US finally giving boot to official foot measurement  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
Change is afoot for the official measuring stick used to size up big places in America. more
Cholera kills over 27,000 pigs in Indonesia  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
More than 27,000 pigs have died in a hog-cholera epidemic that has struck Indonesia, with thousands more at risk, an animal welfare official said. more
UN climate talks unravelling, face failure  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
A UN climate summit in Madrid risked collapsing Saturday after all-night negotiations between countries left them more divided than ever over on how to fight global warming and pay for its ravages. more
How does our Milky Way galaxy get its spiral form?  PHYS.ORG · 9 hours
A question that has long puzzled scientists is how our Milky Way galaxy which has an elegant spiral shape with long arms, took this form. more
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon up by more than double: data  PHYS.ORG · 10 hours
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon in November surged by 104 percent compared to the same month in 2018, according to official data released Saturday. more
Mitochondria are the 'canary in the coal mine' for cellular stress  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Mitochondria, tiny structures present in most cells, are known for their energy-generating machinery. Now, Salk researchers have discovered a new function of mitochondria: they set off... more
Thousands of 'penis fish' exposed on California beach  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
Thousands of marine worms dubbed "penis fish" for their shape and color appeared this week on a California beach after a strong winter storm exposed them. more
Five years of thirst: S.Africa's Eastern Cape battles brutal drought  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
South African farmer Steve Bothma heaved a sigh of relief when the weatherman finally predicted rain. more
RIT and IAR observe pulsars for the first time from South America  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Rochester Institute of Technology and the Instituto Argentino de Radioastronomía (IAR) have collaborated to make the first pulsar observations from South America. more
Climate talks head into overtime with key issues unresolved  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Officials from almost 200 countries hunkered down for another night of talks late Friday as a U.N. climate meeting in Madrid went into overtime without agreement on key issues. more
Why are giant pandas born so tiny?  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Born pink, blind, and helpless, giant pandas typically weigh about 100 grams at birth—the equivalent of a stick of butter. Their mothers are 900 times more massive than that. more
The wild relatives of major vegetables, needed for climate resilience, are in danger  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Growing up in the wild makes plants tough. Wild plants evolve to survive the whims of nature and thrive in difficult conditions,... more
Nanoscience breakthrough: Probing particles smaller than a billionth of a meter  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed a new methodology that allows researchers to assess the chemical composition and structure of metallic particles... more
Leaving home is beneficial for male squirrels but not for females, study shows  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In the world of squirrels, moving away from your home turf has better outcomes for males than for females, according to a... more
Waiting area entertainment and co-opetition between brick-and-mortar stores boosts profit  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
With the popularity of online shopping, it's no secret brick-and-mortar stores are fighting to stay relevant. Waiting area entertainment is one way they are standing out, because no... more
Study leads to new approach to trapping light in photonic kagome crystals  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A new approach to trapping light in artificial photonic materials by a City College of New York-led team could lead to a tremendous boost... more
As California thins forests to limit fire risk, some resist  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Buzzing chainsaws are interrupted by the frequent crash of breaking branches as crews fell towering trees and clear tangled brush in the densely forested Santa Cruz Mountains south... more
A self-cleaning surface that repels even the deadliest superbugs  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
A team of researchers at McMaster University has developed a self-cleaning surface that can repel all forms of bacteria, preventing the transfer of antibiotic-resistant superbugs and other dangerous bacteria in... more
Freestanding microwire-array enables flexible solar window  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
TSCs are emerging devices that combine the advantages of visible transparency and light-to-electricity conversion. One of the valuable prospective applications of such devices is their integration into buildings, vehicles, or portable electronics. Therefore, colour-perception and flexibility... more
Simultaneous emission of orthogonal handedness in circular polarization  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Control of the polarization of light is a key feature for displays, optical data storage, optical quantum information, and chirality sensing. In particular, the direct emission of circularly polarized (CP) light has... more
Knowledge-sharing: A how-to guide  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
How is knowledge exchanged and shared when interdisciplinary research teams work together? Professor Margarete Boos and Lianghao Dai from the University of Göttingen have investigated this by studying several different research projects. Their study makes concrete recommendations for how teams... more
Salmon lose diversity in managed rivers, reducing resilience to environmental change  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The manipulation of rivers in California is jeopardizing the resilience of native Chinook salmon. It compresses their migration timing to the point that they crowd their... more
Researchers create synthetic nanopores made from DNA  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
