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French bill seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
France''s lower house of parliament has approved a bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country''s reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures.
Researchers find ''decoder ring'' powers in micro RNA
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
MicroRNA can serve as a "decoder ring" for understanding complex biological processes, a team of New York University chemists has found. Their study, which appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, points to a new method for decrypting the biological functions of enzymes and identi...
Research could lead to biodegradable computer chips
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
Portable electronics - typically made of non-renewable, non-biodegradable and potentially toxic materials - are discarded at an alarming rate in consumers'' pursuit of the next best electronic gadget.
Honesty can keep companies'' stock prices up during hard times
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
Honesty is the best policy, and a new study from the University of Missouri finds that companies can benefit when they publicly accept the blame for poor performance. Researchers found companies that performed poorly yet blamed other parties-such as the government, competitors, labor unions or the e...
Global smartphone growth cools on China sales: tracker
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
A slowdown in smartphone sales in China is cooling the global market for the devices, research firm IDC said Tuesday.
Watching worms will help humans age more gracefully
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
The plot of many a science fiction TV series or movie revolves around the premise that people traveling long distances in space age more slowly than their counterparts on Earth. Now, tiny worms who spent time aboard the International Space Station could help humans understand more about the effects ...
Science historian tells a timely story about Einstein and his most dangerous critic
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
Two of the 20th century''s greatest minds, one of them physicist Albert Einstein, came to intellectual blows one day in Paris in 1922. Their dispute, before a learned audience, was about the nature of time - mostly in connection with Einstein''s most famous work, the theory of relativity, which mark...
SpinSat and things that slither splashdown with end of sixth SpaceX mission
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
The International Space Station had worms. Roundworms to be exact, but those and several other samples, hardware and data are now returning aboard the completed sixth SpaceX contracted resupply mission. The Dragon spacecraft originally delivered research equipment for physical science, biology, biot...
New chip makes testing for antibiotic-resistant bacteria faster, easier
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
We live in fear of ''superbugs'': infectious bacteria that don''t respond to treatment by antibiotics, and can turn a routine hospital stay into a nightmare. A 2015 Health Canada report estimates that superbugs have already cost Canadians $1 billion, and are a "serious and growing issue." Each year ...
Fertilization regimen reduces environmental impact of landscape palms
PhysOrg, 8 hours ago
Palms are an important part of the environment in subtropical and warm temperate climates. Palms'' aesthetics and small "footprints" make them desirable in a variety of landscapes throughout the southeastern United States. Unfortunately, palms also have some of the highest nutrient requirements of a...
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