New Japanese battery only needs water to power up smartphones in a disaster

17.09.2014 [19:48]
Sitting on several fault lines, Japan is no stranger to natural disasters and the havoc that ensues afterward. While these tragedies can’t be prevented, their effects can be lessened by making a disaster preparedness kit to handle several days without power or access to food and water. ...

NASA Awards Boeing, SpaceX $6.8B USD to Launch Astronauts to ISS by 2017

17.09.2014 [18:34]
The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Tuesday announced a major effort dubbed "Launch America", which aims to offer a private partnership to replace the retired Space Shuttle by 2017. Leaked hours before, NASA's awards target two top commerical ventures locked in a heated race to ...

Japan carries out first iPS stem cell implant surgery

16.09.2014 [19:57]
Japanese researchers Friday conducted the world's first surgery to implant "iPS" stem cells in a human body in a major boost to regenerative medicine, two institutions involved said. A female patient in her 70s with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common ...

Footballer banned for 70 matches for sickening assault on referee

07.09.2014 [12:44]
A footballer in Austria has been slapped with one of the longest suspensions in the history of the game: 70 matches. When you hear the circumstances, however, the punishment meted out to Ismail Gunduz of fifth-division side SK Rum may not seem so draconian ...

Indian start-up launches GPS shoes that show you the way

01.09.2014 [15:11]
A haptic shoe that receives signals from a GPS-enabled smartphone allows the blind and visually impaired to walk independently, giving directions and alerting to obstacles. Invented by Anirudh Sharma, this haptic technology system has been developed by Ducere ...

Mystery of Death Valley's "Wandering Stones" Explained

01.09.2014 [14:09]
Ending a half-century of geological speculation, scientists have finally seen the process that causes rocks to move atop Racetrack Playa, a desert lake bed in the mountains above Death Valley, California. Researchers watched a pond freeze atop the playa, then break apart into sheets of ice that — blown by wind — shoved rocks across the lake bed. ...

China says new supersonic sub would reach San Francisco in 100 minutes

27.08.2014 [15:28]
China claims it has found a way to create a supersonic underwater vessel that could travel from China to San Francisco in less than two hours using new developments in supercavitation. This could be extremely useful for travel—but also for the development of underwater weapons. In fact, this is a military project ...

Laser device may end pin pricks, improve quality of life for diabetics

26.08.2014 [16:19]
Princeton University researchers have developed a way to use a laser to measure people's blood sugar, and, with more work to shrink the laser system to a portable size, the technique could allow diabetics to check their condition without pricking themselves to draw blood. ...

Aircraft set to become more human as engineers develop smart skins which can detect injury

25.08.2014 [11:53]
Engineers at Advanced Technology Centre of BAE Systems are investigating a ‘smart skin’ concept which could be embedded with tens of thousands of micro-sensors, according to www.baesystems.com. When applied to an aircraft, this will enable it to sense wind speed, temperature, physical strain and movement, far more ...

Beijing hospital performs world's 1st 3D printed vertebra surgery

22.08.2014 [10:43]
A Beijing hospital has carried out the the world's first 3D printed vertebra surgery. The surgery replaced the second vertebra in a 12-year-old boy’s neck. The boy had developed cancer in the vertebra, which needed to be surgically removed and replaced with a 3D print ...

Neanderthals, humans coexisted for 5000 years, could have interbred

21.08.2014 [19:36]
Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research. Using new carbon dating techniques and mathematical models ...

U.S. Navy to Test Lockheed's Real-Life Iron Man Suit

21.08.2014 [17:04]
At the time Stan Lee and the Marvel team created Iron Man in the 1960s, the idea of metal exoskeletons for human use was purely science fiction. But now, Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) and the U.S. Navy are making exoskeleton technology a reality, entering into a contract to evaluate and test such gear for industrial use. Financial terms weren't disclosed ...

Huge asteroid set to wipe out life on Earth - in 2880

18.08.2014 [19:10]
A huge asteroid spinning at an "impossible" rate is hurtling toward Earth, on track to wipe out human life - but not until 16 March, 2880. Asteroid 1950 DA has a one-in-300 chance of hitting the globe on the appointed day. Although that may sound like slim odds, it is the most likely asteroid to collide with our planet ...

Gold dust that could help beat brain cancer: Tiny particles are used to carry drug into diseased cells and destroy them

18.08.2014 [14:17]
Tiny golden bullets could help patients win the fight against brain cancer, doctors believe. British experts have used pieces of gold so small that four million would fit on the end of a strand of hair to kill cancer cells. In a ‘Trojan horse’ manoeuvre, the precious particles were used to smuggle a drug into ...

Michael Jackson's A Place with No Name video launches on Twitter

14.08.2014 [13:16]
The video for the new Michael Jackson single has become the first music video to premiere on social networking site Twitter, according to The Guardian. It accompanies A Place With No Name which featured on this year’s Xscape album, a ‘contemporising’ of unfinished material with added production from the likes of Timbaland ...

This Extreme Antarctic Insect has the Tiniest Genome

13.08.2014 [22:02]
The Antarctic midge is a simple insect: no wings, a slender black body and an adult life span of not much more than a week. So perhaps it's fitting the bug is now on record as the owner of the tiniest insect genome ever sequenced. At just 99 million base pairs of nucleotides (DNA's building blocks), the midge's genome is smaller than that of the body louse ...

China to send orbiter to moon and back

11.08.2014 [17:46]
China will launch its first recoverable moon orbiter later this year, the government has announced, in the latest step in its ambitious space programme. The mission will be launched before the end of the year and will travel to the moon before returning to Earth, the State Administration of Science ...

US army to use 3D print technology to make meals for battle-weary soldiers

11.08.2014 [13:07]
The U.S. army is developing a 3D printer that could provide soldiers on the front line with nourishing meals, it was today revealed. The technology, which is being created by researchers in Massachusetts, would produce food items rich in carbohydrates, protein and other nutrients on-site. Connected to a computer with a software 'menu', it would feature digital instructions ...

Hubble spots zombie stars, survivors of supernovas

08.08.2014 [14:12]
The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted zombie stars, which are the remnants of a weak supernova explosion. A supernova usually destroys the exploding star; however, researchers say that the zombie stars may have been left behind because the supernova was faint and not strong ...