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Obama’s efforts against ISIS criticized as ‘a PR strategy, not a geopolitical war-fighting strategy’

Days after Ashton Carter became defence secretary, he huddled with 30 American diplomats and generals on a U.S. Army base in Kuwait to review …

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Tree-killing bug invades Southern California, with no answer in sight

Akif Eskalen steps through the dense, damp leaves in a wooded neighborhood, scrutinizing the branches around him. He's looking for evidence of an attack: tiny wounds piercing the bark and sapdried around them like bloodstains.<p>The victims are box elders, sycamores and coast live oaks, all in some …

Southern California

SoftBank to start selling personal robots next year

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s SoftBank Corp said on Thursday it will start selling human-like robots for personal use by February, expanding into a sector seen key to addressing labour shortages in one of the world’s fastest ageing societies.<p>SoftBank Corp. unveils human-like robots named 'pepper' at …

A Robotic Suit Good Enough To Deceive A Decepticon

Gear up with this big boy for the upcoming _Transformers _movie<p>Marc De Repentigny was only trying to be responsible when he built an 80-pound, seven-foot-tall motorized Transformers suit. Married with kids, he decided to audition for a French-Canadian game show that offered a chance at prize money …

A New Reason to Love Bottom Feeders: They Suck Up Carbon

<i>Updated on Wednesday, June 4 at 4 p.m. ET.</i><p>Slickhead fish don't have many champions. They're watery-muscled bottom feeders (that's not an insult), and …

Fossil Fuels

Two ancient worlds found just 13 light-years from Earth

Scientists have discovered two ancient planets orbiting a strange old star right in our stellar backyard.<p>One of the newly found planets is perhaps five times the mass of Earth, and astronomers believe it is the right distance from the host star to potentially sustain liquid water on its surface. …

Light from huge explosion 12 billion years ago reaches Earth

Intense light from an enormous star explosion more than 12 billion years ago — shortly after the Big Bang — recently reached Earth and was visible in …

At 'Pestaurant,' Grasshopper Burgers Win Over Eaters Who Say 'Yuck'

If you're a scientist and you work for a pest control company, you're used to thinking about bugs as the enemy you're trained to kill.<p>Now try putting one in your mouth.<p>It took some mental rearranging for Nancy Troyano, an entomologist for Ehrlich Pest Control. But on Wednesday she did it for the …

Lost At Sea? Survive With These Tricks

A handy manual to prepare you for life's misadventures.<p>Jose Salvador Alvarenga was fishing off the coast of Mexico in late 2012 when a powerful storm sent his boat adrift. Marshall Islanders found the battered vessel nearly 16 months later, stuck on a reef—with Alvarenga still alive inside. …

Light switches memories on and off | Mo Costandi

Researchers use optogenetics to provide the first hard evidence that long-term potentiation at brain synapses is crucial for memory formation<p>A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego, has determined the cellular mechanism of memory formation, putting an end to decades of …

Getting ahead: the new crested pterosaur Hamipterus has researchers aflutter

The newly discovered Chinese flying reptile is preserved in huge numbers and with rarely found eggs<p>The pterosaurs have often been the poor cousins of their relatives when it comes to the public’s understanding of them. Incorrectly called flying dinosaurs, mixed up as bird or even bat ancestors, and …

NASA Advanced Technology Phase I Concepts Selected

NASA has selected 12 proposals, including three from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for study under Phase I of the NASA …

Quantum computing explained: harnessing particle physics to work faster

Around the world teams of scientists are working on the next technological revolution: quantum computing. But what makes it so special? And why do we need it? We ask physicist Dr Ruth Oulton of the Bristol University to explain.<p><b>In a normal computer, information is stored as bits. How is it</b> …

How the Moon Formed: Lunar Rocks Support Giant Impact Theory

A new analysis of lunar rocks now supports the idea that the moon was born in a gigantic collision between the nascent Earth and a mysterious …

Astronomy

Sleep after learning strengthens connections between brain cells and enhances memory

In study published today in <i>Science</i>, researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center show for the first time that sleep after learning encourages the growth …

Making artificial vision look more natural

In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the …

Can The Sun Fuel A Flight Around The World?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Getting There.<p><b>About Bertrand Piccard's TEDTalk</b><p>Explorer Bertrand Piccard explains why he's aiming to carry out an unprecedented mission: to circle the planet in a solar-powered airplane.<p><b>About Bertrand Piccard</b><p>Bertrand Piccard was born in a family of firsts. In the …

This insect has nature’s highest-pitched call

The newly discovered ‘Supersonus’ hits the animal kingdom’s highest-pitch call. Why? For love, of course.<p>In the rainforests of Colombia and Ecuador, …

Zoology

EEG reveals image in short-term memory

Researchers have tapped the rhythm of memories as they occur in near real time in the human brain.<p>Using electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes …

The Brain

How Ice Age climate made giant ‘mystery’ lakes

New research solves a longstanding mystery about how ancient lakes in the western United States grew to such enormous sizes.<p>The study, published in …

Climate Change

Can Farmed Fish Feed The World Without Destroying The Environment?

We Americans love our fried shrimp, our sushi and our fish sticks. And a lot of other people around the world count on fish as a critical part of their diet, too. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, fish now accounts for almost 17 percent of the world's intake of protein — in some …

Asteroid nicknamed Beast to fly past Earth June 8

Once they looked, astronomers began finding many asteroids near Earth. The one passing Sunday, June 8 is an especially big one, found only two months …

CDC confirms 4th U.S. case of mad cow disease after Texas man dies

Mad cow disease -- the fourth confirmed case in the U.S. -- is responsible for the death of a Texas man, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Friday.<p>The variant CJD, as it's medically known, was confirmed by experts after a sample of the man's brain tissue was analyzed.<p>No specifics …

Public Health

Meet the Mekong Eyeless Spider, Zorro Snake and The Hunch-Bat of Vietnam

Giant flying frogs, a fish that mates face-to-face, a parachute gecko, and a blind cave spider are among the hundreds of species recently discovered in the Mekong region of southeast Asia. There’s a Zorro-masked water snake, a skydiving gecko, a “fishzilla” walking snakehead fish, and, of course, …

Opening a wide window on the nano-world of surface catalysis

(Phys.org) —Surface catalysts are notoriously difficult to study mechanistically, but scientists at the University of South Carolina and Rice …

Scientists reveal details of calcium 'safety-valve' in cells

The protein that the scientists studied is a prokaryotic homolog of human "Transmembrane Bax Inhibitor Motif" (TMBIM) proteins, which come in six …

Better tissue healing with disappearing hydrogels

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue, many wind up migrating away from the repair site, which disrupts the healing process. But a …

Reinvented Father's Day Gifts For Extraordinary Dads

Whether Dad's a gear-loving outdoorsman, a high-tech wine connoisseur, or an aspiring inventor, we've got you covered.