US house prices ‘see strong rise’

US house prices see their biggest annual rise in nearly seven years while consumer confidence hits a five-year high, boosting US stock markets.

Music Review: New York Philharmonic Memorial Day Concert

Alan Gilbert led the New York Philharmonic in a Bruckner work at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.


Cuba to offer public internet access

The government of Cuba says it will soon expand public access to the internet, although it will maintain restrictions for access at home.

Scientists find possible solution to an ancient enigma

The widespread disappearance of stromatolites, the earliest visible manifestation of life on Earth, may have been driven by single-celled organisms called foraminifera.

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Shape-shifting nanoparticles flip from sphere to net in response to tumor signal

Scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have designed tiny spherical particles to float easily through the bloodstream after injection, then assemble into a durable scaffold within diseased tissue. An enzyme produced by a specific type of tumor can trigger the transformation of the spheres into netlike structures that accumulate at the site of a cancer, the team reports in the journal Advanced Materials this week.

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Saturated fats do not yield better bacon

A recent paper published in the Journal of Animal Science suggests producers may want to adjust pig diets when including distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS). Some producers believe that feeding pigs saturated fats will undo the fat-softening effects of DDGS. Firmer fat means longer-lasting pork.

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Einstein’s ‘spooky action’ common in large quantum systems

Entanglement is a property in quantum mechanics that seemed so unbelievable and so lacking in detail that, 66 years ago this spring, Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance."

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