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Phys.org / Scientists measure the evolving energy of a solar flare's explosive first minutes

Toward the end of 2017, a massive new region of magnetic field erupted on the Sun's surface next to an existing sunspot. The powerful collision of magnetic energy produced a series of potent solar flares, causing turbulent ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / Walking with atoms—chemical bond making and breaking recorded in action

Ever since it was proposed that atoms are building blocks of the world, scientists have been trying to understand how and why they bond to each other. Be it a molecule (which is a group of atoms joined together in a particular ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Physics
Phys.org / Here and gone: Outbound comets are likely of extra-solar origin

Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System forever and determined that they also most likely originated from outside of the ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Astronomy & Space
Phys.org / Newly developed screening processes will accelerate carbon capture research

University of Alberta researchers have developed techniques that save a significant amount of time in developing more efficient carbon capture technologies, which may help lower the costs to use the technologies and increase ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Chemistry
Tech Xplore / Thin-film identification tags for transferring data to touchscreen devices

Today, countless electronic devices have touchscreens, including smart phones, tablets and smart home appliances. Touchscreen interfaces have become some of the most common means for users to communicate with and browse through ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Consumer & Gadgets
Medical Xpress / Faking emotions at work does more harm than good

The adage "Fake it until you make it"—the idea that someone can fake a positive attitude to elicit real-life benefits—often backfires when used with co-workers, according to a study led by a University of Arizona researcher.

Jan 17, 2020 in Psychology & Psychiatry
Medical Xpress / Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes may be communicable

Non-communicable diseases including heart disease, cancer and lung disease are now the most common causes of death, accounting for 70 percent of deaths worldwide. These diseases are considered "non-communicable" because they ...

Phys.org / Using machine learning to fine-tune views of the ancient past

A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China and two in the U.S. has developed a way to use machine learning to get a better look at the past. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Other Sciences
Phys.org / New dog, old tricks? Stray dogs can understand human cues

If you have a dog, hopefully you're lucky enough to know that they are highly attuned to their owners and can readily understand a wide range of commands and gestures. But are these abilities innate or are they exclusively ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Biology
Phys.org / Small economic gambles are insignificant when large background uncertainty is considered

The decision to buy a lottery ticket, gamble on a stock, or buy an insurance policy often comes down to an assessment of risk. How much do I have to lose or gain? For centuries, economists have debated about when somebody ...

Jan 17, 2020 in Other Sciences
Tech Xplore / Edible 'security tag' to protect drugs from counterfeit

Manufacturing prescription drugs with distinct markings, colors, shapes or packaging isn't enough to protect them from counterfeiting, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration reports have shown.

Jan 17, 2020 in Engineering