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Complexity And Optimization: Lost In Design Space
The properties of nano-structures depend on sizes and shapes. The synthesis of tailored nano-structures is thus important already for researching properties, not to mention optimizations toward applications. The ability to control the size, shape, and distribution of nano-particles in larger structures ...
By Sascha Vongehr
Prescaled Jet Triggers: The Rationale Of Randomly Picking Events
In a chapter of the book I have written, "Anomaly! - Collider physics and the quest for new phenomena at Fermilab" (available from September this year), I made an effort to explain a rather counter-intuitive mechanism at the basis of data collection in hadron colliders: the trigger prescale. I ...
By Tommaso Dorigo
Bending Hot Molecules In Extreme Environments
Hot molecules, which are found in extreme environments such as the edges of fusion reactors, are much more reactive than those used to understand reaction studies at ambient temperature. Detailed knowledge of their reactions is relevant for modeling nuclear fusion devices and simulating the reaction ...
By News Staff
Einstein Right Again: Rotational Motion Is Universal - And Relative
It has been one hundred years since the publication of Einstein's general theory of relativity in May 1916. People are still trying to find ways to make him wrong, but mostly they just find new ways to show right, as in a recent EPJ Plus article which demonstrated that the rotational motion ...
By News Staff
Why 2016 Could Be The World's Hottest Year
We’re not even halfway through the year but already you may have heard talk of 2016 being the hottest on record. But how can scientists be so sure we’re going to beat the previous record, set just last year?Even before the end of 2015, the UK Met Office was forecasting with 95% confidence that ...
By The Conversation
Nature Climate Emissions: Ocean Bacteria Are Pumping Out Massive Amounts Of Sulfur
SAR11 are the most abundant plankton in the world's oceans. They are also a massive source of two sulfur gases that play important roles in the Earth's atmosphere.Many types of gaseous fumes emerge from the ocean, such as formaldehyde, acetone and methanol, but the researchers behind a new study ...
By News Staff
El Niño Trumps Climate Change In Alberta
In the wake of the damaging Alberta fires, there has been a lot of attention paid to what role climate change plays in wildfires. Yet 2016 is also a powerful El Niño year, which has created ideal conditions for the extraordinary fires in Alberta.So what climate phenomena could have led to the ...
By The Conversation
Farmers: Thanks For The Cheap Food, Now You're Blamed For Air-Pollution
A new study has implicated farms as a bigger source of fine-particulate air pollution than all other sources. This is no surprise in Europe, China, Russia and Europe, since food is the most important strategic resource everywhere. And it's an easy enough problem to solve. As technology continues ...
By News Staff
How Birds Turn Red
In the bird world, the color red has special significance. Many species use red signals to attract mates or deter rivals, adding the color to their beaks, feathers, or bare skin. Generally speaking, as far as many birds are concerned, redder is better. Now, two teams of researchers have independently ...
By News Staff
A Tale Of A Tail: How Viruses Infect Bacteria
Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria. Using state-of-the-art tools, EPFL scientists have described a million-atom "tail" that bacteriophages use to breach bacterial surfaces. The breakthrough has major implications for science and medicine, as bacteriophages are widely used in research ...
By News Staff
Gut Microbiome And Broad-Spectrum Antibiotics Correlated To Worsened Complications In Transplant Patients
Some broad-spectrum antibiotics that disrupt the gut microbiome may raise the risk of complications from stem cell transplantation, according to a new study evaluating data from more than 850 transplant patients, as well as from mice. The findings suggest that selecting antibiotics that spare "good" ...
By News Staff
Dromedary: Genetic History Of The Ship Of The Desert Revealed
A study of the ancient and modern DNA of the single humped camel or dromedary has shed new light on how its use by human societies has shaped its genetic diversity. Long-distance and back-and-forth movements in ancient camel caravan routes were important in shaping the species' genetic diversity ...
