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SpaceX launches two communications satellites

US space transportation company SpaceX launched two commercial communications satellites atop a Falcon 9 rocket Sunday evening.

Sall4 is required for DNA repair in stem cells

A protein that helps embryonic stem cells (ESCs) retain their identity also promotes DNA repair, according to a study in The Journal of Cell Biology. The findings raise the possibility...

Desmoplakin's tail gets the message

Cells control the adhesion protein desmoplakin by modifying the tail end of the protein, and this process goes awry in some patients with arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy, according to a study in...

On-board school bus filtration system reduces pollutants by 88 percent

An on-board air filtration system developed specifically for school buses reduces exposure to vehicular pollutants by up to 88 percent, according to a new study.

How is the membrane protein folded? From molecular biology toward new medical care

A key factor in the biosynthesis and stable expression of multi-pass transmembrane proteins has been discovered, and its loss is thought to cause retinal degeneration. The factor works especially for...

Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge: A closer look

Samsung unveiled two new smartphones this weekend, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, featuring metal and glass frames instead of plastic. Anick Jesdanun spent a bit of time with...

Vaccine delays increasingly sought by parents

Doctors commonly get requests from parents to delay young children's vaccinations and despite their better judgment, they often give in, a new U.S. study finds.

Massive hydroelectric lagoon planned off Wales

A British firm on Monday launched plans to build a giant lagoon off the southern Welsh coast that would harness the tide to provide electricity for the whole of Wales.

Protections, not money, can boost internal corporate whistleblowing

Research finds that strong, reliable anti-retaliation policies can encourage employees to notify internal authorities of possible wrongdoing, but that offering monetary incentives does not necessarily influence whistleblowing behavior – or...

How animals survive Norwegian winter nights

Norwegian mammals and birds have many different methods of surviving long, intense winter nights. A biologist from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) University Museum reveals their secrets...

‘Superhero vision’ technology measures European lake’s water quality from space

An international team of researchers has demonstrated a way to assess the quality of water on Earth from space by using satellite technology that can visualize pollution levels otherwise invisible...

The first ever photograph of light as both a particle and wave

(Phys.org)—Light behaves both as a particle and as a wave. Since the days of Einstein, scientists have been trying to directly observe both of these aspects of light at the...

Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells

(Phys.org)—Graphene nanoribbons formed into a three-dimensional aerogel and enhanced with boron and nitrogen are excellent catalysts for fuel cells, even in comparison to platinum, according to Rice University researchers.

Licorice manufacturers encouraged to state daily limit of consumption

A recent case study details the account of a 10-year-old boy who suffered seizures after over-indulging in licorice sweets. The boy was admitted to hospital in Bologna, Italy after suffering...

Photographer travels to Alaska to document melting ice

It was by chance that Camille Seaman first travelled north — a bumped flight on Air Alaska led to a free trip to Kotzebue on the Bering Strait.

Teachers become healthier when they learn

Several studies have indicated a connection between learning and health. Researchers have now found that the health of school teachers is related to their level of work integrated learning.

Patent awarded for compounds that inhibit biofilm formation and persistence

In the current era of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, treatment of unwanted microbial growth presents a difficult challenge for microbiologists and clinicians. The problem is further complicated when these bacteria form biofilms—protective...

Green light for the world's first intelligent oil pipelines

Electronics installed in Norwegian oil pipelines have been tested both at sea and in transport vessel reeling simulations. All that now remains is to install them offshore. Researchers have been...

Faith No More release new single 'Superhero'

Veronica LinaresLOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- American rock band Faith No More released their new single "Superhero" over the weekend.

Image: Simulating space for JWST's four infrared instruments

Building a space telescope is no mean feat. Conditions here on Earth are drastically different from those experienced in orbit around our planet. How do we know that any telescope...

Archaeologists open mysterious lead coffin found buried just feet from the former grave of King Richard III

Richard III is the only male to be discovered at infamous former car-park site. A mysterious lead coffin found close to the site of Richard III's hastily dug grave at...

