Matthew McCabe

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For better concrete, do as Romans did

<b>UC BERKELEY (US) —</b> Ancient Roman structures that have withstood the elements for more than 2,000 years are showing engineers how to make today’s …

Island Formations Might Make Tsunamis Worse

A computer simulation found nearby islands can amplify the severity of a tsunami by as much as 70 percent.<p>While it seems like the more barriers between you and a ginormous wall of water, the better, new research shows the same islands that can insulate a beach against your average wind-driven wave …

New test is ‘game-changer’ for sinusitis sufferers

<b>U. BUFFALO (US) —</b> A new test will allow doctors to diagnose chronic rhinosinusitis, one of the most common chronic diseases in the United …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …

Aqua regia, literally meaning “King’s water”, is a highly corrosive mixture of acids; it is the only mixture of acids that can dissolve gold

<b>Aqua regia,</b> literally meaning “King’s water”, is a highly corrosive mixture of acids; it is the only mixture of acids that can dissolve gold.<p>Hungarian chemist George de Hevesy dissolved the nobel prizes of his peers in aqua regia during the German invasion of Denmark in WWII to prevent Nazis from looting the prizes. He placed the liquid solution of gold and aqua regia in plain sight where it was overlooked. After the war had ended, de Hevesy returned to precipitate the gold out of the mixture. …

New all-solid sulfur-based battery outperforms lithium-ion technology

Scientists have designed and tested an all-solid lithium-sulfur battery with approximately four times the energy density of conventional lithium-ion …

Clean Energy

New Mars Rock Mystery: What Has Curiosity Discovered Now?

NASA's Curiosity rover is still uncovering new headscratchers for its science team as it finishes up exploration at its second drill site, nicknamed …

Sleep-Deprived Men Are Really Bad At Judging Who Wants To Sleep With Them

Missing out on sleep can cause men to incorrectly gauge if women want to get it on.<p>Gentlemen: if you're running low on fuel after a poor night's sleep, but think your luck's improving because a woman is totally flirting with you right now, think again, because your dumb, REM-deprived brain is very …

New 'time cloak' can hide almost half of the data in its path, but even recipients can't see it

When temporal cloaking devices — or "time cloaks," a type of fiber optic connection that can hide the transfer of data — were first proposed in a 2010 paper, they were only able to hide data for extraordinarily brief moments and only on rare occasions. But research published today in <i>Nature</i> is …

How The Media Covers Clean Energy [Infographic]

Coverage doesn't always reflect where the money is going. Whether that matters is a different story.<p>Dow Jones, examining data from 2007 to 2012, created this infographic on how media coverage of clean energy deals and actual clean energy deals intersect.<p>The data's culled from a worldwide …

Did comet impacts jump-start life on Earth?

Icy comets that crashed into Earth millions of years ago could have produced life building organic compounds.<p>Early Earth was not very hospitable when …

U.S. management of wild horses flawed, scientific report finds

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A federal agency working to rein in the population of wild horses in the West should rely more on fertility control than roundups because it would be more effective, a National Academy of Sciences review said on Wednesday.<p>Wranglers lead a herd of wild horses during Montana …

Space Dust Bunnies Could Unravel a Planetary Mystery

The key to forming planets in newborn star systems? You gotta keep that dirt on your solar.<p><b>Four hundred light-years from Earth</b>, a vast field of dust particles the size of pencil tips hangs off to one side of Oph IRS 48, an adolescent star. In this 10-billion-mile-wide dust bunny, something strange …

How We'll Spot the Most Dangerous Asteroids

Zeljko Ivezic has been an astronomer since the third grade. Since becoming an astronomy professor, he's worked on the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) to map a quarter of the night sky and catalog more than 500 million objects. Today, Ivezic is the project scientist for the Large Synoptic Survey …

Conjuring an orb of light on the rim of Black Canyon

Nature photographer Max Seigal created this playful image of an orb of light in Colorado’s Gunnison National Park, by spinning a flashlight on a …

National Parks

Quantum thermometer inside a living cell?

<b>U. CHICAGO (US) —</b> In two recent papers, scientists describe how quantum mechanics can be applied to create nanoscale sensors and to use lasers to …

New mosaic from Mars Express: Ancient flood plain on Mars

ESA has released two new images of Kasei Valles, an ancient vast flood plain on Mars. Mars Express spacecraft, launched 10 years ago this week, …

Mars Express

Taste the Rainbow

——–<p>Curcumin is derived from turmeric, a relative of ginger. It gives that familiar dull color to curry and to French’s mustard. Plus, it’s been used …

The Atlas of Dirt: Stalking the Planet's DNA

<b>At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,</b> Janet Jansson stocks her fridge with baggies full of dirt. It comes from places as diverse as Antarctic …

Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an Element Hunter by Simon Mayo | book review

Have you wondered how to pique your kids' interest in science? Perhaps another child can help? In Simon Mayo's Itch: The Explosive Adventures of an …

New input can warp fresh memories

<b>IOWA STATE (US) —</b> It may be possible to alter memory simply by suggesting different information, but timing and context are key.<p>“If you reactivate a …

Giant Shark Caught off Calif. Coast Breaks Record

<b>Giant Shark:</b> A 1,323.5-pound mako shark caught off the coast of California on Monday by fishermen on the reality TV series <i>The Professionals</i> has …

Reality TV

Video: Remote helicopter controlled by brain waves

A team of researchers have learned to use their thoughts to steer a flying robot around a gym, making it turn, rise, dip, and even sail through a …

Brainwaves

NIH Chief Rejects Ethics Critique Of Preemie Study

The chief of the National Institutes of Health is disavowing a ruling from the government office that oversees the ethics of human research.<p>At issue is a controversial study of more than 1,300 severely premature infants. This spring, the federal Office for Human Research Protections criticized the …

NASA Is Building An Intergalactic GPS

For your next family trip to Mars<p>You're probably already used to getting great GPS coverage in many of the places you visit. Now get ready for GPS in space. NASA is working to build a navigation system that would work anywhere in our solar system and beyond, IEEE Spectrum reported.<p>Spacecraft now …

We're Making Less Effective Drugs Now Than 40 Years Ago

A new study examines the effectiveness of new drugs compared with placebo in drug trials from 1966 to 2010. The new drugs aren't looking so hot.<p>Apparently, the good ol' days really did shine brighter, at least for drug development. In decades past, clinical trials found that drugs were hugely …

Modern life freaks out the clock in your brain

<b>WASHINGTON U.-ST. LOUIS (US) —</b> Researchers have identified the wiring that sets the accuracy of the brain’s biological clock to within a few minutes …

Australian Bird Moves Like Jagger and Sounds Like Space Invaders

Author: Laura Poppick. Laura Poppick Science<p>Date of Publication: 06.06.13.<p>Time of Publication: 12:36 pm. 12:36 pm<p>Newly discovered dance repertoires …