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...
Calcium carbonate can be found in many things, from chalk, mollusk shells, and rocks to pearls, eggshells, and coal balls. There’s a variability to the strength the chemical compound exhibits. And material scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are looking into what gives calcium carbonate crystals their strength.
It’s the end of the line for a distant quasar. Or, it’s at least the end of feeding time, for now. Last week, astronomers reported their findings concerning J1011+5442, a quasar that was the subject of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), at the 227th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
As the Roman Empire spread its tendrils across the surrounding geographic landscape, it disseminated ideas regarding literature, engineering, culture, cuisine, religion, and even hygiene. In fact, the Romans are credited with introducing sanitation technology to Europe roughly 2,000 years ago.
The company Retina Implant AG will be a major player in the market due to the success of its Alpha IMS device.
While North Korea officially announced its successful detonation of a small hydrogen bomb today, South Korean officials and analysts are having doubts regarding whether the claim is true.
The company has received financing from such bold faced names like Google Ventures, the investment arm of Alphabet Inc.
The study was produced by researchers from Boston Univ., Sapienza Univ., and the IMT School for Advanced Studies Lucca.
German researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Techniques (FHR) are developing a remote-controlled robot capable of providing emergency personnel with 3-D images of the contents within a potential suitcase bomb.
It looks sleek and fast, like a green version of a glossy Batmobile. Watch out Tesla Motors because Faraday Future—a California-based electric car company—debuted their battery-powered FFZERO1 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday night.
The R&D Index: Market Pulse for the holiday-shortened trading week ending December 31, 2015, closed at 1,521.47 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The Index was down 0.08% (or about 12 basis points) over the previous week ending December 24, 2015.
Microsoft recently announced measures to notify users if their accounts are being targeted or compromised by governments. Already, Microsoft warns and provides users with recommendations if their accounts are targeted by a third party.
As part of the $19.3 billion allocated by Congress to NASA for the 2016 fiscal year budget, $55 million will go towards accelerated development of a habitation module for use in potential deep space missions.
Geneticists from Trinity College Dublin and archaeologists from Queen’s Univ. Belfast have sequenced the genomes of four ancient Irish humans, dating as far back as 5,200 years ago, and found evidence that the ancient people had origins in the Middle East and Pontic Steppe.
In the future, techniques to guide weight loss may be tailored to the individual. Molly Bray, a geneticist and professor of nutritional sciences at the Univ. of Texas at Austin, theorizes that one day doctors may feed a combination of genetic data and data from automated sensors into a computer algorithm, which would provide patients with specified recommendations to reach weight loss goals.
Univ. of Michigan researchers have designed lie-detecting software that boasts accuracies up to 75%, outperforming current human capabilities of lie detection.