Borrowing from whales to engineer a new fluid sensor

Researchers have borrowed from biological structures called tubercles that humpback whales use to maneuver in the ocean to make a piezoelectric energy harvester for use as an airflow or fluid...

Software for schools links classroom technology and strategies to student achievement

To see the impact of their investments, companies often use business intelligence tools—primarily data-analytics software—that analyze company data to link cash spent with outcomes.

Cesarean section rates in Portugal decline by 10 percent

A new study reports a significant decline in the rate of cesarean section (C-section) births in Portugal. Findings indicate a 10 percent reduction in overall C-section rates between 2009 and...

Treadmill performance predicts mortality

Analyzing data from 58,000 heart stress tests, Johns Hopkins cardiologists report they have developed a formula that estimates one's risk of dying over a decade based on a person's ability...

Third successful spacewalk after water leak concern

Two NASA astronauts completed their third spacewalk in eight days Sunday to prep space station for dockings by new crew ships

Hailey Baldwin shares birthday photo with Justin Bieber

Annie MartinPORTLAND, Ore., March 2 (UPI) -- Hailey Baldwin and Yovanna Ventura helped Justin Bieber celebrate his 21st birthday on a private Caribbean island.

IKEA sells furniture with wireless chargers

Aileen GraefLEIDEN, Netherlands, March 2 (UPI) -- IKEA has begun to install wireless phone chargers in its furniture.

Heavy toll as Australian farmers struggle through drought

On the road to Walgett a sign welcomes visitors: "Farming is not a way of life, it keeps everyone alive." But with drought taking a heavy toll on the region,...

Frequency of blood tests in heart surgery patients may lead to anemia, transfusions

Laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to excessive bloodletting, which can increase the risk of developing hospital-acquired anemia and the need for blood transfusion, scientists report.

Enhancing high-temperature tolerance in plants: Effective on rice and tomatoes

Agricultural researchers have identified for the first time that theE-2-hexenal, a plant-derived chemical substance, can induce a plant's stress response to high temperatures.

Measles vaccine in modified form also effective against Chikungunya virus

A modified, conventional measles vaccine has the potential to act against the Chikungunya virus, concludes a recent study. Up until now, there has been no effective vaccine against the Chikungunya...

Supersonic electrons could produce future solar fuel

Researchers have taken a step closer to producing solar fuel using artificial photosynthesis. In a new study, they have successfully tracked the electrons’ rapid transit through a light-converting molecule.

New analysis shows ion slowdown in fuel cell material

Dislocations in oxides such as cerium dioxide, a solid electrolyte for fuel cells, turn out to have a property that is the opposite of what researchers had expected, according to a new...

Your Life, Your Data: Pushing Back at Government and Corporate Incursions into Personal Privacy [Excerpt]

Digital security specialist Bruce Schneier’s latest book examines the repercussions of—and the appropriate responses to—ubiquitous corporate and governmental harvesting of personal... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

U.K defense cuts concern U.S. Army

JC FinleyWASHINGTON, March 2 (UPI) -- Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the U.S. Army, is concerned about the impact potential cuts to Britain's defense budget may have on...

JXK returns to shale work in Ukraine

Daniel J. GraeberLONDON, March 2 (UPI) -- Ukrainian shale pioneer JXK Oil & Gas said Monday it returned to full-scale operations in the country after receiving approval from the state...

Don't be fooled by big fat surprises, fat is still bad for you

For years, doctors said fat was bad for your health and your waistline. But fat is back and it's even touted as good for you. Whom to believe? Doctors, says...

Patients' 'lives ruined' as hip surgery waits grow

Two osteoarthritis patients struggling with constant pain are speaking out in frustration about increasingly long waits to get hip replacement surgery.

UN proposes Bhopal contamination probe

Offer to investigate continuing pollution from the Bhopal disaster 30 years ago awaits Indian government approval

Manipulation of light through tiny technology could lead to big benefits for everything from TVs to microscopes

What if one day, your computer, TV or smart phone could process data with light waves instead of an electrical current, making those devices faster, cheaper and more sustainable through...

