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New gibbon genus discovered in ancient Chinese tomb
PHYS.ORG Scientists studying bones excavated from an ancient tomb in Shaanxi Province, central China, have discovered an entirely new but already extinct genus of gibbons. 9 hours
Lipid metabolism discovered in cell nucleus
PHYS.ORG The cell nucleus is an organelle, in which the DNA of an organism is protected and duplicated. The nucleus of this organ-like structure in the cell plasma is surrounded by an outer and an inner nuclear... 9 hours
Rosetta image archive complete
PHYS.ORG All high-resolution images and the underpinning data from Rosetta's pioneering mission at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are now available in ESA's archives, with the last release including the iconic images of finding lander Philae, and Rosetta's final descent to the comet's surface. 9 hours
Copernicus 20 years on
PHYS.ORG This week marks 20 years since the manifesto was signed that gave rise to Europe's Copernicus environmental programme. With seven Sentinel satellites already in orbit delivering terabytes of data every day, Copernicus is the biggest provider of Earth observation data... 9 hours
Understanding how to control 'jumping' genes
PHYS.ORG A team of Texas A&M University and Texas AgriLife Research scientists have made a new discovery of how a single protein, Serrate, plays dual roles in controlling jumping genes. 9 hours
Scientists suggest making electronic devices from 'carbon peas'
PHYS.ORG Scientists from the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Russia) have studied the properties of fullerene nanotubes, also known as "carbon peas," during stretching. The article on the project, which will help develop... 9 hours
The pho­to­elec­tric ef­fect in stereo
PHYS.ORG In the photoelectric effect, a photon ejects an electron from a material. Researchers at ETH have now used attosecond laser pulses to measure the time evolution of this effect in molecules. From their results they can deduce the... 9 hours
New insights into DNA 'melting' reveal chink in bacteria's armour
PHYS.ORG Scientists have shed light on DNA 'melting' – a crucial process fundamental to all life. 9 hours
Unconfirmed near-Earth objects
PHYS.ORG Near-Earth objects (NEOs) are small solar system bodies whose orbits sometimes bring them close to the Earth, potentially threatening a collision. NEOs are tracers of the composition, dynamics and environmental conditions throughout the solar system and of the history of... 9 hours
CWI researchers make power grid more reliable with mathematics
PHYS.ORG Researchers from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the national research institute for mathematics and computer science in the Netherlands, discovered how large fluctuations in solar and wind energy, combined with... 10 hours
When fluid flows almost as fast as light—with quantum rotation
PHYS.ORG Quark-gluon plasma is formed as a result of high-energy collisions of heavy ions. After a collision, for a dozen or so yoctoseconds (10-24 seconds), this most perfect of... 10 hours
Airbus warns could leave UK if no Brexit deal
PHYS.ORG Aviation giant Airbus has warned it could pull out of Britain if it leaves the European Union without a deal, upping the pressure Friday on Prime Minister Theresa May to... 10 hours
Sticklebacks infected with parasites influence behavior of healthy fish
PHYS.ORG Parasites passed on via the food chain often influence the behaviour of their host to their own benefit. One example of this is the tapeworm Schistocephalus solidus, which makes three-spined... 10 hours
Chile wants to start taxing companies like Uber and Netflix
PHYS.ORG Chile wants to start taxing digital giants like Uber, Spotify and Netflix to level the playing field for their more traditional counterparts, a minister has said. 10 hours
Super-resolution imaging reveals mechanism of GLUT1 clustering
PHYS.ORG Glucose is the primary source of energy and substrate for cells, and its uptake through the cell plasma membrane is largely dependent on the glucose transport (GLUT) family. GLUT1, one of the GLUT family... 10 hours
Discovery of a new vehicle peptide opens up a drug delivery route
PHYS.ORG In the field of anticancer therapeutics, cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) have gained prominence because of their cytotoxic and anticancer activity in drug-resistant cancer cells.... 11 hours
Printing microelectrode array sensors on gummi candy
PHYS.ORG Microelectrodes can be used for direct measurement of electrical signals in the brain or heart. These applications require soft materials, however. With existing methods, attaching electrodes to such materials poses significant challenges. A team... 11 hours
Artificial vision enables solar field calibration overnight
PHYS.ORG Researchers have developed a prototype for calibrating an entire solar field in a single night, shaving months off the current calibration system for large size concentrated solar power (CSP) tower plants. 11 hours
What causes the sound of a dripping tap—and how do you stop it?
