Science and Development

Switchable material could enable new memory chips

Small voltage can flip thin film between two crystal states — one metallic, one semiconducting — new research indicates. The research involves a thin-film material called a strontium cobaltite,...

New species of bird discovered in India, China by international team of scientists

A new species of bird has been described in north-eastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists. The bird has been named the Himalayan Forest...

Self-heating lithium-ion battery could beat the winter woes

A lithium-ion battery that self heats if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit has multiple applications, but may have the most impact on relieving winter ‘range anxiety’ for...

Rising carbon dioxide emissions pose 'intoxication' threat to world's ocean fish

Researchers have found that carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater could reach levels high enough to make fish ‘intoxicated’ and disoriented many decades earlier than previously thought, with serious implications...

Evidence of a prehistoric massacre extends the history of warfare

Skeletal remains of a group of foragers massacred around 10,000 years ago on the shores of a lagoon is unique evidence of a violent encounter between clashing groups of...

Mining social media can help improve disaster response efforts

Leveraging publicly available social media posts could help disaster response agencies quickly identify impacted areas in need of assistance, according to a team of researchers. By analyzing the September...

No evidence of seasonal differences in depressive symptoms

A large-scale survey of US adults provides no evidence that levels of depressive symptoms vary from season to season, according to new research. The findings are inconsistent with the...

Targeted drug delivery could help fight tumors and local infections

Some drug regimens, such as those designed to eliminate tumors, are notorious for nasty side effects. Unwanted symptoms are often the result of medicine going where it’s not needed...

The importance of children at play

Research highlights positive strengths in developmental learning for Latino children in low-income households based on their interactive play skills. Source: Science Link: The importance of children at play

Newly discovered photosynthetic bacteria is surprisingly abundant

A bacterium found in the remote Gobi Desert has shown talents for using the sun’s light as energy, and now researchers reveal that it can be found in surprisingly...