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Archive for July, 2012 :


sOccket Ball: Electricity Through Soccer!
July 31st, 2012

Four girls from Harvard created a technology that could change the game for energy.


You Think GMO Is Scary? Nano Tech is Here, In Your Store
July 31st, 2012

Nanotechnology is measured in billionths of a meter, encompassing all aspects of life from food to medicine, clothing, to space.


11 Clean Tech Innovations That Can Change The World
July 30th, 2012

The clean technology boom seems to spread exponentially every year. These new eco-friendly inventions compete with, and sometimes surpass, their conventional counterparts.


When Pregnant Moms Eat More Nuts, Their Kids Have Fewer Allergies
July 30th, 2012

Expectant mothers who continue to eat nuts during their pregnancies produce children with fewer overall allergies.


White House Chef Says Future Food To Be Made From Chemicals, Not Real Food Ingredients
July 30th, 2012

Food scientists then shared samples of these laboratory creations with audience members, who were told that the imitation food products are the wave of the future.


AI Systems Could Fight Cyberbullying
July 30th, 2012

Smart software could detect online bullying via a database system that can identify even the subtlest of abusive comments.


500 Million-Year-Old ‘Mistake’ Led to Humans
July 30th, 2012

Over 500 million years ago a spineless creature on the ocean floor experienced two successive doublings in the amount of its DNA, a “mistake” that eventually triggered the evolution of humans and many other animals.


Giant Prehistoric Sperm
July 30th, 2012

This is the first time prehistoric sperm has been found preserved in both sexes.


Giant Ice Avalanches Found on Saturn’s Moon Iapetus
July 30th, 2012

When planetary scientist Kelsi Singer studied images of Saturn’s icy moon Iapetus, she found something unexpected: huge ice avalanches.


How The Fukushima Exclusion Zone Shows Us What Comes After The Anthropocene
July 30th, 2012

It’s been almost a year and a half since the magnitude 9.0 Tohoku-Oki earthquake struck off the coast of Japan, spawning a tsunami that knocked out the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.


Canada Unveils its Contributions to the JWST
July 26th, 2012

Today Canada’s Minister of Industry Christian Paradis unveiled the technologies that comprise Canada’s contribution to the James Webb Space Telescope, a next-generation infrared observatory that’s seen as the successor to Hubble.


Meteorite Yields A Clue To How Life Turned Left
July 26th, 2012

Researchers analyzing meteorite fragments that fell on a frozen lake in Canada have developed an explanation for the origin of life’s handedness – why living things only use molecules with specific orientations.


A Far-Off Solar System That Could Be Our Twin
July 26th, 2012

Researchers measure the orientation of a multiplanet system and find it very similar to our own solar system.


U.S. Creating Zones In Six States To Quickly Develop Solar Energy
July 25th, 2012

The Obama administration announced a plan on Tuesday to open public land in six southwestern states to speed up the development of solar energy, while blocking projects in areas deemed environmentally sensitive.


Human Ancestors Were Nearly All Vegetarians
July 25th, 2012

In addition to understanding early humans and other hominids, we need to understand the diet of our ancestors during the time when the main features of our guts, and their magical abilities to turn food into life, evolved.


More on Solar Storms and Major Mental Illness
July 25th, 2012

There has been growing evidence that solar magnetic storms affect human physiology and pathophysiology.


Solar Impulse Returning to Switzerland After Flight to Africa
July 24th, 2012

The solar-powered Solar Impulse aircraft is set to return home to Switzerland after flying more than 3,600 miles during the past two months.


The Alien Fusion Reactor On The Moon
July 24th, 2012

Evidence exists that ancient lunar pyramids , spread across the surface of the Moon, may have been erected to create a network of solar power collectors.


Japan Launches Robotic Supply Ship to Space Station
July 23rd, 2012

An unmanned Japanese spaceship soared into orbit from an island launch site Friday (July 20), beginning a weeklong journey to deliver vital supplies to astronauts living on the International Space Station.


Scientists Try to Crack Monsoon Source Code
July 23rd, 2012

Scientists aided by supercomputers are trying to unravel one of Mother Nature’s biggest mysteries — the vagaries of the summer monsoon rains that bring life, and sometimes death, to India every year.


Pluto’s Not A Planet – It’s Much Odder Than That
July 23rd, 2012

The discovery of a fifth moon orbiting Pluto has stirred up fresh complaints about its demotion from the ranks of fully fledged planets.


Virtual Germ Created On Computer For First Time
July 23rd, 2012

In a move that promises to bring the advantages of computer aided design (CAD) to genetic engineers, the first computer model of a complete bacterium has been produced in the US.


Heart Muscle Helps Cyborg Jellyfish Come Alive
July 23rd, 2012

Even before a jolt of electricity was applied to animate its body, the cyborg twitched with signs of life.


