Dogs help keep multiracial neighborhoods socially segregated

American cities are getting more diverse, but neighbors of different races don't necessarily socialize with each other. A sociologist in North Carolina discovered one surprising reason why. | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Misreading the story of climate change and the Maya

Many people think climate change caused Classic Maya civilization to collapse abruptly around 900 A.D. An archaeologist says that view is too simplistic and misses the bigger point. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

We solved the mystery of Libyan desert glass

The origin of Libyan desert glass found scattered in an Egyptian desert has puzzled scientists for years. But a new look at the glass structure reveals its meteoric formation. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

Eastern China pinpointed as source of rogue ozone-depleting emissions

For several years, emissions of CFCs have been rising, in apparent defiance of a global ban in place since 2010. A new global detective effort has traced the source to two eastern Chinese provinces. | Continue reading | 3 days ago

What your ability to engage with stories says about your real-life relationships

According to a new study, those who have a tendency to sabotage their relationships may find solace in the fictional worlds of TV and movies. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Why Is the Pentagon Interested in UFOs?

During a military mission, whether in peace or in war, the inability to identify an object within an area of operation represents a significant problem. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

EU migrants no extra burden on taxpayers in more generous welfare states

EU migrant households are actually a net benefit on the public purse in much of Europe. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Simply elegant, Morse code marks 175 years and counting

Morse code works whether flashing a spotlight or blinking your eyes – or even tapping on a smartphone touchscreen. | Continue reading | 4 days ago

I was a student of Stephen Hawking's – here's what he taught me

Hawking wasn't able to give his students a gentle introduction, but he did provide a lot of inspiration and support. | Continue reading | 5 days ago

What universal basic income could do to help the planet

The first step is admitting we have a problem, but what should come next to protect the planet? | Continue reading | 5 days ago

Autism research on single neurons suggests signaling problems in brain circuits

A new technology has enabled neuroscientists to examine the chemistry of individual brain cells. The finding reveal how genes are regulated differently in brain cells from autistic versus healthy people. | Continue reading | 7 days ago

A conservative activist’s quest to preserve all network news broadcasts (2018)

Fifty years ago, an insurance agent named Paul Simpson was convinced of rampant bias on the evening news. So he embarked on a project to record each broadcast and store them at Vanderbilt University. | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Using maps as a weapon to resist extractive industries on Indigenous territories

Historically, western corporate maps have been privileged over Indigenous ones. But given the essential debate of territory in resource conflicts, maps are a crucial tool. | Continue reading | 9 days ago

Internet Data Is Rotting

MySpace users were recently shocked to learn that the company lost 50 million user files. It's a harsh lesson in not leaving your intellectual property unprotected on the information superhighway. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Your Internet Data Is Rotting

MySpace users were recently shocked to learn that the company lost 50 million user files. It's a harsh lesson in not leaving your intellectual property unprotected on the information superhighway. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

China-US trade war heats up: Reasons it won’t cool down anytime soon

An economist explains why the US and Chinese governments are most likely to dig in their heels rather than find a compromise to end the costly trade conflict. | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Five Foods are claimed to improve our health. But we’d need to consume a lot

We often hear eating specific foods can help prevent disease. But these claims are best taken with a grain of salt (or tumeric). The benefits are likely only if we eat them in really huge quantities. | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Road to measles elimination is predictable, but can be rocky

Scientists identified the general pattern of measles infections as a country moves toward eliminating the disease. This roadmap can help public health workers most efficiently fight and end measles. | Continue reading | 13 days ago

Absent of fear might ruin the autonomous vehicle utopia

How will people respond once they realise they can rely on autonomous vehicles to stop whenever someone steps out in front of them? Human behaviour might stand in the way of the promised 'autopia'. | Continue reading | 14 days ago

What Caused Hyperinflation in Venezuela

Venezuela's hyperinflation has been caused by an inept public policy of printing more money and private individuals making the most of differences between official and unofficial exchange rates. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

What happens when a raindrop hits a puddle

Why does the impact of rain in a puddle look different from when it falls elsewhere, like in a lake or the ocean? A 'puddle equation' dives deep into the secret math of ripples. | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Chernobyl has become a refuge for wildlife 33 years after the nuclear accident

The initial impact of the catastrophe on nature was important, but the exclusion zone has now become a natural reserve. | Continue reading | 16 days ago

Ash dieback: tree disease epidemics could kill 95% of UK’s ash trees

A new study has calculated the tremendous cost of ash dieback to the UK economy. | Continue reading | 17 days ago

