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Here Be Dragons: Sorry Everyone, Making Fuel Out of Seawater Isn't Gonna Save Humanity

Navy experts trying to power a tiny aircraft with a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. Photo courtesy of the US Naval Research Laboratory Last week, some people at the US Naval Research Laboratory’s Materials Science and Technology Division were able to successfully fly an aircraft fuelled by nothing but seawater. Show More Summary

International Space Station to beam video via laser back to Earth

A team of about 20 working at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., through the lab's Phaeton early-career-hire program, led the development of the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) investigation, which is preparing for an April 14 launch to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX-3 mission. Show More Summary

Britain's Ministry of Defence using robot soldier for testing protectvie suits

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

The British Ministry of Defence has a new soldier that costs £1.1 million (US$1.8 million) and goes by the odd name of “Porton Man.” Based at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) in Porton Down, Wiltshire, Porton Man isn't your average squaddie. Show More Summary

Vaginas Can Be Grown In Labs Now

See, girls, science is really fun: vaginas can now be grown in laboratories and implanted in the human crotch. In a pilot study on regenerative medicine, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina grew vaginal organs for four teenaged girls missing a vagina or uterus, using their own cells. All the girls suffer from a [...]

US Navy now Able to Produce Jet Fuel From Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide and Sea Water

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrated proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from...Show More Summary

Scale Model WWII Craft Takes Flight with Fuel from the Sea Concept

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrated proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. […]

New general concept for the treatment of cancer

A team of researchers from five Swedish universities, led by Karolinska Institutet and the Science for Life Laboratory, have identified a new way of treating cancer. The concept is presented in the journal Nature and is based on inhibiting a specific enzyme called MTH1, which cancer cells, unlike normal cells, require for survival. Show More Summary

The Emergence of Life on Wet, Rocky Sunlit Planets --NASA JPL Science

NASA's Michael Russell, a group supervisor at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech, specializes in the emergence of life and oxygenic photosynthesis in the context of hydrothermal systems on wet, rocky, sunlit planets. Specifically he has suggested that a major...

Democratizing data visualization

In 2007, members of the Haystack Group in MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory released a set of Web development tools called "Exhibit." Exhibit lets novices quickly put together interactive data visualizations,...Show More Summary

This Soft Robotic Fish Swims Just As Well As The Real Thing

There are two primary challenges facing the world of robotics at the moment: the navigation of complex environments, and the ability to collide safely with humans. MIT's Computer Science And Artificial Intelligence Laboratory appears to have overcome both, with a robotic fish made of silicone.

Robotic Fish Swims as Deftly as the Real Thing

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has made a significant step in achieving both safety and agility in the same device with a soft robot fish, made of soft silicone, that can perform sophisticated, agile movements and is safe for operation near humans.

American Association for Cancer Research to Host Annual Meeting in San Diego, April 5-9, 2014

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) will showcase newsworthy research on clinical trials, epidemiology, immunology, epigenetics, laboratory science, and translational medicine at its Annual Meeting, April 5-9.

CONTRIBUTION: HTC aims to create a Supercomputer with "HTC Power to Give" for Android

2 months agoTechnology / Mobile : The Unwired

Remember SETI@home, a project launched back in 1999 which is an Internet-based public volunteer computing project employing the BOINC software platform, hosted by the Space Sciences Laboratory, at the University of California, Berkeley? Well, HTC announced today that it will do something similar. Show More Summary

A new laser for a faster Internet

The study was published the week of February 10–14 in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The work is the result of a five-year effort by researchers in the laboratory of Amnon Yariv, Martin and...Show More Summary

Science teaching goes viral

An alternative approach to the traditional introductory laboratory course at the undergraduate level significantly increases student retention rates, according to research published in mBio, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. read more

Working on Decellularized Kidneys for Xenotransplantation

3 months agoHealth / Aging : Fight Aging

This popular science article looks at efforts in one laboratory to develop a supply of decellularized animal kidneys for transplantation into human recipients. At the present time decellularization appears to be the most practical way...Show More Summary

Video: the lab of the future

3 months agoOdd : Boing Boing

Timo writes, "Digital Science Concepts showcases our thinking on how technology might shape the laboratory of the future. These are products that are not currently under development but one day they might be commonplace in laboratories...who knows?

University of Hawaii scientists make a big splash

Researchers from the University of Hawaii – Manoa (UHM) School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and University of California – Berkeley discovered that interplanetary dust particles (IDPs) could deliver water and organics to the Earth and other terrestrial planets. read more

BLECH: Oreo's Rolling Out Cookie Dough and Marshmallow Crispy Flavors

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

Oreo can't stop, won't stop releasing strange new flavors. The latest wacky science experiments from Nabisco's basement laboratory of oddball ideas: cookie dough and marshmallow crispy. Why, cookie gods? Why? Read more...

Watching molecules morph into memories

In two papers in this week's Science, researchers in the laboratory of Albert Einstein College of Medicine's Robert Singer, Ph.D., focused on beta actin, an essential protein found abundantly in neurons (nerve cells). The Einstein researchers...Show More Summary

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