Modifying rice crops to resist herbicide prompts weedy neighbors' growth spurt
Rice containing an overactive gene that makes it resistant to a common herbicide can pass that genetic trait to weedy rice, prompting powerful growth even without a weed-killer to trigger the modification benefit, new research ...
Want responsible robotics? Start with responsible humans
(PhysOrg.com) -- When the legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Responsible Robotics," he forever changed the way humans think about artificial intelligence, and inspired generations of engineers ...
Quantum Computer Chips Now One Step Closer To Reality
In the quest for smaller, faster computer chips, researchers are increasingly turning to quantum mechanics -- the exotic physics of the small. The problem: the manufacturing techniques required to make quantum devices have ...
How one transportation business survived hurricane Sandy
In a year-long case study of a major American transportation company, researchers at The Ohio State University have uncovered the strategies that helped the company maintain safety and meet customer demand during 2012's Hurricane ...
Yoga reduces cytokine levels known to promote inflammation
(PhysOrg.com) -- Regularly practicing yoga exercises may lower a number of compounds in the blood and reduce the level of inflammation that normally rises because of both normal aging and stress, a new study has shown.
American families taking 'divergent paths,' study finds
After a period of relative calm during the 1990s, rapid changes in American families began anew during the 2000s, a new analysis suggests.
Plant with 'eggbeater' testure inspires waterproof coating
A floating weed that clogs waterways around the world has at least one redeeming feature: It's inspired a high-tech waterproof coating intended for boats and submarines.
Volcanoes played pivotal role in ancient ice age, mass extinction
(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers here have discovered the pivotal role that volcanoes played in a deadly ice age 450 million years ago.
Giant super-earths made of diamond are possible
(PhysOrg.com) -- A planet made of diamonds may sound lovely, but you wouldn't want to live there.
Is the Milky Way doomed to be destroyed by galactic bombardment? Probably not
(PhysOrg.com) -- As scientists attempt to learn more about how galaxies evolve, an open question has been whether collisions with our dwarf galactic neighbors will one day tear apart the disk of the Milky Way.