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  • newHow Drones Are Being Used In Zanzibar's Fight Against Malaria
    On a typically hot and humid July day in Stonetown, the capital of Zanzibar, a gaggle of children, teenagers and the odd parents watched our small drone take flight. My colleagues Makame Makame, Khamis Haji and I had finally found the perfect launch…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 12:05pm -
  • How Algorithms Are Becoming YouTube Stars
    Machines are becoming increasingly adept at creating content. Whether it be news articles, poetry, or visual art, computers are learning how to mimic human creativity in novel — and sometimes disturbing — ways.Text-based content is fairly easy…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 17, 2:29pm -
  • Tesla's Electric Semi Shows Promise—But Will it Deliver?
    Elon Musk finally revealed the Tesla Semi, an electric big-rig he professes will outstrip the diesel fleets that have dominated American freight for decades.The Tesla CEO flaunted his latest creation and its “BAMF performance”—it’s a techni…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 5:12pm -
  • We Should Toss That $450M da Vinci into a Particle Accelerator
    A portrait of the world’s most recognizable person, Jesus Christ, painted by an icon whose renown doesn’t trail too far behind, Leonardo da Vinci, on Wednesday sold at auction for $450.3 million, setting a new record for artistic largesse.Only…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 4:57pm -
  • Robot Nails Backflip Better Than Most Gymnasts
    The Atlas bipedal robot made by Boston Dynamics just showed off its new move: a perfectly executed backflip. And the humanoid robot stuck its landing better than most professional gymnasts—no hesitation, no wobble, nothing.Boston Dynamics, whic…
    - 5 days ago, 17 Nov 17, 2:51pm -
  • With Just $1,000, Anyone Can Track Your Every Move
    By now, most of us are probably used to the idea that large corporations track our preferences and activities every time we go online. It's the price we pay for the custom, convenient experiences we seek on the internet. But tracking your activity on…
    - 9 days ago, 13 Nov 17, 4:32pm -
  • New Fabric Warms or Cools Depending How You Wear It
    If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know about the battle of the thermostat. This futile clash costs quite a bit of energy: some 12 percent of the United States’ total energy consumption goes to regulating building temperature with air condit…
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 17, 2:00pm -
  • The CRISPR Antidote
    Scientists hacked the machinery of cellular warfare to splice genes. Now they’ve found a way to guard against it, too.
    - 13 days ago, 10 Nov 17, 7:00am -
  • Fruit Fly Brains Could Help Serve You Better Content
    The content you see on the internet is increasingly becoming tailored to you: Music based on your favorite jams, shopping suggestions corresponding to your recent purchases, and television shows similar to your most beloved episodes.These “simila…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 2:00pm -
  • A New Twist on Invisible Ink
    With many of us spending our time online, we tend to be laser-focused on preventing our personal information from falling into the hands of nefarious hackers. But let's not forget about the security of print-based communications.Remember how the in…
    - 23 days ago, 31 Oct 17, 3:08pm -

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  • newNASA Tests New Mars Rover Tires That Remember Their Shape

    NASA Tests New Mars Rover Tires That Remember Their Shape

    NASA is literally reinventing the wheel. Engineers at the Glenn Research center have developed a non-pneumatic, compliant tire for future Mars missions. The aptly named Superelastic Tire marks the latest evolution of the […]The post NASA Tests New…
    - 9 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 5:15pm -
  • newMultimedia Table Tops My Holiday Wish List

    Multimedia Table Tops My Holiday Wish List

    Never have I been so enamored with a table. Belgian design studio Blue Blood this week revealed the Smartables multimedia stand. Pronounced “smart-tables” (not “smart-ables,” like I keep reading it), the minimalist furniture […]The post Mu…
    - 10 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 4:30pm -
  • newThese Thanksgiving Dinner Pringles Actually Do Taste Like Thanksgiving

    These Thanksgiving Dinner Pringles Actually Do Taste Like Thanksgiving

    We all love Pringles, right? Even if you don’t eat them often, once you do you probably find it hard to stop plowing through the stack. They come in so many flavors, like […]The post These Thanksgiving Dinner Pringles Actually Do Taste Like Than…
    - 11 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 3:45pm -
  • newBuy This Comic: Void Trip #1

