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Scientists revise long-held beliefs about plant biodiversity and biomass

Scientists revise long-held beliefs about plant biodiversity and biomass

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 09:00:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

For decades, scientists have believed there is a particular relationship between the biomass produced by plants and the number of different plant species in a given habitat. New research published in the journal Science shows that a long held belief about the relationship between plant biomass and plant diversity is flat wrong.

Scientists revise long-held beliefs about plant biodiversity and biomass

NASA Aquarius satellite maps ocean salinity

NASA Aquarius satellite maps ocean salinity

Posted Sun, 25 Sep 2011 03:10:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

So relevant to all life forms and our climate, the sea's salt has now been estimated by NASA's  Aquarius/SAC-D satellite observatory. After two and a half weeks, since only August 25th, the preliminary data have been exemplary, providing us with an early view of large-scale ocean patterns.

NASA Aquarius satellite maps ocean salinity

Look out below: Satellite coming back to Earth

Look out below: Satellite coming back to Earth

Posted Wed, 21 Sep 2011 11:50:00 GMT by Dale Kiefer

NASA's UARS sattelite is expected to plunge back to Earth in the very near future, but no one knows exactly when, or where, debris may land. Although the satellite will break up upon re-entry, not all of the pieces are expected to burn up in the atmosphere.

Look out below: Satellite coming back to Earth

NASA tests sunshield for Webb telescope

NASA tests sunshield for Webb telescope

Posted Tue, 20 Sep 2011 13:21:00 GMT by Sharon Gill

NASA is conducting tests on the James Webb Space Telescope's sunshield, which will protect its mirrors and instruments whilst on its mission to observe remote objects in the universe.

NASA tests sunshield for Webb telescope

All in the game: online players open up AIDS drug research

All in the game: online players open up AIDS drug research

Posted Mon, 19 Sep 2011 14:18:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Far from being a waste of time, online games have proved vital in new research which could help design new AIDS drugs. Research results could prove a vital tool in developing new AIDS drugs as the players used a specially designed game called Foldit to come up with an accurate model of an enzyme from a virus similar to the deadly immune system condition.

All in the game: online players open up AIDS drug research

Oldest woolly rhino emerges from frozen wilderness

Oldest woolly rhino emerges from frozen wilderness

Posted Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:05:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

An expedition to some of Tibet's remotest and most inhospitable country has yielded a wonderful result in the shape of a previously unknown giant woolly rhino fossil. At 3.7 million years old, it's also the oldest woolly rhino ever found by some distance, predating the previous earliest find by some 1.1 million years.

Oldest woolly rhino emerges from frozen wilderness

Young scientists float new carbon capture plans - Updated

Young scientists float new carbon capture plans - Updated

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 17:05:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

A panel of young scientists convened from around the globe to discuss the vital role of carbon capture in fighting climate change have come up with floating power stations and green cities.

Young scientists float new carbon capture plans - Updated

Evolution measured in decades not centuries

Evolution measured in decades not centuries

Posted Thu, 15 Sep 2011 16:55:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Studies of an endangered species of fish which has been moved to a new habitat in order to save it show that evolution can move extremely quickly, causing measurable changes in just decades.

Evolution measured in decades not centuries

Sprinkle of seaweed to make more powerful, less toxic batteries

Sprinkle of seaweed to make more powerful, less toxic batteries

Posted Fri, 09 Sep 2011 14:40:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A team from Clemson University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has turned to seaweed for help with pushing lithium batteries onto the next level - silicon-based electrodes that could boost charging capacity significantly. The work, published in today's online version of Science, also promises to slash costs, and ditch toxic chemicals previously needed in the manufacture of rechargeable lithium batteries.

Sprinkle of seaweed to make more powerful, less toxic batteries

Flame retardants that fight fire and pollution

Flame retardants that fight fire and pollution

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 16:31:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Scientists at Texas A&M University believe they have taken the first steps towards a more effective flame-retardant for clothes - one that shouldn't be as damaging to the environment as previous types of fire-proofing. The work is being presented today at the American Chemical Society, which is meeting for the 242nd time, in Denver, Colorado, all this week.

