Science

  • Wild bee species critical to pollination on the decline
    on April 18, 2019 at 10:09 AM

    More than a dozen wild bee species critical to pollinizing everything from blueberries to apples in New England are on the decline, according to a new study. […]

  • Jet shares nosedive after flights grounded, lenders 'hopeful'
    on April 18, 2019 at 10:04 AM

    Jet Airways shares plunged more than 32 percent on Thursday, hours after the Indian carrier's final flight landed following a decision to ground its entire fleet. […]

  • Strong 6.1-magnitude quake hits Taiwan, injuring 17 people
    on April 18, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people. […]

  • The secret to a stable society? A steady supply of beer doesn't hurt
    on April 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    A thousand years ago, the Wari empire stretched across Peru. At its height, it covered an area the size of the Eastern seaboard of the US from New York City to Jacksonville. It lasted for 500 years, from 600 to 1100 AD, before eventually giving rise to the Inca. That's a long time for an empire to remain intact, and archaeologists are studying remnants of the Wari culture to see what kept it ticking. A new study found an important factor that might have helped: a steady supply of beer. […]

  • Green material for refrigeration identified
    on April 18, 2019 at 9:00 AM

    Researchers from the UK and Spain have identified an eco-friendly solid that could replace the inefficient and polluting gases used in most refrigerators and air conditioners. […]

  • Japan's Suzuki in domestic recall of 2 mln vehicles
    on April 18, 2019 at 8:03 AM

    Japanese small car manufacturer Suzuki announced Thursday it was recalling two million vehicles shipped domestically, citing improper inspections and a series of other faults including false fuel efficiency data. […]

  • Boeing conducts final test flight of 737 MAX with software fix
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:30 AM

    Boeing has conducted a final test flight of a 737 MAX model with an updated anti-stall system prior to its certification by aviation authorities, the aerospace manufacturer said Wednesday. […]

  • Samsung to inspect Galaxy Fold phones after reviewer complaints
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:26 AM

    Samsung announced Thursday it will inspect units of its highly anticipated folding smartphone after some reviewers reported screen damage. […]

  • Pinterest prices IPO at $19 to begin trading Thursday
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Pinterest on Wednesday announced it would price its initial public offering at $19 a share to begin trading on Wall Street the following day. […]

  • Amazon to pull plug on China retail operations: report
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    Amazon plans to close down its online retail operations that cater to consumers in China in an apparent admission of defeat to local e-commerce rivals such as Alibaba and JD.com, a report said on Thursday. […]

  • Kakapow! Rare world's fattest parrot has record breeding season
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:25 AM

    The world's fattest parrot, the critically endangered kakapo, has enjoyed a record breaking breeding season, New Zealand scientists said Thursday, with climate change possibly aiding the species' unique mating spree. […]

  • Scientists unearth 220 million-year-old dinosaur fossils in Argentina
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    A site containing the 220-million-year-old fossilised remains of nearly a dozen dinosaurs has been discovered in western Argentina, researchers said Wednesday. […]

  • Forecasters turn to array of technology to fight floodwaters
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    An arsenal of new technology is being put to the test fighting floods this year as rivers inundate towns and farm fields across the central United States. Drones, supercomputers and sonar that scans deep under water are helping to maintain flood control projects and predict just where rivers will roar out of their banks. […]

  • California dispute threatens plan to protect Colorado River
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:23 AM

    A dispute between two major California water agencies is threatening to derail a hard-won agreement designed to protect a river that serves 40 million people in the U.S. West. […]

  • Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:18 AM

    Paleontologists at Ohio University have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and enormous piercing canine teeth, this massive carnivore would have been an intimidating part of the eastern African ecosystems occupied by early apes and monkeys. […]

  • How bacteria build an enzyme that destroys climate-changing laughing gas
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:17 AM

    New research from the University of East Anglia reveals how soil bacteria build the only known enzyme for the destruction of the potent global warming and ozone-depleting gas nitrous oxide. […]

  • Ocean circulation likely to blame for severity of 2018 red tide
    on April 18, 2019 at 7:16 AM

    The harmful algae that causes red tide is currently at near undetectable levels in Florida waters compared with the much higher concentrations at this time last year. The red tide algae, Karenia brevis, causes respiratory issues, is responsible for massive fish kills and is often blamed for damaging tourism. […]

  • Glowing millipede genitalia help scientists tell species apart
    on April 18, 2019 at 6:41 AM

    Sometimes, it's really easy for scientists to tell species of animals apart—they'll be obviously different shapes or colors. Other times, different species will look nearly identical to the naked eye. In those cases, scientists need to turn to techniques like DNA analysis to tell them apart. Or, like researchers at the Field Museum discovered when studying some near-identical millipedes, you can sometimes just shine a blacklight on them, and under the ultraviolet light, parts of the […]

