'Hot spots' ride a merry-go-round on Jupiter
(Phys.org) —In the swirling canopy of Jupiter's atmosphere, cloudless patches are so exceptional that the big ones get the special name "hot spots." Exactly how these clearings form and why they're only ...
Less haze in Singapore as the cause becomes clearer and more complex
Small and large-scale farmers in Riau province, Sumatra, have been blamed for the recent choking smoke smothering Singapore and parts of Malaysia. But scientists in Indonesia have added a third category of 'mid-level entrepreneurs'. ...
Designing ultra-sensitive biosensors for early personalised diagnostics
A new type of high-sensitivity and low-cost sensors, called plasmonic biosensors, could ultimately become a key asset in personalised medicine by helping to diagnose diseases at an early stage.
Oceanic islands preferred thin crust
(Phys.org)—Debate over how and where oceanic island chains, like Hawaii, form, is at an end according to an academic from The Australian National University.
Providing free Wi-Fi gets tricky for businesses
In Madison, Wis., where Wi-Fi hot spots often are easier to find than a parking space, you wouldn't think that a cafe would turn off its wireless Internet connection.
Google Internet eyewear heads for Britain
Google on Monday made Glass available in Britain to early adopters willing to spend 1,000 pounds for a chance to dabble with the Internet-linked eyewear.
AT&T expands Wi-Fi zones in public spaces
(AP) -- AT&T Inc. is expanding Wi-Fi access for its subscribers in New York and introducing it in San Francisco, adding data capacity in two cities with heavy wireless network use from the iPhone and other devices.
FCC, FTC seek explanations on phone location data
(AP) -- Federal regulators are joining the growing list of public officials demanding answers from Apple Inc. and Google Inc. about the extent to which mobile devices track the location of their users and store detailed ...
Senator calls for smartphone app privacy policies
(AP) -- A key member of the Senate Judiciary Committee is challenging Apple Inc. and Google Inc. to require all developers that make apps for their mobile devices to adopt formal privacy policies.
Boy or girl? Understanding how red-tailed hawks migrate
(PhysOrg.com) -- As any resident of upstate New York will tell you, the red-tailed hawk is the most common hawk in North America. Often seen perched on light and telephone poles along major highways, this ...
Small-scale soil studies provide big benefits
When it comes to studying microbial communities in soil, the smaller the sample, the better. Only by approaching the scale at which microbes interact and function, the micron scale, can scientists understand ...
NASA satellite sees several western US fires blazing
Fires are raging in the western U.S. and in one overpass from its orbit around the Earth, NASA's Aqua satellite picked up smoke and identified hot spots from fires in Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico.
US regulators give Wi-Fi more breathing space
US telecom regulators have moved to expand the capacities for Wi-Fi Internet access with more room on the broadcast spectrum and "more flexible" rules.
Help 'Merlin' become a wizard at identifying birds
(Phys.org) —Soon, when you see a bird you can't identify, Merlin, a new online bird ID tool from Cornell, will be able to help.