Sci/tech

Cloning-for-food growth seen slow if FDA approves
January 10, 2008 12:30 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Regulatory approval could catalyze the nascent U.S. cloning industry, but leading firms say growth would come slowly as they battle to win consumers over to the concept of food from cloned animals.

Embryo-friendly technique produces stem cells
January 10, 2008 12:30 PM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A company that devised a way to make embryonic stem cells using a technique it said does not harm human embryos reported on Thursday it has grown five batches of cells using this method and urged President George W. Bush to endorse it.

New Device Turns Air into Drinking Water
January 10, 2008 12:14 PM - ,

All around the world, we're dealing with a severe water shortage. An entire continent, Australia, is so dry that cities have set up "water police" to rat out residents who use their garden hoses a single moment longer than they're meant to. For years, Israel, too, has been dealing with a tremendous drought; the water sources that still exist in the arid country are often so polluted that the water is undrinkable. Luckily, there's one resource we've still got plenty of: Air.

Tiny English Islands Once Held Pygmy Versions of Dinosaurs
January 10, 2008 11:26 AM - , Environmental Graffiti

The dinosaurs, the thecodontosaurus or “socket toothed lizard”, are not themselves newly discovered. In fact, they were one of the first dinosaurs to ever be named. The first fossils of the six foot long dinosaur were originally found in 1834, before dinosaurs were even recognized as a group, at the site of the current Bristol Zoo. 11 more thecodontosaurus skeletons were found in 1975 in a quarry north of Bristol, which helped create the idea that the creatures had lived on the mainland in some sort of desert.

Ames Lab "Beefing" Up Magnets for Electric-Drive Cars
January 10, 2008 08:55 AM - Ames Laboratory

The Ames Lab senior metallurgist and Iowa State University adjunct professor of materials science and engineering is playing a major role in advancing electric drive motor technology to meet the enormous swell in consumer demand expected over the next five years. He and his Ames Lab colleagues, Bill McCallum and Matthew Kramer, have designed a high-performance permanent magnet alloy that operates with good magnetic strength at 200 degrees Celsius, or 392 degrees Fahrenheit, to help make electric drive motors more efficient and cost-effective. The work is part of the DOE’s Vehicle Technologies Program to develop more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly highway transportation technologies that will enable America to use less petroleum.

The world's cheapest car gets a pop star welcome
January 10, 2008 06:14 AM - Reuters

More than 1,000 people -- journalists, VIPS and industrialists -- packed an auditorium on Thursday as Tata Motors Ltd unveiled its long-awaited "People's Car" in a media circus more worthy of a pop concert or an Oscar ceremony. For those wanting to feel India's economic self-confidence as it takes on the world, all they had to do was to experience the blaring music from "2001: A Space Odyssey" and the flashes of scores of cameras as the Tata Nano was driven out.

Biological passport for pro cyclists taking shape
January 9, 2008 12:02 PM - Reuters

The creation of a biological passport for all professional riders is taking shape, the International Cycling Union (UCI) said on Wednesday. The UCI and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced last October that they were planning to collect blood samples from all professional riders to create a medical profile that would then be compared to the data registered in doping tests.

Cadillac out to beat Lexus to zero-emission luxury
January 9, 2008 10:26 AM - Reuters

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) - General Motors Corp, looking to regain momentum against Toyota Motor Corp, sees a chance to beat the Japanese automaker to market with the first zero-emission luxury car. GM seized the spotlight at a technology conference this week to show off a hydrogen- and battery-powered Cadillac concept car designed to run up to 100 miles per hour while emitting only water vapor.

LED Lights may light homes in less than 3 years
January 9, 2008 09:29 AM - University of Glasgow

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), already used in electrical equipment such as computers and mobile phones, are several times more energy efficient than standard light-bulbs. However, because of their structure and material, much of the light in standard LEDs becomes trapped, reducing the brightness of the light and making them unsuitable as the main lighting source in the home.

WEF warns 2008 uncertainties may hit climate efforts
January 9, 2008 03:16 AM - Reuters

An increased focus on turbulent financial markets and escalating geopolitical tensions in 2008 could prompt governments and firms to neglect less immediate risks like climate change, the World Economic Forum warned. That, it said on Wednesday, could make it even harder to deal with these critical longer-term issues in the future.

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