Ninety-nine percent of the ocean's plastic is missing

03.07.2014 [10:19]
Millions of tons. That’s how much plastic should be floating in the world’s oceans, given our ubiquitous use of the stuff. But a new study finds that 99% of this plastic is missing. One disturbing possibility: Fish are eating it. If that’s the case, “there is potential for this plastic to enter the global ocean food web,” says Carlos Duarte, an oceanographer at the University of Western Australia, Crawley ...

Microbes learned to escape from antibiotics in "hibernation"

02.07.2014 [14:59]
The Israeli scientists found out that bacteria escape from antibiotics, simply falling into "hibernation" — is more exact, arranging duration of the gipobioza under time of effect of medicine. Researchers told about the experiments to ...

New protocol prolongs preservation of donor livers

02.07.2014 [13:43]
In a new hope for patients in need of organ transplant, scientists have developed a system that can help preserve the organs longer. Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the US could successfully transplant rat livers after preservation for as long as four days - thrice the duration for ...

Deep frozen testicle tissue used to produce babies in mice

02.07.2014 [12:26]
Scientists have for the first time produced live offspring from testicle tissue that has been cryopreserved, or deep frozen, and say a similar technique might one day be used to preserve the fertility of boys facing cancer treatment. In a study published in the journal Nature Communications on Tuesday, Japanese ...

Humanoid robots join staff at Tokyo science museum

28.06.2014 [15:59]
Robot guides with uncannily lifelike characteristics are put to work showing visitors around science museum in Tokyo She has long brown hair, twitches her eyebrows, sways her heads from side to side and uses her hands for emphasis ...

'Exceptional' 122-carat diamond that could fetch £60m: But will it bring you bad luck?

14.06.2014 [17:04]
The ‘exceptional’ 122.5-carat blue diamond was unearthed at the Cullinan mine in South Africa which is renowned for producing giant gems. A blue stone from the mine fetched £508,000 per carat earlier this year. If this much larger one achieves a similar valuation, it would command a price tag ...

Air pollution 'can cause changes in the brain seen in autism and schizophrenia'

12.06.2014 [17:48]
Early exposure to air pollution causes harmful changes in the brain seen in autism and schizophrenia, research has shown. The findings in mice follow previous research linking traffic pollution and higher rates ...

Global smartphone penetration to jump 25% in 2014

12.06.2014 [15:54]
The number of people using smartphones around the globe will continue to accelerate in 2014, growing to 1.76 billion people--up more than 25 percent over 2013, according to a new report from eMarketer. Around 1.4 billion people owned and used smartphone monthly worldwide in 2013, according to the firm ...

NASA 'dream fund' selects submarine for Saturn moon

11.06.2014 [17:27]
A robot submarine for exploring the methane oceans of Saturn's giant moon, Titan, a greenhouse on Mars and a spacecraft that hitches rides on comets to the outer solar system are just three of the far-out ideas NASA is backing in its latest round of funding for the distant future of space exploration ...

Flower Said to Bloom Once in 3,000 Years Spotted Across Globe

11.06.2014 [15:49]
The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In "Beyond Science" Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide. ...

Biofuel from Corn Generates More Greenhouse Gases than Gasoline

10.06.2014 [16:33]
Biofuels made from corn crop residue can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, and are worse for global warming in the short term, according to a study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change ...

Computer AI passes the Turing Test for the first time in history

09.06.2014 [19:39]
A computer program has officially passed the historic Turing Test, a 65 year old experiment that seeks to find the point at which a computer can pass as a human being in text-based conversation ...

NASA transmitted to Earth on a laser beam

09.06.2014 [18:09]
The space agency says the achievement is like "a person aiming a laser pointer at the end of a human hair 30 feet away and keeping it there while walking.” Hitting a target 260 miles away with a laser beam while travelling at 17,500 mph might ...

Smoking and breast cancer gene combine 'to raise risk'

08.06.2014 [15:49]
Smoking and the breast cancer risk gene BRCA2 combine to "enormously" increase the chance of developing lung cancer, a study of 27,000 people has suggested ...

Trees Become Refrigerators for Koalas

04.06.2014 [19:42]
When they wrap their limbs around the wide trunks of acacia trees, koalas aren’t just trying to keep from falling—the trees help the marsupials cool off, researchers have discovered. The findings could impact koala conservation efforts as well as forecasts on how climate change will affect the animals. ...

Bees Build Mental Maps to Get Home

04.06.2014 [19:22]
Researchers have long marveled at the complex navigation abilities of bees. [click image to enlarge]. Bees, like birds and butterflies, use the Sun as a compass for navigation, whereas mammals typically find their way by remembering familiar landmarks on a continuous mental map. However, the latest research suggests ...

Prunes May Be the Answer to Successful Weight Loss

03.06.2014 [15:36]
Researchers from the University of Liverpool found that consuming prunes as part of a healthy life-style intervention produced significant changes in body weight, including an average of 2.3 percent reduction in waist circumference. Those who ate the dried fruit lost more weight than those who ate tastier items, ConsumerAffairs reported ...

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

02.06.2014 [17:35]
In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae. OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible ...

Google ready to pump billions into Internet-beaming satellites

02.06.2014 [17:32]
Google will spend more than $1 billion on deploying its first Internet-beaming satellite fleet, The Wall Street Journal has learned, with the company expected to start its Internet program with 180 small satellites that will be orbiting the earth at lower altitudes than traditional satellites, and which would help Google bring the ...