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May 29, 2015

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May 29, 2015

May 27, 2015 — Research into lethal wounds found on a human skull may indicate one of the first cases of murder in human history--some 430,000 years ago--and offers evidence of the earliest funerary practices in ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Today's industrial robots are remarkably efficient -- as long as they're in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Using ever more energetic lasers, researchers have produced a record high number of electron-positron pairs, opening exciting opportunities to study extreme astrophysical processes, such as black ... read more

Spiraling Laser Pulses Could Change the Nature of Graphene

May 27, 2015 — A new study predicts that researchers could use spiraling pulses of laser light to change the nature of graphene, turning it from a metal into an insulator and giving it other peculiar properties ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Astronomers have discovered for the first time a rear-end collision between two high-speed knots of ejected matter from a supermassive black hole. This discovery was made while piecing together a ... read more

May 27, 2015 — The bizarre nature of reality as laid out by quantum theory has survived another test, with scientists performing a famous experiment and proving that reality does not exist until it is measured. ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Physicists and mathematicians have made a significant step toward unifying general relativity and quantum mechanics by explaining how spacetime emerges from quantum entanglement in a more fundamental ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Scientists studying ultrafast physics have solved a mystery of quantum mechanics, and found that quantum tunneling is an instantaneous ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Physicists simulate for the first time charged Majorana particles -- elementary particles, which are not supposed to exist. They developed a photonic set-up that consists of complex waveguide ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Robots will one day provide tremendous benefits to society, such as in search and rescue missions and putting out forest fires -- but not until they can learn to keep working if they become damaged. ... read more

Perfume Researchers Lend Their Noses to Design Less Odorous Latrines

May 27, 2015 — About 2.5 billion people worldwide don't have access to sanitary toilets. Latrines are an option for many of those people, but these facilities' overwhelming odors can deter users, who then ... read more

May 27, 2015 — The DNA encoding all life on Earth is made of four building blocks called nucleotides, commonly known as 'letters,' that line up in pairs and twist into a double helix. Now, two groups of ... read more

Homely Men Who Misbehave Can't Win for Losing: Attractiveness Influences Online Daters, Jurors

May 27, 2015 — Women tolerate an unattractive man up to a point, but beware if he misbehaves. Then they'll easily shun him, researchers report, after finding that a woman's view of a man is influenced by ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Animals, like humans, excel at some tasks but not others. Researchers used pond snails to investigate learning and memory. They found that if an individual is good at forming memories about food they ... read more

May 27, 2015 — Astronomers have for the first time predicted the occurrence of aurorae visible to the naked eye on a planet other than ... read more

May 27, 2015 — The microbiome of a toddler's gut may influence their behavior, a new study suggests. Scientists found correlations between temperament and the presence of specific types of intestinal bacteria ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Astronomers have found that the black holes located at the cores of galaxies launch fountains of charged particles, which can stir up gas throughout the galaxy and temporarily interrupt star ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Researchers have developed and started studying a novel concept in robotics -- intelligent handheld ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Portable electronics -- typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials -- are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers' pursuit of the next best electronic ... read more

May 26, 2015 — Scientists have reached deep into their bag of tricks to create so-called 'squeezed Schrodinger cats.' These quantum systems could be extremely useful for future ... read more

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