There is a striking contrast between Edison’s image of individual ingenuity, and the reality of intensive, production-line invention that he pioneered.
The coronavirus that has triggered an outbreak of a deadly respiratory illness in China this winter has a surprising origin: Wuhan krait and cobra snakes.
The new human coronavirus outbreak is linked to a market in Wuhan, which sold meat and live animals. The virus causes severe pneumonia symptoms such as running nose, fever and sore throat.
There are 118 known elements in the periodic table but only 90 that occur in nature. The rest are mostly lab-created super-heavy mass substances.
SpaceX’s major breakthroughs have come through recovering and reusing as much of the rocket and launch vehicle as possible.
Bed bugs bites are unpleasant but not particularly dangerous. They were able to make a comeback thanks to a phenomenon known as pesticide resistance.
Dance and movement therapy goes beyond simply dancing. DMT uses dance and movement to promote insight, integration and well-being.
Annual emissions due to energy loss from the transmission of electricity on the power grid is more than emissions from some industries. Measured in millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents.
The European Space Agency (ESA) have fully committed to mission plans to collect samples from the surface of Mars and return them to Earth
Anxiety: a playlist to calm the mind from a music therapist Shutterstock/Stokkete Elizabeth Coombes, University of South Wales It may seem like we are living in an age of anxiety, where feeling worried, upset and
Some people may contain intestinal microbes that are secreting alcohol, which might make them act as if they were drinking.
Local action on light pollution – by people in their homes or local councils dimming and reducing non-essential lighting in parks – might seem small in scale, but the results can be impressive.
The spatial memory performance of the New Zealand robin, shows male birds with superior memory abilities also have better breeding success.
Thanks to the audio recordings of distant rumblings on Mars released this week by NASA, we finally know what the red planet sounds like.
Democrats are more likely to pronounce “Iraq” as “ear-rock,” rather than “eye-rack” and “Chile” as “chee-lay,” rather than “chill-ee”.
At a summit in early December 2019, NATO is expected to declare space as a “warfighting domain”, partly in response to new developments in technology.
Countries such as Russia and somewhat less explicitly Brazil and Belgium hold that the moon and asteroids belong to humanity as a whole.
What if we could generate electricity from the cold night sky? Researchers at Stanford and UCLA have just done exactly that.
We’ve been following a Swiss population of barn owls for more than 20 years, monitoring their hunting behavior with cameras and GPS trackers.
The concept of a circular economy which is actively supported by influential institutions such as the Ellen MacArthur foundation, or EU research programs.
29 states passed legislation allowing computer science to count in place of a science course. Are these changes are helping students or hurting them?
The beauty of puddle waves is no small thing by itself. By connecting nature with its primal language – mathematics – we gain access to its control panel.
Identification parades can be powerful evidence in securing convictions in criminal cases. But eyewitness evidence is notoriously prone to errors.
Consultant anaesthetist at Torbay Hospital on England’s south coast has developed statistical methods to help spot signs of fraud in medical research.
Based on almost 7k peer-reviewed research, the report is a cutting-edge crash course in how human-caused climate breakdown is changing our ice and oceans.
An international team of scientists is constructing the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope in Chile, which will be an essential tool for asteroids alert.
New study by researchers at University College London shows that pockets of London’s urban jungle store as much carbon per hectare as tropical rainforests.
Physicists at Colorado State University have developed a facility that allows researchers to deliver a slow and realistic deep space radiation exposure.
Researchers have found links between sexting and factors such as sexual activity, drugs and alcohol use and emotional health.
The laser scanning technology that has enabled this and other recent mammoth tree discoveries isn’t just a plaything for tree lovers.
The experience feels like waves of pleasure running all over your skin. Some researchers have even dubbed it a “skin orgasm.”
Around 80% of the American respondents reported believing that climate change was occurring “somewhat” or “to a great extent.”
Household consumption – food, housing, transportation, apparel and other personal services – is an important contributor to greenhouse gas emissions.
We asked people to do climate change maths. Their answers depended on their politics Will J Grant, Australian National University In an ideal world, people would look at issues with a clear focus only on
Musk is reported to be planning for up to 12,000 satellites in low Earth orbit. But this fleet of satellites could forever change our view of the heavens.
