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.
Capt. Philip Renaud, the executive director of the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation,...
Caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis, the plague caused some major pandemics in...
From the peaks of the Himalayas and the ocean’s deepest depths to frigid Antarctica and the searing deserts, tardigrades are animals that thrive in extremes. Dry them out, and tardigrades can survive for years, even decades. Add water, and they spring back to life, raring to reproduce, feed and live their normal lives. Radiation? Not a problem, these microscopic animals can survive doses thousands of times more intense than humans can.
Blue Origin’s spacecraft New Shepard barrels back towards Earth, a faint white cylinder against a sky background. A voice tinged with static chronicles its descent. “12,000 ft…5,000 ft…engines starting.” A fiery stream shoots out the bottom of the craft. “We have thrust,” the voice says. “1,000 ft.”
Imagine this scenario: An earthquake strikes, collapsing the ends of a crowded bridge. People are stranded on the bridge’s interior, the gap to land being too big to jump. Emergency crews dispatch, but discover upon arrival that any sort of human intervention borders on fatal. Instead, the crews send out an array of insect-like robots. The robots coalesce, forming a platform where the gap once was. The trapped people cross safely to land.
If dark matter were visible, the Earth would be in need of a haircut. A researcher from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) published a new study in the Astrophysical Journal proposing the existence of long filaments of dark matter, or hairs, near planetary bodies.
Following criticism from the chairman of the House of Representative’s Committee on Science, Space, and Technology regarding a global warming study published in Science in June, a spokeswoman from the publication recently said the journal did not rush to publish the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study.
The garden rose, or Rosa floribunda, has ingrained itself into public consciousness as the symbol for love. But in the science world, the rose is now the first plant to marry the electronic and organic within its body. Researchers from Linköping Univ.’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics used the rose’s vascular system to manufacture analog and digital organic electronic circuits and devices.
The death throes of a moon may signal the birth of something else. Remember Phobos? The Martian moon being ripped apart by tidal forces. Well, it turns out that 20 to 40 million years from now, the disintegrating moon may add a new feature to Mars’ aesthetic: a ring system.
It was an accidental discovery. In 1991, hikers stumbled upon a mummified corpse in the Ötzal Alps, which straddles the border between Italy and Austria. Naturally preserved by a combination of glacial meltwater and cold weather, Ötzi, the Tyrolean Iceman, boasted 61 tattoo markings across his weathered body.
The R&D Index: Market Pulse for the week ending November 20, 2015, closed at 1,563.85 for the 25 companies in the R&D Index. The R&D Index was up 3.71% (or more than 55 basis points) over the previous week ending November 6, 2015—almost the identical amount that the R&D Index was down the previous week (November 13 from November 6, so zero net change over the past two weeks).
NASA called Elon Musk’s SpaceX to the plate recently by giving the company a mission order to send astronauts to space from U.S. soil. “The authority to proceed with (SpaceX Crew Dragon’s) first operational crew missions is a significant milestone in the Commercial Crew Program and a great source of pride for the entire SpaceX team,” said Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX’s president and chief operating officer.
Hundreds of science and technology industry leaders watched with rapt attention as Astronaut Scott Kelly accepted the R&D Magazine Scientist of the Year Award from his perch in the International Space Station (ISS) above the Earth. The video acceptance speech riveted the audience at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet.
Circling the Earth for his 238th day, Scott Kelly has already set a record as the American spending the longest time in space. But he’s also become something of an extraplanetary Ansel Adams.
Volvo Cars and Microsoft HoloLens have announced a joint venture to develop next-generation automotive technologies, including autonomous driving and revamping the customer purchasing experience with augmented reality.
Rat eyes evolved to detect and avoid predators. According to researchers at the Univ. of Sydney, visual messages from their eyes funnel into the brain via the lateral geniculate nucleus, made up of slivers of nerve cells. These cells are responsive to one or both eyes, and hook into areas of the brain that process emotion and fear responses.
Special Recognition and Editor’s Choice Awards Presented at 2015 R&D 100 Awards Banquet in Las VegasNovember 20, 2015 12:23 pm | by Bea Riemschneider, Editorial Director | Comments
The 2015 R&D 100 Awards Banquet took place on November 13, 2015 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada and welcomed hundreds of executives, scientists and researchers. Celebrating the event’s 53rd year, leaders of science and technology were honored for their innovative, high-tech products and processes.