Leading scientists express rising concern about 'microplastics' in the ocean
Microplastics – microscopic particles of plastic debris – are of increasing concern because of their widespread presence in the oceans and the potential physical and toxicological risks they pose to organisms.
What to expect from the next generation of Windows
The tech world is abuzz with speculation on what Microsoft is planning for the next generation of its operating system to replace Windows 8.
Sun-like stars reveal their ages
(Phys.org) —Defining what makes a star "Sun-like" is as difficult as defining what makes a planet "Earth-like." A solar twin should have a temperature, mass, and spectral type similar to our Sun. We also ...
IBM to spend $3 bn aiming for computer chip breakthrough
IBM announced plans to pump $3 billion into an overhaul of computer chip technology to better meet modern demands of "Big Data" and computing pushed to the Internet "cloud."
Researchers develop holography technology that could change the way we view the world
Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving ...
Two CT-scanned Siberian mammoth calves yield trove of insights
(Phys.org) —CT scans of two newborn woolly mammoths recovered from the Siberian Arctic are revealing previously inaccessible details about the early development of prehistoric pachyderms. In addition, the ...
Researchers decode gestures used by chimpanzees to communicate with each other
New paths into the world of quasiparticles
Quasiparticles can be used to explain physical phenomena in solid bodies even though they are not actual physical particles. Physicists in Innsbruck have now realized quasiparticles in a quantum system and ...
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DNA of 'Evolution Canyon' fruit flies reveals drivers of evolutionary change
Scientists have long puzzled over the genetic differences between fruit flies that live hardly a puddle jump apart in a natural environment known as "Evolution Canyon" in Mount Carmel, Israel.
When life went global
"An origin of life is not the same as an origin of a biosphere—that's an important distinction," says David Grinspoon, a planetary scientist and curator of astrobiology for the Denver Museum of Nature & ...
Study yields first snapshots of water splitting in photosynthesis
An international team, led by Arizona State University scientists, has published today in Nature a groundbreaking study that shows the first snapshots of photosynthesis in action as it splits water into p ...
'Nano-pixels' promise thin, flexible, high resolution displays
A new discovery will make it possible to create pixels just a few hundred nanometres across that could pave the way for extremely high-resolution and low-energy thin, flexible displays for applications such ...
Ancient arachnid brought back to life (w/ Video)
A stunning video based on fossils of a 410-million-year-old arachnid – one of the first predators on land – recreates the animal walking.