Pandemic deals blow to plastic bag bans, plastic reduction  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
Just weeks ago, cities and even states across the U.S. were busy banning straws, limiting takeout containers and mandating that shoppers bring reusable bags or pay a small fee as... more
Researchers urge extra support for homeschooling vulnerable children  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
As Australia's teachers strive to shift education online, parents everywhere are bracing for change, but no more so than parents of children with additional needs such as autism, who fear their kids... more
Researchers present revolutionary light-emitting silicon  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
Emitting light from silicon has been the Holy Grail in the microelectronics industry for decades. Solving this puzzle would revolutionize computing, as chips will become faster than ever. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology have now developed an... more
Revolutionary new method for dating pottery sheds new light on prehistoric past  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
A team at the University of Bristol has developed a new method of dating pottery which is allowing archaeologists to date prehistoric finds from... more
New 'refrigerator' super-cools molecules to nanokelvin temperatures  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
For years, scientists have looked for ways to cool molecules down to ultracold temperatures, at which point the molecules should slow to a crawl, allowing scientists to precisely control their quantum behavior. This could... more
World's largest map of protein connections holds clues to health and disease  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
The human body is composed of billions of cells, each of which is made and maintained through countless interactions among its molecular parts. But... more
Amazonian crops domesticated 10,000 years ago  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
As agriculture emerged in early civilizations, crops were domesticated in four locations around the world—rice in China; grains and pulses in the Middle East; maize, beans and squash in Mesoamerica; and potatoes and quinoa in the... more
Climate change could cause sudden biodiversity losses worldwide  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
A warming global climate could cause sudden, potentially catastrophic losses of biodiversity in regions across the globe throughout the 21st century, finds a new UCL-led study. more
Don't look to mature forests to soak up carbon dioxide emissions  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
Research published today in Nature suggests mature forests are limited in their ability to absorb "extra" carbon as atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations increase. These findings may... more
Global spice boom: An opportunity for new ag exports  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
Demand for high-value spice crops is on the rise around the world, giving confidence to proponents of establishing a new export-focused industry in northern Australia. more
New study helps improve accuracy of future climate change predictions  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
New research published by NUI Galway's Centre for Climate & Air Pollution Studies (C-CAPS) has shone light on the impact of clouds on climate change. The study has... more
Harnessing the power of electricity-producing bacteria for programmable 'biohybrids'  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
Someday, microbial cyborgs—bacteria combined with electronic devices—could be useful in fuel cells, biosensors and bioreactors. But first, scientists need to develop materials that not only nurture the microbes, but also... more
Unwinding the mystery of degraded reel-to-reel tapes  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
Crooner Bing Crosby knew a thing or two about sound. In 1947, recognizing that recorded music sounded better on magnetic reel-to-reel tape than on vinyl records, he invested in a company to develop equipment... more
Disability and unemployment: COVID-19 heightens existing inequalities, says expert  PHYS.ORG · 6 minutes
As reality sets in about the extensive fallout during the current coronavirus pandemic, Assistant Professor David Pettinicchio cannot help but notice that people with disabilities, a part of the population... more
Pandemic policing needs to be done with the public's trust, not confusion  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
The law on what we can and can't do during the coronavirus outbreak is changing on an almost hourly basis. Some of what is... more
Harbor seals find it difficult to be heard over noise of cruise ships  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
A small team of researchers from Syracuse University, Cornell University and the Humpback Whale Monitoring Program in Glacier Bay National Park reports... more
We need stronger global efforts to protect human rights online  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
As millions of people are moving work and social interactions online to protect themselves from COVID-19, existing online safety measures may not be enough to deal with a... more
Think there are no Tiger Kings in Canada? Think again, says expert  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
As the world reels from the physical, psychological, social and economic effects of COVID-19, millions of people are being temporarily distracted by the Netflix... more
Film photosensitizer: Highly efficient singlet oxygen generation  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Photosensitized generation of singlet oxygen has attracted a great deal of interest reaching applications in various fields owing to its high biological activity and strong oxidation, including organic synthesis, wastewater treatment, and photodynamic therapy... more
First successful laser trapping of circular Rydberg atoms  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Rydberg atoms, which are atoms in a highly excited state, have several unique and advantageous properties, including a particularly long lifetime and large sensitivities to external fields. These properties make them valuable... more
Research uncovers microbial life in radioactive waste storage sites  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Two new research papers from The University of Manchester, working with colleagues at Sellafield Limited and the National Nuclear Laboratory show that microbes can actively colonize some of the most... more
Doubts about basic assumption for the universe  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
No matter where we look, the same rules apply everywhere in space: countless calculations of astrophysics are based on this basic principle. A recent study by the Universities of Bonn and Harvard, however, has... more
Rents can and should be reduced or suspended for the coronavirus pandemic  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
The National Cabinet announced a moratorium on evictions just over a week ago in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As government ministers and commentators... more
House cleaning on the nanoscale  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
