- Against discrimination
Science cannot and should not be used to justify prejudice.
- Budget cuts fuel frustration among Japan’s academics
Funding trouble at flagship research centre reflects a broader malaise in the country’s scientific priorities that must be addressed.
- A little democracy could go a long way
The Middle East is freezing out Qatar. A science academy could help — and would set an important precedent for the region, says Ehsan Masood.
- Opioid emergency, climate language and a frozen fruit cake
The week in science: 11–17 August 2017.
- California’s scientists push to create massive climate-research programme
Effort backed by the state’s flagship universities comes as US President Donald Trump shrugs off global warming.
- Self-powered paper-based 'SPEDs' may lead to new medical-diagnostic tools
A new medical-diagnostic device made out of paper detects biomarkers and identifies diseases by performing electrochemical analyses -- powered only by the user's touch -- and reads out the color-coded test results, making it easy for non-experts to understand.
- Tricking the eye to defeat shoulder surfing attacks
Researchers have developed the first application to combat 'shoulder-surfing' of PINS and passwords: a hybrid-image keyboard that appears one way to the close-up user and differently at a distance. The technology blends one image of a keyboard configuration with high spatial frequency and a completely different one with low spatial frequency. Experiments showed it was effective for mobile phones and when video cameras recorded PIN entry, as might happen at an ATM.
- Firing of neurons changes the cells that insulate them
Through their pattern of firing, neurons influence the behavior of the cells that upon maturation will provide insulation of neuronal axons, according to a new study. The findings suggest the existence of a complex and nuanced interplay between neurons and the non-neuronal cells that support and protect them.
- Does a mother's pre-pregnancy weight determine her child's metabolism?
The link between a mother's body mass index (BMI) before pregnancy and the metabolic traits of her children is likely mediated by shared genetics and familial lifestyle rather than effects on the fetus during gestation, according to new study.
- Hubble's twisted galaxy
Gravity governs the movements of the cosmos. It draws flocks of galaxies together to form small groups and more massive galaxy clusters, and brings duos so close that they begin to tug at one another. This latter scenario can have extreme consequences, with members of interacting pairs of galaxies often being dramatically distorted, torn apart, or driven to smash into one another, abandoning their former identities and merging to form a single accumulation of gas, dust and stars.
- Exercise sweat can charge your electronics
When you workout, people say you burn a lot of energy. What if some of that could be harvested to power, say, your iPhone? A team of engineers from UC San Diego say they’ve developed ... Read more
- Implantable sponge fights fat, diabetes
Researchers know that one problem in fighting diabetes is that at a certain point, big fat stores in a person stop ‘talking’ to the rest of the body. Now scientists are looking at whether a ... Read more
- Analysis of ‘Rusty’ Lunar Rock Suggest the Moon’s Interior Is Dry
The moon is likely very dry in its interior according to a new study from researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego, published August 21, 2017 in the Proceedings ... Read more
- Superbug squashed by antibiotics triple-team
The golden age of antibiotics may be drawing to a close. The recent discovery of E. coli carrying mcr-1 and ndm-5 — genes that make the bacterium immune to last-resort antibiotics — has left clinicians ... Read more
- Trains and bicycles: A winning combination. Bicycles and trains: The epitome of modern-day transportation
The two oldest modes of mechanized land transportation are also two of the best – still – even after all these years. Not surprisingly, it is the train and bicycle we are talking about here. ... Read more