An innovative new generator might address the aesthetic issue
By Gregory MonePosted 03.17.2008 at 1:38 pm 0 Comments
A new player has stepped into the middle of the Cape Cod offshore wind farm debate, proposing a technological solution that may finally bring the long-running fight to an end. Blue H, a subsidiary of a Dutch company, has proposed the installation of 120 floating wind turbines that would be anchored far from shore and, more importantly, out of sight. Cape Wind, the company that first proposed an offshore wind farm in the area, wants to use standard turbines. But those with beachfront property in the area dont want their lovely views of the seascape ruined by the spinning blades.
A study identifies potential health benefits of the Himalayan treat
By Gregory MonePosted 03.14.2008 at 4:05 pm 2 Comments
Move over cheddar. Its time for something hairier…er, healthier. Researchers in Nepal and Canada are reporting [PDF] that yak cheese has higher levels of several healthy fatty acids than the stuff derived from dairy cattle.
By Gregory MonePosted 03.14.2008 at 3:14 pm 2 Comments
A group of independent software developers claims to be close to loosening Apples reins over the software that can run on the iPhone once and for all. Apple announced recently that it plans to start releasing software made by third party developers in June. First, though, those applications will be checked, and then sold or given away free (whichever the developer chooses) directly by Apple, either through iTunes or a virtual store on the phone itself.
But if the independent group, known as the iPhone Dev Team, has its way, that strict outline is going to be shaken up a bit.
Engineers are hopeful that Dextre will be up and running soon
By Gregory MonePosted 03.14.2008 at 12:35 pm 2 Comments
The International Space Stations new robotic repairman, a $200 million Canadian robot called Dextre, should end up working just fine despite some early glitches, officials say. Dextre, an incredibly dexterous ‘bot with two flexible three-meter arms (hence, of course, the name), is designed to be a kind of maintenance machine on the outside of the ISS.
The tiniest endoscope yet takes 30 two-megapixel images per second and offloads them wirelessly. See how it works inside the body in an animation
By Gregory MonePosted 03.13.2008 at 4:36 pm 15 Comments
Pop this pill, and eight hours later, doctors can examine a high-resolution video of your intestines for tumors and other problems, thanks to a new spinning camera that captures images in 360 degrees. Developed by the Japanese RF System Lab, the Sayaka endoscope capsule enters clinical trials in the U.S. this month.
Bill Gates explains to Congress how America can retain its competitive edge in the sciences
By Gregory MonePosted 03.13.2008 at 11:08 am 4 Comments
Say what you will about Bill Gates, but the Microsoft chairman is undoubtedly a valuable spokesman for science and technology education in this country. Speaking before the House of Representatives' Committee on Science and Technology yesterday, Gates reiterated comments he made last year; telling lawmakers that the U.S. needs to revamp its education program, and make it easier for qualified foreigners to work here. Otherwise, he warned, U.S. companies will not have the science and engineering talent they need to compete on the global scale.
These scientific shots just might change your view of what makes a masterpiece
By Gregory MonePosted 03.13.2008 at 11:01 am 0 Comments
While these images were captured by scientists, you might as well classify them as art. Theyre just as stunning, strange and thought-provoking as a masterpiece on canvas. The Wellcome Trust has just announced the 22 winners of its Image Awards, one of which is the fly [left] perched on some sugar crystals.
By Gregory MonePosted 03.12.2008 at 1:30 pm 0 Comments
MITs Angela Belcher, a former winner of PopScis Brillant 10, is developing new materials that could lead to gadgets that mend their cracks when dropped on the floor, and wont die if exposed to water.
When Belcher was a grad student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, she was studying how the abalone manufactures its remarkably tough shell out of a basic mineral. Her office at the time had an ocean view, and Belcher found herself glancing back and forth between the abalones watery home and the periodic table on her wall.
Congress gains another scientific voice with the election of Bill Foster
By Gregory MonePosted 03.12.2008 at 12:30 pm 1 Comment
Former Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory physicist Bill Foster has been elected to Congress in Illinois. This brings the total number of physicists in Congress to three. While this doesnt necessarily ensure a bright future for science in this country, it will surely help the cause to have more knowledgeable and passionate voices in Washington.