High salt in soil dramatically stresses plant biology and reduces the growth and yield of crops. Now researchers have found specific proteins that allow plants to grow better under salt stress, and may help breed future generations of more salt-tolerant crop plants. —> Read More
Researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it into clean, renewable energy by splitting water molecules. The technology uses sunlight-harvesting gold nanoparticles. —> Read More
Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology holds promise for developing residential and commercial lighting options with greatly enhanced levels of flexibility as well as environmental, health, and cost benefits — but challenges remain. A new article identifies next steps toward solving those challenges and reaching commercial feasibility. —> Read More
The successful Dutch iSPEX-project that enlisted the general public to contribute to the understanding of air pollution is being scaled up and running its first Europe-wide citizen campaign: iSPEX-EU. From 1 September to 15 October 2015, thousands of citizens in major European cities take to their streets, squares and parks to measure air pollution with their smartphone. Participating cities include: Athens, Barcelona, Belgrade, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Manchester, Milan, and Rome. —> Read More
In recent years, there’s been plenty of discussion about bias in the media. Yet some of the most seemingly biased media and news organizations also have the largest viewership and readership. Can it be that people might complain about media bias, but actually enjoy receiving their news from a source that actually agrees with their own views? This was the question that authors asked in a recent study. —> Read More
The truth hurts: Your cat doesn’t really care whether you stay or go.
A new study suggests that it’s not because your cat is a selfish beast. It’s just that felines are simply more independent than, say, dogs and have less “secure attachment” to their owners.
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Need a battery boost? Asus and Samsung are the fastest charging handsets… while Apple’s iPhone lags behind
In each test, Brooklyn-based Ms Cranz from tech site Tom’s Guide ran down the power of seven handsets until the phones turned off automatically. Asus’ Zenfone 2 (pictured) took the top spot. —> Read More
Scientists are developing a novel space robot that can take up the challenge of hopping and rolling over microgravity terrain while doing valuable science. —> Read More
A Wisconsin elementary school teacher recently shared a chart of optimal sleep times for children, and although the guide went viral on Facebook, parents and experts say it’s not necessarily feasible.
On August 28, a kindergarten and first grade teacher from Wilson Elementary School named Stacy Karlsen posted the chart on the school’s Facebook page, Kenosha News reports. The rules provided an answer to the common back-t0-school question, “At what time should your child go to bed?”
With suggested wake-up and sleeping times for children ages 5-12, the chart provides options, roughly based on different schools’ start times. If a 5-year-old needs to wake up at 6 a.m., he or she should go to bed at 6:45 p.m.. If the child goes to sleep at 7 p.m., the wake-up time should extend 15 minutes accordingly. For 8-year-olds who need to wake up at 6 a.m., their bedtimes should be 7:30 p.m.. Twelve-year-olds who have to rise at the same time are advised to go to sleep at 8:15 p.m.
The post has been shared over 375,000 times. Some parents praised the chart, calling it a “great resource” and asking for a similar one for adults. Others, however, said it was too much of a pipe dream. “Somebody doesn’t live in the real world do they?,” wrote Wanda Smith. Many parents said the chart was unrealistic because of homework and extracurricular activities that run into the evening.
Others pointed out that it wasn’t a good option for working parents, who arrive home later. “Maybe if they didn’t have homework this would be possible, but being working parents, there’s no time for everything to be done and in bed by the suggested time.” wrote Rob Nuncio.
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DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp is collaborating with two top U.S. universities on artificial intelligence and robotics research aimed at ramping up the Japanese automaker’s efforts to develop self-driving cars.