You've got mail -- somewhere

New "smart" email search software from IBM can figure out what you are trying to find, even when you aren't so sure yourself. Its semantic search capabilities allow you to search on concepts and ideas rather than set-in-stone ...

Economist examines costs of extreme cold weather

Fatalities in the continental United States tend to climb for several weeks after severe cold spells, ultimately numbering 360 per chilly day and 14,380 per year, according to a new study co-authored by a University of California, ...

Team develops tiny optical switch

A team of researchers at the University of St. Andrews has developed one of the smallest optical switches ever made.

Christmas Eve Sky Show

It's Christmas Eve, and you're snuggled cozily in your den. A glowing fire gently crackles and pops in the fireplace, and your head starts to droop as you nod off. Just then, something cold and wet nudges your cheek. You ...

Utra-fast fibre lasers, dopey photons... what’s next?

When lasers were developed in the 1960s, they were a solution looking for a problem to solve. Since then, they have become an essential tool in industries as diverse as nanotechnology and biomedicine. A new generation of ...

Shoppers more likely to buy from attractive salespeople

If you've ever noticed some stores only have exceptionally good looking employees, it may be because the owners are on to something: people want to buy more from them. Now researchers have proven there's science to back up ...

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