Science and Development

High blood pressure linked to common heart valve disorder

For the first time, a strong link has been established between high blood pressure and the most common heart valve disorder in high-income countries. Source: Science Link: High blood...

Amazonian hunters deplete wildlife but don't empty forests

Conservationists can be ‘cautiously optimistic’ about the prospect of sustainable subsistence hunting by Amazonian communities, according to new research. The research team spent over a year working with 60...

New examination of occupational licensing contradicts decades of research

From doctors to engineers to carpet layers to massage therapists, more than one in three Americans is required to hold a license to work in their occupation. Broad consensus among...

How we determine who's to blame

Using eye-tracking technology, cognitive scientists have obtained the first direct evidence that people use a process called counterfactual simulation to imagine how a situation could have played out differently...

You would not ask a firefighter to perform open-heart surgery: Understanding 'collective intelligence'

The concept of ‘collective intelligence’ is simple — it asserts that if a team performs well on one task, it will repeat that success on other projects, regardless of...

To keep Saturn's A ring contained, its moons stand united

For three decades, astronomers thought that only Saturn’s moon Janus confined the planet’s A ring — the largest and farthest of the visible rings. But after poring over NASA’s...

Flexible 'skin' can help robots, prosthetics perform everyday tasks by sensing shear force

Engineers have developed a flexible sensor ‘skin’ that can be stretched over any part of a robot’s body or prosthetic to accurately convey information about shear forces and vibration,...

Cancer: New compound targets energy generation, thereby killing metastatic cells

Researchers have identified an enzyme that supports the survival and dissemination of metastatic cells, and developed a synthetic compound that targets the enzyme and kills the metastatic cells in...

Preservation for the (digital) ages

Researchers working with classicists and computer scientists have developed a method to preserve digital humanities databases. The preservation strategy allows scholars to re-launch a database application in a variety...

Study reshapes understanding of climate change's impact on early societies

A new study linking paleoclimatology — the reconstruction of past global climates — with historical analysis shows a link between environmental stress and its impact on the economy, political...