A team of scientists at Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) has developed a novel mechanical cleaning method for surfaces on the nanoscale. The technique successfully removes even the tiniest contaminants down to the atomic scale, achieving an unprecedented level... more
How the world's biggest radio telescope could be used to search for aliens  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
In 2016, China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope—the largest single-aperture radio telescope in the world—gathered its first light. Since then, the telescope... more
Scientists propose explanation for night sky glow of STEVE  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Researchers have just published a theory of what powers the celestial phenomenon known as STEVE, the aurora-like glow amateur sky-watchers brought to scientists' attention in 2016. more
Deep-sea animal communities can change dramatically and erratically over time  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
A 30-year study off the California coast has revealed dramatic fluctuations in deep-sea animal communities. Despite decades of research, scientists are still not sure what drives these changes.... more
Skin microbiome of poisonous newts facilitates adaptive tetrodotoxin production  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
The textbook example in ecology, literally, goes like this: The poisonous rough-skinned newt and the garter snake are locked in an evolutionary arms race. The more resistant the snake becomes... more
Goat grazing helps control buckthorn growth  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Goat grazing as a means for removing invasive species has become an increasingly popular practice among midwestern landowners. At the same time, there's concern the goats may be spreading the invasive species they're eating through their... more
Are populist leaders a liability during COVID-19?  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
The rise of populism around the world—such as in the United States, Brazil and Indonesia—has partly contributed to the global failure to adequately respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and has led the world into... more
Tracking the atomic pathways by in-situ liquid cell TEM  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Recently, platinum-containing core-shell structures with tunable magnetic and catalytic properties have attracted intensive attentions and offered a wide range of applications. To date, their synthetic routes are mostly based on... more
Uganda: 20% decline in economic output without climate action  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
There is evidence that climate change affects both the quantity and quality of food production, reducing food security, and nutrition intake. In developing countries, where the agricultural sector dominates the... more
Mapping the evolution of coastal waters in Metro Vancouver: The Burrard Inlet  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
What did the Burrard Inlet look like in the past, compared to how it is now? What were the fishing, food source, and maritime... more
New protected area raises hopes for critically endangered monkey  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
The fortunes of the critically endangered Myanmar snub-nosed monkey have received a boost after its habitat was declared a protected area by the Myanmar government. more
Where the wild things are: How nature might respond as coronavirus keeps humans indoors  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Intriguing things sometimes happen in places deserted by people. Plants creep back, animals return and, slowly, birdsong fills the air. more
Massive generation of metastable bulk nanobubbles in water by external electric fields  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
Nanobubbles can exist on solid surfaces or in bulk liquids as nanoscopic gaseous domains. The phenomenon has attracted substantial attention due to the long-time... more
Mutation reduces energy waste in plants  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
To this end, the team identified several thousand proteins, determined their respective amounts in mutant and reference lines and combined the findings with measurements of photosynthetic performance. Their findings were published in the journal Nature Communications... more
Carbon emission scheme 'succeeding despite low prices'  PHYS.ORG · 48 minutes
A European Union (EU) programme aimed at reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions has made significant progress despite low prices in carbon markets, according to a study at the Universities of Strathclyde and Pittsburgh. more
CERN physics lab developing basic COVID-19 ventilator  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Physics experts are working at Europe's CERN lab to create a basic ventilator for mild coronavirus sufferers and recovering patients, the facility said on Wednesday. more
Monkeys, elephants and dogs reclaim India's streets in virus lockdown  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Hundreds of monkeys have taken over the streets around India's presidential palace, leading an animal offensive taking advantage of deserted streets as the country remains under a coronavirus... more
Shelf sediments, freshwater runoff from rivers brings more carbon, nutrients to North Pole  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
A new study by researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and their international colleagues found that freshwater runoff from rivers and... more
Are people willing to share risks together within a financial market?  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Economic anthropologist Erik Bähre does research on the morality of insurance. In his latest ethnography "Ironies of Solidarity' Bähre explores how the South African insurance market... more
Adulterated argan oil uncovered through new analytical method  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Researchers from the Quadram Institute have developed a new way to test the authenticity of argan oil, one of the world's most expensive edible oils. In recent years, it has become sought... more
Learning about artificial intelligence: A hub of MIT resources for K-12 students  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
In light of the recent events surrounding Covid-19, learning for grades K-12 looks very different than it did a month ago. Parents and educators... more
Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
You may have seen the Israeli mom's video rant about the intensity of the workload of her four children during online learning: "If we don't die of Corona, we'll die of distance learning!" more
Researchers create unique DNA biosensor for early stage disease detection  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
Disease detection at an early stage is one of the biggest challenges biochemists and materials scientists are trying to meet by combining their expertise at Missouri S&T. The... more
After COVID-19: Recalibrating the American educational system  PHYS.ORG · 2 hours
The closure of schools mid-semester and the transition to online learning have forced a great reckoning in American education. As with the health care sector, the education system stands to be profoundly transformed by... more
Scientists propose explanation for night sky glow of STEVE
Ease up on e-learning expectations for kids
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