Study: Social media users shy away from opinions
People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.
Existing power plants will spew 300 billion more tons of carbon dioxide during use
Existing power plants around the world will pump out more than 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide over their expected lifetimes, significantly adding to atmospheric levels of the climate-warming gas, according ...
Best view yet of merging galaxies in distant universe
Using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array, and other telescopes, an international team of astronomers has obtained the best view yet of a collision that took place between two galaxies when the ...
Study says Earth can sustain more terrestrial plant growth than previously thought
A new analysis suggests the planet can produce much more land-plant biomass – the total material in leaves, stems, roots, fruits, grains and other terrestrial plant parts – than previously thought.
Microsoft researchers use social media to teach Skype how to translate languages in real-time
Laser pulse turns glass into a metal
For tiny fractions of a second, quartz glass can take on metallic properties, when it is illuminated be a laser pulse. This has been shown by calculations at the Vienna University of Technology. The effect ...
Blocking cell division with two synergistic chemical inhibitors
(Phys.org) —The cycle of cell division—one cell splitting itself into two—is a crucial and complex process managed by finely tuned molecular machines. When working properly, cell division assures healthy ...
In ancient fish teeth, a tale of ecological resilience
(Phys.org) —Microscopic fish teeth may carry a message of hope from an ecological upheaval in the distant past, scientists at Yale University and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) have found.
Southwest may face 'megadrought' within century, study finds
(Phys.org) —Due to global warming, scientists say, the chances of the southwestern United States experiencing a decadelong drought is at least 50 percent, and the chances of a "megadrought" – one that ...
Calculating conditions at the birth of the universe
(Phys.org) —Using a calculation originally proposed seven years ago to be performed on a petaflop computer, Lawrence Livermore researchers computed conditions that simulate the birth of the universe.
New research finds that world-class sprinters attack the ground to maximize impact forces and speed
The world's fastest sprinters have unique gait features that account for their ability to achieve fast speeds, according to two new studies from Southern Methodist University, Dallas.
A glucose meter of a different color provides continuous monitoring
(Phys.org) —University of Illinois engineers are bringing a touch of color to glucose monitoring.
Science could make canola oil more nutritious, and broccoli more tasty
(Phys.org) —Genomics researchers of the University of Arizona's iPlant collaborative, housed in the BIO5 Institute, have helped unravel the genetic code of the rapeseed plant, most noted for a variety whose ...
New Horizons spacecraft crosses Neptune orbit en route to historic Pluto encounter
(Phys.org) —NASA's Pluto-bound New Horizons spacecraft has traversed the orbit of Neptune. This is its last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto ...