US space shuttle Endeavour heads to museum
(AP)—The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour began a journey to its new life as a museum piece Wednesday, heading west on the last ferry flight of its kind as NASA shuts down its shuttle program.
Taiwan's Foxconn to open new plant in Brazil
Taiwanese technology giant Foxconn said Wednesday it is set to invest $492 million to build a new facility in Sao Paulo, Brazil to produce smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.
EU, publishers near deal in e-book pricing probe
European regulators said on Wednesday they were near a deal with giant publishers accused of e-book price fixing, weeks after media giants including Apple sealed a deal in the United States.
Are you cuckoo? What your emailing style says about you
(Phys.org)—Most people have an email address these days and electronic mail has superseded letters and facsimiles as the primary method of written communication between individuals, particularly in business.
New study reveals surprising evolutionary path of lizards and snakes
(Phys.org)— A new study, published online in Biology Letters on September 19, has utilized a massive molecular dataset to reconstruct the evolutionary history of lizards and snakes. The results reveal a surp ...
Tagging of brown crabs leads to new discoveries
A study involving local fishermen has been shedding new light on the lives of brown crabs in the Orkney Islands. Researchers from Heriot-Watt's International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) have been ...
Negative political ads pack punch with voters who trust politicians, study shows
(Phys.org)—Contrary to conventional wisdom, negative political advertisements don't always work as well as some believe. In part, this is because the audience with which they seem to work best—people who think government ...
Study suggests raising the bar for olive oil quality control
Almost all of the samples in a recent authenticity and quality review of olive oils sold to restaurants and food-service establishments passed common federal chemistry tests but often failed to meet sensory ...
Insight into snake venom evolution could aid drug discovery
UK-led scientists have made a discovery about snake venom that could lead to the development of new drugs to treat a range of life-threatening conditions like cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Ancient crocodiles ate like killer whales
(Phys.org)—Crocodiles are often thought of as living fossils, remaining unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs. But scientists have shown this is not always the case and that 150 million years ago, their ...
Seagrasses make full recovery after flood
CSIRO researchers have found that vital seagrass beds in Moreton Bay recovered within 12 months of the 2011 Brisbane floods.
Higgs: Bringing the power of data-mining to astrophysics, biology
(Phys.org)—The art of data mining is about searching for the extraordinary within a vast ocean of regularity. This can be a painful process in any field, but especially in particle physics, where the amount ...
Researchers discover method of measuring nanotubes with greater efficiency
(Phys.org)—A Rice University laboratory has come up with a one-size-fits-almost-all way to measure batches of single-walled nanotubes that promises to help researchers and industry make more efficient use ...
Many sharks colour blind, research confirms
(Phys.org)—New research which could help to deter and conserve sharks has confirmed that many of the ocean predators are probably completely colour blind.