Quantcast
Home » Archives » Science (Page 320)

Project to use facial recognition software to identify subjects of world’s famous artworks

A Californian university has won funding to use advanced facial recognition technology to try to solve the mysteries of some of the world’s most famous works of art. Professor Conrad Rudolph said the idea for the experiment came from watching news and detective shows such as CSI which had a…

Water supply cut near Tokyo due to toxin contamination

The water supply to tens of thousands of households near Tokyowas cut off Saturday after local checks found it was contaminated with a cancer-causing chemical. The city of Noda, some 30 kilometres (20 miles) from central Tokyo, said it had stopped supplies to a major part of the city. Most of the neighbouring city of Kashiwa also has…

SpaceX scrubs launch to ISS over rocket engine

The California-based company SpaceX on Saturday scrubbed the launch of its Dragon capsule toward the International Space Station at the last second due to a rocket engine problem. The abort came a half-second before liftoff due to high pressure in the center engine of the Falcon 9 rocket, forcing a…

Fascination of Plants Day highlights coffee-fueled cannabis car

Today is the first ever Fascination of Plants Day. The day’s festivities are aimed at raising awareness of the importance of plant science to the future of our food and energy supplies, and our health. Public events are taking place in 39 countries and UK partners include the John Innes…

NASA says competition is key to private space race

WASHINGTON — Competition is vital to the race among private companies to replace the space shuttle, NASA said Thursday, after Congress called for the US space agency to fund a single company. “We believe that competition is key to accelerating this program,” said NASA deputy administrator Lori Garver in a…

SpaceX to launch first private space rocket on Saturday

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a rocket is scheduled to lift off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on a mission to deliver a capsule full of supplies to the International Space Station. Such launches are unremarkable when government agencies are at the helm, but this flight is different.…

Race is on to save Tasmanian devil down under

It’s been hundreds of years since the Tasmanian devil last lived on the Australian mainland but, in the misty hills of Barrington Tops, a pioneering group is being bred for survival. Rat-like in appearance but with a marsupial pouch and carnivorous jaws that can crack bone, Tasmanian devils are an…

Sunday’s partial solar eclipse will bring a burning ring of fire to the sky

There will be a relatively rare solar eclipse this weekend, as the moon slides between Earth and the sun, casting its long shadow across wide swaths of the globe. Sunday’s event will be an annular partial solar eclipse, meaning that the moon will be too far away from the Earth…

‘Good’ cholesterol doctrine may be flawed, says study

PARIS — Researchers on Thursday challenged a tenet of modern medicine that higher levels of “good” cholesterol automatically boost cardiovascular health. In a study published in The Lancet, investigators said they found no evidence to back the belief that higher levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol routinely reduce the risk…

WHO warns one in three worldwide has high blood pressure

One in three adults suffers from high blood pressure, a key trigger of heart disease, health experts said on Wednesday while underlining the growing number of cases in developing countries. Canada and the United States have the fewest patients, at less than 20 percent of adults, but in some African…

Google+