  • Study shows female managers don't mean higher pay for women
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    A new paper in the European Sociological Review indicates that women's and men's earnings are not affected by the share of female managers in an organization, nor by the sex of workers' individual managers. […]

  • Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson's and dementia in animal study
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    A prescribed drug to treat high blood pressure has shown promise against conditions such as Parkinson's, Huntington's and forms of dementia in studies carried out in mice and zebrafish at the University of Cambridge. […]

  • Experimental antiplatelet compound for acute stroke shows promise
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    An experimental compound inhibited clot formation without increased bleeding, a common side effect of current anticlotting therapies, in a phase I study.First-in-human study shows the anticlotting drug was well-tolerated without serious safety concerns in healthy volunteers.Next-phases will gauge effectiveness and safety in patients with acute ischemic strokes. […]

  • Fossils found in museum drawer in Kenya belong to gigantic carnivore
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Paleontologists at Ohio University have discovered a new species of meat-eating mammal larger than any big cat stalking the world today. Larger than a polar bear, with a skull as large as that of a rhinoceros and enormous piercing canine teeth, this massive carnivore would have been an intimidating part of the eastern African ecosystems occupied by early apes and monkeys. […]

  • Ocean circulation likely to blame for severity of 2018 red tide
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    2018 was the worst year for red tide in more than a decade. A new study reveals what made it so severe. […]

  • Preschoolers with chronic constipation tend to be picky eaters
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    In the first study of its kind in the US, researchers found that normally developing preschool children with chronic constipation have underlying sensory issues that contribute to their difficulties with toileting behaviors. These children are often picky eaters who might be overly sensitive to food textures, tastes, or odors. They also might have an exaggerated response to noises, bright lights, or other sensory stimuli. Findings were published in the Journal of Pediatrics. […]

  • Green material for refrigeration identified
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Researchers from the UK and Spain have identified an eco-friendly solid that could replace the inefficient and polluting gases used in most refrigerators and air conditioners. […]

  • Study shows female managers don't mean higher pay for women
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    A new paper in the European Sociological Review indicates that women's and men's earnings are not affected by the share of female managers in an organization, nor by the sex of workers' individual managers. […]

  • Late dinner and no breakfast is a killer combination
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    People who skip breakfast and eat dinner near bedtime have worse outcomes after a heart attack. That's the finding of research published today in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). […]

  • Glowing millipede genitalia help scientists tell species apart
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Researchers studying near-identical species of millipedes found a new way to tell them apart: shining a blacklight on them. Under the UV light, parts of the different species' genitals will glow different colors. This discovery has allowed scientists to rewrite this part of the millipede family tree. […]

  • In vivo super-resolution photoacoustic computed tomography by localization of single dyed droplets
    on April 18, 2019 at 4:00 AM

    Recently, researchers at the Caltech Optical Imaging Laboratory, directed by Lihong Wang, developed a technique for in vivo super-resolution PACT. It breaks the acoustic diffraction limit by localizing the centers of single dyed droplets flowing in blood vessels. This technique resolves brain blood vessels at a six-fold finer resolution. The research has been published in Light: Science and Applications. […]

  • Facebook shareholders are getting fed up with Zuckerberg but can't do anything about him
    on April 17, 2019 at 11:40 PM

    Judging from the proxy statement issued by Facebook last week in advance of its May 30 annual meeting, the company's shareholders are starting to get fed up with its leadership by co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. […]

  • CRISPR is now being used on humans in the U.S.
    by Kat Eschner on April 17, 2019 at 10:00 PM

    Health The gene editing trial has two patients so far. Two patients are currently being treated using CRISPR as part of a University of Pennsylvania study. […]

  • As Disney+ enters the streaming landscape, here's a guide for where to find your favorite movies and shows
    on April 17, 2019 at 9:40 PM

    Have fun remembering all of your passwords. […]

  • Neuroscientists just brought pig brain cells back to life, changing our view of death
    by Kaitlin Sullivan on April 17, 2019 at 9:39 PM

    Health The new technology might also help researchers better treat brain injuries. Scientists have successfully revived dead pig brains—at least partially. A study published Wednesday in Nature reports a team restored some function in brains removed […]

  • Meteor seen blazing through skies over East Coast
    on April 17, 2019 at 9:06 PM

    Residents along the East Coast have reported seeing a meteor blazing across the nighttime sky. […]

  • Space station shipment launched from Virginia seashore
    on April 17, 2019 at 9:05 PM

    A fresh grocery shipment is on its way to the International Space Station after launching from Virginia. […]

  • Researchers develop new platform that recreates cancer in a dish to quickly determine the best bacterial therapy
    on April 17, 2019 at 9:04 PM

