Sci/Tech

New fossil evidence supports theory that first mass extinction engineered by early animals

July 31, 2016 - Newly discovered fossil evidence from Namibia strengthens the proposition that the world's first mass extinction was caused by "ecosystem engineers" -...

Solar eruption larger than Earth

August 1, 2016 - A gigantic ribbon of hot gas bursts upwards from the Sun, guided by a giant loop of invisible magnetism. This remarkable...

ORNL-led study analyzes electric grid vulnerabilities in extreme weather areas

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 29, 2016 - Climate and energy scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new...

100 times faster broadband is coming

July 5, 2018 - Initial testing on the next generation of mobile technology with the capability of delivering 100 times faster broadband has been...

Novel framework to address uncertainty in water management

Sept. 14, 2018 - IIASA researchers have developed a general decision-making framework to support policy decisions on the management of water resources, which, for...

Existing laser technology could be fashioned into Earth’s “porch light” to attract alien astronomers

Nov. 4, 2018 - If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes...

HPV vaccination rates remain critically low among younger adolescents in the US

Jan. 17, 2019 - Only about 16 percent of U.S. adolescents have been fully vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV) by the time they turn...

Astronaut Has No Lingering, Major Epigenetic Differences from Earthbound Twin Brother

April 11, 2019 - In a landmark study, a group of U.S. scientists from Johns Hopkins, Stanford University and other institutions has found no...

Video: The Brunt Ice Shelf in Antarctica, seen from space

June 25, 2019 - The Brunt ice shelf in Antarctica is on the brink of spawning a huge iceberg. Scientists are using Earth observation...

Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain may be possible cause of...

Sept. 7, 2016 - Tiny magnetic particles from air pollution have for the first time been discovered to be lodged in human brains– and...

The brain’s cannabis receptors may be used to treat chronic pain without side effects...

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Nov. 14, 2016 - Indiana University neuroscientist Andrea Hohmann took the stage at a press conference Nov. 14 in San Diego to...

Newly proposed reference datasets improve weather satellite data quality

Jan. 10, 2017 - "Traffic and weather, together on the hour!" blasts your local radio station, while your smartphone knows the weather halfway across...

Ten million lives saved by 1962 vaccination breakthrough, study says

March 6, 2017 - Nearly 200 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, adenovirus, rabies and hepatitis A -- and approximately 450,000 deaths...

When bridges collapse: Stanford researchers study whether we’re underestimating risk

May 1, 2017 - The United States is considering a $1 trillion budget proposal to update infrastructure, including its crumbling bridges. An obstacle to...

Is this Gulf of Mexico tubeworm the longest living animal in the world?

July 17, 2017 - Large tubeworms living in the cold depths of the Gulf of Mexico may be among the longest living animals in...

Antidepressants Associated with Significantly Elevated Risk of Death, Researchers Find

HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 18, 2014 – Antidepressant medications, most commonly prescribed to reduce depression and anxiety, increase the risk of death, according to new findings by...

Humans may have reached their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance

Dec. 6, 2017 - Humans may have reached their maximum limits for height, lifespan and physical performance. A recent review suggests humans have biological...

First Multiplex Test for Tick-Borne Diseases

Feb. 22, 2018 - A new blood test called the Tick-Borne Disease Serochip (TBD Serochip) promises to revolutionize the diagnosis of tick-borne disease by...

Dementia Risk Doubles Following Concussion, UCSF Study Shows

May 7, 2018 - Dementia should join the expanding list of possible complications following concussion, even if the patient did not lose consciousness, say...

Time is running out in the tropics — researchers warn of global biodiversity collapse

July 26, 2018 - A global biodiversity collapse is imminent unless we take urgent, concerted action to reverse species loss in the tropics, according...