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Turning 'big brother' surveillance into a helping hand to the homeless
PHYS.ORG Surveillance evokes fear of a "big brother" state watching our every move. The proliferation of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras in our cities and the emergence of... 12 hours
What is climate-ready infrastructure? Some cities are starting to adapt
PHYS.ORG VIDEO The most recent international report on climate change paints a picture of disruption to society unless there are drastic and rapid cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. 12 hours
Secondary building units (SBUs)—the turning point in the development of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs)
PHYS.ORG There is an urgent need to control materials on the molecular level to make "materials on demand." A strategy to develop such... 12 hours
Climate change: Nauru's life on the frontlines
PHYS.ORG International perceptions of the Pacific Island nation of Nauru are dominated by two interrelated stories. Until the turn of the century, it was the dramatic boom and bust of Nauru's phosphate mine, and the... 12 hours
AI changing the way scientists carry out experiments
PHYS.ORG There's plenty of speculation about what artificial intelligence, or AI, will look like in the future, but researchers from The Australian National University (ANU) are already harnessing its power. 12 hours
European-Japanese mission to investigate the smallest planet in the Solar System
PHYS.ORG The European-Japanese planetary mission BepiColombo lifted off from the European spaceport in French Guiana at 03:45 Central European Summer time on 20 October 2018 (22:45 on... 12 hours
Flint water crisis is the most egregious example of environmental injustice, says researcher
PHYS.ORG The water crisis in Flint is the most egregious example of environmental injustice in recent U.S. history, according to a founder of... 12 hours
Does your dog have a bacterial infection? This test could tell you in two minutes.
PHYS.ORG Want to know which bacteria are making your dog or cat sick? Northeastern professor Edgar Goluch has started... 12 hours
Americans are not financially prepared for old age, study finds
PHYS.ORG Americans are living longer than past generations, and for many that means working longer, too. While for some this might be a choice, for many it is a... 12 hours
Study of Northeast food system advances understanding of regional potential
PHYS.ORG After seven years of analyzing a number of consumption, distribution, production, and other aspects of the Northeast U.S. food system, researchers from Penn State and 10 other universities... 12 hours
New technique reveals limb control in flies—and maybe robots
PHYS.ORG A new neural recording technique developed by EPFL bioengineers enables for the first time the comprehensive measurement of neural circuits that control limb movement. Tested on the fruit fly, results... 12 hours
HD 87240 is a chemically peculiar star with an overabundance of heavy elements, study suggests
PHYS.ORG European astronomers have conducted a chemical study of the star HD 87240, a member of the open cluster... 12 hours
How do we cope with demands for water as we enter an era of scarcity?
PHYS.ORG Urban water systems in California and elsewhere face a time of reckoning, warns Richard Luthy, professor of civil... 12 hours
Study finds foot-binding was driven by economics, not sex and beauty
PHYS.ORG Depending on whom you ask, foot-binding was everything from a bizarre cultural fetish that placed male ideas of beauty ahead of women's health and well-being to... 12 hours
Researchers switch material from one state to another with a single flash of light
PHYS.ORG Scientists from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have demonstrated a surprisingly... 12 hours
Understanding architecture of cancer-linked BAF protein complexes provides insight into disease
PHYS.ORG In 2013, Broad Institute member Cigall Kadoch, then a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University, discovered that approximately 20 percent of all human cancers involve mutations in... 12 hours
Washing hands despite lack of water
PHYS.ORG Even though the water we've used for washing hands is barely contaminated, it usually goes down the drain. A newly developed system allows handwashing water to be recycled, thus not only saving water, but also helping... 12 hours
AI and human creativity go hand in hand
PHYS.ORG What does AI look like? You might say it looks like a robot, or flashing LEDs, or a waveform on a screen. But what would AI say AI looks like? To find... 12 hours
How mission delays hurt young astronomers
PHYS.ORG VIDEO Back in Ye Olden Times, the job of astronomer was a pretty exclusive club. Either you needed to be so rich and so bored that you could design, build, and operate your own private observatory, or... 13 hours
NASA calls for instruments, technologies for delivery to the moon
PHYS.ORG NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the Moon on commercial lunar landers as early as next year or... 13 hours
Gravitational waves could shed light on dark matter
PHYS.ORG The forthcoming Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) will be a huge instrument allowing astronomers to study phenomena including black holes colliding and gravitational waves moving through space-time. Researchers from the University of... 13 hours
Can schools of fish be identified without human intervention?