    Engineering bacteria to intelligently sense and respond to disease states, from infections to cancer, has become a promising focus of synthetic biology. Rapid advances in genetic engineering tools have enabled researchers to "program" cells to perform various sophisticated tasks. For example, a network of genes can be wired together to form a genetic circuit in which cells can be engineered to sense the environment and modulate their behavior or produce molecules in response. […]

  • Researchers improve method to recycle and renew used cathodes from lithium-ion batteries
    on April 17, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Researchers at the University of California San Diego have improved their recycling process that regenerates degraded cathodes from spent lithium-ion batteries. The new process is safer and uses less energy than their previous method in restoring cathodes to their original capacity and cycle performance. […]

  • Why researchers are mapping the world's manure
    on April 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM

    Farmers rely on phosphorus fertilizers to enrich the soil and ensure bountiful harvests, but the world's recoverable reserves of phosphate rocks, from which such fertilizers are produced, are finite and unevenly distributed. Stevens Institute of Technology is spearheading an international effort to map the global flow of phosphorus, much of which will be absorbed by crops, then eaten and excreted as waste by animals and people—and jump-start efforts to recapture and recycle the vital […]

  • Artificial intelligence speeds efforts to develop clean, virtually limitless fusion energy
    on April 17, 2019 at 8:58 PM

    Artificial intelligence (AI), a branch of computer science that is transforming scientific inquiry and industry, could now speed the development of safe, clean and virtually limitless fusion energy for generating electricity. A major step in this direction is under way at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Princeton University, where a team of scientists working with a Harvard graduate student is for the first time applying deep learning—a […]

  • New eDNA technology used to quickly assess coral reefs
    on April 17, 2019 at 8:57 PM

    Scientists at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa Department of Biology have developed a technique for measuring the amount of living coral on a reef by analyzing DNA in small samples of seawater. The new research by Patrick Nichols, a graduate student in the marine biology graduate program, and Peter Marko, an associate professor in the Department of Biology, was published in Environmental DNA. […]

  • Entrepreneurs emerge as a force in Europe's refugee emergency
    on April 17, 2019 at 8:56 PM

    The recent wave of immigration into Europe is nothing new for Italy; its proximity to Africa has made it a destination for years, particularly for sub-Saharan refugees. But geographers are keeping an eye on this gateway nation, where newly identified Afro-Italian youth are leading a movement to reform Italy's citizenship laws and women entrepreneurs are emerging as a force. […]

  • Forecasting contagious ideas: 'Infectivity' models accurately predict tweet lifespan
    on April 17, 2019 at 8:51 PM

    Estimating tweet infectivity from the first 50 retweets is the key to predicting whether a tweet will go viral, according to a new study published in PLOS ONE on April 17, 2019 by Li Weihua from Beihang University, China and colleagues. […]

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    by Stack Commerce on April 17, 2019 at 8:30 PM

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  • Plastic hitches a ride on rain, snow, and wind to pollute the whole planet
    by Kaitlin Sullivan on April 17, 2019 at 6:30 PM

    Environment Even the most remote locations aren’t safe from our trash. Microplastics are basically everywhere. They flake off of our synthetic clothing materials and wash down the shower drain in the form of exfoliating beads. […]

  • Smartphone camera flashes are terrible because they don't really flash
    by Stan Horaczek on April 17, 2019 at 6:01 PM

    Technology A real flash on a smartphone camera is possible, but unlikely. Smartphone camera flashes probably aren't getting better any time soon. […]

  • What Happened Before the Big Bang?
    on April 17, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    The Big Bang is commonly thought of as the start of it all: About 13.8 billion years ago, the observable universe went boom and expanded into being. But what were things like before the Big Bang? […]

  • Humanity hit fast forward on geological time, and there's no rewind
    by Alex Schwartz on April 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Environment Loggers changed the way a river carved into the earth’s crust. Without much effort, humans can warm the atmosphere, turn rainforests into deserts, and bleach coral reefs. Now, according to a study published April 15 in t […]

  • Flight Attendant from Israel in Coma After Getting Measles Virus
    on April 17, 2019 at 2:50 PM

    A flight attendant in Israel is in a coma after getting the measles, according to news reports. […]

  • Does how you break-in your new motorcycle engine really matter?
    by by Ari Henning/Motorcyclist on April 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    Technology Motorcyclist compared the wear of two run-in methods. We rebuilt two used Honda CB300F engines with new top-end parts and broke them in differently over the course of 1,000 miles. Then we compared the results. […]

  • 20 tips and tricks for your new Samsung Galaxy S10
    by David Nield on April 17, 2019 at 1:30 PM

    DIY Explore the Galaxy. Boost battery life, improve picture quality, launch apps quickly, take better photos and more with our top tips for the Galaxy S10. […]