Southern California fire mushrooms, residents evacuated
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A fire burning out of control in Southern California has grown to a massive 20,000 acres, officials said Sunday, as residents in an area north of Los Angeles were forced to evacuate.
ESA announces finalists for the 2016 YouTube Your Entomology contest
Jul 20, 2016
Since 2009, the Entomological Society of America (ESA) has held a contest called "YouTube Your Entomology," which invites entomologists to showcase their talents and creativity through video. The popular contest has been ...
How Amazon's team of old-school book reviewers influences what we read
Jul 18, 2016
Within the highly automated folds of Amazon's online bookstore, there's a small team of literary types whose main job is rather old school.
Twitter service slowed in Turkey
Jul 16, 2016
Twitter pointed Friday to "intentional slowing" of its service in Turkey, as reports surfaced that social media was being sidelined during a coup attempt.
MRI machine at the nanoscale breaks world records
Jul 15, 2016
A new nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) microscope gives researchers an improved instrument to study fundamental physical processes. It also offers new possibilities for medical science—for example, to better study proteins ...
GAGA may be the secret of the sexes—at least in insects
Jul 14, 2016
Without a way to equalize the gene expression of the two sex chromosomes—males have XY and females have XX—gender could never have evolved. Scientists are still discovering many details on how the sexes came to be, but ...
The rise of Facebook and 'the operating system of our lives'
Jul 13, 2016
Recent changes announced by social media giant Facebook have roiled the media community and raised questions about privacy. The company's updates include a higher level of news feed priority for posts made by friends and ...
William H McNeill, prize-winning world historian, dead at 98
Jul 13, 2016
William H. McNeill, the prize-winning scholar who wove the stories of civilizations worldwide into the landmark "The Rise of the West" and helped pioneer the history of disease and epidemics in "Plagues and People," has died ...
Top news outlets see more risks than benefits in employees' use of social media
Jul 12, 2016
Realizing the risks of social media, major news organizations have created guidelines for employees regarding how to use these outlets, separate from the companies' existing codes of conduct. Little scholarly attention has ...
The search for the Arctic bumblebee
Jul 12, 2016
The New York Times sent reporter Jim Gorman and photographer Katie Orlinsky to report on a team from UC Riverside tracking Bombus polaris, the arctic bumblebee.