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Nanosolar 640MW Robotic Factory in Germany The first piece of news from Nanosolar concerns a solar panel factory in Germany with a capacity of 640MW/year. The fully-automated facility is located in Luckenwalde near Berlin, and its inauguration was

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A newfound fungus living in rainforest trees makes biofuel more efficiently than any other known method, researchers say. In fact, it's so good at turning plant matter into fuel that researchers say their discovery calls into question the whole theor

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LiveScience

An octopus that uses coconut shells as portable armor is the latest addition to a growing list of animals that use tools. The veined octopus can stack discarded coconut shell halves just as one might pile bowls, sits atop them, makes its eight arms r

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Some see power-generating wind farms as eyesores, others as graceful additions to the landscape. Either way, with wind becoming one of the fastest growing renewable energy sources, these towering turbines have become ubiquitous—and are here to stay

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Third World countries have it backwards. The West’s CO2 emissions have been increasing crop yields while helping to ease the Third World’s water shortages. Rather than plead for reparations, Third World governments should offer a paean to Providence.

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Promises are made to be broken, so it can be tough to tell which ones will be kept. New-found patterns in brain activity can reveal whether someone intends to keep their word. Using brain scans to determine the true intentions of criminals who are up

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LiveScience

At least 1,250 species of catfish are venomous, a new study finds. Most catfish use their venom for defense. Some in North America can inflict a sting that humans notice. Elsewhere in the world, a few catfish species can even kill humans.

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There is a black mat layer across North America which is correlated to the Younger Dryas climatic shift seen in Greenland ice cores dated at 13 thousand years ago by radio carbon," explains Paquay.

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On Friday morning, New Jersey-based Ocean Power Technologies announced that it has contracted with Oregon Iron Works to start building what it hoped will become a 10-buoy test system in the waters off Reedsport, Ore.

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LiveScience

Higher levels of exposure to common everyday bacteria and microbes may play a helpful role in the development of the body's inflammatory systems, which plays a crucial role in the immune system's fight against infection.

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PopSi

Installing a Neural Microelectrode Array: An array of microelectrodes connects with the brain, potentially allowing paralyzed patients to control computer interfaces with their minds. Courtesy Kelly Johnson/University of Utah Department of Neurosur

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LiveScience

Petunias and potatoes may actually be carnivorous plants, scientists now suggest. Indeed, carnivorous behavior may be far more widespread in plants than commonly thought. At least six different kinds of killer plants have been recognized since the

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The human body may be equipped with a separate sensory system aside from the nerves that gives us the ability to touch and feel, according to a new study. Most of us have millions of different types of nerve endings just beneath the skin that let us

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In the best of all imagined worlds, it would be nice to create such a worm hole from one end, then pull the enlarged worm hole around one’s craft and emerge on the other side of a collapsing wormhole in another star system. No time duration would be

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"The rover's spinning wheels have broken through a crust, and we've found something supremely interesting in the disturbed soil," says Ray Arvidson of the Washington University in St. Louis. Spirit, like its twin rover Opportunity, has roame

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A novel technology involving use of stem cells, developed by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers, has been applied to provide better and rapid healing for patients suffering from complicated bone fractures.

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University of Manitoba professor Bob Altemeyer distills his decades of research into authoritarians and authoritarian followers in a fast, entertaining read.

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In the film, "The Day After Tomorrow," the world gets gripped in ice within the span of a few weeks. Research suggests an eerily similar event might indeed have occurred in the past. There is no reason why such a freeze shouldn't happen again [The En

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Wired

On one of the Galapagos islands whose finches shaped the theories of a young Charles Darwin, biologists have witnessed that elusive moment when a single species splits in two. In many ways, the split followed predictable patterns, requiring a hybr

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When they looked at the xenon part of the structure, they realized that the interaction of xenon with the surrounding hydrogen was responsible for the unusual stability and the continuous change in xenon-xenon distances as pressure was adjusted from

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TED Talks

Rather than demo another new technology, Tom Wujec reaches back to one of our earliest but most ingenious devices -- the astrolabe. With thousands of uses, from telling time to mapping the night sky, this old tech reminds us that the ancient can be a

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Technology Review

Solar Impulse's HB-SIA, which was finished this past summer, taxied down a runway using power from the 11,000 solar cells covering its wings and did a series of acceleration and braking tests. The next test will be revving up the plane to its 35km/ho

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New York Times

The great promise of neuroscience at the end of the last century was that it would revolutionize the treatment of psychiatric problems. But the first real application of advanced brain science is not novel at all. It is a precise, sophisticated versi

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