- Coming Soon: Battlefield Robots In Space
Raven, the mobile surgical robot developed by the University of Washington, is going into the Atlantic Ocean to participate in NASA's mission to submerge a surgeon and robotic gear in a simulated spaceship. For 12 days the surgical robotic system wil ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 18 2007 - 4:27pm
- University Of Colorado Forecasts 1 In 3 Chance Of Record Low Sea Ice In 2007
University of Colorado at Boulder researchers are forecasting a one in three chance that the 2007 minimum extent of sea ice across the Arctic region will set an all-time record low. The researchers at CU-Boulder's Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Re ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 19 2007 - 3:27pm
- Does Peer-reviewed Mean Better Quality?
Scientists are questioning whether peer review, the internationally accepted form of scientific critique, is able to meet the challenges posed by the rapid changes in the research landscape. A report published by the European Science Foundation (ESF) has ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 21 2007 - 1:26pm
- How Cilia Beat In Unison
Cilia, tiny hair-like structures that propel mucus out of airways, have to agree on the direction of the fluid flow to get things moving. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies discovered a novel two-step mechanism that ensures that all ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 22 2007 - 12:29pm
- UCLA Scientists Design New Super-hard Material
Ultra-hard materials are used for everything from drills that bore for oil and build new roads to scratch-resistant coatings for precision instruments and the face of your watch. UCLA scientists are now reporting a promising new approach to designing supe ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 22 2007 - 12:48pm
- Lose Your Temper? So Do Fruit Flies
Serotonin is a major signaling chemical in the brain, and it has long been thought to be involved in aggressive behavior in a wide variety of animals as well as in humans. Another brain chemical signal, neuropeptide Y (known as neuropeptide F in invertebr ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 22 2007 - 4:11pm
- Junk DNA Or Powerful Gene Regulator?
Large swaths of garbled human DNA once dismissed as junk appear to contain some valuable sections, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-Santa Cruz. The scientists propose th ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 23 2007 - 5:32pm
- 3-D Ultrasounds Of Babies, "just Like IMAX"
Parents-to-be might soon don 3-D glasses in the ultrasound lab to see their developing fetuses in the womb "in living 3-D, just like at the IMAX movies," according to researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering. The same Du ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 24 2007 - 10:52am
- What We Can Learn From Termites About Making Ethanol Carbon Neutral
Termites know how to digest cellulose, but the human process of producing ethanol from cellulose is slow and expensive. The bottleneck is the rate at which the cellulose enzyme breaks down cellulose into sugars, which are then fermented into ethanol. To h ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 24 2007 - 9:10pm
- Pulsing Toward High-yield Fusion
An electrical circuit that should carry enough power to produce the long-sought goal of controlled high-yield nuclear fusion and, equally important, do it every 10 seconds, has undergone extensive preliminary experiments and computer simulations at Sandia ...
Article - News Staff - Apr 25 2007 - 4:26pm