Scientists develop new tool to assess oil spills
May 24, 2017
Scientists are getting an entirely new perspective of what happens to oil in a spill, thanks to a tool developed by researchers at Florida International University.
Water is surprisingly ordered on the nanoscale
May 24, 2017
Researchers from AMOLF and Swiss EPFL have shown that the surface of minuscule water drops surrounded by a hydrophobic substance such as oil is surprisingly ordered. At room temperature, the surface water molecules of these ...
Genetic mutation trade-offs lead to parallel evolution
May 23, 2017
Organisms in nature adapt and evolve in complex environments. For example, when subjected to changes in nutrients, antibiotics, and predation, microbes in the wild face the challenge of adapting multiple traits at the same ...
Human-induced deforestation is causing an increase in malaria cases
May 22, 2017
Nearly 130 million hectares of forest—an area almost equivalent in size to South Africa—have been lost since 1990, according to a recent report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Grassy beginning for earliest Homo
May 15, 2017
In 2013, an ASU research team found the oldest known evidence of our own genus, Homo, at Ledi-Geraru in the lower Awash Valley of Ethiopia. A jawbone with teeth was dated to 2.8 million years ago, about 400,000 years earlier ...
Aromatic pollutants emitted during combustion and wood burning contribute to the formation of brown clouds
May 13, 2017
Aerosol particles suspended in the air of urban environments typically reduce visibility, interact with sunlight by scattering and absorbing radiation, and lower air quality. In addition, these tiny particles can also contribute ...
Study finds bacteria in marine sponge produce toxic flame retardant-like compounds
May 11, 2017
A Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego-led research team discovered for the first time that a common marine sponge hosts bacteria that specialize in the production of toxic compounds ...
'Fingertip touch' clue to human ancestors exploiting treetop environments
May 10, 2017
Research by scientists at the University of Birmingham suggests that ancestral humans may have been more adept at negotiating unstable arboreal environment than previously thought.
Immersive virtual-reality creation software for everyone
May 09, 2017
Imverse, an EPFL spinoff, has developed a software that lets users convert 360-degree images from 2-D into 3-D and both manipulate and create virtual-reality content in real time with the help of virtual-reality glasses. ...
'Worrying lack of strategy' for U.K. smart cities
May 05, 2017
City residents are not benefitting from a clear strategy for developing cities that are 'smart' according to a new RICS Research Trust report by University of Reading academics.