Causes of Great Lakes smelt population decline are complex
The reasons for the dwindling population of smelt prey fish in the Great Lakes to near historic lows are more complicated than previously believed, new research from Purdue University and collaborators suggests.
Computer-assisted authoring tools help to create complex interactive narratives
Visitors to interactive virtual worlds want the ability to significantly affect the outcome of a story, but authoring these digital experiences is extremely complex. A new platform developed by Disney Research ...
Possible discovery in 2015 of a new particle in physics
The world's largest atom-smasher could help physicists understand mysterious dark matter in the universe, and later this year it may offer a discovery even more fascinating than the Higgs-Boson, researchers ...
Predicting consumer preferences? Do not walk a mile in their shoes
Salespeople have long believed that by imagining themselves as the customer, they can steer clear of their own personal preferences and make decisions that will appeal to consumers in general. According to a new study in ...
Technology could make treatment and reuse of oil and gas wastewater simpler, cheaper
Oil and gas operations in the United States produce about 21 billion barrels of wastewater per year. The saltiness of the water and the organic contaminants it contains have traditionally made treatment difficult and expensive.
Volvo says self-driving cars will react 'faster than most humans'
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars announced Thursday that it had completed designs for self-driving cars which it plans to put on the road in two years.
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 ...
Proposed 1920s orphanage study just one example in history of scientific racism
In the late 1920s, scientists hatched an outrageous plan to settle a question at the heart of American racial thought: were differences between racial groups driven by environment or by heredity? In other ...
Iconic graph at center of climate debate
The "Hockey Stick" graph, a simple plot representing temperature over time, led to the center of the larger debate on climate change, and skewed the trajectory of at least one researcher, according to Michael ...
Most scientists think they should be active in public debates
The vast majority of scientists—87 percent—think they should play an active role in debates on public policy, according to a poll of US scientists released Sunday.
Researchers use isotopic analysis to explore ancient Peruvian life
Mummies excavated nearly a century ago are yielding new information about past lifeways through work conducted in Arizona State University's Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory.
Navy unveils firefighting robot prototype at tech expo (w/ Video)
Scientists unveiled a firefighting robot prototype Feb. 4 at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, revealing details about its successful demonstrations last fall aboard the USS Shadwell, a decommissioned ...
Stopping at red lights exposes drivers to high levels of air pollution, new study finds
Research published today in the journal Atmospheric Environment has found that drivers are exposed to dangerously high levels of air pollutants when stopped at red lights.
Algorithm tests your Twitter skills and predicts virality of tweets
As countless political orators have demonstrated, it's not just what you say, it's how you say it. Using automated text analysis, Cornell University researchers have identified an array of features that can ...