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Scientists create solar cell fiber that could potentially be woven into cloth

An international team of scientists led by a University of Pennsylvania professor said Thursday that they’ve created a unique new fiber thinner than a human hair that can capture energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. Their research on this new solar cell breakthrough was published this week…

Archeologists discover last port of ancient Rome

French and Italian archaeologists have found the remains of a grain port that played a critical role in the rise of ancient Rome, France’s National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) said on Thursday. Cores drilled at a location at the mouth of the River Tiber have revealed the site of…

Florida officials may release genetically modified mosquitos in Dengue fight

Health officials in Florida are considering a plan to release thousands of genetically modified mosquitos into the wild to combat a rare disease.  According to the Associated Press, mosquito control workers are waiting for word from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would put the plan into action as…

Ostrich arteries bring bypass hope: Japan scientists

Scientists in Japan have used ostrich blood vessels to create a viable bypass in pigs, raising hopes of easier and more effective artery transplants for heart patients. The team found they could harvest blood vessels from the bird’s long neck and use them to construct artificial pathways that are up…

World’s oldest trees dying due to climate change: study

Scientists Friday warned of an alarming increase in the death rates of the largest living organisms on the planet, the giant, old trees that harbour and sustain countless birds and wildlife. Research by universities in Australia and the United States, published in Science, said ecosystems worldwide were in danger of…

Study reveals children’s cells may benefit mother’s body long after birth

A new study has shown that the bond between mothers and their children may be even more elemental than common wisdom and centuries of art and literature would have us believe. According to Scientific American, new research by the National Institute of Health indicates that mothers’ and children’s cells may…

University math society develops perfect Christmas tree decoration formula

Mathematics has provided an answer for those striving for the perfect Christmas tree, Britain’s University of Sheffield says. The university’s Maths Society was set the challenge of decorating a tree so that greenery and glitz are in harmonious proportion, resolving the problem of a tree that is either too barren…

NOAA: Arctic lost record amounts of snow and ice last year

Findings from US science agency Noaa suggest widespread and irreversible changes because of a warming climate The Arctic lost more snow and sea ice between October 2011 and August 2012 than any year other on record, a premier US science agency reported on Wednesday, delivering the fullest picture to date of…

Beer is good for you: study finds anti-virus powers

Consuming large quantities of a key ingredient in beer can protect against winter sniffles and even some serious illnesses in small children, a Japanese brewery said citing a scientific study. A chemical compound in hops, the plant brewers use to give beer its bitter taste, provides an effective guard against…

Scientists say NASA’s budget inadequate for its goals

NASA suffers from a “mismatch” between its goals and the budget it has been given to achieve them, according to a panel that said the US space agency may need a complete overhaul. The National Research Council, which convened an independent group of top US scientists, urged the White House…

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