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Global warming 'pause' since 1998 reflects natural fluctuation, study concludes
Statistical analysis of average global temperatures between 1998 and 2013 shows that the slowdown in global warming during this period is consistent with natural variations in temperature, according to research ...
Suddenly, the sun is eerily quiet: Where did the sunspots go?
The sun has gone quiet. Almost too quiet. A few weeks ago it was teeming with sunspots, as you would expect since we are supposed to be in the middle of solar maximum-the time in the sun's 11-year cycle when ...
Mysterious dance of dwarfs may force a cosmic rethink
(Phys.org) —The discovery that many small galaxies throughout the universe do not 'swarm' around larger ones like bees do but 'dance' in orderly disc-shaped orbits is a challenge to our understanding of ...
Transiting exoplanet with longest known year
Astronomers have discovered a transiting exoplanet with the longest known year. Kepler-421b circles its star once every 704 days. In comparison, Mars orbits our Sun once every 780 days. Most of the 1,800-plus ...
Study vindicates climate models accused of 'missing the pause'
Climate models can recreate the slowdown in global warming since 1998, as long as they correctly factor in crucial variables such as the state of the El Niño system, new research has shown.
Yahoo builds mobile muscle with Flurry buy
Yahoo continued its quest for renewed relevance with the purchase of a startup specializing in analyzing and making money from mobile applications.
Radar search to find lost Aboriginal burial site
Scientists said Tuesday they hope that radar technology will help them find a century-old Aboriginal burial ground on an Australian island, bringing some closure to the local indigenous population.
World breaks monthly heat record two times in a row (Update)
The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That's after the world broke a record in May.
Carbyne morphs when stretched: Calculations show carbon-atom chain would go metal to semiconductor
(Phys.org) —Applying just the right amount of tension to a chain of carbon atoms can turn it from a metallic conductor to an insulator, according to Rice University scientists.
Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning
Why does the word "dog" have meaning? If you say "dog" to a friend, why does your friend understand you?
Material generates steam under solar illumination
A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun.
Accused Android app pirates face criminal charges
US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices.