'Groupthink' is not a valid argument against climate science  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
When the Australian federal environment minister, Sussan Ley, went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef in August, she told waiting reporters on the shore that she'd seen "amazing wildlife, fish,... more
Russia to give cosmonauts guns to fend off animals on landing  PHYS.ORG · 13 hours
Russia is testing a gun that returning cosmonauts could use to fend off wild animals when landing in remote areas, the head of the Russian space... more
Emissions from cannabis growing facilities may impact indoor and regional air quality  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
The same chemicals responsible for the pungent smell of a cannabis plant may also contribute to air pollution on a much larger scale, according... more
Scientists develop DNA microcapsules with built-in ion channels  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
A Research group led by Tokyo Tech reports a way of constructing DNA-based microcapsules that hold great promise for the development of new functional materials and devices (Figure 1). They showed that... more
Hurricane Dorian was also a catastrophe for the Bahamas' unique birds  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Hurricane Dorian was the second most powerful Atlantic hurricane on record and the fifth to reach the highest hurricane category (five) in the past four years.... more
Scientific progress could result in human extinction  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Our present moment is characterized by a growing obsession with the long term. The study of climate change, for example, relies on increasingly long-range simulations. Science's predictions are no longer merely hypotheses for validation... more
How getting rid of 'shit jobs' and the metric of productivity can combat climate change  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Climate action is often about sacrifice: eat less meat, don't fly, and buy less stuff. These things are... more
The perfect atomic-scale sieve  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Graphene is perfectly selective to protons and blocks even smallest ions like chlorine, University of Manchester research shows. This result will be important for the development of graphene-based membranes for applications ranging from fuel cells to desalination. more
#ShowYourStripes: how climate data became a cultural icon  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
It seems that people are finally waking up to the threat of climate change. The most poignant sign of this for me was seeing an infographic I created adorning the main music... more
Parental involvement plays key role in children's academic attainment, research shows  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
New research has shown how parental engagement has a positive effect on a child's academic attainment—regardless of age or socioeconomic status. more
Left vs Right is dead: Politics is about anarchists vs centrists, new CAGE study shows  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Politics should no longer be divided between "left-wing" and "right-wing" because the vital dividing line between groups of... more
New cells identified that repair tissue  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Researchers at Oxford University have discovered that a newly discovered group of cells can help repair tissues in the body. more
How stress affects performance and competitiveness across gender  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
In general, both men and women perform better in competitive situations. However, when women are in a state of elevated stress, competition has the opposite effect and leads to worse performance. As... more
Comet's collapsing cliffs and bouncing boulders  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Scientists analyzing the treasure trove of images taken by ESA's Rosetta mission have turned up more evidence for curious bouncing boulders and dramatic cliff collapses. more
Inequality: What we've learned from the 'Robots of the late Neolithic'  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Seven thousand years ago, societies across Eurasia began to show signs of lasting divisions between haves and have-nots. In new research published in the journal Antiquity,... more
Researchers find way to study proteins moving (relatively) slowly  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Proteins are the workhorses of our bodies. They keep our organs functioning. They regulate our cells. They are the targets for medications that treat a number of diseases, including cancers... more
Ultrafast optical field-ionized gases: A laboratory platform to study kinetic plasma instabilities  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Kinetic instabilities commonly arise from anisotropic (different properties in different directions) electron velocity distributions within ionospheric, cosmic and terrestrial plasmas. But only a handful... more
Bigger cities boost 'social crimes'  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
As cities grow in size, crime grows even faster. But while certain types of crime—car theft and robbery, for example—exponentially outpace the population, other crime categories buck the trend. Rape, for example, grows only linearly, at roughly the... more
Spider silk is created by adding spider DNA to microbes  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Did you know that female spiders can weave seven different types of silk? And that, by mimicking spiders, humans have learned to make a silken material that is... more
A Trojan horse approach could lead to treatments for some antibiotic-resistant bacteria  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
A deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacterium can be sterilized by hijacking its heme-acquisition system, which is essential for its survival. The new strategy, developed by Nagoya... more
New algorithms shown to accelerate biopharmaceutical process  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Biopharmaceuticals are necessary, life-saving tools. But the process for making them is time-consuming and costly, particularly when it comes to the process of purification—the removal of unwanted elements like proteins, viruses, and DNA. more
Researchers discover new topological phases in a class of optical materials  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Optical devices create, guide, and detect electromagnetic waves and include lasers, telescopes, and solar cells. Most of the materials used in these devices are challenging for... more
