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What's on the surface of a black hole? Not 'firewall'—and nature of universe depends on it, physicist explains
Are black holes the ruthless killers we've made them out to be?
Trio create model to explain massive heat in the Sun's corona
Saturn's outer ring much bigger than thought
When times are tough, parents favor daughters over sons
In tough economic times, parents financially favor daughters over sons, according to researchers at the Carlson School of Management and Rutgers Business School. Their study, forthcoming in the Journal of ...
US Internet adoption steady as 'digital gaps' persist
The percentage of Americans using the Internet has remained unchanged for the past three years, with older and low-income people making slow progress getting online, a study showed Friday.
Waging war on Australia's nastiest parasite: Scientists map blowfly genome
Around 2000 genes not seen before in any other organism were discovered. These genes can now be investigated as potential drug and vaccine targets.
Top scientists call for improved incentives to ensure research integrity
Scientific controversies, from problems replicating results - such as with the now debunked association between autism and MMR vaccines - to researcher misconduct and sensationalism, have led to speculation ...
Magnetic complexity begins to untangle
After a year in orbit, the three Swarm satellites have provided a first glimpse inside Earth and started to shed new light on the dynamics of the upper atmosphere – all the way from the ionosphere about ...
Rayleigh scattering reveals light propagation in optical nanfibers
Optical fibers are hair-like threads of glass used to guide light. Fibers of exceptional purity have proved an excellent way of sending information over long distances and are the foundation of modern telecommunication ...
A practical guide to countering science denial
It should go without saying that science should dictate how we respond to science denial. So what does scientific research tell us?
Predicting tree mortality
A combination of drought, heat and insects is responsible for the death of more than 12 million trees in California, according to a new study from UC Santa Barbara's National Center for Ecological Analysis ...
Many experiments for the price of one: A breakthrough in the study of gene regulation
Inside every cell that makes up a diminutive fruit fly is a vast, dynamic network of information—the genome whose 15,000 genes allow that cell to function. In a study recently published as a breakthrough ...
Researchers improve automated recognition of human body movements in videos
An algorithm developed through collaboration of Disney Research Pittsburgh and Boston University can improve the automated recognition of actions in a video, a capability that could aid in video search and ...