Africa Must Commit To Biosecurity Measures
August 22, 2007 10:12 AM - Chandre Gould, SciDevNet
Africa - The threat of biotechnology misuse has implications for the development of science and technology in Africa, argue Chandre Gould and colleagues. Recent African Union summits have identified science and technology as key future drivers for development, and increased investment is being welcomed by African leaders — particularly in areas such as biotechnology. But the growth of the biotechnology industry internationally has raised some important concerns about biological safety issues.
Small-Scale Wind Turbine Named a 2007 Top 10 Green Building Product
August 22, 2007 09:56 AM - , Green Progress
The Skystream 3,7 backyard wind generator, from Southwest Windpower, has been named a 2007 Top 10 Green Building Product by Sustainable Industries, a magazine for green business leaders.
Scientists discover important beauty secret for balanced skin color and tone
August 22, 2007 09:43 AM - Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
In the timeless quest for healthier, younger looking skin, scientists from the University of Cincinnati and Tokyo Medical University have made an important discovery toward manipulating skin tone and color.
Using Hi-Tech Tools To Rescuing Recorded Sound from Silence
August 21, 2007 01:35 PM - Kathleen M. Wong, UC Berkeley
While listening to National Public Radio in 2000, Carl Haber learned that the Library of Congress had a big problem. The Library's audio collection, which spans the 130-year history of recorded sound, includes the soaring tenor of Enrico Caruso, the speeches of Teddy Roosevelt, and the voices of Native Americans from now-vanished tribes. These echoes of a bygone era were recorded on media such as wax cylinders and shellac and lacquer discs. But many are now too fragile to play in their original format; the pressure of a stylus or phonograph needle could cause irreversible damage. The archivists needed a means to preserve the recordings without injuring them further.
Sun Microsystems Launches Eco Initiative
August 21, 2007 11:36 AM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Sun Microsystems, Inc., today announced a comprehensive suite of programs that will help customers design more energy efficient, eco-responsible datacenters and save money. The folks at Sun call it the "Eco Innovation Initiative", an extension of their "Eco Responsibility Initiative", which was launched in November 2005.
Catching Some Rays
August 21, 2007 09:52 AM - The National Science Foundation
Enormous detector makes first real-time detection of elusive, low-energy neutrinos streaming from the sun's core
Helping the carbon nanotube industry avoid mega-mistakes of the past
August 21, 2007 09:41 AM - American Chemical Society
A new analysis of by-products discharged to the environment during production of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) — expected to become the basis of multibillion-dollar industries in the 21st Century — has identified cancer-causing compounds, air pollutants, and other substances of concern, researchers reported here today at the 234th national meeting of the American Chemical Society.
Clemson scientists shed light on molecules in living cells
August 21, 2007 09:29 AM - Clemson University
CLEMSON, S.C. —— Clemson University chemists have developed a method to dramatically improve the longevity of fluorescent nanoparticles that may someday help researchers track the motion of a single molecule as it travels through a living cell.
California's First Plug-In Hybrid School Bus
August 21, 2007 09:21 AM - , Green Progress
Enova Systems, a production company in an emerging clean energy, environmentally friendly industry and a developer of proprietary electric, hybrid and fuel cell digital power management systems, announced today that the Napa Unified School District has received a new plug-in hybrid electric school bus. The bus, provided by IC Corporation could see up to a 100% fuel economy improvement, as well as a 90% reduction in emissions.
Super Green Kitchens: 'Dynamic Demand' Technology Could Dramtically Lower CO2 Emissions
August 20, 2007 06:42 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN
Dynamic Demand controlled appliances such as fridges and freezers could be able to reduce the amount of electricity they use during peak periods and eventually save an estimated two million tonnes of CO2 emissions a year when fully integrated across the network - the equivalent of taking over 665,000 cars off the road.