    Buy This Comic: Void Trip #1

    “From writer RYAN O’SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low […]The post Buy This Comic: Void Tr…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 3:00pm -
  • newGorilla Grodd Goes to ‘Nam on Legends of Tomorrow

    Gorilla Grodd Goes to ‘Nam on Legends of Tomorrow

    As a silly superhero time travelling show, there are certain periods Legends of Tomorrow feels less equipped to handle than others. Sometimes the show can surprise you. Like last season when it somehow pulled off […]The post Gorilla Grodd Goes t…
    - 12 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 2:15pm -
  • newToyota’s New Humanoid Robot Mimics Your Movements

    Toyota’s New Humanoid Robot Mimics Your Movements

    Toyota this week unveiled its third-generation humanoid robot, designed to help people at home, in disaster zones, and even outside Earth’s atmosphere. Developed by the company’s Partner Robot division, T-HR3 is controlled remotely […]The post…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 2:00pm -
  • newBelgium Officially Declares Loot Boxes as a Form of Gambling [UPDATE]

    Belgium Officially Declares Loot Boxes as a Form of Gambling [UPDATE]

    Update 11/22/17: PCGamer reports that according to Belgian news site RTBF, Belgium’s Gaming Commission hasn’t finalized its decision to officially classify loot boxes as gambling. The site reports that the original statement of […]The post Bel…
    - 13 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 1:30pm -
  • newRoblox 101: Everything Parents Needs to Know About The Game

    Roblox 101: Everything Parents Needs to Know About The Game

    I’d wager that the vast majority of kids aged 8-15 have heard of Roblox. If they haven’t heard of it by name then they’re at least likely aware of it and have seen […]The post Roblox 101: Everything Parents Needs to Know About The Game appea…
    - 14 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 12:45pm -
  • newThe Flash Meets His Adversary and Is a Big Dope About It

    The Flash Meets His Adversary and Is a Big Dope About It

    It’s been a while since we’ve had an episode like this. You know, one where Barry is ultimately right but goes about proving it in the dumbest way possible. An episode where Barry […]The post The Flash Meets His Adversary and Is a Big Dope Abo…
    - 15 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 12:00pm -
  • newMass Effect’s Conversations Were Inspired by Ricky Gervais TV Show

    Mass Effect’s Conversations Were Inspired by Ricky Gervais TV Show

    To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first Mass Effect, former Bioware animator Jonathan Cooper tweeted out a few fun facts about the now-classic title. The strangest one being what inspired the game’s […]The post Mass Effect’s Conversati…
    - 16 hours ago, 22 Nov 17, 11:00am -

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  • Can failure actually improve innovation?
    Innovators rarely travel a straight path to arrive at a new idea. Failure — lots of failure — often paves the way. At least eight out of every 10 new consumer products that enter the market will fail, according to one estimate. That can be frus…
    - 11 Sep 15, 4:17pm -
  • Trove of fossils from a long-lost human ancestor is greatest find in decades
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioGWEN IFILL: Researchers announced a fossil discovery today that some consider one of the greatest in the last 50 years, and one that could provide an important link in the family tree for all humans.Jeffrey Brown has…
    - 10 Sep 15, 6:25pm -
  • Dwarf planet Ceres seen in mesmerizing new detail
    This image taken by NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, shows Occator crater on Ceres, home to a collection of intriguing bright spots. Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDANew images of dwarf planet Ceres show oddly shaped mountains, collapsed crater wa…
    - 10 Sep 15, 3:51pm -
  • Cave divers uncover new humanlike species in South Africa
    Skeleton of the newly discovered Homo naledi. Courtesy of eLife 2015;4:e09560.Paleontologists have discovered an ancient human relative in South Africa thanks to a tricky cave diving excavation that recovered close to 1,550 fossils buried 100 feet u…
    - 10 Sep 15, 11:40am -
  • Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox buys National Geographic media
    James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox Inc., pauses during a panel session at the Cannes Lions International Festival Of Creativity in Cannes, France, on June 25, 2015. 21st Century Fox and National Geographic announced it would expand its partnersh…
    - 9 Sep 15, 4:04pm -
  • Can Alzheimer’s proteins be spread via medical procedures?
    This computer artwork shows the brain’s neural network represented by lines and flashes. A new study indicates Alzheimer’s markers in the brain may have been spread via a protein. Photo by Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library and Getty ImagesFro…
    - 9 Sep 15, 1:26pm -
  • Can Denmark make energy demand follow renewable supply?
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: The nation of Denmark has been a pioneer in wind energy production. Last year, nearly 40 percent of its electricity came from wind power, and, by 2050, it’s set an ambitious goal of having renewable e…
    - 7 Sep 15, 6:25pm -
  • Sea turtles deliver record nesting seasons in Southeast U.S.
    A loggerhead sea turtle hatchling. This summer’s hatching season has hit new records alongside the Southeast United States coast. Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region.Sea turtles have delivered a nesting season for the record b…
    - 7 Sep 15, 4:57pm -
  • Why humanity is essential to the future of artificial intelligence
    Watch Video | Listen to the AudioJUDY WOODRUFF: Now another new addition to the NewsHour Bookshelf. Tonight’s focus is the brave new world of artificial intelligence. Jeffrey Brown has that. JEFFREY BROWN: Is it man against or with machine? Do m…
    - 4 Sep 15, 6:20pm -
  • Did wolves help restore trees to Yellowstone?
    Photo by Arthur Middleton/University of Wyoming/Via U.S. Geological SurveyTwenty years on from their reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park, wolves are still howling. But does their presence spell good or bad tidings for other wildlife?“Si…
    - 4 Sep 15, 3:30pm -

