Plants can ‘hear’ themselves being eaten

05.07.2014 [12:00]
Previous studies have suggested that plant growth can be influenced by sound and that plants respond to wind and touch. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, in a collaboration that brings together audio and chemical analysis ...

The new superorganism taking over Earth

04.07.2014 [19:13]
In Ancient Greek mythology, the Earth Goddess Gaia had nine titan sons, who attempted to control not just the Earth, but the entire Universe. I’d like to introduce another. It’s a new creature who emerged only in recent decades. But it’s a creature who is already as influential over life on the planet as the phytoplankton or ...

The Yepzon kids tracking device keeps your kids safe from dangers

04.07.2014 [12:41]
Kids will be kids – curious, adventurous and precocious. It is their job as little humans to want to explore and see more of the world. That doesn’t mean that we as parents will ever stop worrying about them. Everyday we hear a new horror story about a kid going missing! Make sure you know exactly where your kid is at all times ...

Controversial scientist recreates pandemic flu virus that killed 500,000 people

03.07.2014 [20:46]
A controversial researcher who in the past had replicated the deadly Spanish flu of 1918 has done it again, this time cooking up in his lab an especially resilient strain of the H1N1 virus. Dr Yoshihiro Kawaoka, professor of virology at University of Wisconsin at Madison, has ...

Windows 9 will be all desktop unless you have a tablet

03.07.2014 [20:07]
Microsoft is targeting Windows 8.x refuseniks with desktop friendly changes in Project Threshold, the operating system that is expected to become Windows 9, unless of course, the marketing team decides to give it a new name to distance it from its latest offering. ...

Cassini at Saturn: 10 Years of Amazing Planetary Science and More to Come

03.07.2014 [18:18]
The Cassini mission to Saturn has been one of the most successful and exciting in all of space exploration history. understanding of the Saturnian system, which is like another entire “Having a healthy, long-lived spacecraft at Saturn has afforded us a precious opportunity. By having a decade there with Cassini, we have been privileged to witness never-before- ...

Windows Threshold: The modern UI takes a backseat for desktop users

03.07.2014 [13:13]
Microsoft is hard at work on the next major update to Windows and we don’t mean Update 2. Threshold, as it is currently known, is a wave of updates coming to Windows and other platforms; much like how Blue brought new features across ...

Classic books become London benches

03.07.2014 [10:37]
Literary classics ranging from Peter Pan to The Day of the Triffids are being celebrated in a series of colourful illustrated benches. Designed by artists and writers to look like open books, the 50 seats have been placed around London ...

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 ...