Evolution of lying
(Phys.org) —Ultimately, our ability to convincingly lie to each other may have evolved as a direct result of our cooperative nature.
Slow avalanches oscillate in new experiment
"Avalanches"—the crackling behavior of materials under slowly increasing stress, like crumpling paper or earthquakes—may have a novel facet previously unknown, say Cornell researchers.
Colorful science sheds light on solar heating
A crucial, and often underappreciated, facet of science lies in deciding how to turn the raw numbers of data into useful, understandable information often through graphs and images. Such visualization ...
New twist on ancient math problem could improve medicine, microelectronics
A hidden facet of a math problem that goes back to Sanskrit scrolls has just been exposed by nanotechnology researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut.
SLAC's newest facility kicks off user run
(Phys.org) -- After months of installation and commissioning efforts, SLAC's newest user facility welcomed its first two groups of experimenters on Friday. They came to use the tightly focused electron bunches ...
To make better fuel cells, study the defects
Engineers trying to improve fuel-cell catalysts may be looking in the wrong place, according to new research at Cornell.
Dental delight! Tooth of sea urchin shows formation of biominerals
(PhysOrg.com) -- Some of the most common minerals in biology, including those in bones and shells, have a mysterious structure: Their crystals are positioned in the same orientation, making them behave as ...
Getting the most out of gemstones
Emeralds, rubies and the like are referred to as colored gemstones by experts. They sparkle and shine with varying intensity, depending on the cut. A new machine can achieve the best possible cut and extract ...
Brain on a chip?
(PhysOrg.com) -- How does the human brain run itself without any software? Find that out, say European researchers, and a whole new field of neural computing will open up. A prototype 'brain on a chip' is ...