Doing the math 'predicts' which movies will be box office hits
(Phys.org) —Researchers have devised a mathematical model which can be used to predict whether films will become blockbusters or flops at the box office – up to a month before the movie is released.
Research determines financial viabililty of solar power plants
Concentrated solar power technology is an emerging, environmentally friendly way to produce electricity.
Stabilizing aircraft during takeoff and landing using math
One of the lesser known concerns about commercial aircraft is their stability on the ground during taxiing, takeoff, and landing. During these processes, planes must maintain stability under various operating ...
Altruism or manipulated helping? Altruism may have origins in manipulation
Manipulation is often thought of as morally repugnant, but it might be responsible for the evolutionary origins of some helpful or altruistic behavior, according to a new study.
Online tool boosts ash cloud forecasts
A new online tool for predicting the amount of ash pumped into the atmosphere during a volcanic eruption has been made openly available to scientists around the world.
More freedom of movement while viewing glasses-free 3-D
Thanks to a new image processing technique, we can now move about in a room more freely when watching 3D-TV without wearing stereo viewing glasses. Fraunhofer will be exhibiting the technology at the IFA ...
Extinctions of large animals sever the Earth's 'nutrient arteries' (Update)
(Phys.org) —A new study has demonstrated that large animals have acted as carriers of key nutrients to plants and animals over thousands of years and on continental scales.
How bacteria 'invest' their meagre resources to bring about evolutionary success
(Phys.org) —For the first time the complex interplay between bacterial investment strategies and their outcomes has been recreated and analysed by researchers at the University of Sydney and University ...
A micro-optical method for thwarting counterfeiting
In order to thwart forgeries, EPFL researchers propose a new miniaturized authentication system. By combining both, moire patterns and microlithography techniques, it can be easily recognized by the naked eye and impossible ...
Scientists model 'extraordinary' performance of Bolt
As the world's best athletes descend on London today to take part in the Olympic Anniversary Games, a group of researchers from Mexico has provided an insight into the physics of one of the greatest athletic performances ...
Navigating our way through solar threats (w/ Video)
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are now routinely used for high accuracy operations around the globe. But the signals we rely on are vulnerable to ionospheric perturbations – fluctuations in the upper atmosphere ...
Crops watering by phone
Thanks to a new app, smart phones could help monitor irrigation water use according to need. This could ensure that food is available on our table is the produced in a sustainable way.
New phenomenon could lead to novel types of lasers and sensors
There are several ways to "trap" a beam of light—usually with mirrors, other reflective surfaces, or high-tech materials such as photonic crystals. But now researchers at MIT have discovered a new method ...
Physicists cast new light on spin-bowling
(Phys.org) —As the Ashes series gets underway next week, a pair of brothers from Australia have been exploring the physics behind the spin of a cricket ball.