Phys.org: Feature Stories

  • Physicists unify quantum coherence with nonclassicality of light

    Physicists unify quantum coherence with nonclassicality of light

    (Phys.org)—Physicists have demonstrated that two independently developed concepts—quantum coherence and the nonclassicality of light—both arise from the same underlying resources. The ability to explain seemingly distinct phenomena within a sin…
    - 3 days ago, 20 Nov 17, 9:30am -
  • Clothing fabric keeps you cool in the heat

    Clothing fabric keeps you cool in the heat

    (Phys.org)—Researchers have designed a thermal regulation textile that has a 55% greater cooling effect than cotton, which translates to cooler skin temperatures when wearing clothes made of the new fabric. The material can be fabricated using 3D p…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 9:30am -
  • New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors

    New mirror reflects light differently than conventional mirrors

    (Phys.org)—Researchers have designed a new type of mirror that reflects light in a completely different way than conventional mirrors do. The new mirror, called a chiral meta-mirror, has potential applications for information processing with light,…
    - 9 days ago, 14 Nov 17, 9:30am -
  • Hard computing problem might be solvable only by quantum computers

    Hard computing problem might be solvable only by quantum computers

    (Phys.org)—Researchers have introduced a new computing problem and shown that it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for a classical computer to solve, but in theory it could be efficiently solved using quantum techniques. The problem,…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 9:30am -
  • Distinguishing between humans and computers in the game of go

    Distinguishing between humans and computers in the game of go

    (Phys.org)—By analyzing the statistical features of thousands of go games played by humans and computers, researchers have found that it's surprisingly easy to tell whether a game is being played by a human or by a computer. The results point to fu…
    - 17 days ago, 6 Nov 17, 9:30am -
  • Cicada wings help researchers design better solar cells

    Cicada wings help researchers design better solar cells

    (Phys.org)—Researchers have turned to cicada wings to design surfaces with highly antireflective properties, which have potential applications for solar cells, stealth surfaces, antifogging materials, and other optical applications.
    - 20 days ago, 3 Nov 17, 10:30am -
  • Physicists make rapid progress in bounding the speed of gravity

    Physicists make rapid progress in bounding the speed of gravity

    (Phys.org)—Recent gravitational wave detections have allowed physicists to confirm with greater and greater precision what Einstein predicted over 100 years ago in the theory of general relativity: that gravity does not act instantaneously as Newto…
    - 22 days ago, 1 Nov 17, 10:30am -
  • Physicists propose test of quantum gravity using current technology

    Physicists propose test of quantum gravity using current technology

    Physicists have proposed a way to test quantum gravity that, in principle, could be performed by a laser-based, table-top experiment using currently available technology. Although a theory of quantum gravity would overcome one of the biggest challeng…
    - 27 days ago, 27 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Passive solar windows heat up in cold weather

