Sci/tech

MagLev Wind Turbine
November 29, 2007 09:01 AM - , Triple Pundit

MagLev wind turbines, the next generation of wind turbines is capable of generating power from wind speeds as low as 1.5 m/s and reported to operate in winds reaching 40 m/s. This large wind turbine from maglev industries will also increase generation capacity by 20% at the same time decreasing operational costs by 50% over the traditional wind turbine. Maglev also claims that this particular turbine will be operational for 500 years, a staggering claim.

Organic 'building blocks' discovered in Titan's atmosphere
November 29, 2007 08:40 AM - University College London

Scientists analysing data gathered by the Cassini spacecraft have confirmed the presence of heavy negative ions in the upper regions of Titan’s atmosphere. These particles may act as organic building blocks for even more complicated molecules and their discovery was completely unexpected because of the chemical composition of the atmosphere (which lacks oxygen and mainly consists of nitrogen and methane). The observation has now been verified on 16 different encounters and findings will be published in Geophysical Research Letters on November 28.

Rodent fossils allows to determine climate of the Iberian Peninsula 6 million years ago
November 29, 2007 08:21 AM - Universidad de Granada

How did the rodents which inhabited the south of the Iberian Peninsula live six million years ago" The researcher of the UGR Raef Minwer-Barakat has attempted to answer this question through his doctoral thesis "Rodents and insectivorous of Upper Turoliense and the Pliocene of the central section of the Guadix basin", supervised by doctors Elvira Martín and César Viseras, of the Dept. of Stratigraphy and Palaeontology of the University of Granada. His studied has concluded with the discovering of three new species of rodents and insectivores (Micromys caesaris, Blarinoides aliciae and Archaeodesmana elvirae) and the finding, for the first time in the region, of nine more species.

Researcher develops realistic cancer growth models
November 29, 2007 08:17 AM - Anne Ju -Cornell Chronicle

Scientists can only develop new cancer drugs or search for cures by testing their theories on the real thing. Traditionally, they've done so by culturing cancer cells on petri dishes or plastic slides. But those cancer cells do not behave the way they do in the body. They only partially re-create the aggressive behavior of tumors in real patients.

That is the problem that drives Claudia Fischbach-Teschl, Cornell assistant professor of biomedical engineering, whose lab creates realistic experimental tumor models, which may then lead to better drug therapies or even a cure.

Wild birds not ruled out as UK bird flu source
November 29, 2007 07:39 AM - Reuters

It also said no evidence had been found so far that infected poultry or poultry products may have been the cause.

Global system could cut disaster toll by 2018
November 28, 2007 10:36 AM - Reuters

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A global satellite system should come on line next decade, potentially saving billions of dollars and thousands of lives by boosting preparedness for natural disasters, a top scientist said on Wednesday.

 

Monitoring changes in climate, the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) should also help health officials prevent epidemics and guard against man-made environmental damage, said Jose Achache, head of the group behind the project.

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate (biodiesel) Truck
November 28, 2007 08:47 AM - Tom Schueneman, Triple Pundit

Two men left England last Friday on their way to Timbuktu in a truck powered by chocolate.

For the sake of accuracy, the truck is powered with biodiesel fuel made from “waste chocolate” (I never knew there was such a thing as waste chocolate!).

Leaving from England on a ferry across the English channel, the team of Andy Pag and John Grimshaw plan to make their 4.500 mile journey in approximately three weeks.

Wingless bird begins to fly
November 28, 2007 08:33 AM - , Private Landowner Network

What would it be like to drive a car that everyone stared at? Will people buy a vehicle that looks more avian than automotive? Will people accept a truly unconventional vehicle in order to reap the personal and contribute to the global benefits of extraordinarily high fuel economy and ultralow emissions?

Aptera thinks that there are enough buyers out there willing to accept the stares and the benefits of their Typ-1 all-electric or plug-in hybrid three wheeled car. They may be right. So far they’ve taken more than 400, $500 deposits for a car that has been driven by few and has yet to go into production. And that’s only in California. The company’s wingless bird could fly in the rest of the world just as well.

Google plans renewable energy push
November 27, 2007 01:48 PM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc. said on Tuesday the Web services and online advertising group plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars in coming years to promote a new push to encourage cheap renewable electricity.

The project, known as Renewable Energy Cheaper Than Coal, is hiring engineers and targeted investment financing at advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, enhanced geothermal systems and other new technologies, Google said.

Japanese robot gets more life-like
November 27, 2007 08:56 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - A pearly white robot that looks a little like E.T. boosted a man out of bed, chatted and helped prepare his breakfast with its deft hands in Tokyo on Tuesday, in a further sign robots are becoming more like their human inventors.

Twendy-One, named as a 21st century edition of a previous robot, Wendy, has soft hands and fingers that gently grip, enough strength to support humans as they sit up and stand, and supple movements that respond to human touch.

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