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New Planet Found in Our Solar System?

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Earth & Space, Science with 0 Comments
New Planet Found in Our Solar System?

(National Geographic) An as yet undiscovered planet might be orbiting at the dark fringes of the solar system, according to new research. Too far out to be easily spotted by telescopes, the potential unseen planet appears to be making its presence felt by disturbing the orbits of so-called Kuiper belt objects, said Rodney Gomes, an […]

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Researchers Use Light to Switch on Gene Expression

Posted by on May 11, 2012 in Science, Technology with 0 Comments
Researchers Use Light to Switch on Gene Expression

Imagine being able to control genetic expression by flipping a light switch. Researchers at North Carolina State University are using light-activated molecules to turn gene expression on and off. Their method enables greater precision when studying gene function, and could lead to targeted therapies for diseases like cancer. Triplex-forming oligonucleotides (TFOs) are commonly used molecules […]

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Secrets of the First Practical Artificial Leaf

Posted by on May 10, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Nature, Technology with 0 Comments
Secrets of the First Practical Artificial Leaf

(Eurekalert) A detailed description of development of the first practical artificial leaf — a milestone in the drive for sustainable energy that mimics the process, photosynthesis, that green plants use to convert water and sunlight into energy — appears in the ACS journal Accounts of Chemical Research. The article notes that unlike earlier devices, which […]

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‘Huge’ Water Resource Exists Under Africa

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Nature, Science with 0 Comments
‘Huge’ Water Resource Exists Under Africa

(BBC) Scientists say the notoriously dry continent of Africa is sitting on a vast reservoir of groundwater. They argue that the total volume of water in aquifers underground is 100 times the amount found on the surface. The team have produced the most detailed map yet of the scale and potential of this hidden resource. […]

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Beam me up Scotty: Life-size Hologram-like Telepods Revolutionize Videoconferencing [video]

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Science, Technology with 1 Comment
Beam me up Scotty: Life-size Hologram-like Telepods Revolutionize Videoconferencing [video]

(Human Media Lab) Professor Roel Vertegaal’s Star Trek-like 3D cylindrical display is probably as close to teleportation as we will ever get. A Queen’s University researcher has created a Star Trek-like human-scale 3D videoconferencing pod that allows people in different locations to video conference as if they are standing in front of each other. “Why […]

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Dolphins Help Fishermen Catch Fish

Posted by on May 5, 2012 in Nature with 1 Comment
Dolphins Help Fishermen Catch Fish

(LiveScience) A visitor might stumble upon a strange sight in Laguna, Brazil, if they went down to the shore. Here, the local fishermen rely on dolphins to help them with their yearly fish catch. New research has found that just one local group of about 20 dolphins works with the fishermen, while the other local […]

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Venus to Appear in Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Venus to Appear in Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

(Science Daily) On 5 and 6 June this year, millions of people around the world will be able to see Venus pass across the face of the Sun in what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It will take Venus about six hours to complete its transit, appearing as a small black dot on the Sun’s […]

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Wind Turbine Creates Water from Thin Air

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Wind Turbine Creates Water from Thin Air

(CNN) Wind turbines have long produced renewable energy but a French engineering firm has discovered another eco-purpose for the towering structures. Eole Water claims to have successfully modified the traditional wind turbine design to create the WMS1000, an appliance that can manufacture drinking water from humid air. The company aims to start rolling out the […]

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Swiss Scientists Demonstrate Mind-controlled Robot

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Technology with 1 Comment
Swiss Scientists Demonstrate Mind-controlled Robot

(CBS News) Swiss scientists have demonstrated how a partially paralyzed person can control a robot by thought alone, a step they hope will one day allow immobile people to interact with their surroundings through so-called avatars. Similar experiments have taken place in the United States and Germany, but they involved either able-bodied patients or invasive […]

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Solar-powered Fabric Charges Phones on the Trail

Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Solar-powered Fabric Charges Phones on the Trail

(Discovery News) When every ounce on the trail counts, outdoor adventurers dream about ditching batteries. They might not have to wait. Designers at Colorado State University are developing solar-powered clothes from natural fibers that can charge a number of devices, including phones, tablets and GPS units. Professor Eulanda Sanders and associate professor Ajoy Sarkar in […]

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Nanotechnology is Ancient History

Posted by on April 25, 2012 in Archaeology, Technology with 0 Comments
Nanotechnology is Ancient History

(The Guardian) The ancient empires of the world are remembered for their impressive large-scale feats of engineering: Macchu Picchu in Peru; the pyramids in Egypt; and the Parthenon in Greece to name a few. But the craftsmen of those eras were also skilled at engineering at the opposite end of the spectrum at the nanoscale. […]

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Scientist Beams Up a Real “Star Trek” Tricorder

Posted by on April 22, 2012 in Technology with 2 Comments
Scientist Beams Up a Real “Star Trek” Tricorder

(Reuters) Dr. Peter Jansen, a PhD graduate of the Cognitive Science Laboratory at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has developed a scientific measurement device based on the tricorders used by Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy and other space adventurers on the classic TV series that has spawned numerous spin-offs in more than 45 years. […]

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Neolithic Acoustics of Stonehenge Revealed by Academics

Posted by on April 20, 2012 in Archaeology with 0 Comments
Neolithic Acoustics of Stonehenge Revealed by Academics

() Scholars from the Universities of Salford, Huddersfield and Bristol used an American replica of the monument to investigate its audio history. Salford’s Dr Bruno Fazenda said they had found the site reacted to sound “in a way that would have been noticeable to the Neolithic man”. He said the research would allow a “more […]

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Tubular Solar Panels Create Electricity and Hot Water

Posted by on April 18, 2012 in Eco-Friendly, Technology with 0 Comments
Tubular Solar Panels Create Electricity and Hot Water

(Discovery) Look closely at these solar panels. They aren’t the flat panels commonly seen on rooftops, but arrays of tubular components. These tubes, developed by Naked Energy, in Guildford, England, are a kind of hybrid solar-energy contraption that make more efficient use of the sun’s energy to produce both electricity and hot water. They’re hybrid […]

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Scientists: ‘It’s 99% certain there is life on Mars’

Posted by on April 17, 2012 in Earth & Space with 0 Comments
Scientists: ‘It’s 99% certain there is life on Mars’

(DailyMail) In July 1976, the Viking 1 probe touched down on Mars and failed to find traces of life – but now, three decades later, scientists think the experiment was flawed. Viking 1 did find evidence of extraterrestrial microbes in soil samples from the Red Planet. Mathematical analysis of the samples concluded that salts in […]

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