World's first WiGig-based millimeter wave mesh backhaul system

InterDigital, Inc., a mobile technology research and development company, nanoelectronics research center imec, and WiGig chip developer Peraso Technologies Inc. today announced the integration of their respective technologies into the...

Liberian camera trap survey captures rare footage of forest elephants

A camera-trapping survey carried out by Fauna & Flora International (FFI) in north-west Liberia has yielded a number of interesting results, including the country's only footage of elephants filmed outside...

Wrist action: phone firms bet on 'year of smartwatch'

Defying scepticism and geek-stigma, mobile phone firms are determined this year to sell you a wristwatch wirelessly connected to your mobile phone.

We are all suspects now thanks to Australia's data retention plans

Australia's Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence & Security (PJCIS) last week endorsed the data retention bill, which means we're all suspects now.

Light, meet matter: Single-photon quantum memory in diamond optical phonons at room temperature

(Phys.org)—Photonic quantum technologies – including cryptography, enhanced measurement and information processing – face a conundrum: They require single photons, but these are difficult to create, manipulate and measure. At the...

Should Australia consider thorium nuclear power?

Australia has developed something of an allergic reaction to any mention of uranium or nuclear energy. Blessed as we are with abundant reserves of coal, oil and gas, we have...

Personalized factory workstations

Tomorrow's factory jobs will be completely different from those of today. Although they will continue to be organized around assembly stations, they will not work in rigid shifts, be subject to inflexible processes,...

Giant methane storms on Uranus

Most of the times we have looked at Uranus, it has seemed to be a relatively calm place. Well, yes its atmosphere is the coldest place in the solar...

Meteorological instruments for research and higher education

Climate prognoses for 100 years or weather forecasts for tomorrow: The more precisely and continuously data are measured, the better will the prognosis be. KIT runs a number of stationary...

Pollution documentary attracts huge interest in China

A slick new documentary on China's environmental woes has racked up more than 175 million online views in two days, underscoring growing concern in the country over the impact of...

NFL schedules could be fairer

The NFL is widely admired for its parity. But could it do a better job promoting fairness, especially when scheduling games? The answer, according to a new mathematical analysis by...

Preventing one case of HIV saves over $225K, study shows

How much money would be saved if one high-risk person was prevented from contracting HIV in the United States? A new study led by a researcher at Weill Cornell Medical...

Laser Science and Eureka Moments - Renown Scientist Explains | Video

Ultrafast laser scientist Margaret Murnane, who built one of the fastest lasers ever recorded, talks about different types of laser light and their applications. Also, talks about achieving that "eureka...

Prominent Behavioural Scientist Ho Teck Hua to Head NUS Research

The National University of Singapore (NUS) today announced that Professor Ho Teck Hua, an award-winning Singaporean behavioural scientist and chaired professor from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, will succeed...

Leonardo DiCaprio pictured with Rihanna in alleged couple's first photo

Veronica LinaresLOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- The first photo of alleged couple Leonardo DiCaprio and singer Rihanna surfaced online early on Monday.

Research partnership explores how to best harness solar-power

A University of Cincinnati research partnership is reporting advances on how to one day make solar cells stronger, lighter, more flexible and less expensive when compared with the current silicon...

Halley research station hosts research to understand human adaptation to space flight

A medical doctor, based at the most southerly UK research station in Antarctica, is about to embark on a new campaign of life science experiments to study how people adapt...

The huge "Y" in the atmosphere of Venus due to a wave distorted by the wind

Venus is covered by a dense layer of clouds which does not display any noteworthy characteristic. However, when looked in the ultraviolet wavelength, it presents conspicuous dark structures. The biggest...

Research cruise delves into Perth Canyon's depths

A world-first expedition backed by Google billionaire Eric Schmidt is bidding to unlock the secrets of the Perth Canyon, the vast undersea gorge carved by the prehistoric Swan River.

