Sci/tech

This is your city -- how will you power it?
September 6, 2007 06:49 AM - Reuters

If you ran a city, what energy source would you use -- cheap coal, or costly but environmentally friendly solar power? As oil prices near record highs, U.S. energy major Chevron is inviting people to deal with a potential future energy supply crunch in an online game called Energyville, which uses real data and scenarios to power a city until 2030.

Studying Seabird Diet Through Genetic Analysis Of Faeces From Macaroni Penguins
September 5, 2007 06:49 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

AUSTRALIA University of Tasmania - Scientists are trying a new way of tracking what penguins are eating, examining their droppings with DNA analysis. Usually, finding out what a seabird is eating relies on the analysis of stomach-content remains obtained through stomach flushing.

World's Smallest High Def Digital Camcorder Launched
September 5, 2007 04:04 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

CHATSWORTH, Calif. - A new light weight, tiny, hand-held high definition digital camera will make it easier to record everything from animals in the wild to, films, to music video. In the case of the latter, the latest video from rock band The Clarks, was shot entirely by the high-tech, pocket-sized new Full High Definition camcorder from SANYO called the HD1000.

New Green Luxury Car Launched
September 5, 2007 10:42 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

IRVINE, Calif. - A new luxury "green" premium car company announced its first model today. The company, birthed by two skilled designers who once designed for BMW and Aston Martin is launching a new and beautiful eco-friendly luxury car. In the words of the CEO of the new company, Henrik Fisker, "We want people to drive beautiful fast cars that make environmental sense -- cars that are eco-chic and will have less of an impact on global warming,"

Ground-Based Camera Takes Sharpest Ever Images Of Stars
September 4, 2007 02:26 PM - University of Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, UK - A team of astronomers led by Cambridge University have taken pictures of the stars that are sharper than anything produced by the Hubble telescope, at 50 thousandths of the cost. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), used a technique called “Lucky Imaging” to take the most detailed pictures of stars and nebulae ever produced — using a camera based on the ground.

China to use more non-grain biofuels to replace oil
September 4, 2007 09:07 AM - Reuters

China plans to expand its use of biofuels to reduce its reliance on petroleum, utilizing 2 million tonnes of bioethanol from non-grain feedstocks and 200,000 tonnes a year of biodiesel by 2010, a senior official said on Tuesday. Beijing's plan also seeks to move away from corn, now the feedstock for most Chinese biofuel, amid concerns over supply security and food price inflation.

One man's genes show DNA is still a mystery
September 4, 2007 07:38 AM - Reuters

The first detailed map of a man's genes shows the genetic code is even more complex than anyone thought. For instance, science still cannot pinpoint what makes a person's eyes blue. Initial study of genome entrepreneur Craig Venter's own DNA map shows 4.1 million places where his genetic code is different from the basic "reference" human genome. This is many more than had been expected, including big differences that extend far beyond the single-letter changes that account for much of the variation seen so far.

New Technology: Aircraft In-Wheel Motors Save Fuel, Reduce CO2
September 1, 2007 06:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

ASHBURN, Va. - An aerospace company has engineered an electric motor and generator system that eliminate the use of jet engines for taxiing and other ground maneuvers. The technology will potentially save millions in fuel costs and reduce CO2.

Hyundai to Unveil Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle
September 1, 2007 01:16 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Motor Corporation will unveil the i-Blue Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle at the 2007 Frankfurt International Motor Show on September 13. The all-new i-Blue platform is tailored to incorporate Hyundai's third-generation fuel cell technology, currently being developed at Hyundai's Eco-Technology Research Institute in Mabuk, Korea.

Scientists At MIT Unraveling The Secrets Of Red Tide
August 31, 2007 06:49 PM - Anne Trafton, MIT

Cambridge, Mass. - In work that could one day help prevent millions of dollars in economic losses for seaside communities, MIT chemists have demonstrated how tiny marine organisms likely produce the red tide toxin that periodically shuts down U.S. beaches and shellfish beds. In the Aug. 31 cover story of Science, the MIT team describes an elegant method for synthesizing the lethal components of red tides. The researchers believe their method approximates the synthesis used by algae, a reaction that chemists have tried for decades to replicate, without success.

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