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December 8, 2019

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Monero -- the names of digital-based 'cryptocurrencies' are being heard more and more frequently. But despite having no physical ... read more

Mysterious Release of Radioactive Material Uncovered

It was the most serious release of radioactive material since Fukushima 2011, but the public took little notice of it: In September 2017, a slightly radioactive cloud moved across Europe. Now, a ... read more

Expert Mathematicians Stumped by Simple Subtractions

Mathematics is seen as the pinnacle of abstract thinking. But are we capable of filtering out our knowledge about the world to prevent it from interfering with our calculations? Researchers have ... read more

Bitcoin Causing Carbon Dioxide Emissions Comparable to Las Vegas or Hamburg

The use of Bitcoin causes around 22 megatons in carbon dioxide emissions annually -- comparable to the total emissions of cities such as Las Vegas or ... read more
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The Happiest Introverts May Be Extraverts

If you are an introvert, force yourself to be an extravert. You'll be happier. That's the suggestion of a study asking people to act like extraverts for a prolonged period. The benefits of ... read more

New Science Blooms After Star Researchers Die

Deaths of prominent life scientists tend to be followed by a surge in highly cited research by ... read more

A Map of the Brain Can Tell What You're Reading About

Neuroscientists have created interactive maps that can predict where different categories of words activate the brain. Their latest map is focused on what happens in the brain when you read ... read more

In Difficult Times, Having Multiple Husbands Can Be an Advantage

Researchers infer that women can buffer themselves against economic and social crises, and more effectively keep their children alive. Data was collected on nearly 2,000 individuals living in a small ... read more

Storing Data in Music

Researchers have developed a technique for embedding data in music and transmitting it to a smartphone. Since the data is imperceptible to the human ear, it doesn't affect listening pleasure. ... read more

Hate Spoilers? This AI Tool Spots Them for You

Researchers have have developed an AI-based system that can flag spoilers in online reviews of books and TV ... read more

Call for Green Burial Corridors Alongside Roads, Railways and Country Footpaths

A leading public health expert is calling for a strategic initiative to develop green burial corridors alongside major transport routes because British graveyards and cemeteries are rapidly running ... read more

Professors Need to Be Entertaining to Prevent Students from Watching YouTube in Class

Students think it is instructors' responsibility to ensure they don't surf the web in class, according to a new ... read more

Now Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

Researchers have developed a smartphone app that allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a task, dramatically bringing down the costs of building and programming mobile ... read more

Beyond Queen's Stomp-Stomp-Clap: Concerts and Computer Science Converge in New Research

New research suggests how to get large numbers of people engaged in participating during a live performance like a concert -- or a lecture -- and channel that energy for a sustained time ... read more

Decoding Beethoven's Music Style Using Data Science

What makes Beethoven sound like Beethoven? Researchers have completed a first analysis of Beethoven's writing style, applying statistical techniques to unlock recurring ... read more

Autonomous Boats Can Target and Latch Onto Each Other

Researchers have given new capabilities to their fleet of robotic boats that let them target and clasp onto each other, and keep trying if they ... read more

Was Mona Lisa's Smile a Lie?

Using chimeric -- or mirror -- images, researchers have determined that one half of Mona Lisa's smile displays happiness while the other half is neutral reflecting a non-genuine ... read more

Mathematicians Work out How to Predict Success in Show Business

Mathematicians have found a way to predict whether an actor's career has peaked or if their most successful days lie ... read more

Hyphens in Paper Titles Harm Citation Counts and Journal Impact Factors, Study Claims

According to a new study, the presence of simple hyphens in the titles of academic papers adversely affects the citation statistics, regardless of the quality of the articles. [Editor's note: ... read more

Godzilla Is Back and He's Bigger Than Ever: The Evolutionary Biology of the Monster

Godzilla first made his debut in 1954 as a 50-meter tall metaphor for indiscriminate destruction, particularly US hydrogen-bomb testing in the Marshall Islands, which, in the film, destroyed ... read more

'Time-Travel' Feature Added to Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks

One of the latest cyber threats involves hackers encrypting user files and then charging 'ransom' to get them back. In a new paper, researchers examine how to use the commodity storage ... read more

Seeing Disfigured Faces Prompts Negative Brain and Behavior Responses

A new study finds that people have implicit negative biases against people with disfigured faces, without knowingly harboring such ... read more

Phase Transitions: The Math Behind the Music

Physics Professor Jesse Berezovsky contends that until now, much of the thinking about math and music has been a top-down approach, applying mathematical ideas to existing musical compositions as a ... read more

Crime Fighting Just Got Easier as Burglars Reveal All

The first study of burglars committing crime in virtual reality could change the way we protect our homes from ... read more

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