PHYS.ORG Researchers are developing an autonomous system to monitor coastal and deep waters for fish stock. Their technology could enhance marine environment protection. 13 hours
Kes 75—Milky Way's youngest pulsar exposes secrets of star's demise
PHYS.ORG Scientists have confirmed the identity of the youngest known pulsar in the Milky Way galaxy using data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. This result could provide astronomers new... 13 hours
Some cybersecurity apps could be worse for privacy than nothing at all
PHYS.ORG It's been a busy few weeks for cybersecurity researchers and reporters. There was the Facebook hack, the Google plus data breach, and allegations that... 13 hours
Astronomers propose a new method for detecting black holes
PHYS.ORG A stellar mass black hole is a compact object with a mass greater than three solar masses. It is so dense and has such a powerful force of attraction that... 13 hours
Understanding the building blocks for an electronic brain
PHYS.ORG Computer bits are binary, with a value of zero or one. By contrast, neurons in the brain can have many internal states, depending on the input that they receive. This allows the... 13 hours
Itchy Dog Project extended to all breeds of dog
PHYS.ORG A popular University of Nottingham veterinary survey into the problem of itchy skin allergies in dogs is being extended to include all breeds of dog after some interesting initial results. 13 hours
One more reason to love the striped bass: Antimicrobials
PHYS.ORG It's hard to think of a fish with a higher across-the-board value than the striped bass—or rockfish, as it's known in the Chesapeake Bay region. 13 hours
Study describes cellular factories in greater detail
PHYS.ORG Many important natural products such as antibiotics, immunosuppressants and cancer drugs are derived from microorganisms. These natural products are often small proteins or peptides generated in the cell by NRPS enzymes similar to a... 13 hours
Ridding waters of plastic waste with jellyfish filters
PHYS.ORG What do microplastic filters, fertilisers and fish feed have in common? They can all be produced using jellyfish. At least, that's what one research team has set out to prove as they... 13 hours
Heredity matters: Ancestral protease functions as protein import motor in chloroplasts
PHYS.ORG Over 1 billion years ago, a relationship began between the ancestor of all living plants and a type of bacterium that paved the way for the... 13 hours
The evolutions of religion in the workplace in France
PHYS.ORG In France, the principle of laicity is a pillar of society, and it is unusual to display one's spirituality and religiosity in the workplace. However, since the early 2010s, the succession of cases leading to court... 13 hours
Why some earthquakes are so deadly
PHYS.ORG You feel a jolt. Was that … no, it couldn't be. Wait, it is an earthquake. 13 hours
'Oumuamua one year later
PHYS.ORG One year ago this week astronomers discovered an unusual object moving through space not too far from the Earth's orbit. In just a few days they realized it could not be a normal asteroid or comet – its path showed... 15 hours
Electronics giant Philips posts mixed results in Q3
PHYS.ORG Dutch electronics giant Philips, which is focusing its business on medical equipment and services, on Monday posted higher third quarter sales but profits dipped due to currency headwinds. 15 hours
OECD predicts unsustainable rise in use of raw materials
PHYS.ORG The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is warning that the world's consumption of raw materials will rise sharply, putting greater pressure on the environment. 15 hours
Japan firms fined $3.4 million over maglev bid-rigging
PHYS.ORG Two major construction companies were Monday ordered to pay fines totalling more than $3 million for colluding to win contracts on Japan's multi-billion-dollar maglev project. 15 hours
Japan orders Facebook to improve data protection
PHYS.ORG The Japanese government on Monday ordered Facebook to improve protection of users' personal information following data breaches affecting tens of millions of people worldwide. 15 hours
Fiat sells auto parts unit to Japan's Calsonic for 6.2 bn euros
PHYS.ORG Fiat Chrysler said Monday it was selling its Italian auto parts unit Magneti Marelli to Japan's Calsonic Kansei (CK) in a deal worth 6.2... 15 hours
New algorithm can more quickly predict LED materials
PHYS.ORG Researchers from the University of Houston have devised a new machine learning algorithm that is efficient enough to run on a personal computer and predict the properties of more than 100,000 compounds... 16 hours
Rising temperatures and human activity are increasing storm runoff and flash floods
PHYS.ORG Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the U.S. and Super Typhoon Mangkhut in the Philippines have shown the widespread and harmful impact of weather extremes... 16 hours
Guilty until proven innocent: police perceptions jeopardize investigations
PHYS.ORG An investigator's belief that a person is guilty may be the reason innocent people get convicted, according to a recent study. 16 hours
Offshore wind farms to test business in deep water
PHYS.ORG As wind turbines become increasingly familiar sights along shorelines, developers of offshore floating platforms, which harness the powerful winds further out to sea, are seeking to establish their technologies as... 16 hours
Dangerous Hurricane Willa closes in on Mexico
PHYS.ORG Hurricane Willa surged to a dangerous Category Four storm off Mexico's Pacific coast, US forecasters said Sunday, warning of a life-threatening storm surge and heavy winds and rainfall. 18 hours
Japanese Nobel chemistry laureate Shimomura dies at 90
PHYS.ORG Japanese-born Marine biologist Osamu Shimomura, who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry, has died. He was 90. 18 hours
Ryanair first-half profits fall 7% after widespread strikes
PHYS.ORG Ryanair's first half to September profits fell seven percent to €1.2 billion, the low-cost airline announced Monday, after widespread strike action by pilots and cabin crew disrupted operations. 18 hours
Stephen Hawking's wheelchair, thesis for sale
PHYS.ORG Stephen Hawking was a cosmic visionary, a figure of inspiration and a global celebrity. 18 hours
UTSA creates web-based open source dashboard of North Pole
PHYS.ORG It's called ArcCI (or Arctic CyberInfrastructure) and promises to combine the thousands of images that have been taken along the years of the Arctic Ocean into one global database that... 18 hours
Labrador retrievers at risk of various health problems
PHYS.ORG Labrador retrievers, the second most popular dog breed in the UK, are vulnerable to a number of health conditions, according to a study published in the open access journal Canine Genetics and... 18 hours
Climate fund approves $1B for projects in poor countries
PHYS.ORG A U.N.-backed fund has approved more than $1 billion for 19 new projects to help developing countries tackle climate change, officials said Sunday. 1 day
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