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The plastic waste crisis is an opportunity for the U.S. to get serious about recycling at home
PHYS.ORG VIDEO A global plastic waste crisis is building, with major implications for health and the... 3 days
Pigs form a visual concept of human faces
PHYS.ORG Contrary to previous studies, pigs appear to have better visual discrimination abilities than had previously been assumed. Cognition researchers from the Messerli Research Institute showed in a new study that pigs not... 3 days
Researchers use bacteria to cure fungal infections
PHYS.ORG Researchers in the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology's Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Engineering have cured fungal infections using a soil-dwelling bacteria. The findings of the research led by Assistant Professor Boaz Mizrahi and conducted... 3 days
New telescope chases the mysteries of radio flashes and dark energy
PHYS.ORG South Africa is becoming one of the world's most important radio astronomy hubs, thanks in large part to its role as co-host of the Square Kilometre... 3 days
Scientists discover natural plant-based food preservative
PHYS.ORG Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have discovered a plant-based food preservative that is more effective than artificial preservatives. The organic preservative comprises naturally occurring flavonoids, a diverse group of phytonutrients found in almost all... 3 days
Is Walmart's tech investment in San Diego a sign of bigger things to come?
PHYS.ORG A technology company moving from a dated 9,000 square-foot office to a modern 30,000 square-foot space usually doesn't portend a... 3 days
Why mosquitoes bite some people more than others
PHYS.ORG Surprisingly few of the more than 3,000 mosquito species actually specialise in biting humans. Instead, most are opportunistic feeders – feeding when they are able and from lots of different sources. But... 3 days
Scientists examine the relative impact of proximity to seed sources
PHYS.ORG A new research study published in the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management tackles an important, unresolved question in the biology of invasive plants. Which is most important... 3 days
Novel nanoparticle-based approach detects and treats oral plaque without drugs
PHYS.ORG When the good and bad bacteria in our mouth become imbalanced, the bad bacteria form a biofilm (aka plaque), which can cause cavities, and if left untreated over... 3 days
A bee economist explains honey bees' vital role in growing tasty almonds
PHYS.ORG It's sometimes reported that one in every three bites of food depends on bees. As is often the case when an easy to grasp... 3 days
Scientists find titanium dioxide from sunscreen is polluting beaches
PHYS.ORG Scientists have found that sunscreen from bathers releases significant quantities of polluting TiO2 (titanium dioxide) into the sea. This has the potential to harm marine life. This work, which comes... 3 days
Microfluidic chip for analysis of single cells
PHYS.ORG A few little cells that are different from the rest can have a big effect. For example, individual cancer cells may be resistant to a specific chemotherapy—causing a relapse in a patient who would... 3 days
Seen from the air, the dry summer reveals an ancient harvest of archaeological finds
PHYS.ORG For an aerial archaeologist 2018 has been a bumper year. The long, hot summer has revealed ancient landscapes not visible... 3 days
Warning colours are getting warmer
PHYS.ORG As temperatures in Australia and around the world increase, for hibiscus harlequin bugs, the future is orange. 3 days
Approval of first RNA interference drug – why the excitement?
PHYS.ORG Small interfering RNA sounds like something from a science fiction novel rather than a revolutionary type of medicine. But this odd-sounding new drug offers a novel strategy for... 3 days
From pine cones to an adaptive shading system
PHYS.ORG VIDEO An adjustable shading system that adapts itself independently over the course of the day, without sensors or motors and largely maintenance-free? It really is possible: an ETH doctoral student at the Institute... 3 days
Virtual reality providing real-world literacy and numeracy learning tool
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Virtual reality is moving beyond purely entertainment to become a potential tool in improving literacy, and the University of Otago is behind one ground-breaking approach. 3 days
Every (fifth) breath we take—friends of phytoplankton and why they matter
PHYS.ORG In the world's oceans, microbes capture solar energy, catalyze key biogeochemical transformations of important elements, produce and consume greenhouse gases, and comprise the base of the... 3 days
Scientists improve deep learning method for neural networks
PHYS.ORG Researchers from the Institute of Cyber Intelligence Systems at the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia) have recently developed a new learning model for the restricted Boltzmann machine (a neural network), which... 3 days
Researchers unravel the age of fine tree roots
PHYS.ORG The researchers at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL used thin sections of roots less than two millimetres thick to identify the tree rings of several hundred spruce (Picea abies), pine (Pinus... 3 days
Racial and gender discrimination among teens exposed to dating violence
PHYS.ORG Teen dating violence (TDV) is an urgent public health concern associated with a range of lasting mental, sexual, and behavioral health consequences. Studies have revealed high rates of... 3 days
Are our wild animals growing old gracefully?