Vital Eye For Killer Asteroids Could Shut Imminently
July 23rd, 2012

A LACK of cash could end the only survey dedicated to searching the southern skies for Earth-grazing comets and asteroids.


Breast Milk Seems To Kill HIV
July 23rd, 2012

Breast milk is starting to look like a potent HIV-fighter.


Cannabinoids, Like Those Found In Marijuana, Occur Naturally In Human Breast Milk
July 20th, 2012

Human breast milk naturally contains many of the same cannabinoids found in marijuana, which are actually extremely vital for proper human development.


Botanical Compound Could Prove Crucial To Healing Influenza
July 20th, 2012

Virginia Tech researchers have discovered that abscisic acid has anti-inflammatory effects in the lungs as well as in the gut.


Case Study: IViG Keeps Alzheimer’s At Bay For A Decade
July 19th, 2012

IVIG may not just be a therapy that treats symptoms, according to Dr. Richard Caselli, a neurologist. The drug seems to block the “destructive process” of inflammation mechanisms in the brain.


Wireless Glove Teaches Music, Helps Those With Spinal Cord Injuries
July 19th, 2012

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a novel device called the Mobile Music Touch — a wireless glove intended to improve motor skills in people who have suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury.


NASA Spies Bright-Blue Daytime Lightning On Saturn
July 19th, 2012

A NASA spacecraft orbiting Saturn has captured an amazing view of lightning in broad daylight on the ringed planet.


Could Guided Bullets Turn Average Joe Into Sniper?
July 19th, 2012

Two military research labs have been racing to revolutionize rifle accuracy and range by developing the first-ever guided bullets – a technology that could potentially give any hunter sniper skills, if made public.


How Earth Formed: Prevailing Theory Is Flawed, Study Suggests
July 18th, 2012

Earth probably formed in a hotter, drier part of the solar system than previously thought, which could explain our planet’s puzzling shortage of water, a new study reports.


Dozens of Genetically Modified Babies Already Born – How Will They Alter Human Species?
July 18th, 2012

According to the featured article7, “altering the human germline—in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species—is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world’s scientists.


Human Corpses Harvested In Multimillion-Dollar Trade
July 18th, 2012

A grisly trade in human body parts leaves relatives grieving and some recipients at risk of life-threatening disease.


Seven Hours of Sleep a Night Optimal for Memory
July 18th, 2012

To keep your brain sharp, a new study finds that the sleep sweet spot is seven hours, no more, no less.


Darpa’s ‘Wall-of-Sound’ Fire Extinguisher
July 18th, 2012

Darpa is showing off a new system that can put out flames using only sound it is part of the U.S. defense agency’s “Instant Fire Suppression” program.


Record-Setting 500 Trillion-Watt Laser Shot Achieved
July 18th, 2012

To put those numbers into perspective, 500 TW is more than one thousand times the power that the entire United States uses at any instant in time.


Worse Than BPA? Toxic BPS Chemical Found Hiding In Receipts, Recycled Paper
July 17th, 2012

Growing awareness about the prolific presence of the hormone disruptor bisphenol A (BPA) in plastics, receipt paper, money, and various other consumer products and materials has led to the widespread removal of this highly toxic chemical from many products in recent years.


Artificial Weather Revealed by Post 9-11 Flight Groundings
July 17th, 2012

In the three days that followed the 9/11 terrorist attacks, when all commercial flights above the continental US were suddenly suspended, a veil was lifted on the profound – though until that point unconfirmed – effects that aviation-associated artificial clouds are having on our planetary environment.


Utah Physicists Invent ‘Spintronic’ LED
July 15th, 2012

New Technology promises brighter TV AND Computer displays.


Veterinary Vaccines Found To Combine Into New Viruses, Prompting Regulatory Response
July 15th, 2012

Research from the University of Melbourne has shown that two different vaccine viruses- used simultaneously to control the same condition in chickens- have combined to produce new infectious viruses, prompting early response from Australia’s veterinary medicines regulator.


Asteroid Crashes Likely Gave Earth Its Water
July 15th, 2012

Asteroids from the inner solar system are the most likely source of the majority of Earth’s water, a new study suggests.


Government To Deploy Laser-Based ‘Molecular Strip-Search’ Devices Across Airports And Roadside Checkpoints
July 14th, 2012

Within the next two years, a spooky, powerful and invisible new technology will be deployed by the U.S. government that can instantly scan and identify every molecule on your body or person.


Laser Powers Lockheed Martin’s Stalker UAS For 48 Hours
July 13th, 2012

Lockheed Martin (LMT) and LaserMotive, Inc., recently demonstrated the capabilities of an innovative laser power system to extend the Stalker Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) flight time to more than 48 hours.


