As early as the 1950s, researchers were looking at algae for methane gas production. The algae was grown on rooftops of Massachusetts Institute Technology (MIT). Drawings and illustrations of open pond raceways on the roof of Harvard Univ. were also recovered from the 1950s. The reason for this research was algae naturally make oil, and this intrigued researchers as a feedstock for biodiesel.
In 2001, the United States launched its first drone strike in Afghanistan. It was the signaling...
The Doomsday Clock remains at three minutes to midnight, the closest it’s been in the last 20...
On Jan. 25, 2004, NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity touched down on the Red Planet. It...
Buried beneath the perpetual ice of Antarctica are the remnants of a once lush and temperate environment. Millions of years ago, the continent’s life resembled that of fellow southern continents, such as Australia. And traversing about this now-barren frozen landscape were dinosaurs.
Underlying the sun’s activity is a magnetic field, which is responsible for such phenomena as auroras on Earth, and the interplanetary magnetic field and radiation spacefaring missions must traverse. The laws of electromagnetism hold dominion over the sun’s actions, but pinpointing where the invisible magnetic field originates has proven difficult.
The R&D Index: Market Watch for the week ending January 29, 2016, closed at 1,418.37 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was up 0.13% (or less than 2 basis points) over the week ending January 15, 2016.
In 2010, Prof. Howie Choset, of Carnegie Mellon Univ.’s Robotics Institute, traveled to Prague. He wasn’t there necessarily for vacation, rather it was business. From an operating room, he watched as surgeons used the snake-arm robot he conceived and developed on the first human patient.
Each year, between 4.8 million and 12.7 million metric tons of plastic waste enter the Earth’s oceans. The midpoint estimate is enough to cover 34 Manhattans, and is on par with how much plastic was produced in 1961.
European missionaries brought more than their religion with them when they populated the U.S. Southwest. They also brought diseases that decimated the local Native American populations.
The scientists engineered the macaques by mutating their MECP2 gene. Such a mutation can result in MECP2 duplication syndrome, which shares a variety of symptoms with autism spectrum disorders.
Between 1990 and 2014, the number of overweight children under the age of five rose from 4.8% to 6.1%. That percentage increase represents nearly 10 million children, from 31 million to 41 million.
SAIC Motor Corporation, China’s largest auto manufacturer, led a $70 million investment round in used car startup Beepi earlier this week.
Essentially, the device will be capable of translating the ones and zeros from the information technology language to the electrochemical language of neurons.
Two bighorn rams meet atop a snow-peppered rocky mound. They stare down one another, their eyes unblinking. They rear up on their hind legs and charge forward, butting their furled horns against one another.
Scientists have discovered that the brain’s capacity for memory storage is far greater than previously hypothesized. How much greater? Well, the Salk Institute research would increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10, up to at least a petabyte, putting the brain’s capacity on par with the World Wide Web
Astrobiologists from Australian National Univ. have posited that potential extraterrestrials are silent because they’re already dead, and most likely went extinct during a very primitive state of life.
In spring 2014, fossil-hunting brothers Rob and Nick Hanigan discovered a dinosaur skeleton on a beach near Penarth, Wales. Living over 200 million years ago, the dinosaur represented the earliest skeleton of a Jurassic dinosaur ever found, and the first theropod skeleton found in Wales. Now, researchers have described and named the dinosaur in a paper published in PLOS One.
Even the most practiced performers experience anxiety on the stage. Empirical evidence suggests that having an audience can have either facilitative or detrimental effects on a performance. Now, neuroscientists have identified the brain network system responsible for anxious flubs and stumbles.