PHYS.ORG Scientists have solved the riddle behind one of the most recognisable, and annoying, household sounds: the dripping tap. And crucially, they have... 11 hours
Airbus warns could leave Britain if no Brexit deal
PHYS.ORG European aviation giant Airbus warned Thursday it could be forced to pull out of the UK if Britain leaves the European Union without a deal. 12 hours
Environment the loser in Gabon capital's rush for growth
PHYS.ORG "It's an environmental disaster," said Magloir-Desire Mounganga as he strode across the soggy, spongy soil where mangroves have been ripped up for development near the Gabonese capital Libreville, threatening its... 12 hours
Trapped campers, swimming bears in Montana as floods hit US
PHYS.ORG Helicopters rescued people stranded by flooding in Texas and Montana, including 140 children and counselors stuck in a mountain bible camp for two days, as severe storms swept... 12 hours
Oregon water scare: Algae blooms happening more often
PHYS.ORG The words blasted to cellphones around Salem, Oregon were ominous: "Civil emergency. prepare for action." 12 hours
Study abroad for commuters: a case study at the University of New Hampshire at Manchester
PHYS.ORG Studying abroad can impart a number of valuable, lifelong skills in students, including improved foreign language skills, appreciation... 22 hours
Prop. 47 lessened racial disparities in drug arrests
PHYS.ORG In 2014, California voters approved Proposition 47, which reclassified drug possession offenses from felonies or "wobblers"—which prosecutors can charge as either felonies or misdemeanors—to misdemeanors, and in the process reduced the state's... 22 hours
Online professional development boosts teachers' confidence, knowledge
PHYS.ORG Multiple factors go into making an effective professional development (PD) program for K-12 teachers. Focusing on content, active learning, collaboration and coaching support and using models of effective teaching can broaden the knowledge of... 22 hours
'Exam Roulette' could quell essay-induced anxiety
PHYS.ORG For many students, essay tests are a source of dread and anxiety. But for professors, these tests provide an excellent way to assess a student's depth of knowledge and critical-thinking skills. At the American Physiological Society's... 22 hours
What's that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax
PHYS.ORG Attention shoppers: You may soon be paying more taxes on what you put in your online cart. 22 hours
Chemists teach an enzyme a new trick, with potential for building new molecules
PHYS.ORG Princeton chemists have found a way to make a naturally occurring enzyme take on a new, artificial role, which has significant implications... 22 hours
Template to create superatoms could make for better batteries
PHYS.ORG Virginia Commonwealth University researchers have discovered a novel strategy for creating superatoms—combinations of atoms that can mimic the properties of more than one group of elements of the periodic table.... 22 hours
Koko the gorilla, who learned sign language, dies at 46
PHYS.ORG Koko the gorilla, whose remarkable sign-language ability and motherly attachment to pet cats helped change the world's views about the intelligence of animals and their capacity for empathy,... 1 day
Escaped lion shot dead at Belgium zoo, sparking criticism
PHYS.ORG Belgian police have been criticised for shooting dead a young lioness at a zoo on Thursday after it escaped from its enclosure. 1 day
Deutsche Telekom says will slash 10,000 jobs at subsidiary
PHYS.ORG Deutsche Telekom said Thursday it would slash 10,000 jobs worldwide at its loss-making IT services subsidiary in the next three years as it seeks 600 million euros ($696 million) in... 1 day
Water can be very dead, electrically speaking
PHYS.ORG In a study published in Science this week, the researchers describe the dielectric properties of water that is only a few molecules thick. Such water was previously predicted to exhibit a reduced electric response... 1 day
Bedrock in West Antarctica rising at surprisingly rapid rate
PHYS.ORG The earth is rising in one part of Antarctica at one of the fastest rates ever recorded, as ice rapidly disappears and weight is lifted off the bedrock, a new... 1 day
Research identifies how snowshoe hares evolved to stay seasonally camouflaged
PHYS.ORG Many animals have evolved fur or feather colors to blend in with the environment and hide from predators. But how do animals stay camouflaged when their environment changes... 1 day
Researchers create matchmaking service for peptides and antibiotics
PHYS.ORG UBC researchers have matched small proteins, called peptides, with antibiotics so they can work together to combat hard-to-treat infections that don't respond well to drugs on their own. 1 day
Mice not only experience regret, but also learn to avoid it in the future
PHYS.ORG Experiencing regret can leave a "bad taste" in one's mouth and drive an individual to compensate for one's losses. This... 1 day
New study finds US oil and gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than estimated
PHYS.ORG The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 13 million metric tons of the potent greenhouse gas methane from its operations... 1 day
Einstein proved right in another galaxy
PHYS.ORG An international team of astronomers have made the most precise test of gravity outside our own solar system. 1 day
New research provides expanded insights into the brain's response to opioids
PHYS.ORG Opioids are powerful painkillers that act on the brain, but they have a range of harmful side effects including addiction. Researchers from the Max Planck Institute... 1 day
How competition and cooperation between bacteria shape antibiotic resistance
PHYS.ORG New computational simulations suggest that the effects of antibiotics on a bacterial community depend on whether neighboring species have competitive or cooperative relationships, as well as their spatial arrangement. Sylvie... 1 day
Researchers achieve unprecedented control of polymer grids
PHYS.ORG Synthetic polymers are ubiquitous—nylon, polyester, Teflon and epoxy, to name just a few—and these polymers are all long, linear structures that tangle into imprecise structures. Chemists have long dreamed of making polymers with two-dimensional,... 1 day
First music festival turns to blockchain
PHYS.ORG A music festival will for the first time run on blockchain, tapping the fast-growing technology as an innovative way to address longstanding issues such as ticket scalping and fan engagement. 1 day
Electric scooters launch in Paris, to spread in Europe
PHYS.ORG The boulevards of Paris, already bustling with a dizzying range of transport devices, are set to feature a new shared electric scooter system that has swept the US and is... 1 day
Dead plankton, stunned fish: the harms of man-made ocean noise
PHYS.ORG Human-caused ocean noise and its dangers to marine life are the focus of meetings at the United Nations this week, a victory for advocacy groups that have long... 1 day
Thousands celebrate summer solstice at Stonehenge
PHYS.ORG Thousands watched the sun glint over the horizon at Stonehenge on Thursday, celebrating the summer solstice at the Neolithic stone circle. 1 day
'Red nuggets' are galactic gold for astronomers
PHYS.ORG About a decade ago, astronomers discovered a population of small, but massive galaxies called "red nuggets." A new study using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory indicates that black holes have squelched star formation in these... 1 day
Study provides new clues to improving chemotherapies
PHYS.ORG About half of all drugs, ranging from morphine to penicillin, come from compounds that are from—or have been derived from—nature. This includes many cancer drugs, which are toxic enough to kill cancer cells. 1 day
High Court: Online shoppers can be forced to pay sales tax
PHYS.ORG States will be able to force shoppers to pay sales tax when they make online purchases under a Supreme Court decision Thursday that will leave shoppers... 1 day
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