Icy Arctic rising as economic, security hot spot
The icy Arctic is emerging as a global economic hot spot—and one that is becoming a security concern for the U.S. as world powers jockey to tap its vast energy resources and stake out unclaimed territories.
Holding the salt: Graduate student works to improve water filtration, desalination
"Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink," English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge wrote of the anguish felt by sailors on being surrounded by undrinkable water when faced with thirst.
EU, Germany demand answers on UK surveillance
(AP)—The European Union's justice chief on Wednesday demanded urgent answers from Britain on the nature and extent of an alleged online eavesdropping operation comparable to the U.S. international Internet surveillance ...
Audi shows TLA solution to make those green lights (w/ Video)
Pedestrians at serious risk when drivers are 'permitted' to turn left, study says
A study to examine driver behavior in permitted left turns has identified what researchers call an "alarming" level of risk to pedestrians crossing the street – about 4-9 percent of the time, drivers don't ...
Obama says cuts means US could lose years of research
President Barack Obama says the U.S. could lose years of scientific research as a result of automatic spending cuts that have hit federal agencies.
Exhaust fumes only third of traffic pollution problem
Vehicle exhausts are responsible for only a third of traffic pollution, according to new research.
Hard cold work and unsung science heroes
The Sierra went down over the Arctic Ocean, about 60 miles from the northernmost tip of North America. One moment the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with its 20-foot wingspan was up in the sky, gathering ...
Caffeine 'traffic light': Do you want to know how much caffeine is in your drink?
(Phys.org) —A team of researchers led by Prof. Young-Tae Chang from National University of Singapore and Prof. Yoon-Kyoung Cho from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST), Korea, developed ...
Head-on collisions between DNA-code reading machineries accelerate gene evolution
Bacteria appear to speed up their evolution by positioning specific genes along the route of expected traffic jams in DNA encoding. Certain genes are in prime collision paths for the moving molecular machineries ...
Evolution shapes new rules for ant behavior
In ancient Greece, the city-states that waited until their own harvest was in before attacking and destroying a rival community's crops often experienced better long-term success.
Development of laser-enabling data transmission with ultra-low energy consumption
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation has developed an ultra-compact semiconductor laser (LEAP laser) enabling 10-Gbit/s data transmission with the world's lowest energy consumption. The energy consumption ...
Ocean sound: The Oregon Coast rules when it comes to ambient noise
For more than a year, scientists at Oregon State University's Hatfield Marine Science Center deployed a hydrophone in 50 meters of water just off the coast of Newport, Ore., so they could listen to the natural ...
Shedding new light on the 'electron highways' of organic solar cells
(Phys.org) —Sunlight absorbed by organic solar cells must first navigate a nanoscale gauntlet before becoming useable electricity. After hitting the light-absorbing material of the solar cell, called the ...