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Google I/O 2013: What’s On Tap For Nexus Smartphone And Tablet Hardware

Google’s big annual developer conference kicks off on Wednesday, and while Android lead Sundar Pichai has downplayed big new announcements at Google I/O this year, we’ve also seen reports that suggest the Nexus line of Google-branded hardware won’t go completely untouched.<p>Nexus Phones<p>The rumors …

Dyslexic girls have different brain anatomy from dyslexic boys

The study found less gray matter volume in parts of male brains used to process language. It found less gray matter volume in parts of females brains …

WHO says new coronavirus may be passed person to person

<b>The World Health Organization says it appears likely that the novel coronavirus (NCoV) can be passed between people in close contact.</b><p>This comes after the French health ministry confirmed a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.<p>Two more people in Saudi …

Is It Safe To Use Compost Made From Treated Human Waste?

Any gardener will tell you that compost is "black gold," essential to cultivating vigorous, flavorful crops. But it always feels like there's never enough, and its weight and bulk make it tough stuff to cart around.<p>I belong to a community garden in Washington, D.C., that can't get its hands on …

Making New Elements

How scientists create superheavy atoms.<p>Last year, scientists in Germany set out to create the heaviest known element in the universe: element 119. For five months, they attempted to fuse the atoms of two lighter elements to form one large atom with 119 protons in its nucleus. Like other …

How to spot a murderer's brain

In 1987, Adrian Raine, who describes himself as a neurocriminologist, moved from Britain to the US. His emigration was prompted by two things. The …

Can eating peppers help prevent Parkinson’s?

<b>U. WASHINGTON (US) —</b> Eating peppers may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s disease, a new study suggests.<p>Peppers are in the same botanical family as …

Agent Orange exposure linked to life-threatening prostate cancer

A new analysis has found a link between exposure to Agent Orange and lethal forms of prostate cancer among US Veterans.<p>Published early online in …

Rock gas fuels ‘eternal flame’ behind waterfall

<b>INDIANA U. (US) —</b> Natural gas in underground rock layers can seep to the surface—sometimes in quantities abundant enough to produce “eternal …

Recon 2 predicts how metabolism misbehaves

<b>U. VIRGINIA (US) —</b> The largest computer model of human metabolism offers a new way to understand, and perhaps treat, conditions such as cancer, …

How Facebook Used Science To Design More Emotional Emoticons

With the help of a psychology professor and a Pixar illustrator, Facebook is trying to make our messages a little more emotional.<p>In 1872, Charles Darwin published <i>The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals</i>, a book that cataloged emotional expressions in humans and their link to the animal …

Ventus: can we crowdsource the fight against global warming?

An ambitious new 'game' wants you to help map greenhouse gas producers<p>As the level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere continues to rise, scientists are looking to learn more about one of the leading causes of these emissions: power plants. According to Dr. Kevin Gurney, associate professor at …

Start ‘magnetic fire’ without a spark?

<b>NYU (US) —</b> Physicists have uncovered new clues to how energy is sustained and spreads in “magnetic fire.”<p>They say the process is similar to how …

Bubble math shows foam evolve and pop

<b>UC BERKELEY (US) —</b> Using a set of linked partial differential equations, researchers explain what happens as foamy bubbles form and then …

New coronavirus – Q&A

How many cases of the new coronavirus have been reported?<p>According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 77 people have been infected and it has …