Image Credit: Flickr/zoriah A new study suggests that the ‘neighborhood effect’ of slums could help to alleviate some of their associated health problems. A team of academics led by Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick have conducted a review of international slum research, which is being published in The Lancet. They concluded that the one

Strange electron orbits form on the surface of a crystal in this image created using a theoretical data model. These orbits correspond to the electrons being in different ‘valleys’ of states, yielding new insights into an area of research called ‘vallytronics,’ which seeks alternative ways to manipulate electrons for future electronic applications. Credit: Ali Yazdani,

Image Credit: Flickr/Liz About 150 million years ago, snakes roamed about on well-developed legs. Now, two University of Florida researchers have discovered how snakes’ legs eventually disappeared. Snakes lost their legs due to a trio of mutations in a genetic switch — known as an enhancer — that controls the activity of a gene required

Image Credit: Flickr/paolobarzman Low socio-economic status and fear of abandonment early in life can lead to poor health in adulthood, regardless of adult socio-economic status, according to a new study from psychologists at Rice University. “Attachment Orientations, Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and Stress Are Important for Understanding the Link Between Childhood Socio-Economic Status and Adult Self-Reported

More than a decade ago, Ralph Hollis invented the ballbot, an elegantly simple robot whose tall, thin body glides atop a sphere slightly smaller than a bowling ball. The latest version, called SIMbot, has an equally elegant motor with just one moving part: the ball. The only other active moving part of the robot is

Illustration shows how a robot could assemble the trusses that would support a massive telescope mirror.Credit: Sergio Pellegrino/Caltech Seeing deep into space requires large telescopes. The larger the telescope, the more light it collects, and the sharper the image it provides. For example, NASA’s Kepler space observatory, with a mirror diameter of under one meter,

Figure 1 – The figure displays an elevation model of Idunn Mons (46 S; 146 W), a volcano with a diameter of 200 km located at Imdr Regio on Venus. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ESA The European Space Agency’s Venus Express mission has provided a great amount of data from the surface and atmosphere of Earth’s inner twin

Satellite imagery of Africa. Credit: WikiMedia The prevailing notion that the African continent has been getting progressively drier over time is being challenged by a new study that finds that drought has actually decreased over the past 1.3 million years and that the continent is on a 100,000-year cycle of wet and dry conditions. These

New guidelines announced by the American Academy of Pediatrics today say parents not only need to pay attention to the amount of time children spend on digital media — but also how, when and where they use it.Credit: Flickr/Molly It’s not so bad to hand your child an iPad once in a while depending on

Despite the potential for powering the world with energy from the sun—the most abundant source of renewable energy – only about 1 percent of the world’s energy production currently comes through solar cell technology. That’s because solar cells are expensive to produce and are susceptible to efficiency reductions over time. For this reason, scientists continue