Adsorption chillers are too big and expensive for many applications, such as use in homes. Peter McGrail, who heads the research effort, predicts that the materials could allow adsorption chillers to be 75 percent smaller and half as expensive. This
The U.S. military likes to be a little sneaky with its robotic space planes. Unlike typical spacecraft, these vehicles shift their orbits, frustrating global network of skywatchers who keep track of every man-made object rotating the planet.
Structures thought of as the oldest known fossils of microbes might actually be microscopic mineral formations not associated with life, suggesting that astrobiologists must be careful calling alien objects "life" when scientists have trouble telling
A 2,500-year-old human skull uncovered in England was less of a surprise than what was in it: the brain.
A rare particle containing equal parts weird antimatter and normal matter has popped up in experiments at the world's largest particle accelerator.
Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed quadrocopters that can be controlled with such precision that they can play tennis.
This video shows and describes the operation of the Z-corp 310 printer. It is fully functioning part with ball bearings!
Novel materials could make practical air conditioners and refrigerators that use little or no electricity.
The artificial leaf researchers claim will turn every home into its own power station
March 22, 2011, Centennial, CO, and Mojave, CA, USA: United Launch Alliance (ULA) and XCOR Aerospace announced today their successful hot-fire demonstrations of a lighter-weight, lower-cost approach to liquid-fueled rocket-engine vacuum nozzles. Th
The Rustock botnet, an international network of virus-infected computers, had for years generated billions of emails per day, promoting unlicensed online pharmacies and cut-price impotence pills. But on Wednesday, security firms noticed email traf
Future petroleum-free plastic could be made from the ground-up bone and meat parts left over from the animal rendering process. It’s not dependent on fossil fuel, and it’s perhaps less awful than throwing all of this offal into landfills
From harvesting energy to building networks, nature has been solving problems for billions of years longer than humans have
Pumping a body full of celldestroying chemicals sounds like a bad idea, but that’s what chemotherapy entails. The side effects chemo for liver cancer, the third deadliest cancer in men, usually necessitate a four-day hospital stay with each treatment
DARPA wants a genetic security system that’s built into the genome that can monitor for and report on changes to an organism’s genetic makeup.
One company's method for low-cost, high-yield sugar production could help biofuels compete with fossil fuels.
When the Fukushima nuclear disaster began to unfold after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami, it quickly became clear that anything downwind was in for a sprinkling of radioactivity.
Software developed by researchers at Microsoft fuses cell-phone photos into a virtual copy of an object.
With a few snapshots, you can build a detailed virtual replica.
The Objet Connex churns out complex objects by spraying eight million plastic droplets a second
In eight magnetization tests a small amount of the compound (Tl5Pb2)Ba2MgCu10O17+ consistently produced sharp diamagnetic transitions (the Meissner effect) near 20 Celsius (see above graphic), and resistive transitions that appeared near 18.5C (see
Researchers in Japan have made fertile mammalian sperm in a culture dish, a feat long thought to be impossible. The technique could help to reveal the molecular steps involved in sperm formation and might even lead to treatments for male infertility.
This new model, which does away with the internal combustion engine of the past, has the potential to reduce auto emissions up to 90 percent, when compared to the current emissions level. This is because the engine uses roughly 60 percent of its fuel
these coils have enabled Kawasaki to build a motor that's half the size of conventional models. This most recent test was conducted on a prototype motor with a designed output of 1 MW. When two out of six coils were installed on each pole, the moto
Curry powder can already reduce cow burps, kill cancer cells and fight the epidemic of unflavorful food. Now it can help detect bombs.
A practical artificial leaf that can turn sunlight and water into energy as efficiently as the real thing has long been a Holy Grail of chemistry, and researchers at MIT may have finally done it.
A sleepy New Jersey town has popped onto people's radar screens because it has the oldest running nuclear power plant in the United States -- and, some say, the most dangerous.
Two recent developments—a plastic processor and printed memory—show that computing doesn't have to rely on inflexible silicon.
Targeted cancer drugs—those that selectively kill cancer cells—have been a revelation in cancer treatment, giving years of healthy life to some lucky patients.
That's the Holy Grail, the quest the whole field has been pursuing for close to a decade, and this is evidence we're on the right track," Hare told the Herald. A participant in the small eight-person trial, Max Eaton, 68, seconded that emotion.