Researchers have discovered that exposure to hydrogen sulfide - the chemical that gives sewer gas and rotten eggs their putrid smell - can put mice in a state of suspended animation. If similar exposure could do the same for humans, it could open up whole new areas of medicine and experimental research.
If all goes to plan, ethanol may be appearing at US pumps at $1 per gallon, according to an article at Energy-Daily.com.
Retired scientist Louis Michaud has plans to generate tornadoes near power plants that could provide a 40% increase in the plants' power output. If the concept works, it could dramatically cut down on the need for building new power plants, instead creating energy from the waste heat of existing plants.
Researchers from Stanford are developing a camera with thousands of tiny pixels, where clumps of 256 pixels act like an independent lens. The lenses can capture images from different angles, producing a high-res, 3-D "depth map" where every object in the image is in focus.
Scientists are creating fireworks made of chemicals that don't pollute the atmosphere. These environmentally friendly fireworks could also offer better color quality and intensity than conventional fireworks.
For the past 20 years, researchers working for the Boston Retinal Implant Project have been developing a bionic eye implant that could restore sight for individuals who have age-related blindness.
Researchers have discovered that the common blow-fly has a brain that fires neurons in a way that could be replicated by highly efficient next-generation computers.
In some parts of the world, more than 60% of a home's energy bill goes toward heating. In an effort to reduce some of that expense - and solve a problem of their own at the same time - researchers at IBM in Switzerland are hoping to put computers to the rescue.
The concept of using smells to affect one's health has been around since the ancient Egyptians and Greeks. Today, a small minority of people - mostly Westerners - swear by the health benefits of aromatherapy to cure a variety of ailments.
A fluorescent green mother pig has recently given birth to eleven piglets, two of which also glow green under ultra-violet light like their mother.
The gases you breathe out may provide a mirror of what's going on inside your body. In an effort to detect the minute traces of gases that may point to diseases such as cancer and asthma, researchers have developed a laser for low-cost, highly sensitive breath analysis. read more »
Scientists show how to cut a rubberband in two, and then put it back together again. read more »
In a modern-day sea voyage, researchers plan to seek out the strongest winds in order to better understand the effect of weather conditions on the carbon cycle. read more »
Researchers have developed self-cleaning wool, where all that is needed to get rid of stains and dirt is sunlight. Instead of throwing your clothes in the washing machine, you'd just hang them up in the sun for a few hours. read more »
Engineers from Purdue University have developed a technique for producing hydrogen at a cost that would be competitive with other energy technologies. read more »
Here's a look back at the top engineering achievements of the 20th century, and the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st. read more »
Do you ever dream about the wild parties you'll have when you're 70 years old? If not, maybe you should - for the sake of your health. A new study shows that young people who view old age as a miserable time of life are more likely to engage in binge drinking, smoking, eating junk food, and other unhealthy habits than their peers who have a more positive perspective of old age. read more »
Scientists have designed a fabric covered with nanowires that generates electric current due to any kind of motion. Wearing a shirt made of this fabric could enable wearers to power their iPods and other small devices simply with their body movements. read more »
High power bills due to blasting the air conditioning in the summer can be a drag. Recently, researchers from the Malaviya National Institute of Technology in India have designed a natural, passive method for keeping indoor environments cool during hot summer days. read more »