Sci/Tech

‘Chinese Puzzle’ Molecule Offers Clue to Hydrogen Fueling

‘Chinese Puzzle’ Molecule Offers Clue to Hydrogen Fueling

  SINGAPORE, July 25, 2014 (ENS) – Australian and Taiwanese scientists have discovered a new molecule that may help resolve one of the barriers to development of hydrogen fuel cell cars – how to safely fuel up with the highly...

 

Scientists Discover How to Turn Light Into Matter

Scientists Discover How to Turn Light Into Matter

  LONDON, UK, May 19, 2014 (ENS) – Physicists at the Imperial College London have thought up a way to convert light directly into matter in a new type of high-energy physics experiment, using technology already available in the UK. “As...

 

U.S. Navy Chemist Designs Clothing That Self-Decontaminates

U.S. Navy Chemist Designs Clothing That Self-Decontaminates

  WASHINGTON, DC, May 8, 2014 (ENS) – The U.S. military wants its members to wear clothing made of fabric that can filter out toxins and then decontaminate itself. Dr. Brandy White, a chemist at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory...

 

Human Impact on Earth Predictable in Microsoft-UNEP Simulation

Human Impact on Earth Predictable in Microsoft-UNEP Simulation

  CAMBRIDGE, UK, May 2, 2014 (ENS) – The first computer model that can simulate how all living creatures interact on a global or local scale has been released by Microsoft and the UN Environment Programme to help scientists and policy...

 

New Micro-algae Clean Highly Radioactive Waste

New Micro-algae Clean Highly Radioactive Waste

  GRENOBLE, France, April 16, 2014 (ENS) – A single-celled green alga that can tolerate extreme conditions may soon be widely used to clean up radioactive effluents and wastewater from nuclear facilities in an inexpensive and environmentally-safe...

 

Saturn’s Moon Holds a Deep Ocean That May Support Life

Saturn’s Moon Holds a Deep Ocean That May Support Life

  PASADENA, California, April 9, 2014 (ENS) – A large underground ocean has been discovered on Saturn’s moon Enceladus, arousing scientific interest in the small, icy moon as a possible extraterrestrial environment that supports...

 

New Nano-paper Filter Can Remove Miniscule Viruses

New Nano-paper Filter Can Remove Miniscule Viruses

  UPPSALA, Sweden, April 7, 2014 (ENS) – Swedish scientists have developed a paper filter that can remove virus particles with a level of efficiency matching that of the best industrial virus filters. The paper filter consists of...

 

CureVac Wins EU’s €2 Million Vaccine Innovation Prize

CureVac Wins EU’s €2 Million Vaccine Innovation Prize

  BRUSSELS, Belgium, March 10, 2014 (ENS) – German biopharmaceutical company CureVac GmbH has won the European Union’s first innovation inducement prize for technology producing vaccines that are stable in both hot and freezing...

 

New Airborne Spy Technology Could Spawn Oil Revolution

New Airborne Spy Technology Could Spawn Oil Revolution

  CALGARY, Alberta, Canada, March 6, 2014 (ENS) – The newest advancement in oil exploration is an early-phase aerial technology that can see what no other technology, including the latest 3D seismic imagery, can see, allowing explorers...

 

Disease Risk in Modern Humans Shaped by Neanderthal DNA

Disease Risk in Modern Humans Shaped by Neanderthal DNA

  CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, January 30, 2014 (ENS) – People who easily tolerate cold weather can thank Neanderthals who disappeared from Europe and Asia 30,000 years ago, and people who suffer from Type 2 diabetes may be able to blame...

 

NASA to Launch Five Earth Science Missions to Space in 2014

NASA to Launch Five Earth Science Missions to Space in 2014

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 23, 2014 (ENS) – Five NASA Earth science missions will fly into space this year, with two of them headed for the International Space Station. NASA says the new missions will open more technically advanced...

 

Giant Trench Detected Beneath West Antarctica

Giant Trench Detected Beneath West Antarctica

  NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK, January 15, 2014 (ENS) – A massive ancient subglacial trough, deeper than the Grand Canyon in the United States, has been discovered far beneath the ice of West Antarctica. A team of UK experts charted the...

 

Obama Administration Extends International Space Station to 2024

Obama Administration Extends International Space Station to 2024

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 9, 2014 (ENS) – The Obama Administration has approved extension of International Space Station operations to at least 2024 from its current deadline of 2020. John Holdren, director of the White House Office...

 

Unwanted Greenhouse Gas Could Boost Geothermal Power Output

Unwanted Greenhouse Gas Could Boost Geothermal Power Output

  MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, December 27, 2013 (ENS) – Researchers are developing a new kind of geothermal power plant that will lock away unwanted carbon dioxide, CO2, underground – and use the greenhouse gas in liquid form as...

 

Space Telescope Sees Water Plumes on Jupiter’s Moon, Europa

Space Telescope Sees Water Plumes on Jupiter’s Moon, Europa

  SAN FRANCISCO, California, December 12, 2013 (ENS) – The Hubble Space Telescope has discovered water vapor erupting in plumes from the frigid surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa near its south pole. Europa is already thought to harbor...

 

Brain ‘Cleans’ Itself of Toxins During Sleep

Brain ‘Cleans’ Itself of Toxins During Sleep

  ROCHESTER, New York, October 18, 2013 (ENS) – Sleep clears the brain of toxins that have accumulated in the body during waking hours, American scientists have demonstrated for the first time. The results suggest a new role for sleep...

 

Ford’s New Battery Lab at U. Michigan Sparks Innovation

Ford’s New Battery Lab at U. Michigan Sparks Innovation

  ANN ARBOR, Michigan, October 16, 2013 (ENS) – Ford Motor Co., the state of Michigan and the University of Michigan are teaming up to establish a unique $8 million battery lab at the university’s Energy Institute. The new facility...

 

Deep Ice Canyon Found Far Below Greenland Surface

Deep Ice Canyon Found Far Below Greenland Surface

  GREENBELT, Maryland, August 29, 2013 (ENS) – Using ice-penetrating radar, scientists have discovered a long, deep canyon that exists a mile beneath the Greenland ice sheet, data from a NASA airborne science mission and an international...

 

Water Discovered on Moon’s Surface Points to Water Within

Water Discovered on Moon’s Surface Points to Water Within

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 28, 2013 (ENS) – For the first time from lunar orbit, scientists have detected “magmatic water,” which originates from deep within the Moon’s interior, on the surface of the Moon, reports...

 

Apes Can Swim and Dive

Apes Can Swim and Dive

  BERN, Switzerland, August 14, 2013 (ENS) – A husband and wife research team has provided the first video-based observation of apes that can swim and dive. Instead of the usual dog-paddle stroke used by most terrestrial mammals,...