Researchers show that how fast you drive might reveal exactly where you are going
(Phys.org) —In our constantly connected, information-rich society, some drivers are jumping at the chance to let auto insurance companies monitor their driving habits in return for a handsome discount on ...
Physicists eye neural fly data, find formula for Zipf's law
Physicists have identified a mechanism that may help explain Zipf's law – a unique pattern of behavior found in disparate systems, including complex biological ones. The journal Physical Review Letters is pub ...
Law of physics governs airplane evolution
Researchers believe they now know why the supersonic trans-Atlantic Concorde aircraft went the way of the dodo—it hit an evolutionary cul-de-sac.
Security expert claims iOS 7 doesn't encrypt email attachments
New polymer can be used to map sweat droplets in fingertips for identification purposes
Newly identified 'universal' property of metamagnets may lead to everyday uses
(Phys.org) —A new physics discovery made by a University of Virginia-led team may lead to more efficient refrigerators, heat pumps and airport scanners, among many possible uses –perhaps within a decade.
Nanoparticle trapped with laser light temporarily violates the second law of thermodynamics
Objects with sizes in the nanometer range, such as the molecular building blocks of living cells or nanotechnological devices, are continuously exposed to random collisions with surrounding molecules. In ...
How evolution shapes the geometries of life: Scientists solve a longstanding biological puzzle
Why does a mouse's heart beat about the same number of times in its lifetime as an elephant's, although the mouse lives about a year, while an elephant sees 70 winters come and go? Why do small plants and ...
Beyond the Moore's Law: Nanocomputing using nanowire tiles
An interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers from The MITRE Corporation and Harvard University have taken key steps toward ultra-small electronic computer systems that push beyond the imminent end ...
In sync and in control? Marching in unison makes men feel more formidable
(Phys.org) —In the aftermath of the Aug. 9 shooting of an 18-year-old African American man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, much of the nation's attention has been focused on how law enforcement's ...
Indonesia passes law to tap volcano power
The Indonesian parliament on Tuesday passed a long-awaited law to bolster the geothermal energy industry and tap the power of the vast archipelago's scores of volcanoes.
Law changed to allow 'unlocking' cellphones
President Barack Obama signed a bill into law on Friday making it legal once again to unlock a cellphone without permission from a wireless provider, so long as the service contract has expired.
Eyes on you: Experts reveal police hacking methods (Update 2)
Law enforcement agencies across the globe are taking a page out of the hacker's handbook, using targets' own phones and computers to spy on them with methods traditionally associated with cybercriminals, ...
Google, Microsoft to add smartphone 'kill' switches (Update)
Google and Microsoft said Friday they plan to join Apple in offering theft-deterring "kill switches" in their smartphone operating systems, as part of an agreement with mayors and police agencies.