    Passive solar windows heat up in cold weather

    Researchers have developed a way to transform ordinary windows into solar-powered heaters that use the sun's energy to increase the window temperature by up to 8 K (nearly 15 °F) in cold weather. The researchers expect that the new solar thermal sur…
    - 30 days ago, 24 Oct 17, 10:00am -
  • Study may explain counterintuitive effect of why hotter systems can cool more quickly

    Study may explain counterintuitive effect of why hotter systems can cool more quickly

    Ever since the days of Aristotle, people have made the counterintuitive observation that hot water sometimes freezes faster than cold water. In modern times, the observation has been named the Mpemba effect after Erasto Mpemba, an elementary school s…
    - 31 days ago, 23 Oct 17, 11:00am -

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  • New surgical robots are about to enter the operating theatre

    New surgical robots are about to enter the operating theatre

    ROBOTS have been giving surgeons a helping hand for years. In 2016 there were about 4,000 of them scattered around the world’s hospitals, and they took part in 750,000 operations. Most of those procedures were on prostate glands and uteruses. Bu…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 10:58am -
  • Growing tiny tumours in the lab could help treat cancer

    Growing tiny tumours in the lab could help treat cancer

    Giving up their secretsALMOST half a century after Richard Nixon declared war on cancer, there has been plenty of progress. But there is still no cure. One reason is that “cancer” is an umbrella term that covers many different diseases. Altho…
    - 7 days ago, 16 Nov 17, 10:58am -
  • How to send a message to another planet

    How to send a message to another planet

    Rendez-vousIN 2029 the inhabitants, if any, of the planet GJ 273b will receive a message that will change their lives forever. Encoded in radio signals emanating from an innocuous-looking blue-green planet 12.4 light-years away, will be tutorials…
    - 7 days ago, 15 Nov 17, 3:33pm -
  • Smelly farms may succumb to subtle science

    Smelly farms may succumb to subtle science

    I love the smell of para-cresol in the morningFARMYARDS smell. There is no getting away from that. They smell because of the excrement produced by the animals which live there. And however carefully this excrement is dealt with—whether by moder…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 10:47am -
  • Enhanced understanding of the microbiome is helping medicine

    Enhanced understanding of the microbiome is helping medicine

    WHEN, at the turn of the century, the first human genomes were sequenced, many biologists felt they had had delivered into their hands the keys to unlocking numerous puzzles about disease. Since then there has indeed been a fruitful effort to unde…
    - 14 days ago, 9 Nov 17, 10:47am -
  • A bird’s alarm calls do not always come out of its beak

    A bird’s alarm calls do not always come out of its beak

    Nice primaries, dahlingCHARLES DARWIN was fascinated by bird communication. In “The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex” he devoted equal space to both the sorts of sounds that emerge from birds’ beaks and the more percussive no…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 4:48pm -
  • A randomised trial shows that the power of the press is real

    A randomised trial shows that the power of the press is real

    MALCOLM X, an American political activist, described the media as the most powerful entity on Earth, “because they control the minds of the masses”. Some journalists may find this proposition flattering, but though those who study such things…
    - 14 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 4:48pm -
  • A new nerve-cell monitor will help those studying brains
    SCIENCE is a mixture of the intellectual and the practical. And the practical requires tools. Until the invention of the telescope, astronomy had been stuck in a rut for millennia. Until the invention of the microscope, microbiology did not exis…
    - 15 days ago, 8 Nov 17, 1:05pm -
  • The latest unmanned drone is a version of an existing manned one

    The latest unmanned drone is a version of an existing manned one

    Look! No hands...IN THE future, the skies of cities may belong to aerial drones. These are spiderlike devices with four or more propellers (thus often known as quadcopters, hexacopters, octocopters and so on) that provide both lift and thrust. Th…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Nov 17, 11:51am -
  • Mammoth society seems to have been like that of modern elephants

    Mammoth society seems to have been like that of modern elephants

    All for one and one for allELEPHANTS live in social groups of up to a dozen, led by a matriarch. At least, they do if they are not mature males. But once a male becomes sexually potent, he leaves his native band and sets up shop by himself. The o…
    - 21 days ago, 2 Nov 17, 11:51am -

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