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Late night electricity use predicts morning traffic jams

To predict when rush hour traffic is likely to grind to a halt, a new study suggests it may be more effective to examine how people use electricity during the …

Why computers are so bad at comparing objects

New research sheds light on why computers are so bad at a class of tasks that even young children have no problem with: determining whether two objects in an …

Why bats stole a gene from an Ebola ancestor

Scientists think they know what bats are doing with genetic material they stole some 18 million years ago from an ancient virus related to Ebola. The swiped …

The brightest galaxy ever found is actually a ‘fraud’

Ultra-bright galaxies in the early universe may be less common than scientists initially thought, according to new research. Researchers used the Hubble Space …

Who buys the most political ads on Facebook?

Donald Trump and Planned Parenthood are the top recent advertisers and young men were targeted most often, according to a new analysis of Facebook and …

Electronic stickers turn everyday objects into super sensors

Researchers have developed a new fabrication method that makes tiny, thin-film electronic circuits peelable from a surface. The new technique allows any object …

How to know if an online discussion is going to get nasty

Researchers have created a model to predict which civil online conversations might take a turn and derail. After analyzing hundreds of exchanges between …

A.I. predicts side effects for millions of drug combos

Researchers have created an artificial intelligence system for predicting, not simply tracking, potential side effects from drug combinations. Last month …

People say online harassment’s OK if it’s punishment

People tend to feel online harassment is deserved and justified when the person on the receiving end commits an offense, even when participants agree that …

How deadly are dust storms?

When strong winds or gust fronts pick up fine particles and dirt, a thick wall of dust can result, moving over land and across the water, leaving destruction …