Baby steps towards molecular robots
A walking molecule, so small that it cannot be observed directly with a microscope, has been recorded taking its first nanometre-sized steps.
Birdsong study reveals how brain uses timing during motor activity
Timing is key for brain cells controlling a complex motor activity like the singing of a bird, finds a new study published by PLOS Biology.
'Sleeping dogs' threaten the genome as we age
The genomes of many organisms, humans included, are littered with repetitive sequences of DNA called retrotransposons. In a new "Perspective" in the journal Science, four biologists write that while most r ...
Smaller lidars could allow UAVs to conduct underwater scans
Bathymetric lidars – devices that employ powerful lasers to scan beneath the water's surface – are used today primarily to map coastal waters. At nearly 600 pounds, the systems are large and heavy, and ...
Antikythera mechanism: Researchers find clues to an ancient Greek riddle
(Phys.org)—An ancient Greek astronomical puzzle now has another piece in place.
Study details laser pulse effects on behavior of electrons
By solving a six-dimensional equation that had previously stymied researchers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln physicists have pinpointed the characteristics of a laser pulse that yields electron behavior ...
Lazard's numbers show cost-competitive gains for wind, solar
Shape-shifting may help some species cope with climate change, study shows
Researchers have found that a Rocky Mountain mustard plant alters its physical appearance and flowering time in response to different environmental conditions, suggesting some species can quickly shape-shift ...
Time management skills keep animals primed for survival
Many animals may have a previously under-appreciated ability to make up for lost time with more effort, according to new research publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology.
Hackers invoke 9/11 in new chilling Sony threat
Hackers invoked the 9/11 attacks Tuesday in their most chilling threat yet against Sony Pictures, warning cinema-goers not to see a film which has angered North Korea.
Sony threatens to sue for publishing stolen emails
A lawyer representing Sony Pictures Entertainment is warning news organizations not to publish details of company files leaked by hackers in one of the largest digital breaches ever against an American company.
California gets funds for quake warning system
California has received a spurt of federal funding to expand an earthquake warning system intended to provide enough time for trains to brake, utilities and factories to shut off gas lines, and people to dive under a table ...
Sony asks media groups to delete 'stolen' data
Sony Pictures Entertainment pressed media outlets Sunday against using data hackers may have leaked about the studio.
How was the Earth formed?
Just how did the Earth—our home and the place where life as we know it evolved—come to be created in the first place? In some fiery furnace atop a great mountain? On some divine forge with the hammer ...