New proposal for how aerosols drive increased atmospheric convection in thunderstorm clouds

High in the clouds, atmospheric aerosols, including anthropogenic air pollutants, increase updraft speeds in storm clouds by making the surrounding air more humid, a new study finds. The results offer a new mechanism explaining the widely observed – but poorly understood – atmospheric phenomenon and provide a physical basis for predicting increasing thunderstorm intensity, particularly […]

Scientists set a path for field trials of gene drive organisms — ScienceDaily

The modern rise of gene drive research, accelerated by CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology, has led to transformational waves rippling across science. Gene drive organisms (GDOs), developed with select traits that are genetically engineered to spread through a population, have the power to dramatically alter the way society develops solutions to a range of daunting health […]

Tapping overlooked marketing data to drive business growth

Researchers from University of Houston, Columbia University, Emory University, and University of Connecticut published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that reviews factors that contribute to the disconnect between the data companies create and the productive use of that data. The study, forthcoming in the the Journal of Marketing, is titled “Capturing Marketing […]

How the autonomous vehicle engineers at Ford are helping to make it safer to drive

Sponsored Content by: Individual sensors working in perfect harmony make driving safer and easier on urban and rural roads. *Preproduction computer-generated image shown. Available late 2020. (Ford/) Every year, driver-assistance technology grows more advanced. If you’ve driven a car made in the last few years, there’s a good chance you’ve experienced enhanced vision at nearly […]

Showing robots how to drive a car…in just a few easy lessons — ScienceDaily

Imagine if robots could learn from watching demonstrations: you could show a domestic robot how to do routine chores or set a dinner table. In the workplace, you could train robots like new employees, showing them how to perform many duties. On the road, your self-driving car could learn how to drive safely by watching […]

Rip out your computer’s brain and turn it into an external hard drive

If you’re into photography or any other hobby that requires you to save big files, having an additional external drive can only mean good news. (Whitson Gordon /) It’s easy to skimp on storage when you’re buying a computer. You think there’s no way you’ll ever need more than 256GB, but there you are, one […]

New CRISPR-based gene drive approach successfully overcomes issue of resistance in females — ScienceDaily

Employing a strategy known as “population modification,” which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites. University of California, Irvine postdoctoral researcher Adriana Adolfi, in […]

High fructose intake may drive aggressive behaviors, ADHD, bipolar

New research suggests that conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity syndrome (ADHD), bipolar disorder, and even aggressive behaviors may be linked with sugar intake, and that it may have an evolutionary basis. The research, out today from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and published in Evolution and Human Behavior, presents a hypothesis supporting […]