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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

ScienceDaily: Strange Science News

Crocodiles are sophisticated hunters: Work as a team to hunt their prey

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 12:26 PM PDT

Recent studies have found that crocodiles and their relatives are highly intelligent animals capable of sophisticated behavior such as advanced parental care, complex communication and use of tools for hunting. New research shows just how sophisticated their hunting techniques can be.

Take note: Jazz and silence help reduce heart rate after surgery, study shows

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 11:16 AM PDT

Researchers are one step closer to confirming what people in New Orleans have known for decades: Jazz is good for you. Patients undergoing elective hysterectomies who listened to jazz music during their recovery experienced significantly lower heart rates, suggests a study.

A new land snail species named for equal marriage rights

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 07:42 AM PDT

With more than 300 land snail species, Taiwan holds a remarkable diversity of these creatures and still continues to surprise. During a recent study scientists discovered a new endemic snail species of the genus Aegista from eastern Taiwan and named it to support recent efforts for equal marriage rights -- same-sex marriage rights -- in Taiwan and around the world.

Tailored flexible illusion coatings hide objects from detection

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 06:06 AM PDT

Developing the cloak of invisibility would be wonderful, but sometimes simply making an object appear to be something else will do the trick, according to electrical engineers.

Programming computers in everyday language

Posted: 13 Oct 2014 06:02 AM PDT

Computers speak a language of their own. They can only be programmed by those, who know the code. Computer scientists are now working on software that directly translates natural language into machine-readable source texts. In this way, users may generate own computer applications in a few sentences. The challenge to be managed is that people do not always describe processes in a strictly chronological order. A new analysis tool serves to automatically order the commands in the way they are to be executed by the computer. 

Nanoparticles can act like liquid on the outside, crystal on the inside

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 10:49 AM PDT

A surprising phenomenon has been found in metal nanoparticles: They appear, from the outside, to be liquid droplets, wobbling and readily changing shape, while their interiors retain a perfectly stable crystal configuration.

New records set for silicon quantum computing

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 10:48 AM PDT

Two research teams working in the same laboratories have found distinct solutions to a critical challenge that has held back the realization of super powerful quantum computers. The teams created two types of quantum bits, or "qubits" -- the building blocks for quantum computers -- that each process quantum data with an accuracy above 99%.

Icebergs once drifted to Florida, new climate model suggests

Posted: 12 Oct 2014 10:48 AM PDT

Using a first-of-its-kind, high-resolution numerical model to describe ocean circulation during the last ice age about 21,000 year ago, oceanographers have shown that icebergs and meltwater from the North American ice sheet would have regularly reached South Carolina and even southern Florida. The models are supported by the discovery of iceberg scour marks on the sea floor along the entire continental shelf.

Sculpting costumes with 3-D printers is 'the way theater is headed,' say theater education experts

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 12:38 PM PDT

Three-dimensional printers, which already have churned out toys, prosthetic limbs and one functional car, are taking the stage — literally -- in live theater. The new technology aids speed, creativity, flexibility -- and can satisfy directors who change plans midstream, says a former Disneyland costume designer.

Hunger games: How the brain 'browns' fat to aid weight loss

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 09:55 AM PDT

A molecular process in the brain known to control eating that transforms white fat into brown fat has been uncovered by researchers. This process impacts how much energy we burn and how much weight we can lose, they report.

Understanding the bushmeat market: Why do people risk infection from bat meat?

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 06:19 AM PDT

Ebola, as with many emerging infections, is likely to have arisen due to human interaction with wild animals -- most likely the practice of hunting and eating wild meat known as 'bushmeat.' A team of researchers has surveyed almost 600 people across southern Ghana to find out what drives consumption of bat bushmeat -- and how people perceive the risks associated with the practice.

Nanoparticle research could enhance drug delivery through skin

Posted: 09 Oct 2014 06:16 AM PDT

Key characteristics that enhance a nanoparticle's ability to penetrate skin have been identified by researchers in a milestone study that could have major implications for the delivery of drugs. Nanoparticles are up to 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair and drugs delivered using them as a platform, can be more concentrated, targeted and efficient than those delivered through traditional means.

Plant scientist discovers basis of 'evolution' in violins

Posted: 08 Oct 2014 05:40 PM PDT

A scientist has quantified the refined shapes of violins allowing us to hone our skills to describe the complexity and diversity among plant species, and to use its genetic basis for crop improvement.

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