How social media is breathing new life into Bhutan's unwritten local languages
211 articles from WEDNESDAY 15.11.2023
US regulator greenlights Starship's next launch on Friday
Dechen, 40, grew up in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Her native language was Mangdip, also known as Nyenkha, as her parents are originally from central Bhutan. She went to schools in the city, where the curriculum was predominantly taught in Dzongkha, the national language, and English.
Late Prehistoric discovery turns archaeological assumptions on their head
The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday authorized SpaceX to carry out its second launch of Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, after a first attempt in April ended in a spectacular explosion.
Is fear of sharks being overblown?
For a team of archaeologists digging in southwest Spain, the discovery of a Bronze/Iron Age stela—a funerary stone slab with carvings depicting an important individual—would have been exciting enough. But to find a stela that challenges longstanding interpretations of how the carvings represent gender and social roles in prehistoric times was beyond the teams' wildest dreams.
Three thousand years' worth of carbon monoxide records show positive impact of global intervention in the 1980s
"Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water...." It's one of the most famous taglines in film history, immortalizing sharks as ruthless predators. But beyond the horror generated by Spielberg's "Jaws" series, a persistent fear of sharks remains, with consequences that extend into reality.
Canadian cities continue to over-invest in policing, researcher says
An international team of scientists has reconstructed a historic record of the atmospheric trace gas carbon monoxide by measuring air in polar ice and air collected at an Antarctic research station.
Light pollution found to have far-reaching effects on some North American bats
Year-end debates about 2024 budgets have already begun across Canada, with cities like Waterloo and Ottawa proposing spikes in police budgets.
Generational tensions flare as Japan faces the economic reality of its aging baby boomers
Light pollution, or artificial light at night (ALAN), is a rapidly growing threat to nocturnal wildlife around the world, particularly for bats. However, little is known about the distances up to which lights can displace foraging bats from their habitat. Is it just a few meters or could the reach be much greater?
'You only assess what you care about': A new report looks at how research is assessed in Australia
In 2024, the youngest of Japan's baby boomers will turn 75. The boomers are called the "bunched" generation in Japan because they were born in a short spurt in the late 1940s, in the aftermath of the end of the second world war.
The 'liking gap' is real for second language English speakers, research shows
Research plays a pivotal role in society. Through research, we gain new understandings, test theories and make discoveries.
From glaciers to rainfall: Understanding unexpected rain
A study from Concordia's Applied Linguistics Lab suggests that most people are usually overly harsh on themselves when speaking in a second language.
New report diagnoses drivers of South Africa's severe economic and social challenges
In 2018, a group of students from the Universities of Innsbruck, Austria, and Hamburg, Germany, were on a research excursion close to the village of Llupa in the Rio Santa valley in the Peruvian Andes. While they were busy installing a weather station in preparation for their research project, they were surprised by unexpected rainfall—a brief yet notable shower.
Forget social distancing: House finches become more social when sick
A new report by Harvard's Growth Lab finds that South Africa's economy is performing poorly, and its society is facing the consequences of extreme unemployment and inequality. Three decades after the end of apartheid, the economy is defined by stagnation and exclusion, and current strategies are not achieving inclusion and empowerment in practice.
Invasive carp continue to be an ongoing threat to South Dakota's waters
Social distancing when sick has become second nature to many of us in the past few years, but some sick animals appear to take a different approach. A new study of house finches led by Marissa Langager, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Science, has uncovered a surprising result. Unlike other social animals who passively or actively isolate themselves when...
Research highlights data gap in SARS-CoV-2 cases in animals
Invasive carp (formerly known as Asian carp) pose a significant threat to South Dakota's lakes and rivers, natural resources that are treasured by thousands of anglers, boaters and water sports enthusiasts each year.
Researchers develop neutron-shielding film for radiation protection
COVID-19 in animals? The question got lost in the shuffle during the ongoing global pandemic. Research on SARS-CoV-2 has primarily focused on its implications for humans, despite the virus most likely being a zoonosis, a disease transmitted from animals to humans.
Researchers improve water splitting reaction for green hydrogen gas production
An advancement in neutron shielding, a critical aspect of radiation protection, has been achieved. This breakthrough is poised to revolutionize the neutron shielding industry by offering a cost-effective solution applicable to a wide range of materials surfaces.
A novel system for slip prevention in unmanned rovers
Green hydrogen (or H2) produced from renewable energy resources is the fuel of a decarbonized future. Electrolysis, or splitting of water into oxygen and hydrogen with the help of an electrochemical cell, is one of the most popular ways of producing green H2.
How global science programs can navigate the complex, shifting challenges in sustainability science
Given the hostile conditions of extraterrestrial environments, unmanned rovers play a critical role in the exploration of planets and moons. NASA's Mars and lunar exploration rovers have significantly contributed to our understanding of these extraterrestrial bodies. Planetary surfaces often present challenging landscapes with slopes, craters, and dunes.
Children's spelling skills found to improve when teaching integrates movement
The global change program Future Earth is an international alliance of organizations and agencies that was launched by the UN in June 2012. The Future Earth 2025 Vision identified eight global challenges for scientific research to accelerate progress in sustainability, improve collaboration, and mobilize resources.
NASA data reveal possible reason some exoplanets are shrinking
A new study from the University of Copenhagen's Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports shows that children who use their bodies to 'shape' letter sounds improve their spelling skills more than those who receive traditional classroom instruction. The learning strategy works for children with normal literacy development, as well as for those who are at risk of experiencing reading...
Who should collect, manage and have access to data from the oceans?
A new study could explain the "missing" exoplanets between super-Earths and sub-Neptunes.
More than meows: How bacteria help cats communicate
Research institutions from Norway and other countries have collected a great amount of data from the northern oceans in recent years. Many people want access to this information.
Many mammals, from domestic cats and dogs to giant pandas, use scent to communicate with each other. A new study from the University of California, Davis shows how domestic cats send signals to each other using odors derived from families of bacteria living in their anal glands. The work was published Nov. 8 in Scientific Reports.