Smallest known galaxy with a supermassive black hole found
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole - the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes may be more common than previously believed.
The future of global agriculture may include new land, fewer harvests
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
Climate change may expand suitable cropland, particularly in the Northern high latitudes, but tropical regions may becoming decreasingly suitable, according to a study published September 17, 2014 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Florian Zabel from Ludwig Maximilians University, Germany and co...
3-D printing leads to another advance in make-it-yourself lab equipment
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
Furnishing a research lab can be pretty expensive. Now a team led by an engineer at Michigan Technological University has published an open-source library of designs that will let scientists slash the cost of one commonly used piece of equipment: the syringe pump.
Expedition finds Nemo can travel great distances to connect populations
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
Clownfish spend their entire lives nestling in the protective tentacles of host anemones, but new research shows that as babies they sometimes travel hundreds of kilometres across the open ocean. Although the process of long-distance dispersal by reef fish has been predicted, this is the first time ...
Nature''s designs inspire research into new light-based technologies
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
Solutions required for progress on the frontiers of photonics technology are close at hand: in nature, when viewed through the perspective of engineer, says Montana State University optics researcher Joseph Shaw. Along with Rongguang Liang of the University of Arizona, Shaw chaired the ''Light in Na...
New complex oxides could advance memory devices
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
The quest for the ultimate memory device for computing may have just taken an encouraging step forward. Researchers at The City College of New York led by chemist Stephen O''Brien have discovered new complex oxides that exhibit both magnetic and ferroelectric properties.
Entrepreneurs aren''t overconfident gamblers
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
Leaving one''s job to become an entrepreneur is inarguably risky. But it may not be the fear of risk that makes entrepreneurs more determined to succeed. A new study finds entrepreneurs are also concerned about what they might lose in the transition from steady employment to startup.
Persian Gulf states have new role to play in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
The shifting regional geopolitics of the Middle East have created new opportunities for the Persian Gulf states to engage in Arab-Israeli conflict resolution, according to a new paper from Rice University''s Baker Institute for Public Policy.
Power isn''t enough: Study reveals the missing link for effective leadership
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
With the National Football League in full damage-control mode, there are many questions about how the NFL''s leader handled the Ray Rice case. Was Goodell ignoring the pleas of stakeholders-former NFL players, the media and domestic violence groups-when deciding on a two game penalty? The answer may...
Tropical Storm Odile targets US-Mexico border states
PhysOrg, 18 hours ago
Tropical Storm Odile headed for a new landfall in northwestern Mexico on Wednesday after leaving a trail of destruction in beach resorts, requiring tourists to be airlifted to safety.
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