Gene may help reduce GM contamination
Genetically modified crops have long drawn fire from opponents worried about potential contamination of conventional crops and other plants. Now a plant gene discovered by University of Guelph scientists ...
New paper-like material could boost electric vehicle batteries
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering have developed a novel paper-like material for lithium-ion batteries. It has the potential to boost by several times ...
There's a crack forming on Rosetta's 67P: Is it breaking up?
Not all comets break up as they vent and age, but for Rosetta's comet 67P, the Rubber Duckie comet, a crack in the neck raises concerns. Some comets may just fizzle and uniformly expel their volatiles throughout ...
Automated method beats critics in picking great movies
Don't rely on the Academy Awards next month if you are seeking to know whether the movies deemed great today will survive the test of time.
Entrepreneurs succeed in transforming used PET into mineral paper
In order to cut down fewer trees and avoid wasting water, a group of young Mexicans designed a system that converts used PET bottles into mineral paper or peta paper, which is biodegradable and meets quality ...
Pharmaceuticals, personal care products could taint swimming pools
A new study suggests pharmaceuticals and chemicals from personal care products end up in swimming pools, possibly interacting with chlorine to produce disinfection byproducts with unknown properties and health ...
E Ink isn't just for e-readers any more
E-readers may be passe, but you could soon see the black-and-white, easy-to-read screens that helped make them a big hit in a lot more places and products.
'Text overlap' clutters scientific papers, arXiv analysis finds
Computer text analysis of a huge database of scientific papers shows a large amount of "text overlap," where authors use text from previous papers of their own and others, not always with attribution. This ...
Amazon launches one-hour shipping in Manhattan
Amazon.com launched a service Thursday that promises one-hour delivery of household products to its Prime customers in Manhattan.
Lovely wrapping make us happier about the gift, research proves
With holiday gift-giving season ramping up, let's consider the art of giftwrapping: Is the effort behind those precise folds, elaborate bows and tiny ornaments really worth it? Yes – research says it is.
Assessing scientific research by 'citation wake' detects Nobel laureates' papers
Review finds environmental impact and toxicity of biocides used in fracking still largely unknown
A Colorado State University-led research team has completed the most comprehensive review to date of the environmental fate and toxicity of the biocides most commonly used in hydraulic fracturing fluids.
Colin Firth the neuroscientist? Real-life role reveals ethical dilemma in science
As you snuggle by the fire this holiday season to watch Love Actually, you should know that you're also viewing the work of a published academic neuroscientist. That's right – actor Colin Firth is cited ...
The dark side of research – when chasing prestige becomes the prize
I love my job. I'm trying to understand how plants build themselves out of thin air. It's exciting, it's creative, it's beautiful and on top of all that it's important and useful. I like working with other ...