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Scientists Invent Cheap Hydrogen Production Method


 

Engineers from Purdue University have developed a technique for producing hydrogen at a cost that would be competitive with other energy technologies. read more »

What Will the World Look Like in 2100?


Here's a look back at the top engineering achievements of the 20th century, and the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st. read more »

Why You Should Plan to Party When You’re 70


 

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 »

Generate Your Own Electric Current with a Power Shirt


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 »

Wind-Powered Air Conditioning


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 »

10 Gigantic Solar-Powered Projects


 

Solar cell efficiencies are improving, and a number of solar-powered projects are popping up around the world. Here are a few highlights, including single buildings and large solar plants. Hopefully, their successors will be even bigger and better... read more »

Scientists Turn Aluminum into (the color) Gold


It sounds sort of like alchemy, but scientists from the University of Rochester have used the latest technology to turn any metal just about any color. read more »

E. Coli Turns Sugar into Hydrogen Fuel


By modifying a few genes in the stomach bacteria E. coli, scientists from Texas A&M have made the bacteria capable of producing hydrogen - possibly enough to power vehicles and homes in the future. read more »

Alaska Resort Thrives on Geothermal Energy


While most tourists visit the Chena Hot Springs Resort to swim in the steaming water of Rock Lake, the locals use the hot springs for another reason: to power their buildings in an attempt to become a self-sufficient community. read more »

Scientists Make Bacterial DNA


Synthetic biologists from the J. Craig Venter Institute in Maryland have announced that they have synthetically reproduced the DNA of the bacteria called Mycoplasma laboratorium. With this significant step in their research, they hope to go on to create an entire synthetic organism. read more »

1,000 Genomes Project will Explore Genetic Roots


A new international research collaboration has recently announced an ambitious project: mapping the complete genomes of 1,000 individuals from different parts of the world. The new map of the human genome will contain the most detailed data yet on DNA variations, increasing our understanding of genetic roots and diseases. read more »

Can We Just Hide Our CO2?


Although discovering green methods for generating power is a worldwide priority, many people are worried that these cures won't come soon enough. To try to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the meantime, some countries are looking at ways to hide our enormous CO2 footprint by burying the gas deep in the earth. read more »

Get Superhuman Vision with the “Bionic" Contact Lenses


Researchers have developed new contact lenses that contain circuits, LEDs, and a "powder" of electrical components that can enable an average human being to possess superhuman vision. read more »

People with Macular Degeneration Can Watch TV with New Tech


A new remote control enables people with macular degeneration to watch TV, thanks to a special contrast enhancement technology.

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Rainforest Tree Factories Could Eliminate Rainforest Destruction


A South Carolina company is hard at work on a strategy that would mean not a single additional rainforest tree will have to be cut down. read more »

Algae: The Future of Biofuels?


Experts say that algae could generate 30 times more energy per acre of land than corn and other biofuels, and grow at a much faster rate. read more »

Why Some People Are Addicts


It doesn't matter whether it's cocaine, alcohol, nicotine, or opiates - drug addictions may be explained in part by about 400 genes. Scientists predict that genetic factors may account for up to 60% of an individual's drug addiction, while environmental factors account for the other 40%. read more »

Turkey’s Underwater Tunnel to Take On Earthquakes


Turkey is in the midst of building a rail tunnel and a vehicle tunnel that will connect Asia and Europe through the Bosporous Strait. While the rail tunnel is expected to be completed in 2009, the vehicle tunnel will be taking bids shortly, and its expected completion date is 2011.

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Can Pot Cure Cancer?


The compounds in cannabis are already known to alleviate the pain from cancer and other illnesses, but now some studies have found that cannabis may also stop tumor cells from growing and getting out of control, as normally happens in untreated cancer. read more »

Study Finds Magnetic Therapy Really Works


Can placing magnets on your skin cure aches, pains, and sprains? So-called "magnetic therapy" is often considered to be a hoax under the guise of "alternative medicine." But now a study by biomedical engineering researchers at the University of Virginia has found that magnets may really provide biological healing. The scientific evidence for the controversial therapy may lead to mainstream use of magnets for athletes, the elderly, and others. read more »