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Interdisciplinary Research Attracts Less Funding

An analysis of Australian Research Council data reveals grant proposals that integrate a broad array of academic fields are less likely to be funded.   Continue reading ...

Amazon fires: how we make rainforest more flammable

Human disturbances are making the Amazon rainforest 'more flammable' say researchers. Continue reading ...

Robot salamander can walk and swim

A robot salamander that mimics the movement of the real thing is developed in Switzerland. Continue reading ...

Evernote clampdown causes anger

Evernote faces a backlash after announcing it is restricting the use of the free version of its app. Continue reading ...

Facebook ‘hack’ victim exposes passport scam

An identity thief gains access to a Facebook account by sending a fake passport and asking the social network to turn off log-in approvals. Continue reading ...

Tracking solar eruptions in 3D

Scientists have developed an automated method for three-dimensional tracking of massive eruptions from the Sun, called Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs). The Automated CME Triangulation (ACT) system uses data from three space-based observatories that orbit the Sun at different locations, allowing scientists to view the Sun and CMEs from different angles. ACT's ability to track whether a CME is heading towards Earth, and when it is likely to reach us, should lead to significant improvements in space weather forecasting. Continue reading ...

Space team discovers universe is self-cleaning

Astronomers have released a catalog of the hidden universe, which reveals the unseen sources of energy found over the last 12 billion years of cosmic history. Continue reading ...

How planetary age reveals water content

Water is necessary for life as we know it, but too much water is bad for habitability. Therefore, to study the habitability of extrasolar planets, determining the abundance of water is a key element. Astronomers now show that the observation of exoplanets at different ages can be used to set statistical constraints on their water content -- an important result for future space missions. Continue reading ...

Can healthy eating reduce diabetes risk?

A diet rich in vegetables and fruit may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, according to new research. The study identified a combination of foods that reduce biomarkers of inflammation and oxidative stress, known risk factors for type 2 diabetes. This dietary pattern, high in vegetables and fruit, and low in chips, sugar, and white bread, is also associated with reduced prevalence of type 2 diabetes. Continue reading ...

At the droplet of a hat: Capturing mixable liquid interaction

The spreading of mixable liquids into 'droplet hats' was observed for the first time, which could lead to insight into improving strategies for cleaning animals affected by oil spills. Continue reading ...

Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer’s proteins from brain cells

Scientists have found preliminary evidence that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other compounds found in marijuana can promote the cellular removal of amyloid beta, a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease. Continue reading ...

Penguin population could drop 60 percent by end of the century

Approximately 30 percent of current Adélie penguin colonies may be in decline by 2060, researchers predict, and approximately 60 percent may be in decline by 2099. The declines are associated with warming -- many regions of Antarctica have warmed too much and further warming is no longer positive for the species. Continue reading ...

Vision through the clouds

Poor weather can often make the operation of rescue helicopters a highly risky business, and sometimes even impossible. A new helmet-mounted display may in the future be able to help pilots detect hazards at an early stage, even when their visibility is severely impaired: the information required to do this is created in an on-board computer and imported into digital eye glasses. Continue reading ...

Vaccines Protect Mice Against Zika Infection

Two different vaccines confer complete immunity for two months, researchers report. Continue reading ...

Image of the Day: Freegan Bears

A mother bear forages with her three cubs in the Sarikamis landfill in eastern Turkey. Continue reading ...

World-Check terrorism database exposed online

Names of individuals and organisations listed in the Thomson Reuters World-Check Risk Screening database are leaked. Continue reading ...

Facebook thinks you’re more likely to like its new like button

Users are more likely to like something if it has a thumbs up logo, rather than the Facebook logo, according to the social network. Continue reading ...

Cameron urged to ratify climate deal before quitting as PM

Prime Minister David Cameron is being urged to ratify the Paris climate agreement before leaving office. Continue reading ...

Automated amphibian teaches us to walk

Scientists in Switzerland have created a robotic salamander that mimics the gait of the ancient amphibian in great detail. Continue reading ...

Dixons Carphone boss says UK ‘must stay in single market’

Dixons Carphone boss Seb James explains how the retailer is responding to the Brexit vote Continue reading ...

CIA taps huge potential of digital technology

The CIA is working to ensure that advances in digital technology work to its advantage, and not against it, reports Gordon Corera. Continue reading ...

Statins controversy linked to rise in UK patients stopping the treatment

A period of intense debate about statins, covered widely in the mainstream media, was followed by a substantial rise in the proportion of people in the UK stopping taking the drug. Continue reading ...

Baby fish lose poisonous protectors in acidified oceans

A common close partnership which sees baby fish sheltering from predators among the poisonous tentacles of jellyfish will be harmed under predicted ocean acidification, a new study has found. Continue reading ...

Humans artificially drive evolution of new species

Species across the world are rapidly going extinct due to human activities, but humans are also causing rapid evolution and the emergence of new species. A new study summarizes the causes of humanmade speciation, and discusses why newly evolved species cannot simply replace extinct wild species. Continue reading ...

New study shows a generational shift toward lighter drinking in Australia

Alcohol consumption in Australia has declined steadily during the past decade, with per capita consumption in 2013-14 reaching its lowest level since the early 1960s. A new study shows that the overall decline in drinking is due mainly to less drinking among people in their teens and early twenties. Continue reading ...

Inside a robot-run warehouse

How a robot operated warehouse can help a company make deliveries in hours or minutes Continue reading ...

‘Old school’ synthesiser built 40 years on

Electronic music pioneer Daphne Oram's Mini Oramics synthesiser is built 40 years after being designed. Continue reading ...

Childhood binge eating: Families, feeding, and feelings

In order to put childhood binge eating into context, a new systematic review identifies two potential risk factors for binge eating in children under the age of 12. With family being the most proximal and influential setting affecting behaviors and attitudes in children, the study reports that parental non-involvement or emotional unresponsiveness and weight-related teasing in the family are behaviors consistently associated with childhood binge eating. Continue reading ...

Don’t abandon national referendums, but smaller groups often make wiser choices

Larger crowds do not always produce wiser decisions, new research shows. Moderately-sized crowds are likely to outperform larger ones when faced with combinations of easy and difficult qualitative decisions. Continue reading ...

New mid-infrared laser system could detect atmospheric chemicals

Researchers have found a way to use mid-infrared lasers to turn molecules in the open air into glowing filaments of electrically charged gas, or plasma. The method could make possible remote environmental monitoring to detect chemicals with high sensitivity. Continue reading ...