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Three universities and a health care institution are sharing a gift of more than $1 billion that's one of the largest in the history of higher education, they... more
Explosion in Tianjin Port enhanced atmospheric nitrogen deposition over the Bohai Sea  PHYS.ORG · 18 hours
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Slow down: Dutch cut max speed limit to rein in pollution  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
The Dutch government is lowering the top speed limit on highways in a bid to put the brakes on emissions of the pollutant nitrogen oxide. more
Delhi smog hits 'emergency' levels as Britain's Prince Charles visits  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Female director numbers growing in UK: study  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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World thirst for oil keeps growing, with SUVs a key culprit  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Flooding drowns St Mark's priceless mosaics in sewage  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Air pollution shuts schools in Iran's capital  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Environmental groups call for speed limits on ships  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Leading international specialists in the field of art history have released the initial findings of a four-year collaborative research project centering around one of Glasgow's most famous paintings,... more
Harvesting energy from light using bio-inspired artificial cells  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Highly selective adsorbent material attracts undesirables to benefit biomanufacturing  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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ESA's Mars orbiters did not see latest Curiosity methane burst  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
In June, NASA's Curiosity rover reported the highest burst of methane recorded yet, but neither ESA's Mars Express nor the ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter recorded any signs of... more
Oyster aquaculture has small but positive impact on Chesapeake Bay water quality  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Astrophysicist discovers numerous multiple star systems with exoplanets  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Rapidly compressing lead to planetary-core type pressures found to make it stronger than steel  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Why flooding is still so difficult to predict and prepare for  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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A study warns about the ecological impact caused by sediment accumulation in river courses  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Few-cycle pulses break the 300 W barrier  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
A team led by researchers from the Max Born Institute for Nonlinear Optics and Short Pulse Spectroscopy (MBI), Laser-Laboratorium Göttingen (LLG) and Active Fiber Systems (AFS) has generated multi-millijoule 3-cycle pulses at 318 W... more
World's oldest glue used from prehistoric times till the days of the Gauls  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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When bubbles bounce back  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
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Epitaxially-grown molybdenum oxide advances as a bulk-like 2-D dielectric layer  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
Since the successful isolation of graphene from bulk graphite, remarkable properties of graphene have attracted many scientists to the brand-new research field of 2-D materials. However, despite excellent... more
How transit scaling shapes cities  PHYS.ORG · 19 hours
The research, published in Nature Sustainability, analyzed data collected from 48 metropolitan areas in the United States, including New York, Boston, Minneapolis and Atlanta, which showed a positive correlation between ridership, residential density, and the convenience of using... more
Lady backpacks and manly beer: The folly of gendered products  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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Rational transparent conductor design provides a boost to carbon nanotubes application  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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Oldest carnivorous dinosaur fossil unearthed in Brazil  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
A team of researchers from Universidade Federal de Santa Maria and Universidade de São Paulo, both in Brazil, has found and identified the oldest carnivorous dinosaur fossil to date. In their paper published in... more
Plant specimens provide powerful data about life in the Anthropocene  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
Researchers from Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Michigan State University report plant specimens are being used in novel new ways that could influence future environmental policy, species... more
Electronic nose to 'sniff' dogs for deadly tropical disease  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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Research team illuminates system by which plants have formed secondary buds since ancient times  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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Researchers develop thin heat shield for superfast aircraft  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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For more than 3.5 billion years, living organisms have thrived, multiplied and diversified to occupy every ecosystem on Earth. The flip side to this explosion of... more
Lead-tainted water: How to keep homes, schools, daycares and workplaces safe  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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Healthy mangroves help coral reef fisheries under climate stress  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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Fluid dynamics provides insight into wildfire behavior  PHYS.ORG · 20 hours
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Astronomers conduct one of the most detailed studies of a stellar halo  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
An international team of astronomers has used the Subaru Telescope to probe the stellar halo of the nearby Messier 81 (M81) galaxy. The observations... more
Who controls whom: Algae or sea anemone?  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
Bleached anemones—those lacking symbiotic algae—do not move toward light, a behavior exhibited by healthy, symbiotic anemones. Published in Coral Reefs, this finding from Carnegie's Shawna Foo, Arthur Grossman, and Ken Caldeira, along with Lauren... more
A more sustainable material to reinforce concrete structures  PHYS.ORG · 21 hours
The next generation of ultra high-performance fiber-reinforced concrete (UHPFRC) has just been created at EPFL. The new material will be used to strengthen and to extend the life span of bridges and... more
Time spent with the New Musical Express falls 72% after magazine switches online-only  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
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The smart move: People learn more by trusting than by not trusting  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
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Scientists find two identical-looking bird species have very different genes  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
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NASA's Mars 2020 will hunt for microscopic fossils  PHYS.ORG · 22 hours
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