Science and Technology
Increases in prices for natural resources and advances in technology have conspired to make deep sea mining a commercially viable endeavor. But the prospect of large undersea vacuums sucking up minerals and animals at the same time has some environmentalists more than a little concerned.
Dark matter makes up some 95 percent of our universe, according to physicists, but its proven elusive. Scientists at Columbia University are part of the team looking for this elusive component of the universe -- and creating unintentional art along the way....
A warming climate is likely to mean rising rainfall totals in part of the world -- which could lead to flooding. But scientists in the United Kingdom are hoping to ameliorate that somewhat, by producing a new kind of grass that helps the soil absorb more water....
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether a company can be issued a patent for a human gene. The company says it needs the patent to protect the genetic tests its developed; a group of doctprs says human genes are nature in action and should be ineligible for patent protection....
Scientists who study insects are fascinated by a little-known species in Australia called "magnetic" termites. They won't stick to your refrigerator, but they do build their homes, mounds, in a particular orientation, seemingly based on the Earth's magnetic field....
Researchers at Brown University are putting people to sleep -- in the name of research. They're trying to determine what people dream, and what it means, by subjecting people to MRI scans as they dream, and then waking them up and asking what they were dreaming about....
Scientists from the European Space Agency's Planck Surveyor satellite have mapped cosmic imprints from the earliest moments in the universe. The findings help explain what the universe was like seconds after the Big Bang....
Scientists and those without a science background are finding creativity through collaboration at Science Hack Day events all over the world. But for some participants, these events are impacting their professional careers in unimaginable ways....
Russians in western Siberia captured video of a visible meteorite that streaked across the sky, early Friday morning. The meteorite caused a shockwave strong enough to shatter glass in a wide area, causing hundreds of injuries....
Scientists, naturalists finding increasingly large number of undiscovered species in unexpected placeEurope has a long history of searching for and cataloging its indigenous species. But, surprisingly, a number of species still went undiscovered. Now, there's a renewed effort to find the insects and other small creatures previously unknown — before humans unknowingly force them into extinction....
- Electric cars could produce efficiencies for national electric grid
- Recent solar panel adopter sees success in eliminating electric bill
- Donald Trump loses land battle to Scottish wind farm
- In wake of Fukushima, Japan struggling with renewable energy versus nuclear
- Collaboration could be the answer in U.S. energy debate
- Sri Lankan scientists create renewable batteries powered by plantain trees
- French sour on nuclear power
- Proposed budget cuts domestic funding for fusion research, may delay 'energy of the future'
- Report: U.S. energy imports down, exports up; energy independence in sight?
- Obama travels to Cushing, Okla., to announce his support for part of Keystone XL pipeline
- Peru's president orders environmental clean-up in Amazon oil region
- Right whale born in cold North Atlantic waters beats odds, survives winter
- Sushi chef tries to get people to open up to more sustainable ingredients
- As climate changes, one species faces extinction by becoming exclusively female
- Federal report shows EPA regulations produce more economic benefits than costs
- Activists see progress in convincing groups to divest from fossil fuels
- Farmers in Pennsylvania taking proceeds from fracking and investing in solar
- Landslides more prevalent in Pacific Northwest as climate change indicates rain increase
- Australia trying to educate citizens on crocodile safety -- to save the crocodiles
- EPA raises concerns about State Department's Keystone environmental statement
- Researcher pioneers low-cost means of storing energy
- New Digital Public Library of America seeks to increase accessibility to treasured works
- London's water service looking to turn sewer's 'fatbergs' into power
- Austin prepares to welcome second installation of Google's Fiber project
- French carmaker brings air-powered hybrid car to market
- Wearable gadgets track athletes' performance to improve workouts
- Lie-detection kiosk detects dishonesty with high degree of accuracy
- Bioengineers create life-like human ear with 3-D printer
- U.S. computer security firm unveils report linking cyber hacking group to China's military
- Chinese telco giant Huawei faces skepticism in pursuit of U.S. market