PHYS.ORG For most of us, the body's deterioration is an unavoidable part of getting older. This age-related decline, known as "senescence", can occur subtly and slowly for some individuals, while for others it happens much... 3 days
Newly discovered class of molecules may boost cancer vaccine development
PHYS.ORG Cancer vaccines are designed to heighten the immune system's awareness of a tumor's unique features, boosting its ability to recognize, attack, and destroy the cancer. To date, effective... 3 days
Historically black schools pay more to issue bonds, researchers find
PHYS.ORG A new study from the University of Notre Dame found that historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) pay higher fees to issue tax-exempt bonds than non-HBCUs. And the... 3 days
Acceleration of mountain glacier melt could impact Pacific Northwest water supplies
PHYS.ORG Accelerated melting of mountain glaciers in the Cascade Range could impact water supplies in the Pacific Northwest region over the coming decades, according to new research. 3 days
What is NASA's Heat Melt Compactor?
PHYS.ORG Dealing with trash is a challenge wherever people work and live, and space is no exception. Astronauts produce a couple of pounds of trash per crew member per day. To better manage this, NASA is developing... 3 days
Physicists propose new model to study pairing properties of nuclei
PHYS.ORG A team of Ohio University nuclear physicists has proposed a new theoretical model for calculating pairing properties of atomic nuclei including those found in extreme astrophysical environments. As... 3 days
Bioengineers borrow from electronics industry to get stem cells to shape up
PHYS.ORG To understand how cells in the body behave, bioengineers create miniature models of the cells' environment in their lab. But recreating this niche environment... 3 days
Global study shows environmentally friendly farming can increase productivity
PHYS.ORG A major new study involving researchers from the University of York has measured a global shift towards more sustainable agricultural systems that provide environmental improvements at the same time as... 3 days
Image: Sun's magnetic field modeled
PHYS.ORG NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) scientists used their computer models to generate a view of the Sun's magnetic field on August 10, 2018. 3 days
Rovio shares lifted as 'Angry Birds 2' sales fly higher
PHYS.ORG Finnish game maker Rovio Entertainment on Friday said sales of the sequel to its flagship Angry Birds game hit a new record as the group's profit and revenue... 3 days
Narrow-beam laser technology enables communications between underwater vehicles
PHYS.ORG Nearly five years ago, NASA and Lincoln Laboratory made history when the Lunar Laser Communication Demonstration (LLCD) used a pulsed laser beam to transmit data from a satellite orbiting the moon to... 3 days
Volcano eruptions at different latitudes impact sea surface temperature differently
PHYS.ORG Volcanic eruptions are among the most important natural causes of climate change, playing a leading role over the past millennium. Injections of sulfate aerosols into the lower stratosphere... 3 days
How do plants rest photosynthetic activity at night?
