An old mathematical puzzle soon to be unraveled?

(Phys.org) -It is one the oldest mathematical problems in the world. Several centuries ago, the twin primes conjecture was formulated. As its name indicates, this hypothesis, which many science historians …

Engineers ask the question: How did the plesiosaur swim?

(Phys.org) -There are plenty of opportunities for undergraduate students to take part in leading-edge research at the University of Alberta. But when Laurel Richards heard about a chance to investigate …

Law prof: Coded racial appeals have wrecked the middle class

Two central themes are dominating American politics: the decline of the middle class and the Republican Party’s increasing reliance on white voters, according to Dog Whistle Politics: How Coded Racial Ap …

Mathematician drafts urban nuclear shelter guide

A scientist published a guide Wednesday to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.

Should we make a film that audiences enjoy or nab an Oscar nomination? Study reveals studios’ logic

What do Hollywood moguls holding their breath this week for an Oscar nomination have in common with the influence peddlers on K Street in Washington, D.C.? More than you might imagine, suggests new research by two UCLA sociologists.

Smart technology boom in students requires parental intervention

The increasing availability of mobile phones and tablets to school children is forcing schools to reconsider their approach to web filtering as students abandon controlled campus networks for public wireless.

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Thanks academia, soon I will join a generation of jobless PhDs

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A scientist published a guide Wednesday to help authorities limit deaths from fallout after a city is hit by a nuclear bomb.

Researchers find men use anger as manipulation tool with other men

(Phys.org) -Researchers Uri Gneezy, with the University of California and Alex Imasc with the University of Amsterdam have together found that men understand the impact anger has on decision making and …

Researchers develop new technique for probing subsurface electronic structure

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‘Make-or-break’ protein holds key to cancer spread

(Medical Xpress)-University of Queensland researchers have discovered a protein in cells that could block the escape route of potentially cancerous cells and stop them spreading to other parts of the body.

Power (of electronics) to the people

MIT Media Lab alumna and entrepreneur Ayah Bdeir SM ’06 wants to help all people worldwide, tech savvy or not, understand and build creatively with electronics.

Recall of stressful events caught in pictures

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Microscopic fountain pen to be used as a chemical sensor

The Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), which uses a fine-tipped probe to scan surfaces at the atomic scale, will soon be augmented with a chemical sensor. This involves the use of a hollow AFM cantilever, through …

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