By News Staff
Nature Cures The Disease, While Homeopaths Amuse The Patient
Few alternative therapies are more divisive than homeopathy. Whenever I write about the subject, I get bucket-loads of hate mail. Somehow, homeopathy has the power to touch raw nerves and strong emotions. And it makes fallacies appear like mushrooms after the rain: ·     ...
By Edzard Ernst
Folic Acid Fortification Doesn't Reduce Brain, Spine Defects
Fortifying the U.S. food supply with folic acid was not associated with a decline in certain birth defects that researchers expected to see in California, a finding likely to contribute to an ongoing debate about the future of the fortification program. The study of more than 1.3 million California ...
By News Staff
Pregabalin Pain And Anxiety Drug May Be Linked To Birth Defects
MINNEAPOLIS - A drug commonly used to treat pain, epilepsy, anxiety and other brain health disorders may be associated with an increased risk of major birth defects, according to a study in Neurology.  The drug pregabalin is approved by the FDA to treat epilepsy, fibromyalgia and neuropathic ...
By News Staff
Low Nicotine Cigarettes Still Reduce Body Weight
It used to be a truism that when people stopped smoking, they were likely to gain weight, but the reasons for it were cloudy. Did people replace the mechanism of smoking with candy and food, or did nicotine suppress body weight gain independent of food intake. In other words, was it speeding up ...
By News Staff
Mass Killings: Extremism Or Insanity?
When someone shoots up innocent people, is that extremism or insanity? It often depends on if they are one of your own citizens.After studying the 2011 case of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, University of Missouri School of Medicine scholars are suggesting a new forensic term to classify ...
By News Staff
Firearm Ownership And Suicide Rates
In Japan, where the suicide rate is quite high but guns are banned, they use rope. So it is accurate to state that rope ownership is closely tied to suicide rates in that country.Using that same methodology, it is easy to do the same with guns and suicide. States with higher estimated levels of ...
By News Staff
Shock Marketing Doesn't Work - That's Why New Cigarette Packaging Will Fail To Stop Smoking
Tobacco kills nearly half of all long-term smokers and in the UK alone accounts for the deaths of 100,000 people annually, according to the public health charity ASH. This is the harsh reality behind plain packaging for tobacco, which comes into force in the UK on May 20 2016.Plain packaging isn’t ...
By The Conversation
Bisexual, Polygyny: Controversial Evolutionary Psychologist Kanazawa Says He Knows Why Women Are Sexually Fluid
Controversial evolutionary psychologist  Dr. Satoshi Kanazawahas written a new evolutionary psychology paper arguing that women may have been evolutionarily designed to be sexually fluid, changing their sexual desires and identities from lesbian, to bisexual, to heterosexual and back again ...
By News Staff
Big Data Deficit: Learning Analytics Don't Tell Us The Way Kids Learn
A big push is under way in higher education to measure how students are learning and how good lecturers are at teaching them. Universities can track how much time a student spent on a learning module or how often they accessed a journal article or online book. Some universities are starting to ...
By The Conversation
Developed World Girls Do Better At Math
The 'maths gender gap' was eliminated in the United States during the Bush administration under the No Child Left Behind program, and it has closed substantially in European countries and parts of Asia as well. Where do young women still lag in math? In societies with poor rates of gender equality ...
By News Staff
Dark Money Funded Site PRWatch Says Scientists Are Fronts For Corporations
The political attack site PRWatch, one arm of the dark-money funded group self-named as the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), is run by a former attorney for the Clinton administration which slashed funding for real science in the 1990s (1) while promoting junk environmental claims about ethanol ...
By Hank Campbell
Professors Often Lose Free Speech Disputes With Universities
When does free speech become important? In the halls of academia, it often comes down along political and cultural lines. An endorsement of business mogul Donald Trump leaves academics and students running for a safe speech while a professor bullying a journalism student claims she was oppressed ...
By News Staff
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