PHYS.ORG Photosynthesis, the process by which plants generate food, is a powerful piece of molecular machinery that needs sunlight to run. The proteins involved in photosynthesis need to be 'on' when they have... 3 days
New 'droughty' soils model for Pacific Northwest could aid forest health in changing climate
PHYS.ORG Scientists have developed a new approach to modeling potentially drought-prone soils in Pacific Northwest forests, which could aid natural resource... 3 days
Scientists find coarse resolution models underestimate future Mei-yu rainfall
PHYS.ORG Climate models are indispensable tools for future climate projection, including predictions of the Mei-yu front rainfall, which is the major rain-bearing system of the East Asian summer monsoon. Adaptation to... 3 days
How Einstein's equivalence principle extends to the quantum world
PHYS.ORG How Einstein's equivalence principle extends to the quantum world has been puzzling physicists for decades, but a team including a University of Queensland researcher has found the key to this... 3 days
Efficient glycopeptide separation achieved by interfacially polymerized polymer particles
PHYS.ORG Chinese researchers have developed interfacially polymerized porous polymer particles for low-abundance glycopeptide separation. These polymer particles with hydrophilic-hydrophobic heterostructured nanopores can separate low-abundance glycopeptides from complex biological samples with high-abundance... 3 days
Interactive software tool makes complex mold design simple
PHYS.ORG Most of the plastic objects we see are created using injection molding, but designing such molds is a difficult task, usually requiring experts. Now, computer scientists from the Institute of Science and... 3 days
Scientists turn to the quantum realm to improve energy transportation
PHYS.ORG Ant-Man knows the quantum realm holds shocking revelations and irrational solutions. Taking a page from the Marvel Universe, researchers based at the National Institute of Informatics (NII) in... 3 days
Six things about Opportunity's recovery efforts
PHYS.ORG NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover. Now that scientists think the global dust storm is "decaying"—meaning more dust is falling... 3 days
Magnetized inflow accreting to center of Milky Way galaxy
PHYS.ORG Are magnetic fields an important guiding force for gas accreting to a supermassive black hole (SMBH) like the one that our Milky Way galaxy hosts? The role of magnetic fields... 3 days
Another way for stellar-mass black holes to grow larger
PHYS.ORG A trio of researchers with The University of Hong Kong, Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics in Taiwan and Northwestern University in the U.S., has come up with an... 3 days
When sulfur disappears without trace
PHYS.ORG Many natural products and drugs feature a so-called dicarbonyl motif— in certain cases, however, their preparation poses a challenge to organic chemists. In their most recent work, Nuno Maulide and his coworkers from the University of Vienna present... 3 days
'Hacky hack hack': Australia teen breaches Apple's secure network
PHYS.ORG A schoolboy who "dreamed" of working for Apple hacked the firm's computer systems, Australian media has reported, although the tech giant said Friday no customer data was compromised. 3 days
Vietnam's caged bears dying off as bile prices plummet
PHYS.ORG Two moon bears are gently removed from the cramped cages where they have been held for 13 years, rescuers carefully checking their rotten teeth and matted paws before sending them... 3 days
Flood death toll in India's Kerala jumps to 164
PHYS.ORG The death toll from major floods in India's tourist hotspot Kerala has jumped to 164, state chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said Friday, issuing a fresh heavy rainfall warning for the... 3 days
Study confirms truth behind 'Darwin's moth'
PHYS.ORG Scientists have revisited—and confirmed—one of the most famous textbook examples of evolution in action. 3 days
Particulate pollution's impact varies greatly depending on where it originated
PHYS.ORG When it comes to aerosol pollution, as the old real estate adage says, location is everything. 3 days
These Android phones have security defects out of the box, researchers say
PHYS.ORG At least 25 Android smartphone models—11 of which are sold by major U.S. carriers—carry vulnerabilities out of the box, making them easy prey for... 3 days
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This Silicon Valley car tech firm is bringing secret weapon to the streets of Sacramento
The plastic waste crisis is an opportunity for the U.S. to get serious about recycling at home
From pine cones to an adaptive shading system
Virtual reality providing real-world literacy and numeracy learning tool
NASA water vapor data shows a 'patchy' Sub-Tropical Storm Ernesto
A Grand Noodle Riddle, Cracked: Here's How To Snap Spaghetti Into Just 2 Pieces
Here’s what robots could learn from fire ants
Why X-rays could become a lot more personal
Why X-rays could become a lot more personal
Oort clouds around other stars should be visible in the cosmic microwave background