Things you should Know
Students may soon be able to reach out and touch some of the theoretical concepts they are taught in their physics classes thanks to a novel idea.
Though the discovery might have come too late to help Australia win this week’s Second Test match, a team of scientists from Down Under has revealed what techniques give skilled batsmen an edge over their less able teammates – and opponents.
Millions of previously hidden US stock trades will be revealed for the first time on Monday December 9 thanks to research from a team of academics.
Polymers can behave like insulators, semiconductors and metals – as well as semimetals.
Aging out of bounds: New demographic data show how diversely different species age and biologists cannot explain why
Despite aging being one the hottest topic in the media recently, scientists have no coherent explanation for it. New demographic data on humans, animals and plants for the first time unveil such an extraordinary diversity of aging processes that no existing evolutionary theory can account for. Both life spans and mortalities vary from species to species. The fact that the probability of dying rises with age applies to humans, but is not principally true. This is shown by a catalog of 46 species with their respective mortality and fertility rates.
Tunicates that were placed in the sea six months ago have now been harvested. These ocean weeds can become a new aquaculture adventure.
Since the beginning of the financial crises that erupted in 2008, numerous governments have injected public funds into the banking system in order to prevent the failure of some entities and avoid the collective collapse of the system itself. Furthermore, to strengthen the robustness of the banking system, central banks increase the reserve capital requirements, that is, the percentage of money that banks must hold, and not loan out. “This cash ratio has been uniformly applied to all of the firms, without taking into account which banks are the most important from a systemic perspective, and nothing has been done about the relationship between entities to reform the network and make it more resistant to a financial shock”, explains an expert.
Scientists have studied how to use fish farms to detect water quality in our rivers. There is a slight contamination that does not affect product quality and can trigger physiological reactions on fish. The analysis of these changes can be a good biomarker for water quality.
Researchers have devised a novel way to realize electrical conductivity in metal-organic framework (MOF) materials, a development that could have profound implications for the future of electronics, sensors, energy conversion and energy storage.
There is more than meets the eye following even a mild traumatic brain injury. While the brain may appear to be intact, new findings suggest that the brain's protective coverings may feel the brunt of the impact.
Hematology researchers have manipulated key biological events in adult blood cells to produce a form of hemoglobin normally absent after the newborn period. Because fetal hemoglobin is unaffected by the genetic defect in sickle cell disease, these cell culture findings may open the door to a new therapy for the debilitating blood disorder.
The energy needed to change the magnetic orientation of a single atom -- which determines its magnetic stability and therefore its usefulness in a variety of future device applications -- can be modified by varying the atom's electrical coupling to nearby metals.
In our youth we are strong and healthy and then we weaken and die -- that's probably how most would describe what aging is all about. But, in nature, the phenomenon of aging shows an unexpected diversity of patterns and is altogether rather strange, conclude researchers.
Scientists have discovered a quick-cook recipe for copious volumes of hydrogen, a breakthrough suggesting a better way of producing the fuel that propels rockets and energizes battery-like fuel cells. It could eventually even help meet key world energy needs -- without carbon emissions contributing to climate change.
Gene promotes one in a hundred of tumors: Gene discovered to play a part in one per cent of all cancers
Researchers have identified a gene that drives the development of tumors in over one per cent of all cancer patients. This is the first time that the gene CUX1 has been broadly linked to cancer development.
Popular television shows such as "Doctor Who" have brought the idea of time travel into the vernacular of popular culture. But problem of time travel is even more complicated than one might think. Scientists have now shown that it would theoretically be possible for time travelers to copy quantum data from the past.
A new study of biodiversity loss in a salt marsh finds that it's not just the total number of species preserved that matters; it's the number of key species. If humans want to reap the benefits of the full range of functions that salt marshes and other coastal ecosystems provide, we need to preserve the right mix of species.
An abandoned mineral mine is providing geoscientists new insights on how to permanently entomb greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth.
With evidence growing that meditation can have beneficial health effects, scientists have sought to understand how these practices physically affect the body. A new study reports the first evidence of specific molecular changes in the body following a period of mindfulness meditation.
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