Sentinels of Climate Change (30/09/2010)

Ice currently covers more than 10 percent of our watery planet, yet its volume is continuing to decline at a staggering pace in response to our warming world. A new NASA interactive tool lets you take a close-up tour of some of the places around our planet where climate change is taking a toll on Earth’s ice cover,

Earth-Like Planet Can Sustain Life (30/09/2010)

Located in a solar system that parallels our own, the new world could be habitable -- or even inhabited.

 

A new member in a family of planets circling a red dwarf star 20 light-years away has just been found. It's called Gliese 581g, and the 'g' may very well stand for Goldilocks.

Gliese 581g is the first world discovered beyond Earth that's the right size and location for life.

"Personally, given the ubiquity and propensity of life to flourish wherever it can, I would say that the chances for life on this planet are 100 percent. I have almost no doubt about it," Steven Vogt, professor of astronomy and astrophysics at University of California Santa Cruz, told Discovery News.

Car's Body Could Work As A Battery (30/09/2010)

Volvo is experimenting with a new composite material that can store and release energy more quickly than a convention lithium-ion battery.

 

The biggest challenge for battery electric vehicles is clearly the cost and the weight of today's lithium-ion battery packs.

Smart, Power-Producing Material Could Spawn Microrobots (30/09/2010)

The microrobots could have a range of applications from studying the environment to spying on extremists.

Power-producing piezoelectric materials are now getting smarter thanks to the work of scientists from Georgia Tech.

The new, so-called "piezotronics" could be lead to a new class of intelligent, self-powered microrobots, which have a range of applications from studying the environment to spying on extremists.

H1N1: Round Two? (30/09/2010)

Do we need to worry about a rampant H1N1 this flu season? Probably not, say experts. Then again, they can't rule anything out.

Last year around this time, the H1N1 influenza virus held the nation in a low-grade state of panic. Healthy young people were dying at unusually high rates. Thousands of others ended up in the hospital. The vaccine remained scarce for months.

Artificial Ovary Could Help Infertile Women (27/09/2010)

Tissue engineering allows for complex three-dimensional cell construction.
Researchers at Brown University have created an "artificial human ovary" using a tissue engineering approach that they hope will one day allow scientists to mature human eggs in a laboratory.
In the near term, an artificial ovary will enable researchers to better explore the impact of environmental toxins or fertility-enhancing substances on human fertility. It could also aid the development of new forms of contraceptives and the study of ovarian cancer.

Optical Chip Enables New Approach to Quantum Computing (18/09/2010)

An international research group led by scientists from the University of Bristol has developed a new approach to quantum computing that could soon be used to perform complex calculations that cannot be done by today's computers.
Scientists from Bristol's Centre for Quantum Photonics have developed a silicon chip that could be used to perform complex calculations and simulations using quantum particles in the near future.

Protective organ wash engineered (16/09/2010)

Scientists say they have developed a technique that could extend the life of a kidney transplant significantly.

Scan to 'track brain development' (11/09/2010)

Scientists say they can quickly and accurately map a child's brain development using an MRI machine and a maths programme.

NASA Goddard Receives the Webb Telescope's Guiding Light from Canada (10/09/2010)


Greenbelt, Md -- The Canadian Space Agency has delivered a test unit of the Fine Guidance Sensor to the James Webb Space Telescope to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.