Five New Exoplanets Discovered By NASA's Kepler Space Telescope (06/01/2010)

NASA's Kepler space telescope, designed to find Earth-size planets in the habitable zone of sun-like stars, has discovered its first five new exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system.
Kepler's high sensitivity to both small and large planets enabled the discovery of the exoplanets, named Kepler 4b, 5b, 6b, 7b and 8b. The discoveries were announced Monday, Jan. 4, by members of the Kepler science team during a news briefing at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington.

Psychologists Show That Future-Minded People Make Better Decisions for Their Health (25/12/2009)

When New Year"s Eve rolls around and you are deciding whether to have another glass of champagne, your decision may be predicted by your perspective of the future.

Human Protein Helps Prevent Infection by H1N1 Influenza and Other Viruses (19/12/2009)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have identified a naturally occurring human protein that helps prevent infection by H1N1 influenza and other viruses, including West Nile and dengue virus.

Nanosensors Used to Measure Cancer Biomarkers in Blood for First Time (15/12/2009)

A team led by Yale University researchers has used nanosensors to measure cancer biomarkers in whole blood for the first time. Their findings, which appear December 13 in the advanced online publication of Nature Nanotechnology, could dramatically simplify the way physicians test for biomarkers of cancer and other diseases.

VN’s mathematician in top ten scientific discoveries for Time Magazine (12/12/2009)

Time Magazine on December 9 announced its top ten lists for 2009, and includes Vietnamese Professor Ngo Bao Chau"s solving of the “fundamental lemma”.

Top 10 Scientific Discoveries:

1. Our Oldest Ancestor, "Ardi"

2. The Human Epigenome, Decoded

3. Gene Therapy Cures Color Blindness

4. A Robot Performs Science

5. Breeding Tuna on Land

6. Water on the Moon

7. The Fundamental Lemma, Solved

8. Teleportation!

9. The Large Hadron Collider, Revived

10.A New Planet (or Brown Dwarf?) Discovered

Snowflake Chemistry Could Give Clues About Ozone Depletion (10/12/2009)

The structure of the frosty flakes also fascinate ice chemists like Purdue University"s Travis Knepp, a doctoral candidate in analytical chemistry who studies the basics of snowflake structure to gain more insight into the dynamics of ground-level, or "tropospheric," ozone depletion in the Arctic.

Antarctica may heat up dramatically as ozone hole repairs, warn scientists (05/12/2009)

As blanket of ozone over southern pole seals up, temperatures on continent could soar by 3C, increasing sea level rise by 1.4m.

The hole in the Earth"s ozone layer has shielded Antarctica from the worst effects of global warming until now, according to the most comprehensive review to date of the state of the Antarctic climate. But scientists warned that as the hole closes up in the next few decades, temperatures on the continent could rise by around 3C on average, with melting ice contributing to a global sea-level increases of up to 1.4m.

New Brain Connections Form Rapidly During Motor Learning (01/12/2009)

New connections begin to form between brain cells almost immediately as animals learn a new task, according to a study published recently in Nature. Led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study involved detailed observations of the rewiring processes that take place in the brain during motor learning.

Climate Models Do not Tell The Full Story (18/11/2009)

Climate models that predict heavy rainfall do not give the whole picture, according to the results of a study by NWO scientist Martin Ziegler. He examined climate changes that have taken place over the past 800,000 years, and discovered that the melting icebergs in the North Atlantic and changes in the El Niño Southern Oscillation have a great influence on the intensity of monsoon rains.

Will Europe Be Powered by the Sahara (09/11/2009)

Europe has long been interested in developing alternative energy sources. And, one of the more interesting places that some Europeans are looking for solar power is the Sahara. With the vast amounts of sun beating down on the Saharan desert, it seems an ideal place for solar panels. The Desertec Industrial Initiative, a consortium of 12 companies, including Siemens and Deutsche Bank, aims to make Saharan solar power for Europe a reality. But it would not exactly be easy.