New color images from NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft show two very different faces of the mysterious dwarf planet, one with a series of intriguing spots along the equator that are evenly spaced. Each of the spots is about 300 miles (480 kilometers) in diameter, with a surface area that’s roughly …
Popular chat rooms on Reddit have been closed in protest over the sacking of a popular staff member.
When scientists develop cancer therapies, they target the features that make the disease deadly: tumor growth, metastasis, recurrence and drug resistance. In epithelial cancers—cancers of the breast, ovaries, prostate, skin and bladder, which begin in the organs’ lining—these processes are controlled by a genetic program called epithelial–mesenchymal transition.
Ten researchers from University of Oxford, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Stanford, and Nankai University have presented a new approach to 3D scene understanding with a system which they dubbed SemanticPaint. “Our system offers a new way of capturing, labeling and learning semantic models, all in an online manner.” The key word …
A research group at Umeå University in Sweden has managed to capture and describe a protein structure that, until now, has been impossible to study. The discovery lays the base for developing designed enzymes as catalysts to new chemical reactions for instance in biotechnological applications. The result of the study …
Keeping bug guts off airplanes is a NASA’s mission. Insect “residue” splattering on the wings of big aircraft as they take off is a real problem looking for a serious solution.
Shakespeare said a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. In fact, many kinds of roses today have little fragrance. But a new discovery might change that.
Billboards and TV commercials, living room visits, guess-your-water-use booths, and awards for water stinginess—a wealthy swath of Orange County that once had one of the worst records for water conservation in drought-stricken California is turning things around, proving it’s possible to get people to change their ways.
A Russian rocket has successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.
In a nod to its humble beginning in the garage of a Silicon Valley house, Google is building “campuses” around the world intended as fertile ground where entrepreneurs can flourish.
BBC Click’s Marc Cieslak looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news.
Researchers hope cockroaches could access disaster zones which humans cannot reach
Banded mongooses take extraordinary risks to ensure that they find the right mate.
A new study has discovered mysterious behaviour of a material that acts like an insulator in certain measurements, but simultaneously acts like a conductor in others. In an insulator, electrons are largely stuck in one place, while in a conductor, the electrons flow freely. The results, published today in the …
Climate change is forcing fish out of their current habitats and into cooler waters and many more species will soon be affected if climate goals are not met, say scientists.