When dictators die, stability reigns

A dictator's death rarely leads to regime change, according to a new study that comes as a fifth of the world's authoritarian rulers are at least 70 years old and in various stages of declining health.

Plant roots in the dark see light

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, and Seoul National University, South Korea, were able to show for the first time that roots react directly to light which is transmitted from ...

Tropical depression morphs into Meari in one day

Tropical Storm Meari began as a tropical depression numbered 26W north-northwest of Yap in the early morning hours of November 3, 2016. Later that day it intensified into Tropical Storm Meari.

Major family of gene-regulating proteins has drug-sized pocket

An entire class of proteins called transcription factors, which regulate the activity of certain genes by interacting with specific sequences of DNA, has largely been ignored by the pharmaceutical industry because it's difficult ...

Award for innovative cell culture technology

Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed a new cell culture method, which may very well enable to forgo certain tests on animals in the future. The scientists were awarded an international prize for more humane treatment ...

Mining digital crumbs helps predict crowds' mobility

Getting urban planning right is no mean feat. It requires understanding how and when people travel between different places. This knowledge, in turn, helps in dimensioning roads and motorways and in scaling the capacity of ...

Climate science: Bad news gets worse

Diplomats from 196 nations gather from Monday for 12-day UN climate talks tasked with charting a path for capping global warming at "well below" two degree Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial era levels.

China launches first heavy-lift rocket

China launched its most powerful rocket ever on Thursday, state media said, as the country presses on with a program which has seen it become a major space power.

UN climate talks feel the heat of high expectations

Only days after the landmark Paris Agreement enters into force, diplomats from 196 nations gathering in Marrakesh Monday will face intense pressure to translate the climate pact's planet-saving promise into action.

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