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Ontario nuclear plants safe: OPG

7 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A review of Ontario Power Generation's nuclear facilities in the wake of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi plant shows reactors in the province are safe and robustly designed, the...

Optical microscope without lenses produces high-resolution 3-D images on a chip

7 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have redesigned the concept of a microscope, by removing the lens, to create a system small enough to fit in the palm of a hand, but powerful enough to...

Large Hadron Collider sets world record beam intensity

7 years ago from Science Daily

CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has set a new world record for beam intensity at a hadron collider, exceeding the previous world record set by the US Fermi National Accelerator...

Timid and shy or bold and welcoming, water behaves in unexpected ways on surfaces

7 years ago from Physorg

It's ubiquitous. It's universal. And it's understood—not! Water's choices in a given situation often defy scientific predictions. When expected to bond with other water molecules, it shuns them. When expected...

U.S. nuclear sector gets good marks

7 years ago from UPI

LONDON, April 22 (UPI) -- Nuclear power plants in the United States are operating at a safe and sustainable level, an international watchdog group said.

First come, first served for Libyan oil

7 years ago from UPI

CAIRO, April 22 (UPI) -- International energy companies backing Libyan rebels will come out ahead in a post-Gadhafi environment, a Libyan energy adviser said.

Playing pool with atoms

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- The scientist who developed the world’s most sensitive spectrometer for identifying atoms on a material’s surface came to Lehigh recently to give a talk at the only U.S....

Concrete recycling may cut highway construction cost, landfill use

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Purdue University civil engineers are working with the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to perfect the use of recycled concrete for highway construction, a strategy that could reduce...

Overhype? Synapse Circuit Using Carbon Nanotubes

7 years ago from

There's a news story replicating on the web right now about a "Functioning Synapse Created Using Carbon Nanotubes," for instance here and here.  However, it's not quite as good as...

Video: Nissan Leaf review

7 years ago from CBSNews - Science

CNET's Brian Cooley takes a spin in the 2011 Nissan Leaf and walks through the tech that makes this new electric car a potential contender to Toyota's Prius.

Naps May Be the Ticket for Sleepy Air Controllers

7 years ago from Live Science

An odd schedule leaves air traffic controllers sleep deprived, researchers say.

New technology improves fuel cells

7 years ago from UPI

LOS ALAMOS, N.M., April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers say they've developed an inexpensive substitute for expensive platinum that's been a stumbling block to widespread use of hydrogen fuel...

GPS use said to dull 'direction finding'

7 years ago from UPI

DUNDEE, Scotland, April 21 (UPI) -- Growing reliance on satellite navigation and Global Positioning System devices is creating a generation with little sense of direction, a U.K. scientist says.

That Was Made from What?! 6 Surprising Recyclables

7 years ago from Live Science

Jackets made from milk jugs and other everyday items crafted from recycled materials.

Why You Won't Read This Earth Day Article (And Why That Doesn't Matter)

7 years ago from Live Science

You might not call yourself an environmentalist, but you're probably helping the cause anyway.

Geely McCar: Electric vehicle and scooter in one

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Geely, an automotive manufacturer that is based in China, has created a new vehicle called McCar. Aside from creating a lot of Batman movie comparisons and jokes, it...

Magnetic appeal

7 years ago from Physorg

Some of the world’s earliest applications of magnets were for feng shui by ancient Chinese cultures, and in compasses for navigators sailing the globe. Today, next-generation magnets are being performed...

Career of Renowned Climate Expert Begins with a Big Magnet

7 years ago from Live Science

National Academy of Sciences President Dr. Ralph Cicerone discusses his excitement at conducting groundbreaking experiments at the frontier of atmospheric chemistry.

Lignin cut down to size by nickel catalyst

7 years ago from Chemistry World

A nickel-based catalyst has been created that can selectively depolymerise lignin, opening the way to producing chemicals and green transport fuels from biomass

Sharp to commercialize world's first small-and medium-size LCD panels using oxide semiconductor

7 years ago from Physorg

Sharp Corporation has developed high performance small- and medium-size LCD panels using oxide semiconductor, InGaZnO. Production of these new LCD panels will aim to start at Kameyama Plant No.2 within...

VCU professor's research leads to an uncensored 'Dorian Gray'

7 years ago from Physorg

When Oscar Wilde’s “The Picture of Dorian Gray” was first published in book form in 1891, it represented a substantially altered version of Wilde’s original novel. Material considered racy for...

Photovoltaic systems boost the sales price of California homes

7 years ago from Science Daily

New research finds strong evidence that homes with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems sell for a premium over homes without solar systems. The research is the first to empirically explore the...

Italy Puts Nuclear Power on Indefinite Hold

7 years ago from Science NOW

Plans to build a new generation of nuclear reactors in Italy have run aground...

Cracks In The Fundaments Of Quantum Physics

7 years ago from

In its first years, the development of quantum physics occurred violently. As a consequence some cracks sneaked into the fundaments of this branch of physics. A careful investigation brings these...

Israeli engineers build artificial device capable of detecting cancer in breath

7 years ago from Physorg

(PhysOrg.com) -- Professor Hossam Haick of the Israel Institute of Technology, at Technion, and his team have built an artificial nose which is capable of detecting molecules in human breath...

Quantum teleporter breakthrough

7 years ago from Science Blog

Researchers have achieved a breakthrough in quantum communications and computing using a teleporter and a paradoxical cat. The breakthrough is the first-ever transfer, or teleportation, of a particular complex set...

The aged game of rugby

7 years ago from Harvard Science

“This is it. This is the shed,” said rugby player David Sackstein ’14, taping his knee inside the metal facility, about the size of what you’d expect in someone’s back yard. “This...

Field Notes on Science & Nature

7 years ago from Harvard Science

Michael Canfield, a lecturer on organismic and evolutionary biology, visits an eclectic range of scientific disciplines, offering examples that professional naturalists can emulate to fine-tune their own field methods, along...