UFO X-Files Released By U.K. Reveal Desire To Weaponize Alien Technology
July 13th, 2012

Newly released X-Files from the United Kingdom’s National Archives reveal the role of that country’s Ministry of Defense UFO Desk officers, what they actually thought about possible alien visits to Earth and their ideas on harnessing alien technology as a weapon.


Magnetic Sensors Discovered in Fish May Explain Wi-Fi Risks
July 12th, 2012

This is strong evidence that magnetosensory cells are probably widely found across many species, possibly including humans.


Trigger for Past Rapid Sea Level Rise Discovered
July 12th, 2012

The process, named ‘saddle-collapse’, was found to be the cause of two rapid sea level rise events: the Meltwater pulse 1a (MWP1a) around 14,600 years ago and the ‘8,200 year’ event.


Skulls Shed New Light On the Evolution of the Cat
July 12th, 2012

Modern cats diverged in skull shape from their sabre-toothed ancestors early in their evolutionary history and then followed separate evolutionary trajectories.


Self-Powered, Homeostatic Nanomaterial Actively Self-Regulates in Response to Environmental Change
July 12th, 2012

Living organisms have developed sophisticated ways to maintain stability in a changing environment, withstanding fluctuations in temperature, pH, pressure, and the presence or absence of crucial molecules.


Transforming Cancer Into a Manageable Illness With Multi-Drug Approach
July 12th, 2012

A Harvard researcher studying the evolution of drug resistance in cancer says that, in a few decades, “many, many cancers could be manageable.”


Galaxy-Exploring Camera to Be Used in the Operating Room
July 12th, 2012

Neurosurgeons and researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute are adapting an ultraviolet camera to possibly bring planet-exploring technology into the operating room.


Hubble Discovers a Fifth Moon Orbiting Pluto
July 12th, 2012

A team of astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is reporting the discovery of another moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto.


Giant Ice Telescope Hunts For Dark Matter’s Space Secrets
July 11th, 2012

Scientists are using the world’s biggest telescope, buried deep under the South Pole, to try to unravel the mysteries of tiny particles known as neutrinos, hoping to shed light on how the universe was made.


Bees May Hold Ability To Slow Effects Of Aging
July 11th, 2012

New research from Arizona State University finds that older honeybees turned back the clock on brain aging when they took on new duties, such as caring for baby bees.


Early-Life Exposure to PCE, Chemical in Drinking Water, May Affect Vision
July 11th, 2012

Prenatal and early childhood exposure to the chemical solvent tetrachloroethylene (PCE) found in drinking water may be associated with long-term visual impairments, particularly in the area of color discrimination, a new study led by BUSPH researchers has found.


Scientists Place 500-Million-Year-Old Gene in Modern Organism
July 11th, 2012

Using a process called paleo-experimental evolution, Georgia Tech researchers have resurrected a 500-million-year-old gene from bacteria and inserted it into modern-day Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria.


The Drug That Banishes Fear
July 10th, 2012

Scientists from Duke University and the National Institute of Health studied an endocannabinoid chemical, called anandamide, that is secreted naturally in humans and causes bliss while reducing anxiety.


Mind Control Moves Into Battle
July 10th, 2012

Technology that taps into a soldier’s thought patterns could soon see action on the battlefield. But some worry about its future applications.


Is Your Cat Hosting a Human Suicide Parasite?
July 10th, 2012

A new study of more than 45,000 women, the largest of its kind, suggests that there could be a link between infection with the Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii) parasite and suicides among women. T. gondii is sometimes called the “Kitty Litter Parasite” because it usually spreads through contact with cat feces.


The Nazi Plan To Breed Lost Animal Species
July 9th, 2012

This conflation of biological and aesthetic destiny coincided with a strain of Nazi thought that sought to apply pseudo-Darwinian theories in support of a racialized conception of the state.


Cloned Horses Can Now Compete in the Olympics
July 9th, 2012

Reversing an earlier ban, the international governing body for equestrian sports has decided that cloned horses can compete alongside their traditionally bred counterparts.


Bioengineers Discover Single Cancer Cell Can Produce Up to Five Daughter Cells
July 6th, 2012

Bioengineers at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science developed a platform to mechanically confine cells, simulating the in vivo three-dimensional environments in which they divide, and found that, upon confinement, cancer cells often split into three or more daughter cells.


Life’s Molecules Could Lie Within Reach of Mars Curiosity Rover
July 6th, 2012

The new findings, which suggest optimal depths and locations to probe for organic molecules like those that compose living organisms as we know them, could help the newest Mars rover scout for evidence of life beneath the surface and within rocks.


Most Accurate Robotic Legs Mimic Human Walking Gait
July 6th, 2012

A group of US researchers has produced a robotic set of legs which they believe is the first to fully model walking in a biologically accurate manner.


How Bacteria Sense Salt Stress
July 6th, 2012

Scientists’ finding is a major breakthrough in understanding a decades-old problem of how bacteria detect environmental changes.


