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Reducing emissions will be primary way to fight climate change, study finds

Forget about positioning giant mirrors in space to reduce the amount of sunlight being trapped in Earth's atmosphere or seeding clouds to reduce the amount of light entering earth's atmosphere Those approaches to climate engineering ... - Read More

Microbes engineered for direct conversion of biomass to fuel

The promise of affordable transportation fuels from biomass a sustainable carbon neutral route to American energy independence has been left perpetually on hold by the economics of the conversion process New research from the University ... - Read More

Compact, extremely small-scale incubator microscope to examine cells in time lapse

Biologists and doctors rely heavily on incubators and microscopes Now the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT has come up with a novel solution that combines the functions of both these tools in a compact ... - Read More

'Listening' helps scientists track bats without exposing animals to disease

A fungus that infects bats as they hibernate is killing them by the millions placing three species in the East perilously close to being declared endangered or perhaps beyond towards extinction How to know the ... - Read More

Engineering a better way to rebuild bone inside the body

Traumatic bone injuries such as blast wounds are often so severe that the body can't effectively repair the damage on its own To aid the recovery clinicians inject patients with proteins called growth factors The ... - Read More

NASA-funded rocket to study birthplace of stars

Update May 27 2014 NASA successfully launched the Colorado High resolution Echelle Stellar Spectrograph or CHESS payload aboard a Black Brant IX suborbital sounding rocket at 3 35 a m EDT on May 24 2014 ... - Read More

Understanding biomechanics behind amazing ant strength opens door to advanced robotics

A recent study into the biomechanics of the necks of ants a common insect that can amazingly lift objects many times heavier than its own body might unlock one of nature's little mysteries and quite ... - Read More

New insight into thermoelectric materials may boost green technologies

Thermoelectric materials can turn a temperature difference into an electric voltage Among their uses in a variety of specialized applications generating power on space probes and cooling seats in fancy cars University of Miami UM ... - Read More

Nanoscope to probe chemistry on the molecular scale

For years scientists have had an itch they couldn't scratch Even with the best microscopes and spectrometers it's been difficult to study and identify molecules at the so called mesoscale a region of matter that ... - Read More

A hydrogel that knows when to go

Rice University bioengineers have created a hydrogel that instantly turns from liquid to semisolid at close to body temperature and then degrades at precisely the right pace The gel shows potential as a bioscaffold to ... - Read More

Greenland melting due equally to global warming, natural variations

The rapid melting of Greenland glaciers is captured in the documentary Chasing Ice The retreat of the ice edge from one year to the next sends more water into the sea Now University of Washington ... - Read More

Sprites form at plasma irregularities in the lower ionosphere

Atmospheric sprites have been known for nearly a century but their origins were a mystery Now a team of researchers has evidence that sprites form at plasma irregularities and may be useful in remote sensing ... - Read More

Next gen cell phones, computers? Harnessing magnetic vortices for making nanoscale antennas

Scientists at the U S Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful signal generating or receiving antennas and other ... - Read More

Submarine: 'Virtual periscope' sees above-surface/airborne objects from underwater view

Up periscope may become a submarine commander's outdated order thanks to a team of Technion Israel Institute of Technology researchers who have developed a new technology for viewing objects above the water's surface without a ... - Read More

Small-scale, urban allotments yield food, healthy soil, study finds

Soils under Britain's allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils researchers have found This is the first study to show that by growing at small scale in urban areas it is possible to produce ... - Read More

Your T-shirt's ringing: Printable tiny flexible cell phones for clothes?

A new version of spaser technology being investigated could mean that mobile phones become so small efficient and flexible they could be printed on clothing A team of researchers from Monash University's Department of Electrical ... - Read More

Breakthrough harnesses light for controlled chemical reaction

When chemist Tehshik Yoon looks out his office window he sees a source of energy to drive chemical reactions Plants learned to synthesize chemicals with sunlight eons ago Yoon came to the field a bit ... - Read More

Mapping the road to quantum gravity

Perimeter Associate Faculty member Sung Sik Lee is a condensed matter physicist but he has his eye on quantum gravity Lee lays out the problem Physics has one theory to describe how planets orbit the ... - Read More

Recycling astronaut urine for energy and drinking water

On the less glamorous side of space exploration there's the more practical problem of waste in particular what to do with astronaut pee But rather than ejecting it into space scientists are developing a new ... - Read More

Fruit flies, fighter jets use similar nimble tactics when under attack

When startled by predators tiny fruit flies respond like fighter jets employing screaming fast banked turns to evade attacks Researchers at the University of Washington used an array of high speed video cameras operating at ... - Read More
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