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microscopic trampoline may help create networks of quantum computers

take a bounce: a microscopic trampoline could help engineers to overcome a major hurdle for quantum computers, ...




researchers determine why pulsed sparks make for better ignition

researchers in the oregon state university college of engineering have learned the mechanisms behind a means of improved ...




researchers develop new solar sailing technology for nasa

spacecraft outfitted with sails and propelled by the sun are no longer the stuff of science fiction or theoretical space missions...




electric car batteries souped-up with fluorinated electrolytes for longer-range driving

the success of electric car batteries depends on the miles that can be driven on a single charge, but the current crop of lithium-ion batteries are reaching their natural limit of how much charge can be packed into any given space, keeping drivers on a short tether. now, researchers at the university ...




nasa catches tropical cyclone 11w passing northern philippines

nasa-noaa's suomi npp satellite passed over the northwestern pacific ocea...




study suggests buried internet infrastructure at risk as sea levels rise

thousands of miles of buried fiber optic cable in densely populated coastal regions of the united states may soon be inundate...




researchers engineer bacteria to create fertilizer out of thin air

july 16, 2018 , washington university in st. louishimadri pakrasi (left), led a team of researchers that has created a bacteria that uses photosynthesis to create oxygen during the day, and at night, uses nitrogen to create chlorophyll for photosynthesis. the team included michelle liberton (second from left), deng liu and maitrayee bhattacharyya-pakrasi. credit: joe angeles/washington universityin the future, plants will be able to create their own fertilizer. farmers will no longer need to buy and spread fertilizer for their crops, and increased food production will benefit billions of people around the world, who might otherwise go hungry. these statements may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but new research by wa...




a scientist's final paper looks toward earth's future climate

july 16, 2018 by patrick lynch, nasa's goddard space flight centerfrom space, satellites can see earth breathe. a new nasa visualization shows 20 years of continuous observations of plant life on land and at the ocean's surface, from september 1997 to september. 2017. on land, vegetation appears on a scale from brown (low vegetation) to dark green (lots of vegetation); at the ocean surface, phytoplankton are indicated on a scale from purple (low) to yellow (high). this visualization was created with data from satellites including seawifs, and instruments including the nasa/noaa visible infrared imaging radiometer suite and the moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer. credit: nasaa nasa scientist's final scientific paper, publishe...




us investigates possible gender bias at uber

july 16, 2018 federal investigators are looking at potential gender discrimination at uber and other silicon valley firms, a source familiar with the matter saysuber is facing a federal investigation on alleged discrimination against women working at the smartphone-summoned ride service, a source familiar with the matter said monday. the us equal opportunity commission began the probe in august of last year focusing on whether women at uber were treated the same as their male counterparts when it came to pay or opportunity at the san francisco-based startup, according to the source.the source indicated uber is one of several silicon valley firms being reviewed for potential gender discrimination.the probe began as uber ousted its chief ...




fcc head has 'serious concerns' with sinclair-tribune deal

july 16, 2018 the chairman of the federal communications commission is raising "serious concerns" about sinclair's $3.9 billion deal for tribune's television stations. sinclair wants to buy tribune media and its 42 tv stations, including ktla in los angeles and wpix in new york. to address potential antitrust concerns, sinclair has said it would sell stations to several buyers.fcc chairman ajit pai says sinclair might still be a...




lava flies through roof of hawaii tour boat, injuring 13

july 16, 2018 hawaii officials say an explosion sent lava flying through the roof of a tour boat off the big island, injuring at least 13 people. the state department of land and natural resources said one passenger broke a leg monday and others have been burned. it says the full extent of injuries isn't yet known.the people were aboard a tour boat that takes visitors to see lava plunging into the ocean. ...




neutrons analyze advanced high-strength steels to improve vehicle safety and efficiency

july 16, 2018 by kelley smith, oak ridge national laboratorylu huang, uss industrial research engineer prepares a lightweighted advanced high strength steel component for neutron research at the spallation neutron source’s vulcan instrument. data from this study may make it faster and easier for companies to design automotive components that are lighter, more durable, and safer. credit: ornl/genevieve martinthe demand for lighter, stronger, and more durable materials for use in vehicles has never been higher. companies are looking at new and advanced materials such as lightweight advanced high-strength steels (ahss) to develop automotive components that help increase gas efficiency, reduce maintenance costs, and save lives. researche...




getting to know the microbes that drive climate change

a new understanding of the microbes and viruses in the thawing permafrost...




disruption tolerant networking to demonstrate internet in space

nasa's human exploration and operations and science mission direct...




researchers find hidden signals in rnas that regulate protein synthesis

scientists have long known that rna encodes instructions to make proteins. the building blocks that comprise rna—a, u, c, and gs—form a blueprint for the protein-making machinery in cells....




nasa finds fading sub-tropical storm beryl devoid of center precipitation

on sunday, july 15, the national hurricane center (nhc) noted that sub-tropical storm beryl was devoid of precipitation around its center o...




embraer sells united airlines 25 jets valued at $1.1 billion

american carrier united airlines has ordered 25 jets from brazilian aerospace...




tesla shares tumble after musk tweet controversy

tesla shares stumbled monday as chief executive elon musk faced criticism over...




email incivility has a ripple effect on households

july 16, 2018 by phil ciciora, university of illinois at urbana-champaignthe negative repercussions of email incivility extend beyond the workplace, and can even negatively affect a domestic partner's attitude toward their own work, says a new paper from youngah park, a professor of labor and employment relations at illinois. credit: l. brian staufferit turns out that a rude email's reach extends further than the recipients in the message's "to" field. as email communication becomes increasingly ubiquitous in all aspects of work life, email incivility – rude messages, non-urgent messages marked "high priority" and time‐sensitive messages sent with inadequate notice – has a ripple effect that crosses work boundaries and ends u...




indigenous peoples own or manage at least one quarter of world's land surface

july 16, 2018 by stephen sautner, wildlife conservation societyindigenous peoples have ownership, use and management rights over at least a quarter of the world's land surface according to a new study published this week in the journal nature sustainability. credit: joan de la mallaindigenous peoples have ownership, use and management rights over at least a quarter of the world's land surface according to a new study published this week in the journal nature sustainability. the 38 million square kilometers (14.6 million square miles) are spread across 87 countries or politically distinct areas and overlap with about 40 percent of all terrestrial protected areas.the results of the study provides strong evidence that recognizing the righ...