The Amazon River is 11 million years old

The Amazon River originated as a transcontinental river around 11 million years ago and took its present shape approximately 2.4 million years ago. These are the most significant results of a study on two boreholes drilled ...

Unemployment rate for electrical engineers soars to new record

The unemployment rate for U.S. electrical and electronics engineers (EEs) hit a new record in the second quarter, while the rate for all engineers increased for a second straight quarter, according to data released last week ...

Smallest salamander in U.S. discovered

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers from the University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources weren’t looking for anything new when they went exploring in the northeast part of the state. But they ended up ...

Light-absorbing nanowires may make better solar panels

(PhysOrg.com) -- A century after German physicist Gustav Mie derived the math to explain why the colors in some stained glass windows look especially resplendent in the sunlight, a team of Stanford engineers has built upon ...

Wet spring increases risk of barn fires caused by hot, moist hay

(PhysOrg.com) -- This year's unusually wet spring and early summer has led many farmers to store hay that's wetter than normal, increasing the danger of barn fires, according to an expert in Penn State's College of Agricultural ...

US-Mexico border wall could threaten wildlife species

A 700-mile security wall under construction along the United States' border with Mexico could significantly alter the movement and "connectivity" of wildlife, biologists say, and the animals' potential isolation is a threat ...

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