Used plastic shopping bags can be converted into diesel fuel

16.02.2014 [14:22]
Living in a culture that is inundated with stuff made from plastic, from shopping bags to toys to car parts, and one that also suffers from the environmental issues that arise from our throwaway mentality, it seems rather obvious ...

Military nears holy grail: Pizza that lasts years

15.02.2014 [17:32]
They call it the holy grail of ready-to-eat meals for soldiers: a pizza that can stay on the shelf for as long as three years and still remain good to eat. Soldiers have been asking for pizza since lightweight individual field rations — known as meals ready to eat, or MREs — replaced canned food in 1981 for soldiers in combat zones ...

Manhattan restaurant serving up once-in-a-lifetime $30,000 Valentine's Day dinner

14.02.2014 [11:33]
This Valentine's Day dinner is not for the faint of heart — or the short of cash. A Manhattan restaurant is offering a once-in-a-lifetime $30,000 Feb. 14 mega-date, with nine libido-lifting courses almost guaranteed to produce a “yes” if the big question gets ...

Rome hosts international conference on Khojaly genocide

13.02.2014 [15:02]
An international conference marking the anniversary of the Khojaly genocide has been held in Rome, Italy. The conference was organized by the Italian Helsinki Committee and Italian League of Human Rights. ...

Chemical science: Putting carbon dioxide to good use

12.02.2014 [17:18]
A new method that utilizes carbon dioxide instead of carbon monoxide to generate useful chemical products is reported this week in Nature Communications. Carbon dioxide is a plentiful waste product but it is also is highly stable ...

Researchers build nonflammable lithium ion battery

12.02.2014 [16:32]
In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers led by chemist Joseph DeSimone at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today’s lithium-ion batteries: the electrolyte. ...

National Space Club Honours Kepler's Planet Hunters

11.02.2014 [11:20]
NASA's Kepler space telescope mission will be honoured with the National Space Club's preeminent award, the Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy, in March. The National Space Club is recognizing Kepler for revolutionizing astrophysics and ...

Abu Dhabi shoppers` alert: No more multiple visits to trial rooms in mall

10.02.2014 [20:22]
Shopping is fun, at least for the most of us, but one that demands a lot of patience and willpower especially when one has to make multiple visits to the trial room. It`s a complaint that even the most dedicated shoppers make. Well, that hiccup is about to be eliminated forever, now that the virtual fashion pod has ...

A dream comes true! Smart pillow detects snoring and `nudges` the noisy offender into a quieter position

08.02.2014 [16:55]
Many people suffer a bad night`s sleep because they are woken up by their partner`s snoring. But now a smart pillow could put an end to noisy nights as it can gently push a snorer into a new position to stop their snoring or wake them up gently – leaving their partner to ...

Canadian researcher creates flexible glass

07.02.2014 [17:58]
Professor Barthelat operates McGill’s Biomemetic Laboratory (bio-mimicry) which seeks to find out how nature has solved certain structural or functional problems and use that as the basis to engineer better man-made materials ...

Pope Francis given giant chocolate statue of himself at general audience in Vatican City

07.02.2014 [11:31]
Here's hoping that Pope Francis has a sweet tooth, as the pontiff came face-to-face with a 1.5 tonne chocolate sculpture of himself on Thursday. The Pope was given the statue during his weekly general audience at St. Peter's Square, Vatican City, by students on a chocolatier course at the Accademia of Maestri ...

Climate helped drive Vikings from Greenland

05.02.2014 [18:01]
Greenland's early Viking settlers were subjected to rapidly changing climate. Temperatures plunged several degrees in a span of decades, according to research from Brown University. A reconstruction of 5,600 years of climate history from ...

Japanese companies testing 360-degree VR broadcasts for live events

04.02.2014 [17:05]
All the fun of a live event, minus the spilled beer and bank-breaking ticket prices. That's what this team-up, from Japanese telecoms giant NTT and the company behind video network NicoNico Douga, is about. They have co-developed a 360-degree broadcast video system that aims to replicate live concerts and more ...

Batteries on planes pose 'increased fire risk'

04.02.2014 [16:46]
In June last year, police at San Diego International Airport noticed a passenger's bag was smoking as it journeyed around the carousel. Inside, a lithium-ion battery had touched a screwdriver and both had melted. ...

Xeros Introduces Water Free Washing Machines

04.02.2014 [14:52]
Leeds University has invented a path breaking technology which will save tons of water every year. ‘Xeros’ has introduced a washing machine which will not use any water at all ...

Secret EU plan for police to remotely stop your car

03.02.2014 [16:32]
Leaked documents reveal plans for universal remote stopping system by 2020. European police forces are working on a universal remote stopping system to be fitted to cars, according secret documents. Police would be able to bring cars involved in high-speed chases to a halt remotely removing the need for the current ...

Scientists develop Purple tomatoes to create 2,000 litres of modified healthy fruit juice

01.02.2014 [20:13]
Purple tomato juice with extra health benefits is on the way to Britain. The tomatoes, which are genetically modified, have been developed by UK scientists but grown in Canada, where restrictions on GM products are looser ...

Université de Montréal study analyzes content of nightmares and bad dreams

31.01.2014 [18:33]
According to a new study by researchers at the University of Montreal, nightmares have greater emotional impact than bad dreams do, and fear is not always a factor. In fact, it is mostly absent in bad dreams and in a third of nightmares ...

Chinese chemists create printer that uses water instead of ink

31.01.2014 [17:51]
Like any ordinary printer, a team of chemists have revealed a machine that ingests a blank page and spits it out covered in print. But instead of ink, it uses only water. And the used paper fades back to white within a day, enabling it to be reused. ...