although scientists warn that urgent action is needed to stop climate change, public engagement continues to lag. Many social scientists... 15 hours
VW to invest $340 mn more in Tennessee plant
PHYS.ORG Volkswagen will invest another $340 million to build SUVs at its US factory, a sign of confidence despite rising friction on international trade, the company announced Monday. 15 hours
Neutrons help demystify multiferroic materials
PHYS.ORG Materials used in electronic devices are typically chosen because they possess either special magnetic or special electrical properties. However, an international team of researchers using neutron scattering recently identified a rare material that has both. 15 hours
Woman struck and killed by self-driving Uber vehicle
PHYS.ORG A self-driving Uber vehicle struck and killed a pedestrian in a Phoenix suburb in the first fatality involving a fully autonomous test vehicle, prompting the ride-hailing company Monday to suspend all road-testing... 16 hours
Facebook launches audit of data leaked to Trump consultant
PHYS.ORG Facebook announced Monday it has hired a digital forensics firm to investigate the handling of data on millions of Americans leaked to a consulting firm working on Donald Trump's 2016... 16 hours
New life form answers question about evolution of cells
PHYS.ORG Bacteria and Archaea are two of the three domains of life. Both must have evolved from the putative last universal common ancestor (LUCA). One hypothesis is that this happened because... 16 hours
Physicists bring order to liquid droplets, offering promise for pharmaceutical development
PHYS.ORG A team of physicists has developed a method to generate and self-organize liquids into well-defined patterns, a breakthrough that offers potential new pathways for the development... 16 hours
Team reports first evidence of live-traded dogs for Maya ceremonies
PHYS.ORG Police detectives analyze isotopes in human hair to find out where a murder victim was born and grew up. Ashley Sharpe, an archaeologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research... 16 hours
Americans prefer economic inequality to playing Robin Hood, study finds
PHYS.ORG Voters in modern democracies, such as the United States and Germany, have long held the power to take from the rich, give to the poor and erase the... 16 hours
Agriculture initiated by indigenous peoples, not Fertile Crescent migration
PHYS.ORG Small scale agricultural farming was first initiated by indigenous communities living on Turkey's Anatolian plateau, and not introduced by migrant farmers as previously thought, according to new research by the... 16 hours
Intensification of agriculture and social hierarchies evolve together, study finds
PHYS.ORG A long-standing debate in the field of cultural evolution has revolved around the question of how and why human societies become more hierarchical. Some theorize that material changes... 16 hours
New pheromone insight may help predict mountain pine beetle outbreaks
PHYS.ORG Researchers at the University of British Columbia have shed new light on how mountain pine beetles produce an important pheromone called trans-verbenol, which could aid in efforts to... 16 hours
Termite queen, king recognition pheromone identified
PHYS.ORG Researchers at North Carolina State University have for the first time identified a specific chemical used by the higher termite castes—the queens and the kings—to communicate their royal status with worker termites. The findings could advance... 16 hours
NASA analyzes Tropical Cyclone Eliakim's rainfall, wind shear now affecting storm
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Tropical Cyclone Eliakim soaked the eastern coast of Madagascar as it moved in a southerly path. NASA analyzed that rainfall using data from the Global Precipitation... 17 hours
VIIRS satellite instrument gets 2 views of Tropical Cyclone Marcus
PHYS.ORG Tropical Cyclone Marcus was moving along the northern coast of Australia when the VIIRS instrument that flies aboard two different satellites captured true-color images of the storm over... 17 hours
Warming climate to displace millions in coming decades: World Bank
PHYS.ORG The wave of refugees fleeing crop failures, droughts and rising sea levels will grow drastically over the next three decades if world governments do not intervene, the World... 17 hours
Cambridge Analytica: firm at the heart of Facebook scandal
PHYS.ORG At the centre of a scandal over alleged misuse of Facebook users' personal data, Cambridge Analytica is a communications firm hired by those behind Donald Trump's successful US presidential bid. 17 hours
World water forum opens after dire UN warning
PHYS.ORG The world must race to avert disastrous loss of water supplies, Brazil's President Michel Temer told a conference Monday, after the UN said some 5.7 billion people may run short of drinking... 17 hours
Facebook rocked by new data breach scandal
PHYS.ORG Facebook shares plunged Monday following revelations that a firm working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign harvested data on 50 million users, as analysts warned the social media giant's business model could be at risk. 17 hours
Researchers explore an alternative pathway to fast-tracking the global recovery of fisheries
PHYS.ORG Short-term pain for long-term gain. When applied to the reform of global fisheries, this strategy could yield enormous benefits. 17 hours
Historians to climate researchers: Let's talk
PHYS.ORG History can tell us a lot about environmental upheaval, say Princeton University historians John Haldon and Lee Mordechai. What is missing in today's debate about climate change is using what we know about how past societies... 17 hours
Geoengineering polar glaciers to slow sea-level rise
PHYS.ORG Targeted geoengineering to preserve continental ice sheets deserves serious research and investment, argues an international team of researchers in a Comment published March 14 in the journal Nature. Without intervention, by 2100 most large... 17 hours
Muslims face high rates of discrimination in Canada
PHYS.ORG One in five Muslim Canadians say they have experienced discrimination due to their religion, ethnicity or culture at least once in the past five years. 17 hours
Eliminating injustice imposed by the death penalty
PHYS.ORG In "Black Lives Matter and the Call for Death Penalty Abolition," published in Ethics, Michael Cholbi and Alex Madva defend the central arguments of the Black Lives Matter movement's abolitionist stance on capital punishment.... 17 hours
Scientists examine reproducibility of research issues and remedies
PHYS.ORG Reproducibility of scientific findings has long been an important indicator of the validity of data gleaned from research, a process deemed even more critical in this age of ever-changing technologies and methods. 17 hours
What happens to a dying cell's corpse? New findings illuminate an old problem
PHYS.ORG Death is certain for all living things, including the body's cells. The act of dying is in fact as sophisticated as any... 17 hours
Research signals arrival of a complete human genome
PHYS.ORG It's been nearly two decades since a UC Santa Cruz research team announced that they had assembled and posted the first human genome sequence on the internet. Despite the passage of time,... 17 hours
Uber suspends self-driving car tests after pedestrian death
PHYS.ORG Uber suspended all of its self-driving testing Monday after what is believed to be the first fatal pedestrian crash involving the vehicles. 17 hours
Scientists have a new way to gauge the growth of nanowires
PHYS.ORG In a new study, researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne and Brookhaven National Laboratories observed the formation of two kinds of defects in... 17 hours
Programming DNA to deliver cancer drugs
PHYS.ORG DNA has an important job—it tells your cells which proteins to make. Now, a research team at the University of Delaware has developed technology to program strands of DNA into switches that turn proteins on and... 17 hours
Palm trees are spreading northward. How far will they go?
