Ant queens may bury other queens – a task normally performed by workers – to avoid infection when co-founding a new colony, according to a study published in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology.
Google will invest $1 billion over the next five years in nonprofit organizations helping people adjust to the changing nature of work, the largest philanthropic pledge to date from the Internet giant.
Microsoft is looking for a few good artificial-intelligence startups.
Amazon says parents can hand over the shopping keys to the kids, though they’ll still have the power to put up a red light.
For its 10th birthday, Amazon’s Kindle is getting a new suit.
The U.S. Border Patrol is considering another type of surveillance balloon that can be quickly moved to spot illegal activity, part of an effort to see if more eyes in the sky translate to fewer illegal crossings.
Equifax said Thursday it took down a web page and began investigating a possible cyber incident, weeks after disclosing a breach of personal data at the credit agency that affected some 145 million people.
Data from a circling NASA satellite shows spikes in carbon emissions worldwide, particularly in winter, along with new insights into the rising levels of pollutants that drive global warming, researchers said Thursday.
Ask someone to draw a tree and s/he will invariably draw a trunk and branches—leaving the roots out of the picture. In a unique study of tropical tree roots at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute published in PLOS ONE, roots accounted for almost 30 percent of the total biomass of young trees. The authors hope that future estimates of carbon storage and water-use by tropical forests will include information on root biomass and architecture.
If oceans warm at a rate predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nation-sponsored group that assesses climate change research and issues periodic reports, expected financial losses caused by hurricanes could increase more…