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Researchers have applied solution-based chemical synthesis techniques in order to improve light emitting devices. The new technique could assist with the development of more advanced electronic devices.

Amount of water used for fracking has reached a 'tipping point'

As the fracking boom matures, the drilling industry's use of water and other fluids to produce oil and natural gas has grown dramatically in the past several years, outstripping the growth of the fossil fuels it produces.

Economic damages from climate change have been underestimated

Economists have largely underestimated the economic damages from ignoring climate change and pursuing a "business-as-usual" course of action. However, economic modeling gives us a clearer picture of what we can expect if we ignore climate change.

New species of orchid discovered in Peruvian jungle

Botanists have discovered a new species of orchid in Peru's central Amazonian rainforest, the country's national parks service announced Tuesday.

Essential Science: Killing bacteria with new biocide mist

The elimination of pathogenic bacteria is a key part of contamination control. However, many disinfectants are either not available in vapor form or they are harmful to users. A new ‘breathable mist’ offers a solution.

Indonesian island lifted 10 inches by deadly quake

Scientists with NASA/Caltech's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis project (ARIA) used new satellite data to produce a map of ground deformation on the resort island of Lombok, Indonesia, following a deadly 6.9-magnitude earthquake on August 5.

Tunable graphene can aid future electronic devices

Graphene, the material with many useful properties, including strength, transparency and conductivity, can be ‘tuned’ and this new ability has a potential use with next-generation electronic devices.

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in first mission to 'touch Sun'

NASA on Sunday blasted off its first-ever spaceship to explore the Sun, the $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe, on a strategic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.

The Sahara Desert is a hurricane-killer this season

The National Hurricane Center has been watching two systems in the Atlantic Ocean, one of which has a 25 percent chance of developing into a tropical depression in the next 48 hours. The second area of disturbance is given a 20 percent chance.

Parker solar probe — A once in a lifetime dream to touch the sun

If the weather cooperates on Saturday, and everything goes according to plan, NASA will be sending a spacecraft to the sun. The Parker Solar Probe will get closer to the massive ball of gas and plasma we call our sun than any spacecraft has gone before.

NASA postpones for 24 hours launch of historic spaceship to Sun

NASA postponed until Sunday the launch of the first ever spacecraft to fly directly toward the Sun on a mission to plunge into our star's sizzling atmosphere and unlock its mysteries.

StatCan cannabis survey finds 1 in 7 Canadians driving high

A new Statistics Canada survey has found about 1.4 million Canadians reported they had been a passenger in a vehicle driven by someone who had consumed cannabis in the previous two hours.

SpaceX uses newest Falcon 9 booster for second time

SpaceX used its newest Block 5 Falcon 9 booster for the second time early Tuesday morning to put a communications satellite into orbit for Indonesia.

Essential Science: How our Sun went through the 'terrible twos'

Astrophysicists, looking into the early phase of our Sun, have been studying, in conjunction, blue crystals in meteorites. These crystals show that our Sun went through the astronomical equivalent of the 'terrible twos'.

New Canadian radio telescope opens new doors in astrophysics

A new radio telescope in British Columbia, Canada is doing its job picking up mysterious signals from deep space known as "fast radio bursts" (FRBs).

Is Alzheimer's disease linked to brain pH imbalance?

A pH imbalance in brain cells may contribute to Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study. The research also identifies possible drug targets which could reverse the problem.

New environmental warning for the tropics: biodiversity collapse

A new study into the impact of climate change upon the animal world sends out a warning. This is that time is running out in the tropics, with scientists warning of a global biodiversity collapse.

New technique converts white fat to brown fat

Bioengineers have worked on a new technique using simple tissue-grafting in order to increase brown fat mass in the human body. Researchers have then looked at the impact of this upon metabolism and weight.

Artificial intelligence system develops drugs from scratch

The drug development process is a convoluted process with as many false starts as there are successes. A new research project has shown how artificial intelligence can help to accelerate the process.

3D technology helps assess world heritage sites

Computational photographic methods are being used by archaeologists to help capture the past, where digital process reveal more detail than is possible using conventional equipment. Such finding can help to protect sites of special interest.

Poll shows climate change should be NASA's top priority

NASA’s focus should not be on the cosmos but on Earth, according to a wide-ranging Bloomberg poll of Americans’ views on space.

