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Archive for September, 2012 :


World’s First Space Tourism Port Nears Completion In New Mexico
September 30th, 2012

Is sending rich people into space the future of our economy, or a disaster in the making?


The Dangers of Weather Warfare
September 30th, 2012

HAARP is a weapon of mass destruction, operating from the outer atmosphere and capable of destabilising agricultural and ecological systems around the world.


Asteroid’s Troughs Suggest Stunted Planet
September 26th, 2012

A new analysis supports the notion that the troughs are faults that formed when a fellow asteroid smacked into Vesta’s south pole.


Boost For Carbon Capture From New Non-Toxic Absorber
September 25th, 2012

The researchers say their new absorber, dubbed NOTT-300, could overcome all these problems.


Not Only Spy Drones In The Sky
September 25th, 2012

Homeland Security has robot spy fish in the water.


North Atlantic ‘Achilles Heel’ Lets Upper Atmosphere Affect the Abyss
September 24th, 2012

The study suggests there is a significant stratospheric impact on the ocean.


Mini-Great Pyramid Of Giza On Mars Intrigues Curiosity Rover Team
September 24th, 2012

At 16 inches wide and about 10 inches tall, the target rock looks like a miniature Great Pyramid of Giza, with one face artisans neglected to maintain.


Australian Research Team Reaches Breakthrough In Quantum Supercomputing
September 24th, 2012

Engineers from Sydney’s University of New South Wales said they had created the first working quantum bit or qubit — the fundamental unit of a quantum supercomputer.


Snake Venom Could Unlock Cancer, Diabetes Cures
September 24th, 2012

The joint British-Australian study of venom and tissue gene sequences in snakes showed that venom not only evolved from regular cells but could be turned back into harmless proteins.


Crows Are Capable Of Human-Style Reasoning
September 23rd, 2012

New Caledonian crows can also reason about hidden mechanisms, or “causal agents,” a team of scientists report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Does Telepathy Conflict with Science?
September 23rd, 2012

The choice is between believing in something “truly revolutionary” and “radically contradictory to contemporary thought” and believing in the occurrence of fraud and self-delusion.


Richard Branson on Space Travel: “I’m Determined To Start A Population on Mars”
September 20th, 2012

Branson’s Virgin Galactic is preparing to offer commercial space flights at $200,000 for a two-hour flight, likely in the next year.


Out Of Disorder Comes Electricity
September 20th, 2012

Nanostructured thermoelectric material breaks record for turning heat into electricity.


Photosynthetic Bacterium Converts CO2 into Petrochemical & O2
September 20th, 2012

The genetically modified bacterium turns greenhouse gas CO2 into ethylene – an energy dense fuel and major industrial feedstock – reversing the largest CO2-emitting process in the petrochemical industry and with an added bonus of O2.


Law-Enforcement Agencies Eager For Web-Surveillance Tools
September 19th, 2012

Police departments hope the software will help them detect online information from terrorists, traffickers, pedophiles, and rioters.


“Cognitive Fingerprints” For Bolstering Computer Passwords
September 19th, 2012

It will not make passwords passé, but a team led by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) intends to use “cognitive fingerprints” to make sure you are you, and not an imposter.


Harvesting Fuel For Nuclear Reactors From The Sea
September 19th, 2012

Oceans hold up to 4.5 billion tons of uranium — potentially enough to fuel the world’s nuclear power plants for 6,500 years.


Google Spans Entire Planet With GPS-Powered Database
September 19th, 2012

Google tends to be ahead of the open source state-of-the-art.


Comet May Have Exploded Over Canada 12,900 Years Ago After All
September 19th, 2012

A new study published Sept.17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) provides further evidence that it may not be such a far-fetched notion.


Nikola Tesla, Hacker Hero
September 19th, 2012

Neglected inventor gets a crowdfunded internet renaissance, driven by a new generation of fans.


Researchers Look to Alien Soils for Heat Shield
September 18th, 2012

The weight savings opens new possibilities ranging from using smaller rockets to carrying many more supplies on an exploration mission.


World’s Most Powerful Digital Camera Opens Eye
September 18th, 2012

Records First Images in Hunt for Dark Energy.


The Heart Has Its Own “Brain” and Consciousness
September 17th, 2012

Many believe that conscious awareness originates in the brain alone. Recent scientific research suggests that consciousness actually emerges from the brain and body acting together.


The Catalog Of Habitable Outer Space Planets
September 17th, 2012

The Habitable Exoplanets Catalog is a project to grade and rank the planets outside of our solar system which offer the most livable conditions, were humanity to ponder a move.


Stem Cell Differentiation Study Sheds Light On Genetic Basis of Heart Disease
September 15th, 2012

Research in Boyer’s lab focuses on how DNA is organized and controlled in different cell types to create the wide variety of cells that make up the human body.


Scientists Use Neural Prosthesis to Recover Monkeys’ Ability to Make Decisions
September 15th, 2012

Researchers have taken a key step towards recovering specific brain functions in sufferers of brain disease and injuries by successfully restoring the decision-making processes in monkeys.


Star Trek Tech that Exists Today
September 15th, 2012

Science fiction writers and inventors dream of technologies that fundamentally change the way people interact with each other and with the world around them.


Microsoft Patent Application Shows Holodeck-Style “Immersive Display”
September 13th, 2012

360-degree projector would “surround the user,” work with depth-sensing cameras.


