The new specs for the project: 200 turbines, at least 18 miles off the Rhode Island coast; 1,000 Megawatts (previously it was 350 MW), with an undersea transmission network stretching from Massachusetts to New York. The transmission network alone add
A border collie named Chaser has learned the names of 1,022 individual items — more than any other animal, even the legendary Alex the parrot.
In reviews of Gran Turismo 5, the long-anticipated PS3 version of the ultra-realistic driving sim, critics pointed out the difficulty of distinguishing screen grabs from the game with actual photos of real-life cars.
Sure, you can buy a flying car from Hammacher Schlemmer. But for truly bizarre catalog collections, turn to America’s laboratory supply companies. It’s a fair bet your favorite holiday catalog will not include a small-animal guillotine, for instance.
“I came up the the idea while working on a separate invention that required cutting many pieces off of metal bars, with a hack saw and miter box,” he told Gizmag. “I live in an apartment so using a power saw was not really an option. I wanted a less
The batteries employ vertical arrays of nickel-tin nanowires perfectly encased in PMMA, a widely used polymer best known as Plexiglas. The Rice laboratory of Pulickel Ajayan found a way to reliably coat single nanowires with a smooth layer of a PMMA-
A novel kind of fission reaction observed at the CERN particle physics laboratory in Geneva has exposed serious weaknesses in our current understanding of the nucleus. The fission of mercury-180 was expected to be a "symmetric" reaction that would
Hundreds of herbal medicinal products will be banned from sale in Britain on May 1st, 2011, under what campaigners say is a "discriminatory and disproportionate" European law.
ased on the superconductivity mechanism proposed in this paper, clearly, the room temperatures superconductivity must lie in the materials in which the three criteria for superconductivity have to be optimally satisfied.
carbohydrates -- not fat -- are more likely to be responsible for obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and the other ills of modern civilization. The Los Angeles Times has a detailed report on the growing body of scientific evidence that until now h
The plant material collected will be stored in seed banks in the long term, but will also be used in "pre-breeding trials" to find out if the wild varieties could be used to combat diseases already threatening food production. "There is a real
How many friends do you have? A rough answer can be predicted by the size of a small, almond-shaped brain structure that is present in a wide range of vertebrates, scientists report today in Nature Neuroscience. Th
One confidential diplomatic cable sent from the Beijing Embassy to Washington in February suggests China is doing big things at the small scale. For one, China is aggressively expanding its nuclear energy resources, with plans to open at least 70 nuc
Two steps forward and one step back for stem cells, genome sequencing to diagnose disease, and the creation of artificial life.
Thomas Webster, an associate professor at the Divisions of Engineering and Orthopedic Surgery at Brown, has created a nanomaterial that can be injected into the human body. Once the material reaches body temperature it rapidly hardens into a substanc
A seemingly unremarkable ocean microbe turns out to be a multitasker -- it can not only photosynthesize, but can also produce large amounts of hydrogen, opening up a potential way to make the gas cheaply for fuel.
Biologists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have successful deciphered a 3-billion year old genetic fossil and found that an ancient surge of life on Earth was related to the sun. For some time it's been known that a surprising upsurge o
Today, a broken hip usually means surgery and extensive rehab. But what if all you needed was an injection and a shorter recovery period? That's the vision that inspires Thomas Webster, an associate professor of engineering at Brown University.
As the ship moves forward, the layer of air slides back and out from under the hull. But blowing more bubbles to replenish it does not require much energy, so fuel savings of 5-10% are within reach, says Dr Ceccio. He studies air-lubrication systems,
wind turbines, which rotate on a vertical pole and can take wind from any direction. As I was starting to model the equations for the wind field around a turbine, it was sort of one of these eureka moments—I realized that they were very similar to t
One of the most difficult muscles to repair are those that make up the heart. Now scientists working at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts believe they've found a method that's so simple it's stunning other medical researchers. T
"I was interested in seeing how geography and political borders affected where people lived relative to their friends," Butler wrote in a Facebook post accompanying the map. "I wanted a visualization that would show which cities had a lot of frien
Yes, that's right. In less than 10 years you might be expected to join millions of other "augmented humans" with a shiny new iBrain. As privacy experts cringe, advocates virtually wax poetic, ecstatically ticking off on their fingertips an array o
Britain's beaches could soon be inundated with records numbers of jellyfish, marine experts warned today. Scientists say the number of jellyfish are on the rise thanks to the increasing acidity of t
Levels of toxic vapour around smashed eco-bulbs were up to 20 times higher than the safe guideline limit for an indoor area, the study said.
Today's 33-megajoule shot — powerful enough to launch 33 Smart cars at 100 mph — means the Navy can fire projectiles at least 125 miles, keeping military personnel at a safe distance from their targets, according to the Office of Naval Research.
est solutions were for them,” Khan said, “both AC and DC.” The late nineteenth-century War of Currents pitted George Westinghouse and alternating current (AC) against Thomas Edison and direct current (DC). Because electricity was then primarily deli
Hyaluronan is a long, gooey sugar discovered in the 1970s. Researchers long thought that it was just another component of the extracellular slime that surrounds all cells. Since then, hyaluronan has been shown to be a significant player in heart deve
Polymer threads coated with stem cells might one day heal damaged cardiac muscle.
Clothianidin has been widely used on corn, the largest U.S. crop, since 2003. Suppliers sell seeds pre-treated with it. Like other members of the neonicotinoid family of pesticides, clothianidin gets "taken up by a plant's vascular system and expre