Researchers from UCLA have developed a terahertz modulator that performs across a wide range of the terahertz band with very high efficiency and signal clarity, which could eventually lead to more advanced medical and security imaging systems. A UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science research team has developed a breakthrough broadband modulator […]
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- How Eurasian wild horses from the last glacial period, their living and extinct relatives, and 20th century back-breeds all ended up being called the same thing—and what is really behind that name
- (Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Universidad de la República in Uruguay has found evidence that suggests the huge size of some animals during the Pleistocene may have been one of the contributing factors to their extinction. In their paper published in the journal Biology Letters, Angel Segura, Richard Fariña and Matías Arim describe their analysis of the major food webs during the Pleistocene in the Americas and its possible impact on megafauna.
- A study, led by scientists from the Institut of Marine Sciencies (ICM) of the CSIC, shows for the first time how a parasite randomly attacks its microalgae hosts.
- The Dutch biotech start-up In Ovo is the first company to develop a large-scale solution for determining the sex of a chick while it is still in the egg. This fast and cheap technique can be applied mechanically at hatcheries, which was not possible before.
- A team of cancer researchers led by scientists at UC San Francisco and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center demonstrated in human cells and mouse models that a first-of-its-kind hybrid drug can outsmart drug-resistant cancers.
- Did you hear about the secret meeting earlier this month at Harvard Medical School? The one where scientists schemed to create a parentless human being from scratch? Maybe you read one of the skeptical news articles, or the stories illustrated with images from the dystopian sci-fi classic "Blade Runner" or of a robot Frankenstein. One blogger compared the meeting to a gathering of "Bond villains."
- This story is going to be spoiled right from the beginning, but don't worry. According to research by UC San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld, spoilers don't ruin a story: They make you enjoy it even more.
- Apple faces a roadblock in its quest to open stores in India after the finance minister decided it must comply with tough local sourcing rules, a report said Wednesday, days after a visit by chief executive Tim Cook.
- US firms Netflix and Amazon face quotas for European movies and television shows under new EU proposals unveiled Wednesday that also aim to lift cross-border barriers for Internet shoppers.
- An 18-karat gold Nobel Prize medal awarded to former Cornell University physicist Kenneth Wilson in 1982 is being sold at auction by his estate.
- Microsoft will cut up to 1,850 jobs and book an approximately $950 million writedown as it attempts to salvage its rocky entrance into the smartphone market.
- Studying the processes of transport and deposition of dust from the Sahara desert and African fires is the main objective of scientific expedition JC134 of the Royal Research Ship James Cook. The purpose of the study is to determine the importance of dust transport in regulating the planet's climate and marine ecosystems This is the last transatlantic cruise conducted under the framework of the Dust Traffic project led by Jan Berend Stuut and funded by the European Research Council (ERC).
- This was revealed by the extensive database published by the WHO, which includes measurement data on particulate matter from 3 000 localities in a total of one hundred countries between 2008 and 2014. In addition to Finland, the air in Sweden, Iceland and Estonia is clean, i.e. particle concentrations remain under 10 µg/m3 in comparisons with other European countries. Countries such as Canada, Australia and New Zealand are in the same top class in global comparisons.
- The European Union on Wednesday unveiled a raft of proposals to make it easier to buy online across its borders, set quotas for European films with providers like Netflix and protect children from harmful content.
- Perth Zoo keepers have high hopes WA's rarest bird could produce the world's first captive-bed western ground parrot chick in the coming months.
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- If you've ever forgotten your phone or left it at home for the day, you will have realised just how much you use it. On average, we check our mobile phones about 110 times a day. Using them for just about everything, from summoning an Uber car and paying for our latest Amazon purchases, to receiving prescriptions and even tracking shares and trading on the stock market.
- Australians have become oddly obsessed with our ancestry. Something in our collective psyche as a nation seems to be turning a healthy curiosity about the past into a deep yearning to belong.
- Australia is an old and stable continent with not many geological risks such as major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. At least that is what most people think.
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- Drivers can see trains approaching but cannot accurately judge their speed when proceeding through a passive level crossing, a QUT and Australasian Centre for Rail Innovation collaborative study has found.
- Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology are finding inspiration in evolution's biological counterparts in the development of a driverless truck. The first public demonstration of the vehicle will take place on a Dutch motorway on 28 May. That's when the truck will take part in a competition for autonomous vehicles, within the framework of an EU project called the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.
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- An EPFL team is working on a smart visor that, combined with a thermal imaging camera, will help firefighters see what's around them in real time, even at night and in smoke.
- During the darkest days for investors after the 2008 financial crisis that swallowed Lehman Brothers up like a sinkhole, the common wisdom was to hold tumbling shares and wait for better days.
- In nearly every biological community, distributions among species are highly uneven. That is, there is a large number of rare species with very few members and only a small number of common species concentrating most members of the community.
- More than 60 percent of all computer software installed in the Asia-Pacific in 2015 was unlicensed, the worst of any region, despite growing economies and anti-piracy efforts, an industry watchdog said Wednesday.
- Symbolic execution is a powerful software-analysis tool that can be used to automatically locate and even repair programming bugs. Essentially, it traces out every path that a program's execution might take.
- A Japanese aquarium said Wednesday it had hatched two Humboldt penguin chicks after using artificial insemination, the first time the technique has been successfully deployed for the vulnerable species.
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