In 2015, the first commercial nanopore DNA sequencing device was introduced by Oxford Nanopore Technologies. Based on a synthetically engineered transmembrane protein, nanopore sequencing allows long DNA strands to be channelled through the central... more
Bone bandage soaks up pro-healing biochemical to accelerate repair  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Researchers at Duke University have engineered a bandage that captures and holds a pro-healing molecule at the site of a bone break to accelerate and improve the natural healing process. more
Better studying superconductivity in single-layer graphene  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Made up of 2-D sheets of carbon atoms arranged in honeycomb lattices, graphene has been intensively studied in recent years. As well as the material's diverse structural properties, physicists have paid particular attention to the intriguing... more
Colliding molecules and antiparticles  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Antiparticles—subatomic particles that have exactly opposite properties to those that make up everyday matter—may seem like a concept out of science fiction, but they are real, and the study of matter-antimatter interactions has important medical and technological applications. Marcos Barp... more
Breathable atmospheres may be more common in the universe than we first thought  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The existence of habitable alien worlds has been a mainstay of popular culture for more than a century. In the 19th century,... more
You did what with my donation? When donors feel betrayed by charities  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
When people learn that a charitable contribution they earmarked for a specific project was used for another cause, they feel betrayed—and often punish the... more
Why linking climate change with conflict is no simple matter  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
From Sudan to Syria to Bangladesh, climate change is often presented as a powerful and simple root cause of violent conflict and mass migration. more
Margaret Morse Nice thought like a song sparrow and changed how scientists understand animal behavior  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The invader, puffed out into the shape of a ball, fluttered one wing straight up in the air.... more
Climate change novels allow us to imagine possible futures: Read these crucial seven  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Every day brings fresh and ever more alarming news about the state of the global environment. To speak of mere "climate change"... more
Botswana animal groups outraged at elephant killing  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Animal campaigners demanded on Friday that a Botswana hunter's licence be revoked after an elephant was killed despite being protected, raising tensions over the country's new hunting rules. more
Florida's black bears remain off-limits from hunters, but only for now  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The Florida black bear will remain off-limits from hunters, but only for now. more
CryoSat maps ice shelf on the move  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
It is now almost 10 years since ESA's CryoSat was launched. Throughout its decade in orbit, this novel satellite, which carries a radar altimeter to measure changes in the height of the world's ice,... more
Image: Baltic blooms  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission takes us over the green algae blooms swirling around the Baltic Sea. more
Protein injections in medicine  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Pathogens can use a range of toxins to damage their host organism. Bacteria, such as those responsible for causing the deadly Plague, use a special injection mechanism to deliver their poisonous contents into the host cell. Stefan Raunser, Director at... more
Video: OPS-SAT, the flying laboratory  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
On 17 December, ESA will launch a first-of-its-kind space laboratory, OPS-SAT. The small, low-cost test satellite has been specifically designed for operational experiments in space, and includes the most powerful flight computer on board any current ESA spacecraft. more
Microplastics 1 million times more abundant in the ocean than previously thought  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Nothing seems safe from plastic contamination. A new study by NSF-funded researchers at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography suggests there could be a million... more
Moongoose females compete over reproduction  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
Researchers at the University of Exeter, UK, followed a population of wild banded mongooses (Mungos mungo) in western Uganda for 15 years, using ultrasound imaging to track which females became pregnant and which carried to full term. They... more
Rare find: Human teeth used as jewellery in Turkey 8,500 years ago  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
At a prehistoric archaeological site in Turkey, researchers have discovered two 8,500-year-old human teeth, which had been used as pendants in a necklace or... more
Amid the wasteland of the Salton Sea, a miraculous but challenging oasis is born  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
It came as a bittersweet surprise to biologists and government agencies monitoring the steadily shrinking Salton Sea's slide toward death... more
Image: Hubble views galaxy's dazzling display  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
NGC 3175 is located around 50 million light-years away in the constellation of Antlia (the Air Pump). The galaxy can be seen slicing across the frame in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, with... more
'Organic' label doesn't guarantee that holiday ham was a happy pig  PHYS.ORG · 1 day
This holiday season, Americans will buy some 20 million turkeys and 300 million pounds of ham. more
Children in the ancient Middle East were valued and vulnerable—not unlike children today  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
The choices that societies make concerning the treatment of children can bring about the greatest of debates and prompt significant political action.... more
A long, hard look underground is required to reach net zero, say experts  PHYS.ORG · 2 days
Advances and investment in geothermal energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS) and bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) are "critical" to... more
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