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Einstein Letter on God Sells for $404,000

9 years ago from NY Times Science

A letter Albert Einstein wrote in 1954 in which he described the Bible as “pretty childish” sold for $404,000 at an auction in London.

Are BPA plastic's claims shatterproof?

9 years ago from LA Times - Health

Two views have emerged from the same research on whether the chemical in hard, clear polycarbonate plastics is bad for humans. Regardless of who's right, there are alternatives. ...

Junk Computers Could Fuel Cars

9 years ago from Live Science

Potentially toxic computer waste could instead wind up fueling your car one day.

Light Emitting Diodes Save Energy And Can Now Concentrate Light Precisely Where Needed

9 years ago from Science Daily

Light-emitting diodes save energy. In terms of their light output, however, they have so far been unable to compete with light bulbs. A new, low-priced optical component is set to...

New Molecules Could Change The Face Of Explosives Detection

9 years ago from Science Daily

Chemists have developed complex molecules for use in portable sensors that quickly and reliably detect the presence of plastic explosives, a pressing need for soldiers in Iraq. The molecules can...

U.S. Energy Department looks at wind power

9 years ago from UPI

WASHINGTON, May 13 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy has released a report examining the feasibility of using wind to provide 20 percent of the nation's electricity...

Software automates protein pattern studies

9 years ago from UPI

PITTSBURGH, May 13 (UPI) -- U.S. engineering researchers say they have developed software that automates the analysis of protein patterns.

New maths improves sleep monitoring

9 years ago from Science Alert

A researcher has invented a new way of monitoring breathing during sleep using a formula based on chaos theory, making the process cheaper and simpler.

25 Easy Steps Towards Sustainability

9 years ago from Science Alert

The New Zealand Government has created and released a new document that provides the population with '25 easy steps towards sustainability'.

New green building materials

9 years ago from Science Alert

Light, strong building materials made of waste from coal power may cut emissions in the construction industry by 20 per cent, and has other environmental benefits.

Looking at therapy under a biblical light

9 years ago from UPI

CHICAGO, May 13 (UPI) -- The University of Illinois at Chicago is offering an online course that makes a case for using biblical narratives in psychotherapy.

New Technique Measures Ultrashort Laser Pulses At Focus

9 years ago from Science Daily

Lasers that emit ultrashort pulses of light are used for numerous applications, but the quality of the results is limited by distortions caused by lenses and other optical components that...

Molecule With 'Self-control' Synthesized

9 years ago from Science Daily

Plants have an ambivalent relationship with light. They need it to live, but too much light leads to the increased production of high-energy chemical intermediates that can injure or kill...

4 innovations vie for top U.K. award

9 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

A freezer system for disease samples, a soot filter for diesel engines, a dime-sized chemical sensor and a bionic hand are the finalists for the United Kingdom's top engineering prize,...

The hot new nanotech: testing chillies

9 years ago from News @ Nature

Nanotubes could give cooks a cheap device to rate their chillies.

Possible Mechanism for Enormous Electromechanical Response

9 years ago from Physorg

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory and collaborators at Stony Brook University, Johns Hopkins University, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have discovered that...

Silicon can have good effect on sunflowers

9 years ago from UPI

STILLWATER, Okla., May 12 (UPI) -- U.S. horticulturists say they have determined silicon might have a beneficial effect on ornamental sunflowers if delivered in the correct concentration.

Higher fuel prices may mean less pollution

9 years ago from UPI

DAVIS, Calif., May 12 (UPI) -- U.S. economists say high gasoline prices might lead motorists to drive more fuel-efficient vehicles, resulting in lower greenhouse-gas emissions.

New Clues To How Proteins Dissolve And Crystallize

9 years ago from Science Daily

The Hofmeister series governs the strengths of ions in inducing protein unfolding and many other phenomena and remains vital to protein chemistry to this day. Although it dates from the...

Precise Alignment to Quantum Dots

9 years ago from Physorg

“Precise lithographic alignment to site-controlled quantum dots is of major importance for numerous nano-photonic, nano-electronic and nano-spintronic devices,” Sven Höfling tells PhysOrg.com.

Researchers Using Fruit to Aid the Sun's Work

9 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Chemistry students at Rowan University are using dye from fruit to capture solar energy.

Congress Divided On Energy Plan

9 years ago from CBSNews - Science

Except for halting the flow of oil into the government's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, neither the Democratic nor Republican energy plan is likely to go very far.

Microwaves 'cook ballast aliens'

A microwave system that kills "invasive species" lurking in ships' ballast water is developed by a team of US researchers.

Inventor, Engineering Students Explore New Type Of Solar Collectors

9 years ago from Science Daily

A team of students led by a chemical engineering professor are working with a New Jersey inventor to advance a new solar thermal collector. The engineering students pointed out that...

Oil powered Norway gradually turns into the wind

9 years ago from Physorg

As Norway prepares for a future after oil, the gale-force potential of harvesting wind power off its long coastline has become an increasingly attractive proposition.

Volkswagen, Sanyo to develop lithium-ion battery: report

9 years ago from Physorg

Volkswagen AG will join forces with Japan's Sanyo Electric to develop a lithium-ion battery, a key component of hybrid and electric cars, the Nikkei newspaper reported Sunday.

Are Backyard Ethanol Brewers an Answer to High-Priced Gas? [News]

9 years ago from Scientific American

A company banking on drivers' weariness of skyrocketing gasoline prices unveiled a home refinery device on Thursday offering another option: ethanol. E-Fuel Corporation says its EFuel100 MicroFueler can produce up...

Quantum computers take step toward practicality with demonstration of new device

9 years ago from Physorg

Computers based on the powerful properties of quantum mechanics have the potential to revolutionize information technology and security, but for decades they have remained more theoretical than practical, and difficult...