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Powdered-alcohol creator shares 'the truth about Palcohol'

Last month, to the delight of those, like myself, who love imbibing and all things "instant," a modern-day hero emerged. But rather than vanquishing poorly dressed supervillains, he promised something far more valuable: lightweight, portable powdered liquor in a convenient pouch.<p>This 21st-century …

Bouncing Neutrons Aid Search For Dark Matter, Dark Energy

Neutrons bouncing in Earth's gravity are helping to shed light on two of the greatest mysteries in the universe, dark matter and dark energy, researchers say.<p>Dark matter is an invisible substance thought to make up five-sixths of all matter in the universe. The strength of its gravitational pull …

Princes and Princesses Among 50 Egyptian Mummies Unearthed

Royal mummies from Egypt's golden age surprise scholars.<p>Offering hopes for tracing the family secrets of the ancient pharaohs, more than 50 royal mummies have emerged in Egypt's Valley of the Kings from a tomb long sealed by rubble and little suspected of harboring royalty. (Related: "Valley of the …

Five perplexing questions about computers in 2039

Twenty-five years from now, what issues and fears will we have about our deeper interaction with computers? New Scientist magazine sifted through predictions from leading researchers in the field. And if they’re right, we’ll be discussing, worrying about and debating everything from extreme surgery …

Gap Between Neanderthals and Us Narrows, But Does Not Close

Were the Neanderthals evolutionary also-rans—or just like modern humans?<p>Neanderthals have traditionally been viewed as human evolution's also-rans. Yes, they had brains as big as ours, made fairly complex stone tools, and flourished across a huge expanse of Eurasia for nearly 300,000 years. But …

This Plastic Is Made Of Shrimp Shells

It's called shrilk, and no, it won't cause allergic reactions.<p>There ain't no reason why we can't replace plastic with something biodegradable. Here's one option: a material called shrilk. It is made from a chemical in shrimp shells called chitosan, a version of chitin--the second-most abundant …

Biodegradation

New adhesive system makes a circuit board that is 90% recyclable

Three British companies have developed a 90% recyclable and reusable circuit board, whose components can be easily separated by soaking in hot water. Funded by the UK government's Technology Strategy Board with a view to help industry conform to European electronic waste regulation, the National …

Sustainability