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gpm sees tropical cyclone fakir forming near madagascar

the southwest indian ocean cyclone season started on november 15, 2017 and will officially end on april 30, 2018. a tropical cyclone called fakir forme...




how do you get teens to stop cellphone use while driving? survey says, show them the money

teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cellphone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives such as auto-insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey conducted by researchers at the perelman school of medicine at the university of pennsylvania and children's hosp...




liquid cell transmission electron microscopy makes a window into the nanoscale

from energy materials to disease diagnostics, new microscopy techniques can provide more ...




researchers use 'environmental dna' to identify killer whales in puget sound

when endangered killer whales swim through the sheltered waters of puget sound, they leave behind trace...




fake news, the first amendment and failure in the marketplace of ideas

the rise of social media and fake news challenge long-held assumptions about the first amendment and are...




girls more likely than boys to struggle with social, behavioral, academic needs

the more failing grades students have during eighth grade, the more likely they are to experience social-emotional learn...




telling job seekers how many other people have applied increases applications, could boost diversity

credit: pixabaytelling job applicants how many people applied for a job on linkedin - regardless of whether the number of applicants was high or low - increased the number of applications, a finding that could help companies that are seeking more diverse applicant pools, according to new research. the study, by tufts university economist laura gee, ph.d., and published this week in the journal management science, found that female candidates were especially more likely to apply for positions when information about the current number of applicants was advertised. gee suggests that this could help "ameliorate the gender occupation gap."linkedin ran the test over the course of 16 days in march 2012. gee later analyzed the anonymized datase...




researcher in facebook data scandal apologizes

this image made from a video provided by cbs news/60 minutes shows cambridge university researcher aleksandr kogan during an interview with cbs's "60 minutes." kogan, the academic at the center of the facebook data-misuse scandal, apologized during the interview which aired on sunday, april 22, 2018. (cbs news/60 minutes via ap)the academic at the center of the facebook data-misuse scandal apologized for his actions, but said he thought he did nothing wrong at the time. cambridge university researcher aleksandr kogan made his comments during an interview with cbs's "60 minutes" on sunday.facebook has been embroiled in scandal since revelations that data analytics firm cambridge analytica misused personal information from as many as ...




california to 'whipsaw' between drought, floods: study

scientists warn that california will experience more extreme weather events, including droughts and floods, if global fossil fuel consumption continues unalteredcalifornia will zigzag between droughts and floods which will become more intense and more frequent in the coming decades unless global emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases are checked, researchers said monday. the golden state has already experienced a rapid rise in such "whiplash" events—careering from a record multi-year drought between 2012 and 2016, to heavy flooding in the winter of 2016-17.the situation will worsen as the global climate alters due to mankind's voracious burning of coal, oil, and gas for energy, a team wrote in the journal nature climate change.th...




new nasa boss gets 'hearty congratulations' from space

vice president mike pence, left, shakes hands with the new nasa administrator jim bridenstine, right, on stage during a swearing-in ceremony, monday, april 23, 2018, at nasa headquarters in washington. (ap photo/pablo martinez monsivais)nasa's new boss is already getting cheers from space. immediately after being sworn into office monday by vice president mike pence, nasa administrator jim bridenstine took a call from the three u.s. astronauts at the international space station who offered "hearty congratulations." the oklahoma congressman became the 13th administrator of nasa, filling a position that had been vacant for more than a year."america loves what you guys are doing," bridenstine, a former naval aviator, told the astronauts....




robot helps seriously ill everton fan make history

a staff member holds an av1 telepresence robot, allowing teenage fan jack mclinden to be a 'virtual matchday mascot' ahead of the english premier league football match between everton and newcastle united at goodison park in liverpool, englanda seriously ill teenage everton fan made history on monday by becoming the world's first 'virtual matchday mascot' ahead of his beloved team's home premier league match with newcastle united. jack mclinden, a 14-year-old who suffers from multiple health conditions and is wheelchair bound, was able to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime mascot experience through the norwegian-designed telepresence robot, av1.it was the first time a child has been able to perform matchday mascot duties remotely, with the ...




google parent alphabet profit leaps on ad growth

google still accounted for the vast majority of revenues for its parent company alphabetgoogle parent alphabet on monday reported a surge in quarterly profits, lifted by strong growth in the digital advertising segment it dominates along with facebook. profit in the first three months of 2018 soared more than 70 percent from a year to $9.4 billion, alphabet said in an earnings report that was well above forecasts.revenue at the california-based internet giant during the first three months of this year was $31.1 billion, up 26 percent from the same period last year.alphabet shares were up slighty in after-market trades that followed release of the earnings report.the firs-quarter profit included one-time gains of $3 billion on its equity ...




new control strategy helps reap maximum power from wind farms

every two and a half hours, a new wind turbine rises in the u.s. in 2016, wind provided 5.6 percent of all elec...




neutrons provide insights into increased performance for hybrid perovskite solar cells

neutron scattering has revealed, in real time, the fundamental mechanisms behind the conversion of sunlight into energy in hybrid per...




europe poised to launch ocean-monitoring satellite

europe is set to launch a satellite on wednesday to keep a close eye on...




eu probes apple plan to buy music app shazam

the eu on monday launched an in-depth probe of tech giant apple's plan to buy leading ...




earth biogenome project aims to sequence dna from all complex life on earth

an international consortium of scientists is proposing what is arguably the most ambitious pr...




fight against zika, dengue get boost from reliable spread of bacteria

a vanderbilt team took the next leap forward in using a little-known bacteria...




swirling liquids work similarly to bitcoin

credit: cc0 public domainfluid dynamics is not something that typically comes to mind when thinking about bitcoin. but for one stanford physicist, the connection is as simple as stirring your coffee. in a study published april 23 in proceedings of the national academy of sciences, stanford applied physics doctoral student william gilpin described how swirling liquids, such as coffee, follow the same principles as transactions with cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin. this parallel between the mathematical functions governing cryptocurrencies and natural, physical processes may help in developing more advanced digital security and in understanding physical processes in nature."having an actual physical model and showing that this is a natural...




crispr used to genetically edit coral, researchers report

credit: cc0 public domaincoral reefs on the precipice of collapse may get a conservation boost from the gene-editing tool known as crispr, according to researchers at the stanford university school of medicine and their collaborators. the scientists found, for what appears to be the first time, definitive evidence that the crispr-cas9 gene-editing tool could be a potent resource for coral biologists. phillip cleves, phd, a postdoctoral scholar at stanford, is a geneticist whose efforts to delineate gene function in animals resides squarely within the marine invertebrate realm—namely, corals."up until now, there hasn't been a way to ask whether a gene whose expression correlates with coral survival actually plays a causative role," c...