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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 »

Making the Electric Car Work: Can Israel Succeed?


Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)

When a country can't buy oil from most of the Middle East, there are a few smart things to do: reduce consumption, buy from somewhere else, or, introduce the most revolutionary electric car infrastructure ever. For Israel, it's doing all three. read more »

First “Hands-On” Reviews of the Apple MacBook Air Laptop


The new ultra-portable Apple MacBook Air was recently introduced at the 2008 MacWorld Expo, and it has not surprisingly created a huge buzz in the notebook computer world. Today, the first hands-on reviews have been released by 3 of the largest news organizations in the world: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Here's what they had to say about the MacBook Air... read more »

Do Boomerangs Work in Space? Ask a Japanese Astronaut!



Japanese astronaut Takeo Doi will be bringing an Australian icon - the boomerang - up to the International Space Station this coming March. Down under is about to meet the wild blue yonder!
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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 »

New Diamond-Cut Designed Nokia Prism 7900 Cell Phone


The Nokia Prism 7900 is a cell phone that is more than just a phone - it's a work of art! This glamorous cell phone with diamond-cut designs and crystal center key was created by Nokia in collaboration with the French creative designer Frederique Daubal. read more »

New Stylus Digital Cameras From Olympus are Extremely Durable


Olympus is set to release 2 new waterproof compact digital cameras from their popular Stylus line of compacts. The 2 new models are called the Stylus 1030 SW and the Stylus 850 SW, and they are built to be durable and waterproof (the "SW" stands for "shockproof" and "waterproof"). read more »

Rice Ethanol Replaces Oil, Saves Farm Jobs



Street-racing slang often refers to tuned Japanese sports cars as "ricers", but a new project to create ethanol fuel from non-food rice may just succeed in extending the term to include ALL cars driven in Japan.
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Picture Frames and Mirrors Make Modern Day Rock Climbing Wall


Rock climbing is a wonderful form of exercise. It increases your strength, endurance, power, flexibility and balance as well as increases your level of confidence and mental discipline. No wonder a gym in Japan wants to do what it can to encourage the continuance of this form of exercise and has taken the idiom "climbing the walls" to the extreme.
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Super Soaker Squirt Gun Guy Wants More Sun


Remember the Super Soaker water gun (a.k.a Power Drencher)? It was the world's first high-performance, pressurized water gun invented by nuclear engineer Lonnie Johnson.

Mr. Johnson who once worked with the U.S Air Force and NASA has more than 100 patents to his name. His most recent invention today could drastically reduce the cost of solar energy as well as conserve heat, if it works. read more »