As the EU research budget has grown (from €3.8b in the 1980s to €100b for 2021-27), so has the pressure to produce greater socioeconomic benefit.
Venus is a planet almost exactly like Earth. It’s about the same size, is made of about the same stuff and formed around the same star.
According to our new research, UK shale gas reserves may be just one sixth of the current official estimate; 1,300 trillion cubic ft down to 200 trillion.
The arctic and far North are burning. This summer, over 600 wildfires have consumed more than 2.4 million acres of forest across Alaska.
On World Metrology Day 2019, the kilogram was fundamentally redefined. Its value is now defined by the energetics of a hoard of photons.
Sonogenetics offers a novel therapeutic strategy for various movement-related disorders including Parkinson’s, epilepsy and dyskinesia.
Out of the 600 bacteria we found, nearly half were MRSA and multidrug resistant, meaning they were immune to treatment from several types of antibiotics.
The high stakes standoff between Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of scholarly research, and the University of California.
The glue has the potential for many unique applications and is biodegradable, water soluble and stays sticky for months or even years.
How can we be sure that hobbyists aren’t launching their own “spy” satellites, or deploying low-cost CubeSat networks that could be used nefariously?
Discovering a new drug is one of the most challenging tasks in biology. It takes over 10 years and about US$2.6 billion to bring an average drug to market.
Every year an increasing number of health tourists are travelling to Eastern bloc countries to receive an old Soviet medical treatment.
UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) signed a joint statement on their wish to cooperate on the challenge of space debris.
The final baboon species, the chacma baboon from South Africa (known for raiding tourist vehicles to steal treats) is predicted the worst habitat loss.
Marijuana is more than just a source of cannabinoids. It is a particularly rich source of medicinal compounds that we have only begun to explore.
Despite the endless string of unpredictable digits that make up pi, it’s not a random number. And it actually contains all sorts of surprising patterns.
Can the brain’s conscious mechanisms exert a significant influence on the body’s autonomic functions? New research suggests yes.
Fire managers intentionally ignite fires within a predetermined forests area to burn brush, smaller trees and other plant matter.
The story of the rise and fall of mathematics in Göttingen has been forgotten, but its legacy survives in other mathematical powerhouses around the world.
Returning to a lower dose of antidepressants and slowing down the discontinuation over a longer period may be a sensible way to go.
History shows that mathematics is much more than equations and facts. It’s a living discipline shaped, in part, by the political forces around it.
Software will help mathematicians solve important problems and enhance their understanding of the nature, beauty and effectiveness of mathematics.
Black holes are long-time superstars of science fiction. But their Hollywood fame is a little strange given that no-one has ever actually seen one.
A Scientist from the University of Rochester explains a simple do-it-yourself optical cloaking device using four mirrors.
Some animals break the “rules” we’ve set for them. If the plant-eating shark was a shock, what about supposedly strict vegetarians turning to meat?
Many prescription and over the counter drugs as well as foods that are safe for humans are not safe for pets. This includes pot and CBD.
The placebo effect has become an established reality in medicine. In many cases, providing sugar pills leads to the same results as a real treatment.
Do human beings have a magnetic sense? Biologists know other animals do. They think it helps creatures including bees and birds navigate through the world.
Despite their ubiquity in the animal kingdom, a report warned of a “bugpocalypse”, as surveys indicated that insects are declining at an alarming rate.
Why is my consciousness here, while yours is over there? Why is the universe split in two for each of us, into a subject and an infinity of objects?
It’s now possible to predict how likely an endangered species is to go extinct, with mathematical models acting as windows into the future.
Although the Nobel committee never acknowledged its mistake but the U.S. Department of Energy awarded her the prestigious Fermi Award.
Bees are able to use symbols to perform basic math operations including addition and subtraction, shows new research.
New Caledonian crows can plan out a sequence of three behaviors while using tools in order to solve an intricate problem.
The first lunar base would likely be an unmanned facility run by automated robotics – similar to Amazon warehouses – to ensure that the necessary infrastructures and support systems are fully operational before people arrive.
