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September 09 2014

11:17

Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal

Fracking May Be Worse Than Burning Coal

New science shows that thanks to methane leaks, gas won't work as a "bridge fuel."

If you're a politician, science is a bitch; it resists spin. And a new set of studies—about, of all things, a simple molecule known as CH4—show that President Obama's climate change strategy is starting to unravel even as it's being knit. To be specific: Most of the administration's theoretical gains in the fight against global warming have come from substituting... More »

 

11:16

Honey, a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Honey, a new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Raw honey has been used against infections for millennia, before honey - as we now know it - was manufactured and sold in stores. So what is the key to its’ antimicrobial properties? Researchers at Lund University in Sweden have identified a unique group of 13 lactic acid bacteria found in fresh honey, from the honey stomach of bees. The bacteria produce a myriad of active antimicrobial... More »

 

11:14

Ultra-thin Detector Captures Unprecedented Range of Light

Ultra-thin Detector Captures Unprecedented Range of Light

New research at the University of Maryland could lead to a generation of light detectors that can see below the surface of bodies, walls, and other objects. Using the special properties of graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon that is only one atom thick, a prototype detector is able to see an extraordinarily broad band of wavelengths. Included in this range is a band of light wavelengths that have exciting potential applications but are notoriously difficult to detect: terahertz waves, which are invisible to the human eye

A research paper about the new detector was published online Sept. 7, 2014 in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. Lead author Xinghan Cai, a UMD physics graduate student, said a detector like the researchers’ prototype “could find applications in emerging terahertz fields such as mobile communications, medical imaging, chemical sensing, night vision and security.” The light we... More »

 

September 08 2014

16:39

Nevada Selected As Official Site for Tesla Battery Gigafactory

Nevada Selected As Official Site for Tesla Battery Gigafactory

Governor Brian Sandoval and Elon Musk, Chairman and CEO of Tesla Motors, announced today that Nevada has been selected as the official site for the Tesla Gigafactory. “This is great news for Nevada. Tesla will build the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory in Nevada which means nearly one hundred billion dollars in economic impact to the Silver State over the next twenty... More »

 

16:37

Large-scale hydroponic farming taking seed in Albuquerque

Large-scale hydroponic farming taking seed in Albuquerque

The largest community-supported agriculture (CSA) operation in the state is preparing to dabble in a new venture. Albuquerque’s Skarsgard Farms is converting one of its 3,000-square-foot greenhouses in the South Valley into a hydroponic farming trial. Owner Monte Skarsgard said hydroponic farming is a trend among some urban farming operations across the country and whose time looks to be... More »

 

14:10

How to get fresh water out of thin air

How to get fresh water out of thin air

Fog-harvesting system developed by MIT and Chilean researchers could provide potable water for the world’s driest regions

In some of this planet’s driest regions, where rainfall is rare or even nonexistent, a few specialized plants and insects have devised ingenious strategies to provide themselves with the water necessary for life: They pull it right out of the air, from fog that drifts in from warm oceans nearby. Now researchers at MIT, working in collaboration with colleagues in Chile, are seeking to... More »

 

14:06

Freitag Launches 100 Percent Compostable Clothing Made From Plants

Freitag Launches 100 Percent Compostable Clothing Made From Plants

Freitag has made a name for themselves repurposing truck tarpaulins into stylish messenger bags and purses. Now, the Zurich-based company is coming out with a small apparel line, made from their newly developed biodegradable textile, F-abric. Made from fibers sourced in Europe, the F-abric clothing will begin to decompose within three months when thrown into compost, making a virtually... More »

 

14:04

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Amazing New Energy Tower in Denmark Generates Electricity From Trash!

Erick van Egeraat-designed Energy Tower to supply electricity & heat power for Roskilde

Yesterday, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik officially inaugurated The Energy Tower in Roskilde, Denmark, designed by Erick van Egeraat. Taking waste materials from nine municipalities in the nearby area as well as select international locations, the plant will generate electricity and heat power for Roskilde through the process of incineration. Erick van Egeraat was selected for the... More »

 

09:26

Research in Rodents Suggests Potential for “In Body” Muscle Regeneration

Research in Rodents Suggests Potential for “In Body” Muscle Regeneration

What if repairing large segments of damaged muscle tissue was as simple as mobilizing the body’s stem cells to the site of the injury? New research in mice and rats, conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine, suggests that “in body” regeneration of muscle tissue might be possible by harnessing the body’s natural healing... More »

 