Flame retardants that fight fire and pollution

How coral could be the secret for sunscreen pill

How coral could be the secret for sunscreen pill

Posted Wed, 31 Aug 2011 13:41:00 GMT by Laura Brown

Three year study discovered a chemical providing a natural sunscreen which could be manufactured for humans. The role of photosynthesis within the process means the coral needs to live close to the surface of the water, raising the risk of sunburn and damage from direct sunlight.

How coral could be the secret for sunscreen pill

Will a little piece of the Red planet go green in 2030?

Will a little piece of the Red planet go green in 2030?

Posted Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:22:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

Plans to get astronauts all the way to Mars and back will need to include room for a space garden, according to a presentation at the American Chemical Society meet in Colorado this week. Not only will the garden provide the Mars-bound travelers with a little culinary sparkle to their diet - it will help to help to keep the capsule's atmosphere breathable, and its water clean.

Will a little piece of the Red planet go green in 2030?

Power to the people - how a walk could charge your cell phone

Power to the people - how a walk could charge your cell phone

Posted Tue, 23 Aug 2011 16:56:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

A report on a technology for harvesting power 'on-the-move' offers the promise of mobile devices being freed from the grid. Cell phones, laptops and a myriad of other electrical gadgets could benefit from an innovative shoe-powered device, say a University of Wisconsin-Madison duo in this week's Nature Communications.

Power to the people - how a walk could charge your cell phone

Radar results from Japan disaster offer hope for tsunami warning system

Radar results from Japan disaster offer hope for tsunami warning system

Posted Wed, 17 Aug 2011 18:56:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Scientists in California and Japan believe that high frequency radar which picked up the changes in the oceans as Japan was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami in March could form the basis of a new early-warning system.

Radar results from Japan disaster offer hope for tsunami warning system

The two faces of social networking for kids

The two faces of social networking for kids

Posted Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:26:01 GMT by Colin Ricketts

There are both good and bad effects of social networking use says an American psychologists, who encourages parents to listen and understand rather than spy. The bad news is that teenagers who use Facebook are more often narcissistic and young adults who use the site heavily are more likely to suffer psychological disorder.

The two faces of social networking for kids

VISTA telescope discovers new star clusters

VISTA telescope discovers new star clusters

Posted Wed, 03 Aug 2011 19:02:00 GMT by Kieran Ball

96 new star clusters have been found that were previously hidden from astronomers by dust clouds in the Milky Way. The new discoveries are largely due to the capabilities of the ESO's (European Southern Observatory) infrared VISTA telescope in the Chilean desert.

VISTA telescope discovers new star clusters

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The Planet of the Insects

Posted Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:15:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Ocean temperature changes are a big alarm call

Posted Mon, 25 Aug 2014 09:09:01 GMT by JW Dowey

Old crocs never die, except when it's cold

Posted Wed, 20 Aug 2014 08:02:03 GMT by JW Dowey

Dream animal lives - as a fossil

Posted Mon, 18 Aug 2014 06:14:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Tallest penguins ever are discovered

Posted Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:55:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

Marmosets are marvelous !

Posted Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:01:00 GMT by Paul Robinson

How techy is Eric?

Posted Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Latest on your blood

Posted Thu, 03 Jul 2014 08:05:19 GMT by JW Dowey

Foxy moves for successful species

Posted Wed, 11 Jun 2014 08:37:43 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Finding sheep 'geneius' in their genome

Posted Fri, 06 Jun 2014 06:28:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Socially contagious! (Are rats more human than we thought?)

Posted Sat, 10 Dec 2011 22:20:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:31:00 GMT by Michael Evans

Novel Photography from The Barrier Reef

Posted Wed, 26 Sep 2012 14:50:17 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Red-eyed tree frogs and their frog-flies: recruitment and colonization

Posted Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:49:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Madagascar about the girls

Posted Tue, 20 Mar 2012 23:06:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Sail Transport Network - The Past Meets the Future

Posted Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:43:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Mars Carbs.

Posted Thu, 13 Oct 2011 15:18:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Calls for Independent Monitoring of Deep Sea Oil Exploitation

Posted Fri, 13 May 2011 22:33:00 GMT by Mike Campbell

The Earth gets oxygen early

Posted Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:09:21 GMT by JW Dowey

Mammoth cloning possible

Posted Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:44:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong