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Where can renewable energy be stored?

Electricity storage serves multiple purposes in electricity systems. Utilities use it to husband surplus power for later use, rail systems are …

Hydrogen, hydrogen everywhere...

<b>Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. And when you burn it or use it to produce electricity, the only waste product is water.</b><p>In the era of global warming, it would seem to be the perfect fuel.<p>So why aren't we all driving round in hydrogen-powered cars, moving our goods in …

Energy

Scientists Have Created 'DNA Scissors' That Can Alter Your Genes, but Should They Use Them?

Biotechnology that can rewrite the genome heralds "a new era of human biology" and raises ethical questions for the medical community, experts in …

Big Bang theory could be debunked by Large Hadron Collider

Scientists at Cern could prove the controversial theory of ‘rainbow gravity’ which suggests that the universe stretches back into time infinitely, with no Big Bang<p>The detection of miniature black holes by the Large Hadron Collider could prove the existence of parallel universes and show that the …

A history of the world in funny puns

Wild Animals Can Help 'Predict' Earthquakes, Scientists Say

Wild animals can "predict" earthquakes several weeks before they strike, and motion-activated cameras that track their movements could be adopted in quake-prone countries as an affordable early warning system, scientists said on Tuesday. A series of cameras placed in an Amazon region of Peru …

Animal Behavior

Highest and lowest points on Earth

Ever wonder how high the highest points on Earth are, in contrast to the deepest manmade boreholes and ocean trenches? Check out this fascinating …

Earth Has A Layer No One Knew About

Just like onions and cartoon ogres<p>Our perspective of Earth tends to be very shallow--literally. Everything we experience, from the deepest depths of the ocean to the highest mountain peaks, only skims the top of the outermost layer of the Earth, the crust, which is about 4 miles thick under the …

Geology

A Vanishing Island, an Alien Mudball, and the Search for Life on Enceladus

<i>Last week, the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference brought more than 1,700 scientists to The Woodlands, Texas. Through presentations and poster sessions, many of the solar system’s worlds briefly had a chance to shine — even the little ones, like comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, dwarf planet</i> …

Smartphone use changing our brain and thumb interaction, say researchers

Typing text messages, scrolling web pages, and checking your email on your smartphone could be changing the way your thumbs and brain interacts. That’s according to researchers from the University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, and University of Fribourg.<p>Dr Arko Ghosh, of the University of Zurich and ETH …

The Brain

Remote control of brain activity with heated nanoparticles

Photograph: Ritchie Chen/ Polina Anikeeva/ MIT<p>Heat dissipates from iron oxide nanoparticles in an alternating magnetic field, triggering nervous impulses by activation of TRPV1 …

Remote Controls

Air pollution takes a double toll on babies' brains

A common pollutant in vehicle exhaust, power plant emissions and cigarette smoke can shrink white matter in fetal brains and cause developmental damage during the toddler years, a new study suggests.<p>In 40 children examined by researchers, prenatal exposure to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons was …

Mutant yeast for biofuel are ‘cream of the crop’

A combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution has led to a new, mutant yeast strain that could pave the way to a more efficient …

How LED light bulbs could fight disease

In the developing world, light bulbs might as well be insect magnets. The light they emit—particularly the blue wavelengths of LED lights—attracts a …