Sci/tech

Chinese innovation 'too isolated'
September 23, 2008 09:29 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet

[ZHENGZHOU AND BEIJING] For China to become a world leader in innovation, it should address regional differences and promote corporate input, according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Is Algae Biodiesel the Next Big Fuel?
September 23, 2008 09:09 AM - , Triple Pundit

This month algae as a fuel source made the news several times. Last week, Sapphire Energy announced it received $100 million to help reach its goal of making commercial amounts of algae fuel in three to five years. Investors included Bill Gates investment company, Cascade Investment, LLC. In June Sapphire received $50 million from investors.

Can rubber ducks help track a melting glacier?
September 22, 2008 09:18 AM - Deborah Zabarenko, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To help figure out what's happening inside the fastest-moving Greenland glacier, a U.S. rocket scientist sent 90 rubber ducks into the ice, hoping someone finds them if they emerge in Baffin Bay.

Chemistry for the climate
September 18, 2008 10:15 AM - Nature Reports

Chemists claim that by mimicking photosynthesis in the lab, they could revolutionize fuel production within five years. Katharine Sanderson reports.

Dell, Ingram Micro fuel worries about tech spending
September 17, 2008 09:36 AM - Franklin Paul and Tiffany Wu, Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two of the biggest computer vendors, Dell Inc (DELL.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Ingram Micro Inc (IM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), warned on Tuesday that demand was weakening, adding to worries that the crisis on Wall Street would hurt corporate and consumer spending.

Tidal power makes a splash
September 17, 2008 09:11 AM - Geelong Advertiser

THE search for sustainable energy has never been stronger as climate change concerns drive government, scientists, business and environmentalists around the world in a headlong charge for affordable new technologies.

5 ways to ride wave power
September 17, 2008 09:05 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

GM unveils electric Chevy Volt
September 16, 2008 10:43 AM - Reuters

General Motors Corp on Tuesday unveiled the production model of its much-anticipated plug-in electric car, the Chevrolet Volt. Chief Executive Rick Wagoner introduced the small, curvy vehicle at the automaker's Detroit headquarters during an event to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Pushing the modelling envelope
September 16, 2008 10:36 AM - Nature News

Estimates of the impact climate change will have on wildlife may be much less reliable than thought, according to research that is reopening debate over a widely used modelling method endorsed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Lithium battery for many vehicles seen a ways off
September 16, 2008 09:50 AM - Andrew Stern, Reuters

ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY, Illinois (Reuters) - Vast improvements are needed to extend the life and lower the cost of lithium batteries before they can efficiently power vehicles, a U.S. government official who tracks high-power battery development said on Monday.

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