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'Exotic' material is like a switch when super thin

ITHACA, N.Y. – Researchers from Cornell University and Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown how to switch a particular transition metal oxide, a lanthanum nickelate (LaNiO3), from a metal to an insulator by making the material less than a nanometer thick. read more

Your Brain on Electricity: Does It Make You Learn Faster?

It’s midnight the night before a final exam, and you just cracked a book. Cramming at this hour will probably take most of the night and yield unpredictable results. For those unfortunate students who have found themselves in that foxhole, the following revelation is for you: psychologists have invented a “thinking cap” that could help [...]

In sex-reversed cave insects, females have the penises

Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on April 17 have discovered little-known cave insects with rather novel sex lives. The Brazilian insects, which represent four distinct but related species in the genusShow More Summary

Crucial new information about how the ice ages came about

Scientists have discovered new relationships between deep-sea temperature and ice-volume changes to provide crucial new information about how the ice ages came about. The researchers found, for the first time, that the long-term trends in cooling and continental ice-volume cycles over the past 5.3 million years were not the same. Show More Summary

A Clear Example of IPCC Ideology Trumping Fact

Guest essay by Patrick Michaels and Chip Knappenberger Within the U.S. federal government (and governments around the world), the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is given deference when it comes to climate change opinion. We endlessly point out … Continue reading ?

Scientists explain how memories stick together

LA JOLLA—Scientists at the Salk Institute have created a new model of memory that explains how neurons retain select memories a few hours after an event. This new framework provides a more complete picture of how memory works, which can inform research into disorders liked Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, post-traumatic stress and learning disabilities. read more

Why interest is crucial to your success

DURHAM, N.C. -- Maintaining an interest in the goals you pursue can improve your work and reduce burnout, according to research from Duke University. "Our research shows that interest is important in the process of pursuing goals. It...Show More Summary

Global scientific team 'visualizes' a new crystallization process

By combining a synchrotron's bright X-ray beam with high speed X-ray cameras, scientists shot a 'movie' showing how organic molecules form into crystals. This is a first. Their new techniques will improve our understanding of crystal...Show More Summary

U of T study finds toddlers 'surprisingly sophisticated' at understanding unfamiliar accents

TORONTO, ON -- A new University of Toronto study has found that by two years of age, children are remarkably good at comprehending speakers who talk with accents the toddlers have never heard before. Even more striking, say researchers,...Show More Summary

Astronomers: 'Tilt-a-worlds' could harbor life

A fluctuating tilt in a planet's orbit does not preclude the possibility of life, according to new research. In fact, sometimes it may help. That's because such "tilt-a-worlds," as astronomers sometimes call them -- turned from their...Show More Summary

My Friend Billy

(Note – I saved this for the weekend, when people who might read this would likely be more relaxed. This is not the usual fare for WUWT, but it is something that is revealing, enlightening, entertaining, and educational, while at … Continue reading ?

Telling ‘Noble Cause Lies’ About Climate Change Will Backfire

Guest essay by Tom Harris, International Climate Science Coalition Over the past twenty years, we’ve been subjected to a barrage of catastrophic climate change forecasts and prophecies that would put Moses to shame. Coastal communities will be submerged due to … Continue reading ?

Female ‘Penis’ Found on Brazilian Cave Insects

In what is being called the "world's first" instance of gender-reversed genitalia, scientists have found four species of insects with female “penises.” The species live in dry Brazilian caves and feed on bat guano

Counterfeit contraceptives found in South America

A survey of emergency contraceptive pills in Peru found that 28 percent of the batches studied were either of substandard quality or falsified. Many pills released the active ingredient too slowly. Others had the wrong active ingredient. One batch had no active ingredient at all. read more

SpaceX Launches Rocket Into Orbit

After a delay Monday due to a helium leak, the spacecraft was launched Friday on a cargo supply mission to the International Space Station

Treating depression in PD patients: New research

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 21, 2014) -- A group of scientists from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has found interesting new information in a study on depression and neuropsychological function in Parkinson's disease (PD). read more

Flipping the switch

Harvard researchers have succeeded in creating quantum switches that can be turned on and off using a single photon, a technological achievement that could pave the way for the creation of highly secure quantum networks. read more

MRI, on a molecular scale

For decades, scientists have used techniques like X-ray crystallography and nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (NMR) to gain invaluable insight into the atomic structure of molecules, but such efforts have long been hampered by the fact...Show More Summary

Stanford researchers rethink 'natural' habitat for wildlife

Protecting wildlife while feeding a world population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 will require a holistic approach to conservation that considers human-altered landscapes such as farmland, according to Stanford researchers. read more

Sun emits a mid-level solar flare

The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:03 a.m. EDT on April 18, 2014, and NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured images of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot...Show More Summary

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