Carbon nanotubes: The weird world of 'remote Joule heating'
(Phys.org) -- A team of University of Maryland scientists have discovered that when electric current is run through carbon nanotubes, objects nearby heat up while the nanotubes themselves stay cool, like a ...
Higher-math skills entwined with lower-order magnitude sense
The ability to learn complex, symbolic math is a uniquely human trait, but it is intricately connected to a primitive sense of magnitude that is shared by many animals, finds a study to be published by the Proceedings of ...
Software that recognizes behavior patterns developed to improve computer tracking of human activity
(Phys.org)—Contrary to what you might see in police dramas, you don't have to be Jason Bourne to shake off a computer tracking you through a video feed. Cross paths with someone who vaguely resembles you, ...
The more people rely on their intuitions, the more cooperative they become, study shows
It's an age old question: Why do we do good? What makes people sometimes willing to put "We" ahead of "Me?" Perhaps our first impulse is to be selfish, and cooperation is all about reining in greed. Or maybe cooperation happens ...
Study shows age doesn't necessarily affect decision-making
Many people believe that getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making. But a new study from North Carolina State University shows that when it comes to making intuitive decisions - using your ...
Learning curve: Tricks to resist temptation
Here's good news for dieters who face food challenges in the break room every day: A new study in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that our resistance gets a boost after we've just been exposed to similar temptations.
Liking sweets makes sense for kids
As any parent knows, children love sweet-tasting foods. Now, new research from the University of Washington and the Monell Center indicates that this heightened liking for sweetness has a biological basis and is related ...
The dangers of surveillance: It's bad, but why?
(Phys.org) —Surveillance is everywhere, from street corner cameras to the subject of books and movies. "We talk a lot about why surveillance is bad, but we don't really know why," says Neil Richards, JD, privacy law expert ...
Yahoo adds 1 director as 2 board members exit
Yahoo is adding a new director and parting ways with two other board members in the latest shake-up of the Internet company's hierarchy.
US adds eBay to accused firms in 'poaching' probe (Update)
US authorities sued online retail giant eBay Friday, claiming it was part of a conspiracy with software maker Intuit to refrain from hiring each other's employees to keep salaries under control.
It's all in the details: Why are some consumers willing to pay more for less information?
Some consumers will pay more for a product if they are given detailed information on how it works while others are inclined to pay less when given too much detail, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research.
Eye-tracking glasses look for airport navigation clues
(Phys.org)—Do you love planes, airports and technology? And perhaps you've been lost at an airport at some stage in your travels?
Retailers large and small find advantages to mobile payments
The way we pay for things is changing. Those credit-card keypads yielding paper receipts are giving way to a new group of mobile payment devices that merchants say charge cheaper swipe fees, and are faster and easier to use.
Web startups analyze investment choices
Silicon Valley, birthplace of personal finance and investment heavyweights like Intuit, Financial Engines and Mint, is percolating with new startups that help people manage their money and portfolios online.