09:23

Fully functional immune organ grown in mice from lab-created cells

Fully functional immune organ grown in mice from lab-created cells

Scientists have for the first time grown a complex, fully functional organ from scratch in a living animal by transplanting cells that were originally created in a laboratory. The advance could in future aid the development of ‘lab-grown’ replacement organs. Researchers from the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, at the University of Edinburgh, took cells called fibroblasts from a... More »

 

09:21

Scientists create renewable fossil fuel alternative using bacteria

Scientists create renewable fossil fuel alternative using bacteria

Researchers have engineered the harmless gut bacteria E.coli to generate renewable propane

The development is a step towards commercial production of a source of fuel that could one day provide an alternative to fossil fuels. Propane is an appealing source of cleaner fuel because it has an existing global market. It is already produced as a by-product during natural gas processing and petroleum refining, but both are finite resources. In its current form it makes up the bulk of LPG... More »

 

August 22 2014

22:11

How Lizards Regenerate their Tails: Researchers Discover Genetic 'Recipe'

How Lizards Regenerate their Tails: Researchers Discover Genetic 'Recipe'

By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers is one step closer to solving that mystery. The scientists have discovered the genetic “recipe” for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients in just the right mixture and amounts

By understanding the secret of how lizards regenerate their tails, researchers may be able to develop ways to stimulate the regeneration of limbs in humans. Now, a team of researchers from Arizona State University is one step closer to solving that mystery. The scientists have discovered the genetic "recipe" for lizard tail regeneration, which may come down to using genetic ingredients... More »

 

August 18 2014

11:29

Unique polymer soaks up CO2

Unique polymer soaks up CO2

Hydrogen may hold promise as an alternative to fossil fuels, but there's still a huge petrol-producing infrastructure in place, and not many service stations offer hydrogen refills yet. That's why some scientists are exploring a bridging technology known as the integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) process, for converting fossil fuels into hydrogen. Along with hydrogen, though,... More »

 

11:26

The 1,000-robot swarm

The 1,000-robot swarm

Through commands, autonomous devices arrange selves into vast, complex shapes

The first 1,000-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. “Form a sea-star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little ’bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another, and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.” The “K” stands... More »

 

10:47

Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells

Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells

A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield is the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity

Experts from the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering have previously used the spray-painting method to produce solar cells using organic semiconductors - but using perovskite is a major step forward. Efficient organometal halide perovskite based photovoltaics were first demonstrated in 2012. They are now a very promising new... More »

 

July 29 2014

15:04

Stable lithium anode may triple battery efficiency

Stable lithium anode may triple battery efficiency

Stanford University researchers claim to have created the first stable pure lithium anode in a working battery by using carbon nanospheres as a protective sheath to guard against degradation. As a result, the researchers predict that commercial developments may eventually result in anything up to a tripling of battery life in the not-too-distant future. At a basic level, a battery is composed of... More »

 

15:03

Stanford researchers develop self-cooling solar cells

Stanford researchers develop self-cooling solar cells

Self-cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University in California has... More »

 

15:01

New device generates electricity from condensation

New device generates electricity from condensation

Water condensing and jumping from a superhydrophobic surface can be harnessed to produce electricity

Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic surfaces during condensation, they can gain electric charge in the process. Now, the same team has demonstrated that this process can generate small amounts of electricity that might be used to power electronic devices. The new findings, by postdoc Nenad Miljkovic, associate professor of... More »

 

July 22 2014

21:36

More Than Glitter: How Gold Nanoparticles easily Penetrate Cells, Making them Useful for Delivering Drugs

More Than Glitter: How Gold Nanoparticles easily Penetrate Cells, Making them Useful for Delivering Drugs

A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells. Scientists explain how gold nanoparticles easily penetrate cells, making them useful for delivering drugs

A new study from MIT materials scientists reveals that these nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-vesicle fusion, a crucial process that allows signal transmission between neurons. In the July 21 issue of Nature Communications, the researchers describe in detail the mechanism by which these nanoparticles are able to fuse with a membrane. The findings... More »

 

July 17 2014

16:35

Honda's latest ASIMO humanoid robot makes European debut

Honda's latest ASIMO humanoid robot makes European debut

The latest generation of Honda’s humanoid robot, ASIMO, has made its European debut in Brussels.  The all-new ASIMO, which Honda hopes in the future will be able to help people in need, incorporates several significant technological advancements over its predecessors. These include improved intelligence, enhanced hand dexterity (enabling it to open a bottle and pour a drink or... More »

 

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