Study finds mantis shrimp process vision differently than other organisms (w/ video)
Gadget Watch: The desk that tells you to stand up
Sitting down all day is bad for you, or so doctors say. There's been a burst of interest in standing desks, but they're not that easy to use, and it's hard to motivate sitters to stand.
Scientists describe two new gorgonian soft coral species
Gorgonians are a type of soft corals easily distinguishable by the complex branching shape, which has also probably inspired their name, coming from the Gorgon Medusa- a creature from the Greek mythology ...
Study finds facial coloration in old world monkeys related to environment and social factors
Monkeys have the most colorful faces of all mammals, and new research suggests that's not just a pretty face.
Edited RNA + invasive DNA add individuality
The story of why we are all so different goes well beyond the endless mixing and matching of DNA through breeding. A new study in the journal Nature Communications, for instance, reports a new molecular mechan ...
Nanostructures filter light to order
Arrays of nanoscale pillars made to reflect light of a selected color could find application as optical filters in digital cameras.
Physicists patent method to change skin-color perception
How someone perceives color is determined by how the item they are looking at scatters and emits light. In August, three City College of New York physicists affiliated with the Institute for Ultrafast Spectroscopy ...
Unusual structural and electronic properties make skin pigments superior radical scavengers
(Phys.org) —A black and insoluble biopolymer called eumelanin and other types of melanin together determine skin and hair color, particularly for dark phenotypes. Eumelanin is also a soft, biocompatible ...
A better breathalyzer: Gel-filled gemstones make new reusable tool for detecting alcohol vapor concentration
To gauge whether suspects involved in accidents or routine traffic stops have been driving drunk, police officers pair field sobriety tests with breathalyzers, which signal the presence of alcohol in the ...
Researchers' smartphone 'microscope' can detect a single virus, nanoparticles
(Phys.org) —Your smartphone now can see what the naked eye cannot: A single virus and bits of material less than one-thousandth of the width of a human hair.
Dynamically reconfiguring images with flexible OLED FlexCam (w/ Video)
Lake Tahoe clarity improves, outlook not so clear
While clarity improved at Lake Tahoe for a second straight year in 2012, long-term trends show that climate change is impacting the Lake Tahoe Basin with drier years, less precipitation, higher lake temperatures ...
Study of bird feathers might lead to better colors in the future
Yale professor Hui Cao hopes to replicate the brilliant colors of bird feathers in the laboratory, in this case using lasers.