Ant colonies help evacuees in disaster zones
An escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map of showing the shortest routes ...
Friction harnessed by proteins helps organize cell division
(Phys.org) —A football-shaped structure, known as the mitotic spindle, makes cell division possible for many living things. This piece of cellular architecture, responsible for dividing up genetic material, ...
Tech giants look to skies to spread Internet
The shortest path to the Internet for some remote corners of the world may be through the skies. That is the message from US tech giants seeking to spread the online gospel to hard-to-reach regions.
TRMM satellite adds up Tropical Cyclone Ita's Australian soaking
After coming ashore on April 11, Tropical Cyclone Ita dropped heavy rainfall over the weekend that caused flooding in many areas of northeastern Australia's state of Queensland. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring ...
Google launches digital tour of Cambodia's Angkor Wat
Cambodia's Angkor Wat has been digitally mapped for the first time, allowing people to visit the World Heritage Site from the comfort of their armchair using Google Street View.
Building an indoor 3-D map on the spot, via smartphone
The view from the basement laboratory is breathtaking. Not the one out the tiny windows of the half-underground office. It's on a smartphone that computer science Prof. Stergios Roumeliotis is using while walking around the ...
Cassini may have spotted waves in Titan's seas
It's no surprise that Titan's north polar region is covered with vast lakes and seas of liquid methane—these have been imaged many times by Cassini during its ten years in orbit around Saturn. What is surprising ...
Candy Crush maker sees IPO valuation up to $7.6 bn (Update)
The maker of the addictive mobile game Candy Crush hopes to raise as much as $532.8 million in a New York IPO that would value the company at up to $7.6 billion.
Data gains power through graphics and charts, specialists say
It seems like big data is everywhere you look. And in a way, it is: Maps, medical scans, and weather charts are commonplace forms of data visualization. Each was examined during "Thinking with Your Eyes," ...
Scientists pinpoint potential oases in a changing climate
(Phys.org) —Breakthrough research on identifying potential climate oases, called microrefugia, could set a new standard for reducing risk in land management, writes UTS research fellow Dr John Gollan.
Reduced ignition propensity requirement may cause changes to cigarette smoke chemistry
Scientists have created temperature maps to explain how reduced ignition propensity (RIP) bands influence cigarette burn rate and possibly the chemical composition of the resulting smoke.
Drivers may use smartphones for maps: court
A California appeals court has tossed out a fine for a driver checking a smartphone map to escape traffic, offering a new interpretation in the crackdown on "distracted driving."
Polar bears join natural wonders at Google Maps
Google on Thursday added polar bears to the natural splendor people can glimpse from the comfort of their homes at the Internet giant's free online mapping service.
Do smartphone traffic apps really work?
Mobile apps promise real-time traffic info, but - honk! honk! - picking the best route is still a gamble.