• Russia warns of new arms race without space ban

    GENEVA (Reuters) - Russia proposed a treaty on Tuesday to ban the deployment of weapons in outer space, warning that their development could lead to a new arms race and a repeat of the Cold War. The draft treaty, also backed by China at a U.N.-sponsored forum, would prohibit the deployment of weapons in space and the use or threat of force against satellites or other spacecraft, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Fake malaria drugs made in China

    A unique collaborative study between scientists, public health workers and police has led to the arrest of alleged traders of fake anti-malarial drugs in China. The epidemiological investigation, involving teams from across the globe and published in this week's PLoS Medicine, highlights the growing threat posed by fake pharmaceuticals and the complexities of tracking down those responsible for their manufacture. >> Read the Full Article
  • Insects ravaged more plants in ancient hot period

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Insects ate more plants, and did more kinds of damage to them, during an ancient hot period that offers hints of what might happen this century if global warming forecasts hold true, scientists reported on Monday. Earth warmed by about 9 degrees Fahrenheit over the course of 5,000 years at the end of the Paleocene Era, some 55 million years ago, sending hordes of hungry insects from the tropics and subtropics into the temperate zone, where the climate was suddenly warm enough for them to survive. >> Read the Full Article
  • Invention: Flexible wings

    Micro air vehicles with wingspans of less than 20 centimetres are of huge interest at the moment because they can easily carry small payloads such as cameras and microphones over battlefields, disaster zones, and other areas of interest. >> Read the Full Article
  • Vintage Record Coasters for the eco-audiofile

    I would never do this kind of thing to those Moby Grape and Savoy Brown lps I’ve got in storage but it is a good use for my Dan Hicks and His Hot Licks collection. To make them really utilitarian, the discs are sealed so moisture won’t seep through to the surface. Come in a set of six assorted labels packed in a clear, round case. Made in scenic Brooklyn. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mechanically Energized: Readily Commercialized

    Current conventionally powered vehicles, gasoline-electric hybrids, natural gas vehicles, biofueled vehicles as well as rechargeable battery electric, plug-in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles all have something in common: They’re refueled by way of a “tether” that links them to a stationary energy source. A hose is used to replenish a supply of gaseous or liquid fuels, or a cord is used to supply a flow of electrons. >> Read the Full Article
  • World Bank plans clean technology fund for poor

    LONDON (Reuters) - Poor countries will soon receive billions of dollars from a new World Bank fund to help them cut pollution, save energy and fight global warming, the international organization said. Developing countries such as India and China are already trying to reduce their carbon emissions, mainly to save on energy, but have baulked at doing more without technological help from Europe, Japan and the United States. >> Read the Full Article
  • Sweden Uses Humans to Heat Building

    The gorgeous Greta Garbo was from Sweden. Uma Thurman, Candice Bergen, and the wide-eyed Gyllenhaall sibs all trace their pretty genes back to that icy country, too. We've got to say, as a people, the Swedes are pretty smokin'. And now, the people of Sweden are joining their hot bodies together for a good cause: To help the environment. >> Read the Full Article
  • Solar Taxi Arrives Down Under!

    After a brief and wet stint in Sydney, the Solar Taxi has made its way to Canberra to visit our proud nation's capital. The Solar Taxi is a round the world venture undertaken by Swiss adventurer Louis Palmer. Embarking on his journey in July last year, to date, Palmer has done over 15923 kilometres in his custom made solar powered vehicle. His trip has been a momentous one, from royal passengers, vehicle breakdowns and rainy days. >> Read the Full Article
  • New network seeks to break down science barriers

    [NEW YORK] Scientific organisations and researchers working in developing countries will be brought together through a network to be launched later this year. The programme, Scientists Without Borders, is an initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences. It seeks to integrate the efforts of the scientific and health community to address global health, agriculture and energy challenges in accordance with the Millennium Development Goals. >> Read the Full Article