PHYS.ORG What does it take for palm trees, the unofficial trademark of tropical landscapes, to expand into northern parts of the world that have long been too cold for... 17 hours
Environmentally friendly cattle production (really)
PHYS.ORG Three hundred years ago, enormous herds of bison, antelope and elk roamed North America, and the land was pristine and the water clean. 17 hours
Modified biomaterials self-assemble on temperature cues
PHYS.ORG Biomedical engineers from Duke University have demonstrated a new approach to making self-assembled biomaterials that relies on protein modifications and temperature. The hybrid approach allows researchers to control self-assembly more precisely, which may prove useful for... 18 hours
Designing diamonds for medical imaging technologies
PHYS.ORG Japanese researchers have optimized the design of laboratory-grown, synthetic diamonds. This brings the new technology one step closer to enhancing biosensing applications, such as magnetic brain imaging. The advantages of this layered, sandwichlike, diamond structure are... 18 hours
A future colorfully lit by mystifying physics of paint-on semiconductors
PHYS.ORG Some novel materials that sound too good to be true turn out to be true and good. An emergent class of semiconductors, which could affordably light up our... 18 hours
Detection, deterrent system will help eagles, wind turbines coexist better
PHYS.ORG Researchers have taken a key step toward helping wildlife coexist more safely with wind power generation by demonstrating the success of an impact detection system that uses vibration... 18 hours
New optical modules could improve thyroid cancer screening
PHYS.ORG Early diagnosis in thyroid cancer can improve a patient's likelihood of recovery, but current screening methods use instruments with poor sensitivity and can yield inaccurate results. Consequently, doctors often have to rely... 18 hours
Mars' oceans formed early, possibly aided by massive volcanic eruptions
PHYS.ORG A new scenario seeking to explain how Mars' putative oceans came and went over the last 4 billion years implies that the oceans formed several hundred million years... 19 hours
'Kagome metal': Physicists discover new quantum electronic material
PHYS.ORG A motif of Japanese basketweaving known as the kagome pattern has preoccupied physicists for decades. Kagome baskets are typically made from strips of bamboo woven into a highly symmetrical pattern of interlaced,... 19 hours
Molecular cuisine for gut bacteria
PHYS.ORG EMBL scientists report in Nature Microbiology on the nutritional preferences and growth characteristics of 96 diverse gut bacterial strains. Their results will help scientists worldwide advance the understanding of the gut microbiome. 19 hours
Human influence on climate change will fuel more extreme heat waves in US
PHYS.ORG Human-caused climate change will drive more extreme summer heat waves in the western U.S., including in California and the Southwest as early... 19 hours
Climate change threatens world's largest seagrass carbon stores
PHYS.ORG In the summer of 2010-2011, Western Australia experienced an unprecedented marine heat wave that elevated water temperatures two to four degrees Celsius above average for more than two months. Researchers from the... 19 hours
Cutting carbon emissions sooner could save 153 million lives
PHYS.ORG As many as 153 million premature deaths linked to air pollution could be avoided worldwide this century if governments speed up their timetable for reducing fossil fuel emissions, a new... 19 hours
A reference catalog for the rumen microbiome
PHYS.ORG The digestive tracts of ruminant (cud-chewing) animals such as cattle, sheep, and goats convert lignocellulosic plant matter to short-chain fatty acids used for nourishment with unparalleled efficiency, thanks to the activity of symbiotic microbes... 19 hours
Genetic analysis uncovers the evolutionary origin of vertebrate limbs
PHYS.ORG As you picture the first fish to crawl out of primordial waters onto land, it's easy to imagine how its paired fins eventually evolved into the arms and legs of... 19 hours
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Alex’s experiences of living with rare genetic disease
Flu risk less on flights if in a window seat finds study
NASA analyzes Tropical Cyclone Eliakim's rainfall, wind shear now affecting storm
Scientists create microscopic 'swimmers' controlled by a magnetic field
The first SpaceX BFR should make orbital launches by 2020
The first SpaceX BFR should make orbital launches by 2020
The first SpaceX BFR should make orbital launches by 2020
The first SpaceX BFR should make orbital launches by 2020
Will Smith hosts National Geographic's "One Strange Rock"