Researchers Create Short-Term Memories In-Vitro
September 13th, 2012

the researchers sought to better understand the mechanisms underlying short-term declarative memories such as remembering a phone number or email address someone has just shared.


Russian Nuclear-Powered Ice-Breakers
September 13th, 2012

Russia’s rapidly expanding nuclear industry has set it sights on the freezing waters of Arctic basin with an ambitious goal to build the world’s largest “universal” nuclear icebreaker.


Body Heat, Fermentation Drive New Drug-Delivery ‘Micropump’
September 12th, 2012

Researchers have created a new type of miniature pump activated by body heat that could be used in drug-delivery patches powered by fermentation.


NASA Observations Point to ‘Dry Ice’ Snowfall On Mars
September 12th, 2012

Carbon-dioxide snow reminds scientists that although some parts of Mars may look quite Earth-like, the Red Planet is very different.


Extreme Life Forms Might Be Able to Survive On Eccentric Exoplanets
September 12th, 2012

New research reveals that life might actually be able to survive on some of the many exoplanetary oddballs that exist.


DNA Barcoding: The Hi-Tech Fight Against Fake Food
September 12th, 2012

The principle behind DNA barcoding is that you amplify and analyse a small snippet of a gene that differs slightly but in a detectable way from species to species.


Canada Funds Digital Technology To Enhance Maritime Security
September 11th, 2012

The Government of Canada is investing in science and technology to create good jobs, strengthen the economy and improve the quality of life of Canadians,” said Paradis.


Chemotherapy-Resistant Cancer Stem Cell Could Be ‘Achilles’ Heel’ of Cancer
September 11th, 2012

Scientists at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered a subpopulation of cells that display cancer stem cell properties and resistance to chemotherapy, and participate in tumor progression.


Researchers Track Down the Sources of Condensation Nuclei
September 11th, 2012

The researchers found three different types of organic aerosol particles, all similar to laboratory-generated reference samples.


New Mars Theory Questions Red Planet’s Watery Past
September 10th, 2012

New research suggests that magma could form some of these slick deposits rapidly, and ancient Mars may not have been as wet as we thought.


Low Cost, High Efficiency Solar Technology Developed
September 10th, 2012

Researchers at RTI International have developed a new solar technology that could make solar energy more affordable, and thus speed-up its market adoption.


How Sea Otters Can Reduce CO2 in the Atmosphere: Appetite for Sea Urchins Allows Kelp to Thrive
September 10th, 2012

Can an abundance of sea otters help reverse a principal cause of global warming?


Enough Wind to Power Global Energy Demand: New Research Examines Limits, Climate Consequences
September 10th, 2012

There is enough energy available in winds to meet all of the world’s demand.


IU Mathematician Offers Unified Theory Of Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Altering Einstein Field Equations
September 7th, 2012

A pair of mathematicians — one from Indiana University and the other from Sichuan University in China — have proposed a unified theory of dark matter and dark energy that alters Einstein’s equations describing the fundamentals of gravity.


Researchers Sequence Genome Of Malaria-Causing Parasite
September 7th, 2012

The discovery raises concerns that mutations to resist existing medications could spread worldwide, making global eradication efforts even more difficult.


Chikyu Sets a New World Drilling-Depth Record of Scientific Ocean Drilling
September 7th, 2012

Scientific deep sea drilling vessel Chikyu sets a world new record by drilling down and obtains rock samples from deeper than 2,111 meters below the seafloor off Shimokita Peninsula of Japan in the northwest Pacific Ocean.


Quantum Teleportation Goes Distance
September 7th, 2012

An international research team including several scientists from the University of Waterloo has achieved quantum teleportation over a record-breaking distance of 143 kilometres through free space.


Seeing the Birth of the Universe in an Atom of Hydrogen
September 6th, 2012

An international team of scientists led by researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed a method for detecting galaxies of stars that formed when the universe was in its infancy, during the first 180 million years of its existence.


35 Years Later, Voyager 1 Is Heading For The Stars
September 5th, 2012

Sooner or later, the workhorse spacecraft will bid adieu to the solar system and enter a new realm of space — the first time a manmade object will have escaped to the other side.


‘Magic Carpet’ Can Detect Or Even Predict A Fall
September 5th, 2012

Researchers have shown off a “magic carpet” that can detect falls and may even predict mobility problems.


Meteoroids Change Atmospheres of Earth, Mars, Venus
September 5th, 2012

Such elements can have a significant impact on the circulation and dynamics of winds in the atmosphere, researchers say.


Star-Destroying Superweapon
September 3rd, 2012

Solar annihilators are rare compared to plain ol’ world-enders, indeed scaling with the inherent difficultly of star-killing.


Thought-Controlled Quadcopter Takes To The Skies
September 3rd, 2012

The idea is to give people with impaired motor abilities a new avenue for interaction.


Soil May Be Source of Drug-Resistant Bacteria
September 3rd, 2012

The finding suggests that innocuous soil bacteria could be the original source of some antibiotic-resistant genes seen in hospitals.


‘Injectable Oxygen’ Lets You Live Without Breathing
September 3rd, 2012

A team of scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital designed an injectable microparticle that can carry and release oxygen into a person’s bloodstream over a short period of time.


The Isolator Helmet For Extreme Focus
September 3rd, 2012

The “Isolator” is designed to help focus the mind when reading or writing, not only by by eliminating all outside noise, but also by allowing just one line of text to be seen at a time through a horizontal slit.