• Japan to study safety of cloned animals for food

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will study the safety of cloned animals for food, after a report concluded there is no biological difference in the meat and milk of cloned and non-cloned cattle, officials said on Wednesday. "The safety commission has been asked to deliberate on the matter," an Agriculture Ministry official said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Zero X Motorcycle: 100% Lithium-Ion Electric, 40 Mile Range, Weighs Only 140 Pounds

    The Zero X Motorcycle was designed from the ground up to be a 100% electric bike. What makes this new bike truly different is that it contains 168 individual high-power lithium ion cells and is expected to endure six years of hard riding. Zero Motorcycle’s power grid technology has the highest power density (power storage per weight) battery pack on the market, delivering the full current of the battery pack immediately, safely and without overheating. Riders get the enjoyment of up to 2 hours of quality riding without seeing any impact on performance. >> Read the Full Article
  • GreenDisk: a viable e-waste solution?

    Computers are becoming cheaper and easier to manufacture by the minute. Intel's new Atom processor is bound to create a whole new set of net-enabled devices at extremely low cost. While the processor is not out yet and prices are not set in stone, rumors price new "net-top" computers below $200. Cheaper computers make electronic recycling all the more relevant. Computers and gadgets are being replaced more frequently as electronics become obsolete in a matter of months. >> Read the Full Article
  • Study sheds light on Woolly Mammoth demise

    LONDON (Reuters) - Climate change drove woolly mammoths to the edge of extinction and then humans finished them off, according to a Spanish study on Tuesday that adds to the debate over the demise of the Ice Age behemoths. Using climate models and fossil remains, the researchers determined that warming temperatures had so shrunk the mammoths' habitat that when humans entered their territory about 6,000 years ago the species were already hanging by a thread. >> Read the Full Article
  • What's keeping us from Mars? Space rays, say experts

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Cosmic rays are so dangerous and so poorly understood that people are unlikely to get to Mars or even back to the moon until better ways are found to protect astronauts, experts said on Monday. And NASA is not properly funding the right experiments to find out how, the National Research Council committee said. >> Read the Full Article
  • BMW Hydrogen 7 Emissions Well-below Super-ultra Low-emission Vehicle Standards

    Independent tests conducted by engineers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory on a BMW Hydrogen 7 Mono-Fuel demonstration vehicle have found that the car's hydrogen-powered engine surpasses the super-ultra low-emission vehicle (SULEV) level, the most stringent emissions performance standard to date. >> Read the Full Article
  • Particle smasher 'not a threat to the Earth'

    Campaigners in the US are attempting to delay the start-up of the world's most powerful particle smasher with a lawsuit claiming it could spawn dangerous particles or mini black holes that will destroy the entire Earth. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is nearing completion at CERN, the European centre for particle physics near Geneva, Switzerland. Scientists hope it will begin operations in mid-July. >> Read the Full Article
  • Man-made molecules reverse liver cirrhosis in rats

    HONG KONG (Reuters) - Scientists in Japan have designed artificial molecules that when used with rats successfully reversed liver cirrhosis, a serious chronic disease in humans that until now can only be cured by transplants. Cirrhosis is the hardening or scarring of the liver, and is caused by factors such as heavy drinking and Hepatitis B and C. The disease is especially serious in parts of Asia, including China. >> Read the Full Article
  • Virtual Snow-World Helps Patients Feel no Pain

    For most of us, the blustery, teeth-chattering months of winter are just about over, and we've got to say, we're pretty happy about that. While ice skating from your house to your mailbox can be fun once or twice, it tends to lose its charm after one too many slips and bruises. But even though the sun may finally be shining, you can enter your own winter wonderland any time you like: Just slip on a pair of virtual-reality goggles to step into a land filled with icicles, flurries of snow, and maybe even an errant penguin or polar bear. >> Read the Full Article
  • Despite EASSy, Africa Still Listening to Radio

    Construction began this month on the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), which promises to bring low-cost, high-speed Internet access to eight countries. Funded by telecommunications operators and development institutions, the project is scheduled for completion in late 2009 and expected to create and enhance connectivity for millions of people. Internet penetration rates are in the single digits in most of Africa, and countries on the east coast rely on slow and expensive satellite connections. >> Read the Full Article