On...off...on...off... The circuitry of insulin-releasing cells

A myriad of inputs can indicate a body's health bombard pancreatic beta cells continuously, and these cells must consider all signals and "decide" when and how much insulin to release to maintain balance in blood sugar, for ...

Probing Question: Is the moon shrinking?

While everything else changes, itэs comforting to think that some things in the universe will always stay the same. The sun always rises and sets, the tides ebb and flow, and the moon hangs in the night sky, just as ...

Thinner and tougher: A new kind of blast-resistant glass

Whether in a hurricane, tornado, or bomb attack, a leading cause of injury and death is often fast-flying shards of glass. Explosions and high winds can cause windows in buildings to shatter-spewing jagged pieces of glass ...

Avant-garde music offers a gateway to artificial intelligence

(PhysOrg.com) -- Stretching their boundaries, artificial intelligence researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have teamed up with musicians on an unlikely project: a digital conductor of improvised avant-garde performances.

Engineers discover graphene's weakness

(PhysOrg.com) -- If you owned a mechanical device made out of the strongest material known to mankind, wouldn’t you want to know under what circumstances it might fail?

Eye see you

Scientists have found a way of deterring litterbugs, in an experiment which could also aid the fight against other anti-social behaviour.

Bering Sea chill yields fatter plankton, pollock diet changes

Despite a 30-year warming trend, the last three years in the Bering Sea have been the coldest on record. A University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist says that the cold temperatures have helped produce larger zooplankton in ...

Internet group calls for '.xxx' porn domain name

Internet specialists gathered in Colombia Thursday called for the creation of an ".xxx" domain for pornographic websites, saying it would make it easier to police them.

What makes gamers keep gaming?

(PhysOrg.com) -- Creating Wikipedia has so far taken about 100 million hours of work, while people spend twice that many hours playing World of Warcraft in a single week, notes Jane McGonigal, a game designer and researcher ...

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