Crying elephants and giggling rats – animals are sentient

Capuchin monkeys understand fairness, sheep recognise their friends, rats make sacrifices for buddies. Yes, animals are sentient. Here's the science. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Da Vinci’s helicopter: 15th-century flight of fancy led to modern aeronautics

Leonardo's range of knowledge fascination with flying led directly to the development of modern aircraft, nearly four centuries later. | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Online retailer algorithms collude to keep prices high

The AI behind retail websites has learnt the best strategy is to copy each other's prices – and that can see them 'collude' to keep them high. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Asteroid dust may explain where our water came from with hydrogen clues

The source of water on Earth, the Moon and planets in our solar system is hotly debated. Some in the planetary science community argued that it came from asteroids and comets. Now they have proof. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Americans might love Cinco de Mayo, but few know what they’re celebrating

The holiday honors a 19th-century battle between the French and the Mexican armies that, strangely enough, may have influenced the outcome of the US Civil War. | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Why the idea of alien life now seems inevitable and possibly imminent

The ancient question 'Are we alone?' has graduated from being a philosophical musing to a testable hypothesis. We should be prepared for an answer. | Continue reading | 21 days ago

How to increase train use by up to 35% with one simple trick

In Sydney, 44 of 178 train stations have a single side entrance. It adds up to 12 minutes of daily travel time for people walking the long way to their platform. It's enough to make some drive instead. | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Air guitar became a serious sport

An ethnomusicologist traces the origins of the practice, from early 20th century 'air conductors' to Joe Cocker's air riffing at Woodstock to the rise of international competitions. | Continue reading | 23 days ago

How Artificial intelligence systems could threaten democracy

Even governments in democracies with strong traditions of rule of law find themselves tempted to abuse these new abilities. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

No cure for Alzheimer’s disease in my lifetime

After the failure of multiple drug trials the outlook for an Alzheimer's drug is bleak. This shouldn't be a surprise. We don't know the cause or even how to diagnose the disease. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Shutting down social media does not reduce violence, but rather fuels it

Internet blackouts deprive people of impartial information and crucial connections with loved ones, without delivering improved safety or stability. | Continue reading | 26 days ago

We created a new material that could revolutionise batteries and electronics

Phosphorene nanoribbons are like tagliatelle, but carry the potential to boost battery capacity by 50%. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Employers use wellness programs, phones and free food to control your life

From Ford to Facebook, companies have long used benefits to mold employee behavior – even incentivizing the 'right' kind of lifestyle. | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Sickly sweet or just right? How genes control your taste for sugar

People with a sweet tooth can (partly) blame their genes for their sugar habit. New research shows how the brain also gets involved. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How fair is it for just three people to receive the Nobel Prize in physics?

Today's scientific research is characterized by interdisciplinary, international collaboration. Awards like the Nobel Prizes haven't caught up. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Will Netflix eventually monetize its user data?

Something about Netflix's business model just doesn't add up – unless you look at the streaming service as a massive data collection company. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Etymologies of Easter

Easter is actually a mish-mash of different traditions celebrating the coming of spring. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Caster Semenya ruling will have big implications for womens' sports

Arbitration case between athlete Caster Semenya and the IAAF centres on eligibility to compete based on testosterone – but there are other factors in play. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Life of Brian at 40: an assertion of individual freedom that still resonates

As parody goes, this infamous Monty Python film is a pretty gentle, even, respectful sort. It is now more likely to be criticised for breaching the boundaries of 'political correctness'. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Lactose intolerance could be treated by fixing your microbiome

You may think that your milk-drinking, ice cream-licking days are behind you as you battle the discomfort of lactose intolerance. But there maybe be a way to reverse the situation. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Brexiteers are right to compare themselves to Spartans

Members of the European Research Group are right to compare themselves to ancient Spartan warriors. Behind their combative stance, they seem to have no plan for when the Brexit war is over. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

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A quicker way to multiply big numbers

To multiply two numbers by hand take a few steps but it's something we're taught in school. When dealing with big numbers, really big numbers, we need to a quicker way to do things. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Too many airplane systems rely on too few sensors

A pilot and researcher knows that airplanes are full of sensors – and finds a way onboard computers can use the data to detect equipment failure and tell pilots what's a real emergency and what's not. | Continue reading | 1 month ago

College 'amateur' athletes make money for everyone except themselves

As the nation prepares to watch the Final Four, a sports scholar examines new information that shows how college athletes make money for their schools, coaches and corporations – but not themselves. | Continue reading | 1 month ago