Detecting chemicals, measuring strain with a pencil and paper
(Phys.org) —Sometimes solving a problem doesn't require a high-tech solution. Sometimes, you have to look no farther than your desktop.
Laundering money—literally—could save billions of dollars
A dollar bill gets around, passing from hand to hand, falling on streets and sidewalks, eventually getting so grimy that a bank machine flags it and sends it to the shredder. Rather than destroying it, scientists ...
Data are lost to science at 'astonishing rate'
New evidence reported in the journal Current Biology on December 19 confirms long-held fears about the fate of scientific data. Careful evaluation of more than 500 randomly selected studies found that the original data b ...
Researchers describe how to cause older Apple computers to video record without turning on LED light
White paper urges new approaches to assure access to scientific data
A newly released white paper calls for new approaches for preserving scientific data and sustainable funding of domain repositories—data archives with ties to specific scientific communities.
Lovely wrapping make us happier about the gift
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.
Women's presence in science is not reflected in peer-review authorship or citations
After reviewing the authorship of 5.4 million peer-reviewed articles, University of Montreal information scientist Prof Vincent Larivière and colleagues from UQAM and University of Indiana have established ...
Investigation reveals black market in China for research paper authoring
Research team quantifies 'the difficulties of reproducibility'
(Phys.org) —A key pillar of "the scientific method" is reproducibility, one way to prove another scientist's experimental claims. If the experiment and its results can be reproduced, the validity of the work is considerably ...
Statistician suggests raising statistical standards to reduce amount of non-reproducible studies
Loss and damage from climate change
An open access special issue of the International Journal of Global Warming brings together, for the first time, empirical evidence of loss and damage from the perspective of affected people in nine vulnerable countries. The ar ...
Folding batteries increases their areal energy density by up to 14 times
Evolutionary question answered: Ants more closely related to bees than to most wasps
(Phys.org) —Ants and bees are surprisingly more genetically related to each other than they are to social wasps such as yellow jackets and paper wasps, a team of University of California, Davis, scientists ...
Disney researchers harvest energy from rubbing, tapping paper-like material
Electric current sufficient to light a string of LEDs, activate an e-paper display or even trigger action by a computer can be generated by tapping or rubbing simple, flexible generators made of paper, thin ...