Astrophysics and extinctions: News about planet-threatening events

Space is a violent place. If a star explodes or black holes collide anywhere in our part of the Milky Way, they'd give off colossal blasts of lethal gamma-rays, X-rays and cosmic rays and it's perfectly reasonable to expect ...

Britain attracts rare moths in autumn heatwave

Record-breaking autumn temperatures have attracted hundreds of rare moths to Britain in what experts have called the best migration of the insects in years.

Experts deny Taj Mahal 'collapse' claims

Archeologists overseeing the upkeep of the Taj Mahal denied on Friday a press report that said the iconic structure could collapse in as little as two years because of its weakened foundations.

Subtly shaded map of moon reveals titanium treasure troves

(PhysOrg.com) -- A map of the Moon combining observations in visible and ultraviolet wavelengths shows a treasure trove of areas rich in Titanium ores. Not only is Titanium a valuable mineral, it is key to helping scientists ...

Eddies in Einstein's formula

(PhysOrg.com) -- How does a microscopic particle behave in a liquid? New results published in the journal Nature show that Einstein’s formula for describing this situation needs a little adjustment. This will in turn ...

Faster, cheaper Mercury test could provide answers for China

Mercury pollution is a big problem, and it’s only getting bigger. It is most pronounced in developing countries like China and India, where coal-burning still remains a major resource of power generation. Worldwide, ...

New boulder frog discovered

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists have discovered two new species of boulder-dwelling frogs, hidden in remote areas of rainforest in north-east Queensland.

Colored solar cells could make display screens more efficient

(PhysOrg.com) -- A new kind of screen pixel doubles as a solar cell and could boost the energy efficiency of cell phones and e-readers. The technology could also potentially be used in larger displays to make energy-harvesting ...

Born identity revealed in newly-opened archive

A Nobel Prize Medal, a postcard from Einstein and a Hitler-stamped letter of expulsion are among a fascinating archive of documents and other material belonging to Max Born – one of the fathers of quantum mechanics – ...

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