Dinosaurs fell victim to perfect storm of events, study shows

Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.

New tools help neuroscientists analyze 'big data'

In an age of "big data," a single computer cannot always find the solution a user wants. Computational tasks must instead be distributed across a cluster of computers that analyze...

First national study finds trees saving lives, reducing respiratory problems

In the first broad-scale estimate of air pollution removal by trees nationwide, U.S. Forest Service scientists and collaborators calculated that trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year...

New research suggests Saharan dust is key to the formation of Bahamas' Great Bank

Distribution of insoluble material in the sediments and collection sites are shown. The insoluble material is derived from atmospheric dust.A new study suggests that Saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands. Researchers from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and...

Magnets for fusion energy: A revolutionary manufacturing method developed

This is the cross-section of the conductor sample.The National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), of the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) in Japan, has achieved an electrical current of 100,000 amperes, which is by far the...

The microbes make the sake brewery

A sake brewery has its own microbial terroir, meaning the microbial populations found on surfaces in the facility resemble those found in the product, creating the final flavor according to...

New hope for powdery mildew resistant barley

This is a scanning electron microscope image of a fungal haustorium (<i>Blumeria graminis f. sp. hordei</i>) taken from inside the barley epidermal cell.New research at the University of Adelaide has opened the way for the development of new lines of barley with resistance to powdery mildew.

Newly discovered gut virus lives in half the world's population

Odds are, there's a virus living inside your gut that has gone undetected by scientists for decades. A new study led by researchers at San Diego State University has found...

Corn & soy insecticides similar to nicotine found widespread in Midwest rivers -- USGS news

These are locations of sites in Iowa sampled for neonicotinoids in 2013. Watersheds for the Mississippi River and Missouri River sites are shown in the inset.Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides...

New approach to form non-equilibrium structures

Although most natural and synthetic processes prefer to settle into equilibrium -- a state of unchanging balance without potential or energy -- it is within the realm of non-equilibrium conditions...

Global wildlife decline driving slave labor, organized crime

A child grabs sleep wherever possible after a long day of labor in West Africa's struggling fishery.Global decline of wildlife populations is driving increases in violent conflicts, organized crime and child labor around the world, according to a policy paper led by researchers at the University...

Stanford team achieves 'holy grail' of battery design: A stable lithium anode

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars.

New species of mayfly discovered in India

These are larvae of <i>Labiobaetis soldani</i>.Scientists have discovered a new species of mayfly in the southern Western Ghats, a mountain range along the west coast of India. In fact, this is the first time that...

Fire ecology manipulation by California native cultures

Before the colonial era, 100,000s of people lived on the land now called California, and many of their cultures manipulated fire to control the availability of plants they used for...

NSU researcher part of team studying ways to better predict intensity of hurricanes

They are something we take very seriously in Florida -- hurricanes. The names roll off the tongue like a list of villains -- Andrew, Charlie, Frances and Wilma.

Earlier Stone Age artifacts found in Northern Cape of South Africa

Excavations at an archaeological site at Kathu in the Northern Cape province of South Africa have produced tens of thousands of Earlier Stone Age artifacts, including hand axes and other...

Hubble finds 3 surprisingly dry exoplanets

This is an artistic illustration of the gas giant planet HD 209458b in the constellation Pegasus. To the surprise of astronomers, they have found much less water vapor in the hot world's atmosphere than standard planet-formation models predict.Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have gone looking for water vapor in the atmospheres of three planets orbiting stars similar to the Sun -- and have come up nearly...

Common blood thinner for pregnant women proven ineffective: Lancet study

Amy Mills poses for a photo with her husband Jeff and children Joshua and Mikayla. They were at a wedding in Bancroft, Ontario (Canada), in the summer of 2013.It's a daily injection to the belly for pregnant women at risk of developing blood clots and it's ineffective, according to a clinical trial led by researchers at The Ottawa...

Overweight and obese preschoolers lose more weight when parent is also treated

Parental involvement is an important part of treating overweight and obese preschoolers, says UB's Teresa Quattrin.Primary care treatment of overweight and obese preschoolers works better when treatment targets both parent and child compared to when only the child is targeted, according to research published this...

ORNL study reveals new characteristics of complex oxide surfaces

An Oak Ridge National Laboratory study combined microscopy and data processing to provide an unprecedented look at the surface of a magnanite material known for its unusual properties. The resulting "distortion maps" (right) brought into view structural areas called domains that were not easily identified in the raw images (left).A novel combination of microscopy and data processing has given researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory an unprecedented look at the surface of a material known...

Four billion-year-old chemistry in cells today

Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today according to scientists at the University of East Anglia.

A tiny new species of frog from Brazil with a heroic name

This image shows the male holotype of the new species <i>Chiasmocleis quilombola<i>.The Atlantic Forest is a hotspot of biodiversity and one of the most species richness biome of anurans (frogs, tree-frogs, and toads) in the world. However, current levels of diversity...

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