Fungi collection key in identifying diseases
A collection of fungi maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) played a crucial role in helping scientists identify the specific fungus causing an anthracnose disease discovered in a southern ...
Cells move as concentration shifts
What do wound healing, cancer metastasis, and bacteria colonies have in common? They all involve the collective displacement of biological cells. New research sheds some new light on the physical mechanisms provoking the ...
Where do astronauts go when they need 'to go?'
Alan Shepard became the first American to fly in space on May 5, 1961. Although NASA engineers had put considerable planning into his mission, dubbed Freedom 7, noticeably missing from this extensive preparation was a way ...
In the mood for music
Could a computer distinguish between the moods of a mournful classical movement or an angst-ridden emo rock song? Research to be published in the International Journal of Computational Intelligence Studies, suggests that i ...
Muscles act as metamaterials due to collective behavior, physicists show
Apple TV adds HBO Go, WatchESPN to line up
Apple on Wednesday added HBO GO and WatchESPN to the line-up of programming available on its Apple TV devices that stream shows from the Internet to living room screens.
Study finds the sweet spot—and the screw-ups—that make or break environmental collective actions
Sustainability programs are a Goldilocks proposition – some groups are too big, some are too small, and the environment benefits when the size of a group of people working to save it is just right.
Scientists reconstruct the genome of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for leprosy
Why was there a sudden drop in the incidence of leprosy at the end of the Middle Ages? To answer this question, biologists and archeologists reconstructed the genomes of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible ...
Eureka! Unique exhibition in Rome honours Archimedes
The great inventor of Antiquity, Archimedes, is the star of an unprecedented exhibition opening in Rome which includes modern applications of some of his best known discoveries.
Review: Backing up may be hard to do, but I'm giving it another try
For many people, backing up their computers is like getting exercise or eating more vegetables: They know it's the right thing to do, but they just can't seem to get around to it. I know, because I'm like that.
Help wanted: Public needed to uncover clues in bug collections
Like bugs? Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at natural history museums? Interested in helping scientists understand our changing environment? These are just some of the reasons why people should ...
Bonaparte family letter to return to France
(Phys.org) —A handwritten letter dated April 27, 1792, signed by Joseph Bonaparte and referring to a skirmish in Corsica involving Napoleon, the writer's then 22-year-old brother, will be returned to its ...
Evolution shapes new rules for ant behavior
In ancient Greece, the city-states that waited until their own harvest was in before attacking and destroying a rival community's crops often experienced better long-term success.
New model to recommend media content according to your preferences
Researchers at the Technical University of Madrid (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) have developed a model capable to recommend audiovisual content to each user based on their own media consumption and intrinsic features ...