Quantifying and transforming the history of culture into visual representation isn't easy. There are thousands of individual stories across millennia to consider, and some historical conditions are nearly impossible to measure. The challenge brought together a team of network and complexity scientists to create a big picture of European and North American cultural history.
NASA has selected proposals for two new instruments that will observe changes in global...
A team of researchers is bringing new levels of efficiency and accuracy to pipetting. And, in an...
A team of researchers is bringing new levels of efficiency and accuracy to pipetting. And, in an effort to aid the scientific community at large, the group has established an open source system that enables anyone to benefit from this development free of charge. Dubbed “iPipet,” the system converts an iPad or any tablet computer into a “smart bench” that guides the execution of complex pipetting protocols.
Researchers have succeeded in creating a tiny screw-shaped propeller that can move in a gel-like fluid, mimicking the environment inside a living organism. The filament that makes up the propeller, made of silica and nickel, is only 70 nanometers in diameter; the entire propeller is 400 nanometers long.
Scientists are searching through a massive collection of 20-million-year-old amber found in the Dominican Republic more than 50 years ago, and the effort is yielding fresh insights into ancient tropical insects and the world they inhabited.
Researchers are developing computer algorithms to compensate for an individual’s visual impairment, and creating vision-correcting displays that enable users to see text and images clearly without wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.
A team of researchers has developed a method to automatically identify topics that people search for on Google before subsequent stock market falls. The researchers suggest that this method could be applied to help identify warning signs in search data before a range of real-world events.
A team of international researchers has discovered a new type of cool-burning flames that could lead to cleaner, more efficient engines for cars. The discovery was made during a series of experiments on the International Space Station.
Researchers are using medical technology to breathe new life into some antique musical instruments. They have developed a process for using CT scanning technology not only to make images of those instruments but also to print 3-D copies of parts that will allow more of them to be played.
Smartphones and mobile devices are on the cusp of revolutionizing health care, armed with mobile health (“mHealth”) apps capable of providing everything from cardiac measurements to sonograms. While tremendous potential exists to broaden access to medical treatment and control costs, several health law experts say more oversight is needed by the FDA to ensure consumer confidence and safety.
A small but growing number of science and math teachers aren't spending the summer at the beach or catching up on books, they're toiling at companies, practicing the principles they teach. As American education focuses on closing the gap between the classroom and employers' needs, programs in North Carolina, California and elsewhere are putting teachers temporarily in the workplace.
NASA has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to investigate the possibility of using commercial Mars-orbiting satellites to provide telecommunications capabilities for future robotic missions to the Red Planet.
For a range of common applications in which data is either difficult to collect or too time-consuming to process, a new technique can identify the subset of data items that will yield the most reliable predictions.
Music fans and critics know that the music of the Beatles underwent a dramatic transformation in just a few years, but until now there hasn’t been a scientific way to measure the progression. That could change now that computer scientists at Lawrence Technological Univ. have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can analyze and compare musical styles, enabling research into the musical progression of the Beatles.
Security forces worldwide rely on sophisticated equipment, trained personnel, and detection dogs to safeguard airports and other public areas against terrorist attacks. A revolutionary new electronic chip with nano-sized chemical sensors is about to make their job much easier.
As local and national governments struggle to deal with ever-growing piles of electronic waste (e-waste), scientists are now refining the picture of just how much there is and where it really ends up. Nearly a quarter of e-waste that developed countries discard floods into just seven developing countries — with major potential health risks for the people who live there.
Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.
British supermarket Sainsbury's has announced plans for one of its grocery stores to come off the national grid. Industry partners Biffa and Sainsbury's have developed an innovative facility that will allow Sainsbury’s Cannock store to run on power generated solely from the supermarket’s own food waste.
Using the second fastest supercomputer in the world, a scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory is attempting to develop a more efficient process for purifying rare-earth materials.
A research team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), working with the Cleveland Clinic, has demonstrated a dramatically improved technique for analyzing biological cells and tissues based on characteristic molecular vibration "signatures." The new technique is an advanced form of the widely used spontaneous Raman spectroscopy.
New imaging technology is transforming how scientists see the cellular universe, showing the form and movement of once grainy and blurred structures in stunning detail. Researchers have developed a computational method that can rapidly track 3-D movements of cells in these images. This allows them to essentially automate much of the time-consuming process of reconstructing an animal's developmental building plan cell by cell.
Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now, a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand — or rather, fingers.
Ultrafast X-ray laser research has provided scientists with a snapshot of a fundamental molecular phenomenon. The finding sheds new light on microscopic electron motion in molecules.
Normally, when a crashed aircraft’s black box is recovered, it can reveal exactly what happened to cause the disaster. But, in the case of MH17, the political instability between Ukraine and Russia could hamper operations.
In an experiment, a new network-management system reduced the average queue length of routers in a Facebook data center by 99.6 percent— virtually doing away with queues.
Mathematical equations can make Internet communication via computer, mobile phone or satellite many times faster and more secure than today. Results from new software are attracting attention in the international technology media.
Microsoft has announced the biggest layoffs in its history, saying it will cut up to 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its staff as it works to cut down on management layers and integrate the Nokia cellphone business it bought in April.
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