The discovery adds credence to the idea that Earth got its water from comets – especially as the disc seems to contain enough water to fill Earth’s oceans thousands of times over. Hot water vapour has previously been detected in the inner part of the planet-forming discs of nascent, alien solar systems. But this is […]
Michio Kaku sees two major trends in the world today: the first is toward a multicultural, scientific, tolerant society; the other, as evidenced by terrorism, is fundamentalist and monocultural. Whichever one wins out will determine the fate of man.
The C programming language creator and co-developer of the Unix operating system Dennis Ritchie died at home on October 8 after an extended illness, at the age of 70. Former colleague Rob Pike first publicly announced the death, which Alcatel-Lucent then confirmed. Ritchie, born in Bronxville, New York on September 9, 1941, joined Bell Labs […]
Pay as you go is a common way of paying for calls on your cellphone. Now the idea could help make solar power a more realistic option for families in Kenya and other African countries. The system, called IndiGo, consists of a low-cost flexible plastic 2.5W solar panel that charges a battery. This is connected […]
Habits may be difficult to change, but now at least we have an insight into how they form. When a group of neurons fire simultaneously, the activity appears as a brainwave. Different brainwave-frequencies are linked to different tasks in the brain. To track how brainwaves change during learning, Ann Graybiel and Mark Howe at the […]
Representatives from the OPERA collaboration spoke in a seminar at CERN today, supporting their astonishing claim that neutrinos can travel faster than the speed of light. The result is conceptually simple: neutrinos travelling from a particle accelerator at CERN in Switzerland arrived 60 nanoseconds too early at a detector in the Gran Sasso cavern in […]
As the urbanisation of the planet intensifies and natural resources diminish, the way we build is increasingly being questioned. City planners, architects, and engineers are all looking for innovative solutions for the way we design cities, create a public space or private house as well as for the building materials themselves. Focusing on landmark buildings, […]