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Study: Ants are “immune” to traffic jams

Study: Ants are “immune” to traffic jams

The ants go marching — Unlike self-interested humans, ants have a common goal: the colony's survival. Jennifer Ouellette - Oct 24, 2019 12:25 am UTC Enlarge / Black ants marching along the stem of a leaf. Unlike humans, ants don't experience traffic jams, even at high densities.Ants are notoriously much better than humans at organizing…
Study casts doubt on value of WHO’s “gaming disorder” diagnoses

Study casts doubt on value of WHO’s “gaming disorder” diagnoses

What's the problem? — "Dysfunctional gaming" seems to be more symptom than cause of psychological issues. Kyle Orland - Oct 22, 2019 7:35 pm UTC Enlarge / Two gamers with obvious unmet psychological needs.Since the World Health Organization proposed new diagnoses for "hazardous gaming" and "gaming disorder" last year, there's been an ongoing scientific debate…
Study claimed a GMO trial went horrifically wrong. The study’s authors disagree

Study claimed a GMO trial went horrifically wrong. The study’s authors disagree

Genetic buzz — After scary news headlines, one study author said she didn't get to read the final text. Beth Mole - Oct 2, 2019 8:29 pm UTC Enlarge / A transgenic Aedes aegypti OX513A mosquito, created by Oxitec.Six researchers are reportedly calling for the retraction of a study they co-authored, which claimed that a…

Study shows it is impossible for an individual to day trade stocks for a...

16 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2019 Last revised: 22 Aug 2019 Date Written: August 14, 2019 Abstract We show that it is virtually impossible for an individual to day trade for a living, contrary to what course providers claim. We observe all individuals who began to day trade between 2013 and 2015 in the Brazilian…

T. Rex had an air conditioner in its head, study suggests

Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs on the planet, had an air conditioner in its head, suggest scientists from the University of Missouri, Ohio University and University of Florida, while challenging over a century of previous beliefs. In the past, scientists believed two large holes in the roof of a T. rex's skull…
Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

Study identifies main culprit behind lithium metal battery failure

Chengcheng Fang uses a technique that UC San Diego researchers invented to quantify inactive lithium. Photos by David Baillot/UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering San Diego, Calif., Aug. 21, 2019 -- A research team led by the University of California San Diego has discovered the root cause of why lithium metal batteries fail—bits of lithium metal…
Study suggests that e-scooter fleets aren’t as green as they seem

Study suggests that e-scooter fleets aren’t as green as they seem

The researchers looked at not only emissions producing by people riding scooters, but also the environmental impact of the materials used in the manufacture of the vehicles and in the shipping and collection of them as well. The amount of electricity used to recharge the scooters was minimal, but what did use a lot of…
Study: Playing Minecraft could boost your creativity—with some caveats

Study: Playing Minecraft could boost your creativity—with some caveats

Don't tell us what to do — Subjects who were explicitly told to be creative in Minecraft improved the least. Jennifer Ouellette - Jul 12, 2019 7:32 pm UTC Iowa State University psychologist Douglas Gentile's latest study suggests that playing some video games, like Minecraft, can have a positive impact on creativity.Minecraft is one of…
Study concludes 33,000-year-old-skull shows signs of blunt force trauma

Study concludes 33,000-year-old-skull shows signs of blunt force trauma

A paleolithic cold case — The killer was probably left-handed and used a club to administer the fatal blow. Jennifer Ouellette - Jul 6, 2019 6:00 pm UTC Enlarge / Right lateral view of the Cioclovina calvaria exhibiting a large depressed fracture. A new paper concludes this is evidence of fatal blunt force trauma.Kranoti et…
Study: Tesla Autopilot misleading, overestimated more than similar technology

Study: Tesla Autopilot misleading, overestimated more than similar technology

More than any other driver-assist system out there today, people overestimate what Tesla’s Autopilot can do, according to a new study. “The name ‘Autopilot’ was associated with the highest likelihood that drivers believed a behavior was safe while in operation, for every behavior measured, compared with other system names,” said the study released this week…

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Bigelow’s next-generation inflatable space habitat is shooting for the Moon

Welcome to your new home, the B330 Standing on a metal platform labeled “Does not exist” in the middle of an inflatable bouncy house designed for space, I had one question: where’s the bathroom? The mockup of Bigelow Aerospace’s flagship space habitat module, the B330, was packed with features, but I wanted to know more…

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