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A new study has discovered meteorites containing RNA sugar, ribose, and other bio-important sugars; the first direct evidence of bio-essential sugars' delivery from space to the Earth.
Posted: November 21, 2019, 2:50 pm
New research raises questions about hiring algorithms and the tech companies who develop and use them: How unbiased is the automated screening process? How are the algorithms built? And by whom, toward what end, and with what data?
Posted: November 20, 2019, 10:56 pm
Scientists have examined the concepts of occupant-centric control in the burgeoning field of smart buildings. They propose future directions for OCC research by providing recommendations to address these challenges and to standardize OCC implementations.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 10:56 pm
Researchers have designed a new and improved system for efficiently converting CO2, water, and renewable energy into ethylene -- the precursor to a wide range of plastic products -- under neutral conditions.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm
Researchers have found that air pollution from electricity generation emissions in 2014 led to about 16,000 premature deaths in the continental US.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm
Flies use visual cues to finesse their mental maps of the environment. Two new studies use virtual reality to show how.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm
Gamma-ray bursts are the most energetic phenomenon known to humankind. Although short-lived, they outshine stars and even galactic quasars. They usually display energies in the region of tens of giga-electron-volts, but for the first time, researchers discovered a gamma-ray burst in the region of a tera-electron-volt. This level of energy has long been theorized, and this study demonstrates these energies might actually be more common than once thought.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm
Switching light beams quickly is important in many technological applications. Researchers have now developed an 'electro-opto-mechanical' switch for light beams that is considerably smaller and faster than current models. This is relevant for applications such as self-driving cars and optical quantum technologies.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm
Iridium is an ideal catalyst for the electrolytic production of hydrogen from water -- but it is extremely expensive. But now a new kind of electrode made of highly porous material does an excellent job with just a hint of iridium.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm
Building materials that clean themselves could save immense time and labor in homes and businesses, as well as reduce disease risk in settings such as hospitals. Now, researchers have made a new type of concrete that is strong, heat-insulating and soundproof -- and best of all, liquids like milk and coffee bounce right off of it, taking dust particles with them.
Posted: November 20, 2019, 6:13 pm