Researchers build model that may explain how plate tectonics got its start
Mathematical analysis helps untangle bacterial chromosomes
When an E. coli cell divides, it must replicate its circular chromosome and pull the resulting circles apart to take up residence in two new cells. It sounds easy enough—like a magician's trick with rings—but actually involv ...
Scientists develop a more effective molecular modeling process
It's difficult and time-consuming to produce accurate computer models of molecules, primarily because traditional modeling methods are limited in their ability to handle alternative molecular shapes and, consequently, are ...
Well-being not a priority for workaholics, researcher says
Working overtime may cost you your health, according to a Kansas State University doctoral researcher.
First mathematical analysis of gun policy tradeoff emphasizes need for more data
You clap, so I clap: Peer pressure drives applause
If you have just seen a play that you privately think is drivel, will you keep silent when everyone around you demands an encore?
Hairpin turn: Micro-RNA plays role in wood formation
For more than a decade, scientists have suspected that hairpin-shaped chains of micro-RNA regulate wood formation inside plant cells. Now, scientists at NC State University have found the first example and mapped out key ...
Secret of efficient photosynthesis: Purple bacteria's light-harvesting prowess lies in highly symmetrical molecules
Purple bacteria are among Earth's oldest organisms, and among its most efficient in turning sunlight into usable chemical energy. Now, a key to their light-harvesting prowess has been explained through a detailed structural ...
Math pattern analysis shows Twitter users happier the farther they are from home
Novel methods to support decision making processes
Mathematical analysis based on numbers and numerical estimates is widely used in decision making everywhere from public administration and business to environmental conservation. Methods for decision analysis evaluate different ...
Researchers find a common angle and tipping point of branching valley networks
Over the course of decades or even centuries, Earth's landscape can appear relatively static, with mountains and valleys seemingly anchored firmly in place. Viewed over a longer timescale, however—on the ...
New research could help winemakers with 'stuck' batches
(Phys.org)—Batches of wine that get "stuck" or slowed during the fermentation process pose a big problem for winemakers, costing them time, money and a lot of ruined batches.
Japanese robot to sit top-ranked university exam
Japanese researchers are working on a robot they hope will be smart enough to ace entrance exams at the nation's top university, which test everything from maths to foreign languages.
Maths experts question key ecological theory
Mathematicians at the University of York in the UK and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand say they have disproved a widely accepted theory underpinning the operation of complex networks of interactions in the natural ...