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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

Ecotricity launches the Electric Highway

Ecotricity launches the Electric Highway

Posted Wed, 27 Jul 2011 15:49:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Electric Car charging points to be installed at service stations on UK motorway system to enable electric vehicles to travel much further. For first time electric vehicles will be able to travel the length and breadth of Britain using the world's first national charging network at motorway service stations across the country.

Ecotricity launches the Electric Highway

Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

Posted Thu, 21 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT by Martin Leggett

The mass extinction 200 million years ago, that paved the way for the rise of the dinosaurs, could have been caused by a massive belch of methane, say scientists in a paper just published online on ScienceExpress. Plant remains show that the atmosphere was rapidly filled with carbon, which could have come from CO2-driven warming, releasing the methane stored in the cold sub-sea sediments.

Did icy-methane bring on the age of the dinosaur?

GeoEngineering the Planet - Crazy Idea or Technological Solution?

GeoEngineering the Planet - Crazy Idea or Technological Solution?

Posted Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:11:00 GMT by Julian Jackson

Scientists have plans for high-tech procedures to reduce climate change. As climate change creates increasing impacts on our planetary ecosystem and the pace of carbon reduction makes many people fear that we are moving too slowly to avert a catastrophe, some scientists have promoted GeoEngineering as a way to stave off disaster.

GeoEngineering the Planet - Crazy Idea or Technological Solution?

The true impact of email

The true impact of email

Posted Thu, 14 Jul 2011 02:11:00 GMT by Vita Sgardello

A study carried out by the French Agency for the Environment warns that emailing is just as bad for the environment as flying. At an average size of 1 MB and 220 working days per year, ADEME has calculated sending work related emails generates 13.6 tonnes of CO2, about 13 round-trip flights from Paris to New York.

The true impact of email

Caught Green-Handed

Caught Green-Handed

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 22:45:00 GMT by David Vranicar

China was a late-arriver to the green technology craze. But it's making up for lost time - and then some - by taking Western innovation and doing it better. In the process, the world's biggest polluter has become the world's king of greentech.

Caught Green-Handed

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

Posted Sun, 03 Jul 2011 16:44:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Windbreaks have several agricultural benefits, but because trees grown in these rigid lines behave differently it's been hard to measure their impact on climate change, until now. American farmers already use windbreaks. They take up a small amount of land, help to protect both crops and livestock from a battering and keep a check on soil erosion too.

New tools to measure carbon caught in windbreak trees

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Posted Mon, 27 Jun 2011 09:05:08 GMT by John Dean

A UK university today announced a £400,000 investment to develop automotive technologies which can save fuel and reduce carbon emissions. The move comes from the University of East Anglia, which says money from its Low Carbon Innovation Fund (LCIF) project will support development work already under way from Essex company Controlled Power Technologies (CPT).

Fund invests in 'green' auto technologies

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 18:00:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

A pioneering paper in today's Science has been able to put a number to the temperature-chart of 150 million-year old dinosaurs - using enamel from their teeth. Two larger dinosaurs species have had their temperatures taken, showing a warm 96-100°F - but more work is needed with their smaller cousins to settle the warm-blooded vs cold-blooded debate.

Toothy-thermometers take dino's temperature for the first time

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

Posted Thu, 23 Jun 2011 17:19:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Researchers from the University of Minnesota have created a remarkable new alloy, Ni45Co5Mn40Sn10, that can generate powerful magnetic currents - and so electricity - when warmth flips it from one phase to another. The material is described in a new science journal, Advanced Energy Materials, and the team hopes that its high efficiency will lead to better use of waste heat - and even to the sourcing of green electricity from the oceans.

Flip-flopping alloy that turns heat into electricity

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Whales, their babble, and clan dialects.

Posted Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Birds and mammals conserve tropical forests and their carbon!

Posted Mon, 21 Dec 2015 11:30:18 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Choose shrew-like creatures as more sociable ancestors!

Posted Mon, 23 Nov 2015 09:22:01 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees' immunity as they evolved.

Posted Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:29:11 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The wolf and the---domesticated wolf.

Posted Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:20:33 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Weapons important for stag beetle evolution.

Posted Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:56:28 GMT by JW Dowey

How do we face up to ice loss?

Posted Sat, 21 Mar 2015 10:31:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Britons prove their ancestry is diverse

Posted Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:11:06 GMT by JW Dowey

Endemic Giant Salamander Threat-from its Neighbour.

Posted Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:33:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Bees = humans, in false memory at least.

Posted Sun, 01 Mar 2015 19:00:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Using wasted power to power our machines

Posted Wed, 01 Jun 2011 18:04:00 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Fishy modelling

Posted Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:08:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

VISTA telescope discovers new star clusters

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

Lounging lizards and snake bytes

Posted Wed, 19 Sep 2012 13:18:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

The Dwarf Mammoth of Crete: Mammuthus Creticus

Posted Tue, 08 May 2012 23:09:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

Jellies delicious for this fish

Posted Mon, 14 Apr 2014 06:45:00 GMT by JW Dowey

Electric dreams? or is there a drive towards electric vehicles

Posted Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:39:00 GMT by Simon Kent

Social Mobsters in the Kalahari

Posted Thu, 04 Jul 2013 12:59:00 GMT by Dave Armstrong

'Penguin' mini-sub will explore ocean depths

Posted Mon, 19 Dec 2011 18:22:00 GMT by Adrian Bishop

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

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