Vaccines from a reactor

In the event of an impending global flu pandemic, vaccine production could quickly reach its limits, as flu vaccines are still largely produced in embryonated chicken eggs. Udo Reichl, Director...

New screening, detection and extraction methods for priority contaminants in seafood

The EU-funded ECsafeSEAFOOD project is improving seafood safety in Europe by assessing food safety issues related to contaminants present in seafood as a result of environmental contamination, and evaluating their...

Why we see familiar-looking objects in Mars topology

What is up with the fossils on Mars? Found – a dinosaur skull on Mars? Discovered – a rat, squirrel or gerbil on Mars? In background of images from Curiosity,...

Gemalto hack shows how far we are from deciding acceptable 'security norms'

Is it true spies hack technology companies? Can governments really listen to your phone calls? Should we care? The latest details of NSA and GCHQ intelligence agency activities to come...

Bully and their Victims Both at High Risk for Suicidal Thoughts

Headline-making tragedies like the suicide of Massachusetts teen Phoebe Prince in 2010 have established the connection between being bullied and self-destruction. What you might not know is that bullies themselves are...

Doctors nonsurgically correct infant ear deformities

A team of researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center has improved a nonsurgical procedure that safely and effectively corrects newborn ear deformities in just two...

Perception of food consumption overrides reality

Targeting mechanisms in the central nervous system that sense energy generated by nutrients might yield the beneficial effects of low-calorie diets on aging without the need to alter food intake,...

Lockheed Martin supplying C-130J training aids to Australia

Richard TomkinsCANBERRA, Australia, March 2 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin Australia and Lockheed Martin in the United States are providing C-130J training aids to the RAAF.

Iran President Rouhani: Lift sanctions over nuclear talks

Daniel J. GraeberTEHRAN, March 2 (UPI) -- Tehran says it's time to lift sanctions against the oil-rich country imposed in response to nuclear concerns, though a new U.N. report raises...

Astronaut Chris Hadfield's flight suit found in thrift store

A flight suit once worn by astronaut Chris Hadfield is apparently now the property of a Toronto doctor who found it in — of all places — a local thrift...

Climate diaries aid researchers, educate public

The UPEI Climate Lab is looking for Prince Edward Islanders to keep climate diaries to help with their research.

Throwing light on a mysterious human 'superpower'

Most people, at some point in their lives, have dreamt of being able to fly like Superman or develop superhuman strength like the Hulk. But very few know that we...

Satellites give scientists unprecedented views of insect outbreaks in forests

Scientists for the first time have simultaneously compared widespread impacts from two of the most common forest insects in the West – mountain pine beetle and western spruce budworm –...

Seafloor holds 15 million years of monsoon history

When the research vessel JOIDES Resolution returned to port in late January after a two-month cruise, it had harvested more than 550 sediment cores from deep beneath the Indian Ocean....

High-precision radar for the steel industry

Steel is the most important material in vehicle and machinery construction. Large quantities of offcuts and scraps are left over from rolling and milling crude steel into strip steel. New...

Survey shows biosecurity should be taught in school

A survey of school children has found they lack knowledge about unwanted plants and pests and the effects they could have on our environment.

Best of Last Week–Can space travel faster than light, another planet behind the Sun and should we allow head transplants

(Phys.org)—It was an interesting week for physics research—most of the big news was centered around space, the cosmos or how things came to be as they are. One team of...

Fossils used to predict impact of global warming on marine life

Researchers have identified the key environmental impacts on marine animals during natural global warming in the early Jurassic, 183 million years ago.

Cell manipulation could lead to the better treatment of disease

A new laboratory tool which will allow scientists to build and move microscopic cells could lead to the development of better treatments for disease.

Carbon dioxide reduction linked with hydrogen energy production

Last Wednesday the lecture theatre at the Empa Academy was filled to the very last seat as speakers from the automobile, energy and finance sectors as well as researchers and...

Novel Energy Inventions Seek Greater Impact

A Q&A with the new head of Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy chemist Ellen Williams -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Iraq begins offensive against Islamic State to recapture Tikrit

Andrew V. PestanoTIKRIT, Iraq, March 2 (UPI) -- Iraq has launched a military offensive against the Islamic State to gain control of the city of Tikrit, Saddam Hussein's hometown.

Saudi Arabia secures release of diplomat abducted by al-Qaida in 2012

JC FinleyRIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 2 (UPI) -- A senior diplomat from Saudi Arabia who was taken hostage by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has been freed after three years...

UAE receives search-and-rescue helicopters

Richard TomkinsABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, March 2 (UPI) -- The UAE has received the first of six AW139 search-and-rescue helicopters ordered from AgustaWestland.

Alicia Keys shares first photo of son Genesis in family portrait

Veronica LinaresLOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- Singer Alicia Keys shared on socia media Saturday the first photo of her two-month-old son Genesis.

Man jumps in tub of Mentos with coke zero

Aileen GraefTOKYO, March 2 (UPI) -- Famous YouTube user Hajime made a new video of himself taping Mentos to his body and jumping into a bathtub of Coke Zero.

New method makes space weather easier to predict

Scientists can now gain a better understanding of space weather – the dreaded solar winds and flares – thanks to the development of high spatial resolution observation and computing methods....

Unlocking the key to immunological memory in bacteria

A powerful genome editing tool may soon become even more powerful. Researchers with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have unlocked the key to how bacteria are able to...

Virtual vehicle testing – modeling tires realistically

Manufacturers conduct virtual tests on vehicle designs long before the first car rolls off the assembly line. Simulation of the tires has remained a challenge, however. The software tool "CDTire/3D"...

Ocean research vessel returns from the ice edge with first-of-its-kind atmospheric measurements

Scientists have commissioned Australia's first permanent ship-based labs to study the influence of both natural ocean emissions and human emissions on the composition of air over the Southern Ocean.

'Slow motion at the speed of light'

New technology developed by a collaboration between the UA and the University of California, Los Angeles, provides real-time monitoring of streaming video to optimize network traffic.

Power vest supports the back without restricting freedom of movement

Each year millions of people within the EU injure themselves in the course of their work due to picking up heavy loads or from one-sided movements – ending up with...

'Nightmare Bacteria' Require Old and New Weapons

The superbug CRE and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria have the potential to create a nightmare scenario, but experts hope to slow the spread of these scary infections.

Secret Service Will Test-Fly Drones Over US Capital

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's … a drone flying over the U.S. capital! The U.S. Secret Service has announced it will soon begin flying unmanned aerial vehicles over...

U.N. meets rivals in oil-rich Libya

Daniel J. GraeberTRIPOLI, Libya, March 2 (UPI) -- Though some oil operations in the country have resumed, the U.N. Support Mission in Libya said it was calling for a peaceful...

Taylor Swift not talking about alleged feud with Katy Perry

Veronica LinaresLOS ANGELES, March 2 (UPI) -- Taylor Swift refused to address her alleged feud with Katy Perry in a recent interview, claiming she's not willing to give the media...

Russia Will Spin-Off ISS Parts for New Space Station

Russia says it will support U.S. plans to keep the International Space Station operating through 2024, but then wants to split off three still-to-be launched modules to form a new...

March Skywatching: Spot the Celestial Ship Argo

As the calendar shifts into March, skywatchers' ship will really come in. The ship in question is the constellation Argo Navis, which can be seen at around 10 or 11...

Focus on Gender: SDG targets are no such thing

Without clear end points, the ‘targets’ relating to women and girls risk being irrelevant, says Henrietta Miers.

Hunting transiting exoplanets

European Southern Observatory (ESO) gears up for the exoplanet hunting. The Next-Generation Transit Survey (NGTS), a wide-field observing system made up of an array of twelve telescopes was installed at...