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Fotis Kafatos, distinguished Greek biologist, dies at 77

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:28:17 EST

Fotis Kafatos, a Greek molecular biologist who had a distinguished academic career in both the United States and Europe and became the founding president of the European Research Council, has died. He was 77.

Museum seeks to convince Indians that toilets are not dirty

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:27:03 EST

A throne with a built-in commode for a French monarch takes pride of place at a New Delhi museum trying to break taboos surrounding toilets in a country where such convenience remains a sensitive issue.

UK to have driverless cars by 2021: govt

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:26:36 EST

British finance minister Philip Hammond is to announce £75 million ($99 million, 84 million euros) funding for Artificial Intelligence and plans to put driverless cars on UK roads by 2021, in his budget speech on Wednesday.

Swimming with dolphins in virtual reality to aid disabled

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:26:19 EST

Swimming with wild dolphins is something most can only dream of, and jumping into pools with captive animals has become increasingly controversial with environmentalists condemning it as cruel.

100 full moons: Blazing fireball lights up Arctic sky

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:52:35 EST

A blazing fireball lit up the dark skies of Arctic Finland for five seconds, giving off what scientists said was "the glow of 100 full moons" and igniting hurried attempts to find the reported meteorite.

Germany bans children's smart watches with listening app

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:52:18 EST

German regulators have banned certain types of smartwatches marketed to children, saying the devices have been used to listen in on school classrooms and run afoul of Germany's surveillance restrictions.

NASA launches next-generation weather satellite

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 12:49:08 EST

NASA on Saturday launched a next-generation satellite into space designed to monitor weather around the world and help improve forecasts.

Keeping it real: UN climate talks struggle to stay relevant

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 04:31:42 EST

There was a telling moment at the 23rd edition of UN climate talks that underscored both the life-and-death stakes in the fight against global warming, and how hard it is for this belaboured forum to rise to the challenge.

20 years of changing seasons on Earth packed into two and half minutes

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:15:58 EST

NASA captured 20 years of changing seasons in a striking new global map of the home planet.

These ring-tailed lemurs raise a 'stink' when they flirt with potential mates

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:07:10 EST

A U of T Scarborough study finds that a unique ritual performed by male ring-tailed lemurs may come at a significant physical cost, but it could help their chances in securing a mate.

Mathematician's study of 'swarmalators' could direct future science

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:05:52 EST

How does the Japanese tree frog figure into the latest work of noted mathematician Steven Strogatz? As it turns out, quite prominently.

When to fish: Timing matters for fish that migrate to reproduce

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:01:05 EST

It's no secret that human activities affect fish, particularly those that must migrate to reproduce. Years of building dams and polluting rivers in some regions have left fish such as salmon struggling to return to their home streams and give birth to the next generation.

Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:59:36 EST

Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can finally tell one of those stories this week, thanks to a one-of-a-kind instrument that allowed them to hear what the atmosphere is saying with rare nitrogen molecules.

Breakthrough could launch organic electronics beyond cell phone screens

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:54:46 EST

A discovery by an international team of researchers from Princeton University, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Humboldt University in Berlin points the way to more widespread use of an advanced technology generally known as organic electronics.

Apple pushes back release of HomePod speaker to 2018

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 17:52:16 EST

Apple said Friday it was delaying until early next year the release of its HomePod speaker set to compete with Amazon's Alexa-powered devices and Google Home as a smart home and music hub.

Mapping 'damage trails' lets researchers follow the water in Photosystem II

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:00:03 EST

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have traced the paths of three water channels in an ancient photosynthetic organism to provide the first comprehensive, experimental study of how that organism uses and regulates water to create energy.

Game review: 'Need For Speed: Payback,' wrong way

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 13:50:01 EST

Racing simulators are thriving within the genre these days, but arcade racers offer a brief respite from the tighter sim experiences and will always have a home with casual gamers. "Need For Speed" is a long-running series that has taken on many forms throughout its history, with its latest entry adopting the high-octane drama you'd find in summer blockbusters. "Does Need For Speed: Payback" get the checkered flag? Nope. It sure does have some fun ideas, though.

Apple's smart speaker HomePod may get Face ID: report

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:50:01 EST

Apple's new Face ID technology may be coming to a living room near you.

Tesla's all-electric semi truck aims to disrupt transport

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:47:14 EST

After shaking up the auto world with its electric cars, Tesla is tackling a new frontier in "green" transportation with the unveiling of a futuristic all-electric semi truck.

Experts: Idaho hatchery built to save salmon is killing them

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:46:56 EST

A relatively new $13.5 million hatchery intended to save Snake River sockeye salmon from extinction is instead killing thousands of fish before they ever get to the ocean, and fisheries biologists in Idaho think they know why.

Research shows drones could help crop management take off

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:49 EST

Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture researchers.

Scientific advances can make it easier to recycle plastics

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:45:06 EST

Most of the 150 million tons of plastics produced around the world every year end up in landfills, the oceans and elsewhere. Less than 9 percent of plastics are recycled in the United States, rising to about 30 percent in Europe.

New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:42:56 EST

A team of leading computer scientists has developed a novel computational system to aid the design and fabrication of wind-up toys, focusing on automating the intricate interior machinery responsible for the toys' wind-up motion. The new computational system includes analytic modeling of a wide variety of elemental mechanisms found in common wide-up toys, including their geometry and kinematics, and automating the construction of the toys accurately and with moving parts that consume less energy.

eDNA tool detects invasive clams before they become a nuisance

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:39:19 EST

When seeking a cure for a disease, early detection is often the key. The same is true for eliminating invasive species. Identifying their presence in a lake before they are abundant is vital. A recent University of Illinois study successfully used environmental DNA to detect invasive clams in California and Nevada lakes. Researchers believe this tool can help identify pests before they become a problem.

Carefully crafted light pulses control neuron activity

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:37:56 EST

Specially tailored, ultrafast pulses of light can trigger neurons to fire and could one day help patients with light-sensitive circadian or mood problems, according to a new study in mice at the University of Illinois.

Taking a spin on plasma space tornadoes with NASA observations

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:37:12 EST

Interplanetary space is hardly tranquil. High-energy charged particles from the Sun, as well as from beyond our solar system, constantly whizz by. These can damage satellites and endanger astronaut health—though, luckily for life on Earth, the planet is blanketed by a protective magnetic bubble created by its magnetic field. This bubble, called the magnetosphere, deflects most of the harmful high-energy particles.

Infrared NASA imagery shows development of Tropical Depression 31W

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:35:03 EST

NASA's Aqua satellite provided infrared imagery of the latest tropical cyclone in the South China Sea.

Walmart gives Amazon run for its money in third quarter

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:40:01 EST

Unseating Amazon as the biggest player in e-commerce is a tall, maybe even impossible task. But Walmart is giving the online titan a run for its money.

Richard Spencer, other white supremacists lose Twitter verification

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:30:01 EST

A week after the ruckus over blue checks on Twitter, the company has updated its policy on verifications and revoked the verifications of some white supremacists.

Strain-free epitaxy of germanium film on mica

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 11:21:34 EST

Germanium, an elemental semiconductor, was the material of choice in the early history of electronic devices, before it was largely replaced by silicon. But due to its high charge carrier mobility—higher than silicon by threefold—the semiconductor is making a comeback.