Biologist weighs in on recent findings regarding the potential for life on Mars
The red planet made a splash in the media this past week, due to the combined efforts of Ridley Scott's film The Martian and NASA's announcement of new evidence for the existence of water flowing on the surface of Mars.
New study identifies factors that affect email response time
What are the chances that a person will respond to your email in the next hour? And why is the reply so terse? New study by USC Viterbi School of Engineering researchers finds that email responses depend on a variety of factors ...
Study says Fukushima disaster was preventable
The worst nuclear disaster since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown never should have happened, according to a new study.
Why don't men live as long as women?
Across the entire world, women can expect to live longer than men. But why does this occur, and was this always the case?
Tiny sponge fossil upsets evolutionary model
Researchers have unearthed a fossil of a sponge, no bigger than a grain of sand, that existed 60 million years earlier than many expected.
Climate change will irreversibly force key ocean bacteria into overdrive
Imagine being in a car with the gas pedal stuck to the floor, heading toward a cliff's edge. Metaphorically speaking, that's what climate change will do to the key group of ocean bacteria known as Trichodesmium, scientists ...
Researchers introduce new layered semiconducting materials as silicon alternative
When the new iPhone came out, customers complained that it could be bent—but what if you could roll up your too big 6 Plus to actually fit in your pocket? That technology might be available sooner than you think, based ...
Fast and accurate synchronization in the 'blink' of an eye
"Let's synchronize our watches." It's the classic line before a group goes out on a mission. We are all familiar with the concept of synchronized clocks - less known, but equally important, is that wireless devices need to ...
Mutant cells that can't copy DNA somehow keep dividing when they shouldn't—with disastrous consequences
Researchers at USC have developed a yeast model to study a gene mutation that disrupts the duplication of DNA, causing massive damage to a cell's chromosomes, while somehow allowing the cell to continue dividing.