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Waste wafers give solar power a silicon boost

October 31, 2007

A simple method of recycling waste silicon from microchips that could help ease the shortage of refined silicon for solar energy panels has been developed by IBM.

IBM estimates that 3.3 percent of these wafers are normally scrapped before they reach the market, which adds up to nearly 3 million discarded wafers per year. It reckons the silicon from these discarded wafers could make solar panels capable of generating… read more

Wasps with bigger brains evolve social networking

April 12, 2011

Wasp Nest

Neurobiologists at the University of Washington have found that bigger-bodied social wasps have larger brains and devote up to three times more of their brain tissue to regions that coordinate social interactions, learning, memory, and other complex behaviors.

The researchers dissected wasp brains and measured the volume of two brain regions. They focused on the central processing region (the mushroom bodies) that, like the cerebral cortex… read more

Washington’s I.T. Guy

June 15, 2010

Carl Malamud has taken it upon himself to see that all public information — from court decisions to financial disclosures to Army training tapes — is actually, well, public.

His art is in figuring out how to free documents that aren’t restricted by secrecy but by the fact that the government has failed to put them online.

It’s time for the government to catch up to technology. Creating… read more

Washington to Give Nanotech $37B Boost

November 26, 2002

New legislation now before President Bush could result in $37 billion in new funding over the next five years for the National Science Foundation –money that is expected to boost venture capital investments in nanotechnology and emerging biotech sectors.

Was our universe made for us or not?

May 17, 2006

The anthropic principle — which argues that our universe is finely tuned to support life and there is no point in asking why it is so — has been criticised as lazy, untestable science. Now there may be a way to test the theory for one of the most problematic instances of fine-tuning.

Cosmologists have observed that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, and have attributed this to… read more

Warrior Web to augment soldiers’ endurance

May 27, 2013

(credit: DARPA)

DARPA‘s Warrior Web program seeks to create a soft, lightweight under-suit that would help reduce injuries and fatigue common for soldiers, who often carry 100-pound loads for extended periods over rough terrain.

DARPA envisions Warrior Web augmenting the work of soldiers’ own muscles to significantly boost endurance, carrying capacity and overall warfighter effectiveness — all while using no more than 100W of power.… read more

Warp drive may be more feasible than thought, scientists say

September 18, 2012


A warp drive to achieve faster-than-light travel — a concept popularized in television’s Star Trek — may not be as unrealistic as once thought, according to scientists at the 100 Year Starship Symposium, reports.

A warp drive would manipulate space-time itself to move a starship, taking advantage of a loophole in the laws of physics that prevent anything from moving fasterread more

Warp drive and wormholes could be used for time travel, says physicist

August 24, 2007
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Hubble image of dark matter ring in galaxy cluster

Warp drive and stargate wormholes could be used for time travel to the past. That’s the surprising conclusion that controversial theoretical physicist and author Dr. Jack Sarfatti has reached from his research into dark energy and dark matter.

Sarfatti, who was the inspiration for “Doc” in the movie “Back To The Future,” will discuss this on the Coast to Coast AM national radio… read more

Warning: Your hospital may kill you and they won’t report it

Medical error in hospitals is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer --- an estimated 210,000 to 400,000 deaths a year
May 9, 2016

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Medical error is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer — an estimated 210,000 to 400,000 deaths a year among hospital patients — say experts in an open-access paper in the British Medical Journal — despite the fact that both hospital reporting and death certificates in the U.S. have no provision for acknowledging medical error.

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Warning sounded over ‘flirting robots’

December 10, 2007

A program that can mimic online flirtation and then extract personal information from its unsuspecting conversation partners is making the rounds in Russian chat forums.

The artificial intelligence of CyberLover’s automated chats is good enough that victims have a tough time distinguishing the “bot” from a real potential suitor.

Warning sounded on web’s future

September 17, 2008

Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s new World Wide Web Foundation is looking for ways to give websites a label for trustworthiness once they had been proved reliable sources and help people separate rumor from real science.

Warning over ‘superbug’ risk from pets

June 26, 2009

Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” originating in hospitals are now increasingly being found in cats and dogs, and in victims of bites.

Ironically, most animals probably acquired their infections originally from their owners.

Warning on Storage of Health Records

April 17, 2008

Two leading researchers warn that the entry of big companies like Microsoft and Google into the field of personal health records could drastically alter the practice of clinical research and raise new challenges to the privacy of patient records.

Microsoft and Google have recently begun offering Web-based personal health records, in a new “personalized, health information economy” in which consumers tell physicians, hospitals and other providers what information to… read more

Warming world blamed for more strong hurricanes

September 16, 2005

A massive global increase in the number of strong hurricanes over the past 35 years is being blamed on global warming, by the most detailed study yet. The US scientists warn that Katrina-strength hurricanes could become the norm.

Warm weather may not halt swine flu

May 8, 2009

The virus could infect more than a billion people by July and may not be slowed by summer temperatures in temperate countries, based on new data from Mexico and case numbers so far that reveals disturbing similarities with the last H1N1 pandemic, in 1918.

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