Chemicals from test tubes may be fouling experiments, scientists say

Researchers in Alberta have discovered that two chemicals used in the making of plastic test tubes and other lab storage units can leach into experiments, interfering with some results.

Boffins unveil life-like robogirl

LEON WATSON The Sun 08.10.2008
Boffins unveil life-like robogirl

THIS is the most life-like robot suit ever – the cyber girl Repliee R-1.

India Recognized as Worlds' Science and Technology Hub

The Human Genome Organisation (HUGO), an international body of scientists involved in research in Genomics fostering international collaborations in genomics for human health, has chosen India to commemorate its twentieth anniversary by holding it...

Hadron Collider halted for months

The Large Hadron Collider near Geneva will be out of action for at least two months, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (Cern) says. Part of the giant physics experiment was turned off for the weekend while engineers probed a magnet fa...

‘Astra’ test fired successfully for second time

Balasore (Orissa): India successfully test fired Sunday the Astra air-to-air missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) of Chandipur-on-sea off the Orissa coast for the second time in two days, an official source said.

Big Bang test puts Indian scientists on global map

NEW DELHI: The world's biggest experiment ever to recreate Big Bang, continuing underground along the Swiss-French border, has energised Indian nuclear scientists and engineers to the hilt and for the right reasons.

Research aims to put tongues in control of devices

GREG BLUESTEIN My Way News 26.08.2008
Research aims to put tongues in control of devices

ATLANTA (AP) - The tireless tongue already controls taste and speech, helps kiss and swallow and fights germs. Now scientists hope to add one more ability to the mouthy muscle, and turn it into a computer control pad.

A 'Frankenrobot' with a biological brain

Meet Gordon, probably the world's first robot controlled exclusively by living brain tissue.

'E-skin' for robots

The Straits Times 12.08.2008
'E-skin' for robots

TOKYO - JAPANESE researchers say they have developed a rubber that is able to conduct electricity well, paving the way for robots with stretchable 'e-skin' that can feel heat and pressure like humans.

'Human' robot is all heart

Lynsey Haywood The Sun 30.07.2008
Hybrid ... half robot, half puppet

A ROBOT capable of having “human” emotions was unveiled yesterday.

Your life will be flashed before your eyes

Michael Pollitt The Guardian 11.07.2008
A researcher holds one of the completed contact lenses

Prototype contact lenses that include LEDs and circuits could become a tiny personal display

Tequila is surprise raw material for diamond films

If you were looking for a new way to make semiconducting diamond, you might not have thought of starting with tequila. But the potent spirit turns out to be excellent raw material.

The building blocks

Martin Rees The Guardian 01.07.2008
A technician works on the Atlas semiconductor tracker barrel. Photograph: Cern

Martin Rees introduces the Large Hadron Collider at Cern, the most powerful experiment ever to probe the greatest of questions in physics: what is the universe made of and how did it all begin?

Chinese President Hu Jintao (Xinhua Photo)

BEIJING, June 23 (Xinhua) -- President Hu Jintao on Monday hailed the country's remarkable science and technology achievements since the launch of its 1978 Reform and Opening-up Drive, but he also admitted that there is "still a large gap" with th...

Twittering 'from Mars'

Heather Havenstein Computerworld 07.06.2008
Twittering 'from Mars'

"The parachute is open!!" "Come on Rocketssssss!!!" "I've landed !!!!!" "Cheers! Tears! I'm here!" Those were the messages that NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory sent out on micro-blogging site Twitter in a five-minute time span May 25 as its Phoen...

Biggest Eyes on the Universe Get Makeover

Larry O'Hanlon Discovery News 07.06.2008
Biggest Eyes on the Universe Get Makeover

In astronomy, size matters. And for decades radio astronomers have been able to boast that they had the largest telescopes on the planet.

Greenhouse Graveyard: New Progress for Big Global Warming Fix

Scientists admit it will be tough to capture a key greenhouse gas and bury the CO2 in the ground, in rock or underwater. What’s even tougher for carbon sequestration: figuring out where to store it.

We are creatures of habit : Study

Researchers who spied on 100,000 people using their cellphone signals confirmed that most human beings are indeed creatures of habit.

Humans: The Strangest Species

Robert Roy Britt LiveScience 05.06.2008
Humans: The Strangest Species

Humans are arguably the most bizarre creatures in the animal kingdom. The proof is in the many gross, unnecessary, contradictory and simply inexplicable things we do. And of course we're different in our capacity to ponder all these oddities and s...

Study: Bottling Up Emotions Can Be Better

Score one for resilient types who keep things to themselves.

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