New open cluster discovered using Gaia  PHYS.ORG · 14 hours
Using data from ESA's Gaia satellite, German astronomers have detected a new open cluster in the Milky Way galaxy. The newly found cluster, designated Gaia 8, consists of about 100 stars, most likely including the Beta... more
How we can make ports more sustainable—and why it matters  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Take a look at the objects around you. The laptop or phone you are using to read this article, the clothes you are wearing, the glass of juice... more
Post-typhoon blackout raises disaster prep questions in Japan  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
A lengthy post-typhoon blackout outside Tokyo that has left tens of thousands of people without power for more than a week is raising questions about preparedness in disaster-prone Japan. more
Tiny penguin's clean bill of health after epic NZ-Australia swim  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
A tiny penguin that made the mammoth journey from New Zealand to Australia has been nursed back to health and released into the wild—in the hope it will... more
Study suggests dog breeds with less artificial selection history behave more wolf-like  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
A team of researchers from the University of Pisa and the University of Milan has found evidence that shows that dog breeds with a... more
Under pressure: How young people cope with anxiety  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Dr. Valerie Sotardi from the University of Canterbury (UC)'s College of Education, Health & Human Development researches assessment-related anxiety in first-year students. The educational psychologist recently developed online resources to help young... more
The good, the bad and the ugly: The nations leading and failing on climate action  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
It is almost five years since the landmark Paris deal was struck. Nearly 200 countries agreed to work... more
Could we intercept interstellar comet C/2019 Q4 Borisov?  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
When 'Oumuamua passed through our solar system two years ago, it set off a flurry of excitement in the astronomical community. Here was the first-ever interstellar object that be observed by human... more
Scientists identify weather event behind extreme cold in Europe and Asia during February 2018  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
Researchers have identified a weather event that caused an unusually extreme cold wave to hit Europe and Asia during the... more
Colorful new gecko species described  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
A Griffith University student has played a key role in the discovery and description of a new gecko species—the eye-catching yellow-snouted bent-toed gecko from a mountain forest in Papua New Guinea. more
Sunflowers found to share nutrient-rich soil with others of their kind  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
A team of researchers at the University of Alberta has found that sunflower plants send fewer roots into nutrient-rich patches of soil when another sunflower is... more
Why attending a climate strike can change minds (most importantly your own)  PHYS.ORG · 15 hours
This Friday in the lead-up to the United Nations climate summit, children and adults worldwide will go on strike for stronger action on climate... more
Scientists construct energy production unit for a synthetic cell  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
Scientists at the University of Groningen have constructed synthetic vesicles in which ATP, the main energy carrier in living cells, is produced. The vesicles use the ATP to maintain their... more
Asteroid orus occultation observed for the first time ever by eVscope  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
On September 7, 2019, a Unistellar team flew to Oman and successfully used the eVscope to observe an occultation of the asteroid Orus for the first... more
'Snow-cannon' Enceladus shines up Saturn's super-reflector moons  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
Radar observations of Saturn's moons, Mimas, Enceladus and Tethys, show that Enceladus is acting as a "snow-cannon," coating itself and its neighbors with fresh water-ice particles to make them dazzlingly reflective. The extreme radar... more
Russian scientists use ultrasound to increase grain harvest  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
Scientists of the South Ural State University have created and patented a method of processing grain that will balance the amino acid composition, increase the amount of synthesized vitamins and minerals in... more
An eco-friendly method for the synthesis of cinnamaldehyde  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
A RUDN University chemist has developed an ecologically safe method of obtaining cinnamaldehyde—a compound with antibacterial and anticancer activity. The scientist used catalysts based on iron and palladium nanoparticles to avoid the... more
Prehistoric crocodile fossil discovered in New Mexico  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
Jurassic dinosaur fossils were first found in New Mexico more than 100 years ago. Now a crocodile fossil has been discovered in New Mexico's Jurassic rocks. The fossil was discovered in September of 2018... more
Satellites to reveal sea state and much more than the eye can see  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
UNSW Sydney engineers are developing new satellite technology that can be used to determine the state of the seas as well as... more
New study addresses changes in lobster molt timing, Gulf of Maine temperature shifts  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
Variation in lobster molt timing has been increasing in recent years, and is related to changing ocean temperatures in the Gulf of... more
Humanity and nature are not separate: We must see them as one to fix the climate crisis  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
From transport and housing to food production and fashion, our civilisation is driving climate... more
Microbe chews through PFAS and other tough contaminants  PHYS.ORG · 16 hours
In a series of lab tests, a relatively common soil bacterium has demonstrated its ability to break down the difficult-to-remove class of pollutants called PFAS, researchers at Princeton University said. more
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