A long line might actually be the quickest line.
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer
Don't despair if, once you've gathered your shopping items, you're met by a single line that looks a mile long. Queuing theory suggests this is likely the fastest way to get you rung up and moving on.
High magnification view of mosquito pupae and larvae underwater.
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Researchers have tried unsuccessfully for decades to develop a malaria vaccine. Now a new approach, showing promise in mice, suggests it is possible to block mosquitoes from spreading the disease.
A test subject entering a brain password.
Wenyao Xu, et al.
Biometrics are more secure than passwords – but when they're compromised fingerprints and retina scans are hard to reset. Brain responses to specific stimuli are as secure and, crucially, resettable.
About 56% of Kenya’s urban population currently lives in a slum.
The rental housing market in Nairobi’s informal settlements offers its tenant households a perverse market outcome of higher prices for lower quality products
Do you want to be friends with this person?
Almost every online deception, fraud and scam – even propaganda and misinformation campaigns – begins with a fake social media profile. How do fakers get real people to agree to be friends?
A stretchable electronic device whose design is inspired by the cut-paper art called kirigami.
Doug Levere/University at Buffalo
What's the connection between kids making paper snowflakes and wearable devices that stretch and bend with your body? Engineers who find design inspirations from many sources.
Main Standfirst: Trump con los hombres que podrían reemplazarlo: el vicepresidente Mike Pence, a la izquierda, y el presidente de la Cámara Paul Ryan, a la derecha.
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El presidente no será destituido de su cargo hasta que los republicanos en la Cámara de Representantes decidan apoyar esa idea; o si los demócratas ganan escaños en las próximas elecciones de la Cámara.
Trump with the men who would replace him – Vice President Mike Pence on the left and House Speaker Paul Ryan on the left.
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The president won't be removed from office until Republicans in the House decide to support the idea – or the midterms hand the Democrats more seats.
Where do baby boomers live?
Over the last 50 years, Americans have steadily gotten older, more bicoastal and less likely to move to a new city.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, left, speaks with Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffery Grybowski in 2016.
AP Photo/Steven Senne
Experts expect the wind business to remain brisk in the US and abroad, on land and offshore.
The prospect alone can make you want to avoid the person altogether.
We can disagree with co-workers in meetings. We can argue about sports with friends. A new study explores why politics seems to be an entirely different beast.
Lawmakers have been generous.
The budget bill just signed into law by the president will both make it harder for restaurants to take worker tips while reducing a form of inequality rife in the industry.
Small tankers unload along New York’s Newtown Creek in 2008.
Gentrification is not the only path for improving urban neighborhoods. A cleanup in Brooklyn and Queens offers another, more inclusive model that scholars have dubbed 'just green enough.'
DACA supporters march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to protest after the September 2017 announcement that the program would be suspended with a six-month delay.
AP Photo/Matt York
Throughout America's history, a duality has existed: On one side, there has been the belligerent, aggressive America. On the other, the generous, amiable one.
Neuroscientists have been scanning the brains of select Super Bowl viewers to see how they’re reacting to the commercials that air.
Companies are now tracking how consumers react on social media to Super Bowl ads. They’re also studying how the brain responds to them. Could personalized Super Bowl ads be on the horizon?
While some are declaring that democracy has had its day, others see this as a time to develop more truly democratic ways of living.
Gustav Klimt, Death and Life, 1910
Is it really time to eulogise democracy, or are we rather on the cusp of a new phase in its long and varied life?
Where there’s smoke, there will be lava?
U.S. Geological Survey via AP
How do scientists predict volcanic eruptions? To do so with accuracy, they need to know the individual volcano and its history very well.
Tourists play slot machines at the Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Jae C. Hong/AP Photo
Excessive indulgence is the city’s unifying theme. It’s also a way to end your life. Just ask Stephen Paddock.
Without investment, fewer products will bear this ‘Made in the USA’ logo in the future.
AP Photo/M. Spencer Green
If President Trump really wants to restore America's manufacturing might he should invest heavily in AI, the internet of things and other emerging technologies that are changing the world.
How safe is it to use an iPhone?
Some of the iPhone's innovations have made users less secure.