Could a Steam Engine Under your Hood Increase Efficiency?


 

Inventor David Sakrisson claims that the engines in our cars today could readily be made more fuel efficient, more powerful, and release fewer emissions. All it takes, says Sakrisson, is a conversion method consisting of some "relatively simple bolt-on devices." read more »

Drive A Car 500 Miles on 5 Minutes of Electricity?


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The greatest challenge facing the electric car industry is battery storage. But a small, reclusive start-up company in Austin, Texas shows signs to be designing a car that can plug in for 5 minutes and drive 500 miles. read more »

Want Muscles? Doctor Discovers Protein for Extreme Muscle Growth


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When mice lack one protein, myostatin, and have overproduction of a second protein, follistatin, new research shows that the animals can increase their muscle fiber size by 117 percent. The discovery could be useful for treating patients with muscular dystrophy.

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Ultrasound Stops Bleeding Lungs from Outside the Body


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientists have discovered a way to heal punctured lungs without the need for difficult invasive surgeries. Using a beam of ultrasound, doctors may be able to pinpoint the torn location, focus the hot rays, and cause blood cells to seal the wound. read more »

Good-Bye Chemotheraphy? Retired Broadcaster Designs Possible Breakthrough Cancer Cure


"Nanotechnology"--the very word sounds complicated to your average human being. But a 63-year-old leukemia patient from Florida who never earned a college degree recently designed a method using nanotechnology that may make chemotherapy an archaic treatment of the past. read more »

Flying Saucers for Sale in California


A car-sized "flying saucer" has been developed by a company in Davis, California called Moller International. The saucer can carry 250 pounds, flies 10 feet high, and can be bought for $90,000. read more »

“Tongue Sucker” Life-Saving Device a Winner


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A first-aid device called the "tongue sucker" recently won first place in the prestigious INDEX award contest. The tongue sucker is used to easily open the airways in the throat of an unconscious person, allowing air to enter the lungs before paramedics arrive.

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Scientists Recreate Out-Of-Body Experiences


Cutting-edge virtual reality has demonstrated that a "multi-sensory" conflict is the underlying mechanism of out-of-body experiences. With this understanding, researchers have succeeded in "tricking" subjects into thinking they are separate from their bodies. read more »

AI Software Predicts Enemy’s Next Move


Basedon observations of an opponent's past behavior, a new software system is trying to predict what the opponent will do next. DARPA, the US government's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is funding the project in hopes that it may be useful in future battles. read more »

Google Unveils “Astronomical YouTube” in Sky


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the latest version of Google Earth, Google has recently announced that it will include a new update: Google Sky, an image gallery of the night sky. read more »

Enter Password by Looking


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With EyePassword, a gaze-based interface, users need only to look at the numbers on the keyboard to enter their password. Researchers say that this technique makes it much more difficult for spies to determine passwords from over your shoulder. read more »

In “Urban Farming,” Crops Grow in Skyscrapers


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientist Dickson Despommier has designed a scheme to grow crops inside 30-story skyscrapers. This urban farm concept could help feed a rapidly growing population, leave space for forests, and supply potable water for entire cities. read more »

Plasma Gasification Transforms Garbage into Clean Energy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It sounds too good to be true: a machine that can get rid of almost any kind of waste at a fraction of the cost of today's disposal techniques, eliminate existing landfills, and produce an excess of clean energy to be sold back to the grid. This very realistic process is called plasma gasification. read more »

New Sony Ericsson Phone for Camera Fanatics


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some people, taking high-quality pictures is the main feature they'd use on their cell phone (after talking, of course). Sony Ericsson's new K770 Cyber-shot phone may offer the best in this category so far. read more »

Scientists Identify Hormone Responsible for Eating Too Much Cake


 

 

 

 

 

Can you say enough to this cake? If not, you may have a deficiency in a hormone prominent in the reward center of the brain that also controls appetite. read more »

Animal Diesel at US Pumps in 2007


ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods, the two companies partnering in initiative, say fat from pigs, cows, and chickens will offer a cleaner fuel and provide about 3% of ConocoPhillips' diesel requirements. Critics have fears over animal rights, food supply, ethics, and environmental benefits. read more »

Kameraflage Sees More Than Meets The Eye


Kameraflage is a new type of display technology that takes advantage of digital cameras' ability to see a broader spectrum of light than the human eye. Objects, designs, words, and pictures that are invisible in the real world may be viewed with a digital camera equipped with kameraflage. read more »

New Ocean Energy Technology Shows Promise


buoybuoyBy using buoys to capture energy from the ocean's waves, researchers are developing an alternative energy technology that researchers say could provide 10% of the required power for the US. read more »

Saliva Test Detects Cancer Early


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Human Salivary Proteome Project, researchers are developing saliva tests that will take the place of routine blood tests and even do more, such as detect cancer at early stages. The researchers predict that saliva tests will replace needle pricks and detect multiple types of cancer by 2011. read more »

“Instant Steam’s” First Application? GumBusting.


Scientists have discovered a method for making instant steam without electricity. Instant steam could have many applications, including killing superbugs such as staph infections, providing mobile power generation and powering rockets and cars. But it's first application? Cleaning gum from sidewalks. read more »