Germany's Peter Scholze one of four Fields math medal winners

Caucher Birkar, a Cambridge University professor of Iranian Kurdish origin, on Wednesday was named one of four winners of the prestigious Fields medal, often known as the Nobel prize for mathematics.

X-ray technology shows new matter around a black hole

X-ray technology, called X-ray polarimetry, has revealed never-before-seen matter around a black hole. The black hole is Cygnus X-1, in the constellation Cygnus, and the first such source widely accepted to be a black hole.

Artificial intelligence can assess personality

A new artificial intelligence driven platform can assess a person’s personality by scanning the eyes. This is through assessing the way that the eyes move, through the use of an advanced tracker and data analysis software.

Temperatures in the Arctic Circle hits 90° Fahrenheit this week

The Arctic Circle — the realm of polar bears, caribou and dwindling sea ice at the top of the world — hit 90 degrees Fahrenheit, 32 degrees Celsius, this week.

Brazil hosts top math prize for first time in Latin America

The world's top mathematicians will convene in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday to find out the new winners of the Fields Medal, the award often dubbed the Nobel Prize for math.

Op-Ed: WIRED and bleat about NOT terraforming Mars

A new study says terraforming Mars can’t be done “with existing technology”. Well, duh. You don’t say. WIRED and have fearlessly agreed, stating it can’t be done. So there, nerds, says WIRED.

Essential Science: Ocean acidification poses new challenges

New concerns have been expressed about the extent of ocean acidification. A new paper finds ocean acidification is becoming a greater challenge for science, governments, and communities to tackle.

Tackling hepatitis C elimination via diagnostic technologies

Research group FIND has announced a new wave of activities designed to address the challenges threatening hepatitis C elimination. This is through several potential diagnostic technologies.

Mobile phone radiation and memory performance concerns

A new study has found that mobile phone radiation could affect memory performance in adolescents, as evidenced through new tests. This adds weight to other research concerned with radiation emissions from connected technology.

Mother's gut health and autism connection

New research draws a connection between the health of an expectant mother's gut and autism in her yet to be born child. The inference that follows is that changing an expectant mother's diet could lower autism risks. However, further research is required.

Startup develops technique to predict cerebral palsy

A innovative technique has been developed to hep to predict cerebral palsy. The technique is based on next-generation genetic sequencing data, which measures how cells control the way genes are switched on or off.

At 60, NASA shoots for revival of moon glory days

Sixty years ago, spurred by competition with the Soviet Union, the United States created NASA, launching a journey that would take Americans to the moon within a decade.

Liquid water lake discovered on Mars

A massive underground lake has been detected for the first time on Mars, raising hopes that more water -- and maybe even life -- exists there, international astronomers said Wednesday.

Scientists seek end to 'unscientific' HIV laws

AIDS experts called Wednesday for an end to laws that can see HIV-positive people jailed for exposing others to the virus, saying the approach was "unscientific" and worsening the killer epidemic.

Red planet and 'blood moon' pair up to dazzle skygazers

The longest "blood moon" eclipse this century will coincide with Mars' closest approach in 15 years to offer skygazers a thrilling astronomical double bill on Friday, astronomers say.

Plastic packaging alternative derived from crab shells and trees

A new material made from substances common in crab shells and tree fibers could replace the flexible plastic packaging used to keep food fresh.

Arctic people were spinning yarn before the Vikings arrived

New research and technologies may end up changing the way we think about early Arctic history, upending the assumption that the ancient ancestors of today's Inuit people learned how to spin yarn from Viking settlers.

New research into regenerative stem cell therapies: Q&A Special

Dr. Joshua Hare is leading research into development of regenerative stem cell therapies for aging-related diseases — including Alzheimer’s — to improve quality of life. He shares with Digital Journal his current research.

Essential Science: World's oldest colors discovered

Geologists have discovered the world's oldest colors, by examining some of the oldest rocks on Earth. The rocks were isolated from North Africa, and pigments were then extracted.

Tech and science will keep the Parker Solar Probe from melting

On August 6, 2018, NASA's Parker Solar Probe will launch to travel closer to the Sun, deeper into the solar atmosphere, than any mission before it. Cutting-edge technology and engineering will help it beat the heat.
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