Researchers suggest Vikings used crystals with sun compass to steer at night
Spatial order increases cooperation in quantum prisoner's dilemma game
Mathematician drafts urban nuclear shelter guide
A scientist published a guide Wednesday to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.
Understanding the chain fountain: A problem-solving partnership (w/ Video)
(Phys.org) —The Rutherford School Physics Partnership is giving A-level physicists a unique opportunity to tackle a real research problem. The problem of the chain fountain was revealed by BBC Science presenter Steve Mould. 2.8 m ...
New study highlights key role soil structure plays in water uptake by crops
The increased global consumption of food means that there is an increasing yield gap between crop production and crop usage. To help tackle this issue, a team of scientists from the University of Southampton ...
New modelling technique could bypass the need for engineering prototypes
A new modelling technique has been developed that could eliminate the need to build costly prototypes, which are used to test engineering structures such as aeroplanes.
Researchers pinpoint when the First Dynasty of kings ruled Early Egypt
For the first time, a team of scientists and archaeologists has been able to set a robust timeline for the first eight dynastic rulers of Egypt. Until now there have been no verifiable chronological records for this period ...
New work sets timeline for the first pharaohs
Archaeologists drawing on a wide range of tools said on Wednesday they had pinpointed the crucial time in world history when Egypt emerged as a distinct state.
Oxford Questions seek to pull back the curtain on the foundations of quantum physics
Ironing out the origins of wrinkles, creases and folds
Engineers from Brown University have mapped out the amounts of compression required to cause wrinkles, creases, and folds to form in rubbery materials. The findings could help engineers control the formation ...
3D modeling technology offers groundbreaking solution for engineers
Software developed at the University of Sheffield has the potential to enable engineers to make 'real world' safety assessments of structures and foundations with unprecedented ease.
Errors on Viking sun compass hint at alternative purpose
Robotic fish navigate flowscapes
The EU funded European research project FILOSE has developed robots with a new sense - lateral line sensing. All fish have this sensing organ but so far it had no technological counterpart on man-made underwater ...
Shipwreck find could be legendary 'sunstone'
An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners, researchers said on Wednesday.
Efficient distributed quantum computing
(Phys.org)—A quantum computer doesn't need to be a single large device but could be built from a network of small parts, new research from the University of Bristol has demonstrated. As a result, building ...