Have you ever seen a spider with ears? Well, no (that would actually look funny!) That’s because spiders use hairs on their legs to listen!
2019 will be a big year for all things related to space; a suggestion borne out by developments at the International Astronautical Federation’s International Astronautical Congress. The event is held each year during the first week of October to commemorate the launch of Sputnik on 4 October 1957.
Radioactive carbon used in radiocarbon dating is carbon that is radioactive. Since it is active, it is unstable, and therefore tends toward stability. This is common in nature; for example, if you hold an object at a certain height, it has the potential to fall, the potential energy that is.
The story of how the 15th element on the periodic table was discovered stands as one of the great accidents of human endeavor.
Apollo 8 is the space mission for the humanities. This was the moment in which humanity realized a dream conceived in our cultural imagination.
Nuclear science strives to develop new techniques for discovering new isotopes, understanding their properties, and eventually harvesting them efficiently.
Noise pollution from wind turbines should be measured during environmental impact assessments to ensure effects on the surrounding wildlife are minimized.
High-quality fake diamonds are made by growing layers of carbon atoms using methane and stripping hydrogen away in super-clean vessels using hot plasmas.
Nothing in the formulation of quantum mechanics that mandates that it should apply only to the very small, and not to the human scale.
While economists generally oppose government intervention in a “free market,” the current situation cries out for change.
Spiders use silk to fly for miles. Using a peculiar breathtaking way, they are able to ride the wind and travel across oceans.
Virtual reality offers cheap emotions; whereas real experiences connect us to the deeds of past people and place us in contexts where history was made.
The WHO recommends breastfeeding babies for the first six months of life. Unfortunately, only about a quarter of American babies meet that guideline.
Picked up by fiction writers such as Dan Brown, many people think of antimatter as a theoretical idea – unaware that it is actually produced every day.
It’s not clear whether the quantum speed limit is so high it’s unattainable – like the car that will never even get close to the speed of light.
Scientists are now desperate for their calculations of the future to fail and to provide guidance on what we should be doing to make the next intellectual leap.
“What’s the best free throw?” Should the shooter aim towards the front of the hoop or the back? Does it depend on whether the shooter is short or tall?
Starting from March 1st 2018, the Swiss government banned the common practice of boiling lobsters alive. They “will now have to be stunned before they are put to death” as stated in the government order.
PHILIPPINES SUSPENDS DENGUE VACCINE BECAUSE OF HEALTH RISKS The Philippines decided to suspend its dengue immunization program because the used vaccine poses health risks in people who were not previously infected. The decision comes after
Dr. Renu S Persaud is an award-winning Canadian professor of social sciences. Her new book The Mastery of You is expected to be released on October 15, 2017.
a new study states that using acetaminophen during pregnancy could restrain masculinity and lead to a flaccid sex drive during adult life.
It seems that peeing in the pool has become commonplace, which makes that clean swimming pool smell actually bad for your health.
There are about 2 trillion galaxies in the observable universe. This is the best estimate that can be asserted based on today’s technology. However, scientists expect the numbers to grow bigger as the telescope technology gets
Google XPrize contest aimed to encourage startups to develop affordable moon mining technology. Such a technology would have huge economic implications.
Press release All European scientific articles to be freely accessible by 2020 Europe makes a definitive choice for open access by 2020 27 May 2016 All scientific articles in Europe must be freely accessible as of 2020.
Carbon dioxide has been the epicenter of the pollution and climate change controversy for decades. Several international summits witnessed tough negotiations aiming to reduce its emissions. The latest was the so acclaimed Paris Agreement of December 2015.
The relaxing effect of the forest air is a common experience for humanity all over the world. But in Japan the matter is deeply rooted in the national traditions. It is also taken very seriously by the scientific community.
The famous case of Reinhart and Rogoff in 2013 marked the start of a wave of replication assessments to research papers in various disciplines. Recently, the Federal Reserve took part of this trend and published a paper called: Is Economics Research Replicable? Sixty Published Papers from Thirteen Journals Say ”Usually Not”.