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Listen to ‘Tech Support’ Scam Calls That Bilk Victims Out of Millions

To get to the bottom of a devious form of phone-based fraud, a group of researchers scammed the scammers.

We’re not a democracy, but an oligarchy, researchers show

I read an economics paper by Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, published in 2014 (pdf). The authors were trying to determine the degree to...Show More Summary

How grassland management without the loss of species works

The intensive management of grasslands is bad for biodiversity. However, a study by the Terrestrial Ecology Research Group at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has brought a ray of hope: If different forms of management are optimally distributed within a region, this can lead to higher yields without the loss of insect species. Show More Summary

Adult Stem Cells Save Woman Ravaged by Lupus, Now She Can be a Mom

Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute announced the release of its latest testimonial video at, a project of the Washington, D.C.-based research and policy group. The video revisits Jackie Stollfus, a lupus survivor whose story was first told in a video released in 2014. Diagnosed at the age of 21 with systemic lupus, an autoimmune […]

Artificial Iris Reacts to Light Like a Human Eye

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Scientists in Finland have created an artificial iris that reacts to light the same way as the human eye. Developed by the Smart Photonic Materials research group from Tampere University of Technology (TUT), […] The post Artificial Iris Reacts to Light Like a Human Eye appeared first on

New knowledge about the dynamics of proteins can shape the future in drug development

(Aarhus University) New research provides mechanistic insight into how protein dynamics control the activity of a group of enzymes called serine proteases. As serine proteases play pivotal roles in blood coagulation, the innate immune system and tissue remodeling, the results may be important for the development of new drugs for the treatment of various diseases.

Occult Museum Claims Haunted Idol Causes Computer Glitches

A group of paranormal researchers has claimed that one of their supposedly haunted artifacts has resisted attempts to 3D scan it. The researchers work for the Traveling Museum of the Paranormal & Occult, which claims to be “the world’s only mobile museum of haunted artifacts.” The museum is busy scanning its catalog of haunted, possessed,... Read more »

Calling All Music-Industry Insiders and the Economists Who Love Them

The Princeton economist Alan Krueger — he led the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, and his research has been featured several times on — is among a group of scholars launching a new endeavor. It’s called the Music Industry Research Association, and they want you to come to their first conference, at UCLA, in August. Show More Summary

Happy Birthday Data61

A year ago, the federal government seemingly gutted science and technology research in this country, to the great consternation of many. But from the ashes of NICTA and CSIRO's Digital Productivity group came Data61. The agency's purpose...Show More Summary

Formation of artificial cells with a skeletal support reinforcement to withstand application realized

A research group of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Keio University and Tohoku University have successfully developed an artificial cytoskeletal structure for cell models (liposomes or artificial cells) using DNA nanotechnology, and demonstrated that liposomes with the cytoskeletal structure were almost as strong as living cells.

Readily available drug cocktail can help prevent sepsis shock and death

(Elsevier) Even in advanced medical settings, sepsis is still very dangerous and accounts for over 400,000 deaths annually in the US alone. While new drugs are in development, a group of researchers has determined that a combinationShow More Summary

Should robot artists be given copyright protection?

When a group of museums and researchers in the Netherlands unveiled a portrait entitled The Next Rembrandt, it was something of a tease to the art world. It wasn't a long lost painting but a new artwork generated by a computer that had analysed thousands of works by the 17th-century Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn.

Artificial iris responds to light like the human eye

An artificial iris manufactured from intelligent, light-controlled polymer material can react to incoming light in the same ways as the human eye. The iris was developed by the Smart Photonic Materials research group from the TUT, and it was recently published in the Advanced Materials journal.

Energetic cost of the entatic state of cytochrome c quantified

(—A team of researchers at Stanford University has used ultrafast x-ray absorption and emission spectroscopy to quantify the entatic state of cytochrome c. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group outlines their procedure and what they learned. Show More Summary

Study: Hispanic Americans Use the Internet Less Than Any Other Ethnic Group

Hispanics use the internet the least of any ethnic group, according to research from eMarketer. The study found that 79.8 percent of Hispanics use the internet at least monthly from any device—cellphones, tablets, desktops, etc. That’s compared to 84.3 percent of whites, 83.6 percent of Asians, and 82.5 percent of blacks. Show More Summary

Magnetic memories of a metal world

(St John's College, University of Cambridge) Research deciphering the hidden magnetic messages encoded in a rare group of meteorites has helped secure nearly half a billion dollars of NASA funding for a journey to their parent asteroid -- the only known place in the solar system where scientists can examine directly what is probably a metallic core.

Study examines gun policy preferences across racial groups

(University of Illinois at Chicago) Support for all forms of gun control is stronger among Latinos and blacks than whites, according to researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Researchers identify mammals that are most likely to harbor viruses risky to humans

(—A team of researchers with the EcoHealth Alliance has narrowed down the list of animal species that may harbor viruses likely to jump to humans. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group outlines the process they used to collect viral data on mammals around the globe, sorted them into groups and listed where they live. Show More Summary

Moths are eliminating screen glare once and for all

A group of scientists used moths as inspiration to create a substance for screens that increases reliability (up to) 10x in any lighting condition. At long last, someone is doing something about the Sun. Researchers at the University of Central Florida published the research in the scientific journal Optica. Show More Summary

Crash claims up 2.7 percent in first states to legalize pot

An insurance study links increased car crash claims to legalized recreational marijuana. The Highway Loss Data Institute, a leading insurance research group, released the results Thursday saying the study found … Click to Continue »

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