When Anxiety Won’t Go Away
July 6th, 2012

In experiments they showed that feelings of anxiety don’t subside if too little dynorphin is released into the brain. The results can help open up new paths in the treatment of trauma patients.


Spaceflight May Extend The Lifespan Of Microscopic Worm
July 6th, 2012

The effect of spaceflight on a microscopic worm — Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) — could help it to live longer.


Bugs Inspire Better X-Rays: Nanostructures Modeled Like Moth Eyes May Boost Medical Imaging
July 5th, 2012

Using the compound eyes of the humble moth as their inspiration, an international team of physicists has developed new nanoscale materials that could someday reduce the radiation dosages received by patients getting X-rayed, while improving the resolution of the resulting images.


New Insights Into Power-Generating Windows
July 5th, 2012

Wiegman shows the relationship between the colour of the material used and the maximum amount of power that can be generated.


Bees Can ‘Turn Back Time,’ Reverse Brain Aging
July 5th, 2012

Scientists at Arizona State University have discovered that older honey bees effectively reverse brain aging when they take on nest responsibilities typically handled by much younger bees.


CERN Experiments Observe Particle Consistent With Long-Sought Higgs Boson
July 5th, 2012

At a seminar held at CERN today (July 4) as a curtain raiser to the year’s major particle physics conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented their latest preliminary results in the search for the long sought Higgs particle.


Printable, Electrically Conductive Gel With Unprecedented Electrical Performance Synthesized
July 5th, 2012

Stanford researchers have invented an electrically conductive gel that is quick and easy to make, can be patterned onto surfaces with an inkjet printer and demonstrates unprecedented electrical performance.


8,500-Year-Old Lost Civilization Doggerland Discovered At Bottom Of North Sea
July 4th, 2012

Divers from oil companies have found remains of a ‘drowned world’ with a population of tens of thousands – which might once have been the ‘real heartland’ of Europe.


Graphene Can Improve Desalination Efficiency by Several Orders of Magnitude, Can Do Pretty Much Anything
July 3rd, 2012

We may not have jetpacks or flying cars yet, but graphene is looking like it may prove to be the sort of infinitely useful space age material that always gets such stupid names in sci-fi movies.


Death Of The Birds And The Bees Across America
July 3rd, 2012

Researchers conclusion was that neonicotinoid pesticides damage the health and life cycle of bees over the long term by affecting the nervous system.


Scientists Develop Spray-On Battery
July 3rd, 2012

Scientists in the United States have developed a paint that can store and deliver electrical power just like a battery.


Airbus To Build 1st US Assembly Plant In Alabama
July 3rd, 2012

European aerospace giant Airbus will build its first airplane factory in the U.S., aiming to compete better against archrival Boeing in the battle to dominate the global aviation industry.


Scientists Develop Alternative to Gene Therapy
July 2nd, 2012

The scientists highlighted the medical potential of the new technique by demonstrating its use as a safer alternative to an experimental gene therapy against HIV infection.


New Spin On Old Method to Develop More Efficient Electronics
July 2nd, 2012

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh are proposing a new spin on an old method: a switch from the use of silicon electronics back to vacuums as a medium for electron transport — exhibiting a significant paradigm shift in electronics.


Want Bigger Plants? Get to the Root of the Matter
July 2nd, 2012

In this study, to be presented at the Society for Experimental Biology meeting on 30th June, the team has also found that doubling plant pot size makes plants grow over 40% larger.


Sleep Deprivation Effect On the Immune System Mirrors Physical Stress
July 2nd, 2012

Severe sleep loss jolts the immune system into action, reflecting the same type of immediate response shown during exposure to stress, a new study reports.


Falling Lizards Use Tail for Mid-Air Twist, Inspiring Lizard-Like ‘RightingBot’
July 2nd, 2012

This work, carried out by Ardian Jusufi, Robert Full and colleagues at the University of California, Berkeley, explains how large-tailed animals can turn themselves right side up while falling through the air.


Ants Farm Root Aphid Clones in Subterranean Rooms
July 2nd, 2012

New research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that over half of ant mounds contained only one of the three most common species of aphid, and two thirds of these has a single aphid clone.


Mass Extinctions Reset the Long-Term Pace of Evolution
July 2nd, 2012

A new study indicates that mass extinctions affect the pace of evolution, not just in the immediate aftermath of catastrophe, but for millions of years to follow.


Media Blackout on Bizarre Superstorms?
July 1st, 2012

Unprecedented weather events are hitting the Northern hemisphere and most mass media is simply ignoring it.


How a Lone Grad Student Scooped the Government and What It Means for Your Online Privacy
July 1st, 2012

A gifted computer scientist, Mayer suspected that online advertisers might be getting around browser settings that are designed to block tracking devices known as cookies.