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Clear Pictures of How We Think

November 22, 2004

Psychologists are using fMRI to analyze human decision-making, such as moral judgment, evolutionary development, and love.

Clear Carbon-Nanotube Films

January 23, 2009

The first electronic product using carbon nanotubes is slated to hit the market this year. Unidym plans to start selling rolls of its carbon-nanotube-coated plastic films in the second half of 2009.

The transparent, conductive films could make manufacturing LCD screens faster and cheaper. They could enhance the life of touch panels used in ATM screens and supermarket kiosks. They might also pave the way for flexible thin-film solar… read more

CleanSpace One: Swiss satellite to tackle risky space debris

February 15, 2012


The Swiss Space Center at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) has announced CleanSpace One, a project to develop and build the first of a family of satellites specially designed to clean up space debris.

The Earth’s orbit is full of all kinds of floating debris — a growing crowd of abandoned satellites, spent rocket stages, bits of broken spacecraft, and fragments from collisions are rocketing around… read more

Cleaner Living Through Nanotech

September 10, 2002

Scientists see nanotechnology as the the key to solving some current environmental ills.

Clean-energy solution from space solar power explored in new public blog

June 15, 2007

The Space Frontier Foundation has just launched Space solar power, a public discussion blog to assist the U.S. National Security Space Office study on Space-Based Solar Power development, has learned.

The study is intended to “determine the feasibility of space-based solar power as a source of clean energy that may be able to broadcast power to deployed forces, supplement national power grids, and other smaller applications,”… read more

Clean energy 2030

October 3, 2008

Google’s Clean Energy 2030 proposal suggests a potential path to weaning the U.S. off coal and oil for electricity generation by 2030 (with some remaining use of natural gas as well as nuclear), and cutting oil use for cars by 40%, while generating billions of dollars in savings and helping create millions of green jobs over a 22-year period.

It involves three fronts: Reduce demand by doing more with… read more

Clay-armored bubbles may have formed first protocells

February 7, 2011

Fatty-acid liposomes compartmentalize inside a clay vesicle (Anand Bala Subramaniam, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences)

Physicists at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), Princeton, and Brandeis have demonstrated the formation of semipermeable vesicles from inorganic clay.

The research, published online this week in the journal Soft Matter, shows that clay vesicles provide an ideal container for the compartmentalization of complex organic molecules.

The authors say the discovery opens the possibility that primitive cells might have formed inside inorganic clay microcompartments.

“A… read more

‘Clang’: Science fiction author Neal Stephenson kickstarts video game career

July 11, 2012

Clang (credit: Subutai Corporation)

Science fiction author Neal Stephenson came up with a concept for a  fantasy sword-fighting game called “Clang“ and successfully funded its development by raising $500,000 via Kickstarter.

But selecting a realistic controller was his main concern. “In our minds, a game was inseparable with a hardware controller,” he said. “It had to be shaped like the handle of a controller, and you had to move… read more

Claim GM Rice Withstands Drought, Salt Water

November 26, 2002

Scientists say they have genetically modified rice to withstand drought, salt water and cold temperatures by borrowing a gene from the E. coli bacteria. They hope the new stress-tolerant rice will help farmers in poor countries grow more food under the worst conditions. The research team added to the rice a gene for trehalose, a sugar that helps plants withstand stress.

CJD-related disease can incubate for 50 years

June 28, 2006

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a prion disease passed from cows to humans, could well have an average incubation time of 30 years or longer.

Civilization faces ‘perfect storm of ecological and social problems’

February 22, 2012

(credit: BP)

Celebrated scientists and development thinkers today warn that civilization is faced with a perfect storm of ecological and social problems driven by overpopulation, overconsumption, and environmentally malign technologies.

In the face of an “absolutely unprecedented emergency,” say the 18 past winners of the Blue Planet prize — the unofficial Nobel for the environment — society has “no choice but to take dramatic action to avert a collapse of civilisation. Either we… read more

Civilisation has left its mark on our genes

December 19, 2005

A detailed look at human DNA has shown that 1800 genes, or roughly 7 percent of the total in the human genome, have changed under the influence of natural selection within the past 50,000 years, probably in response to aspects of modern human culture such as the emergence of agriculture and the shift towards living in densely populated settlements.

Civilian use of tiny drones may soon fly in US

November 30, 2011

Drone aircraft may be coming soon to the skies near you.

Police agencies want drones for air support to find runaway criminals. Utility companies expect they can help monitor oil, gas and water pipelines. Farmers believe drones could aid in spraying crops with pesticides.

The FAA hasn’t permitted drones in U.S. airspace on a wide scale out of concern they don’t have an adequate “detect, sense and avoid”… read more

CiviGuard Debuts Next-Generation Crisis Communication Platform

March 31, 2010

CiviGuard will present today its CiviGuard crisis communication platform at the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference Launch Pad, showcasing the latest in location-based technology.

CiviGuard enables government agencies to deliver authoritative location-specific alerts, precise and actionable information, and guidance to civilian populations via mobile devices and the web by combining cutting-edge smartphone technology, cloud-based infrastructure and intelligent message distribution.

CiviGuard was born out of the… read more

City-Sized Asteroid to Pass Earth This Fall

May 5, 2004

On Sept. 29, 2004 an asteroid the size of a small city will make the closest known pass of such a very large space rock anytime this century — within a million miles. That’s close by cosmic standards for an object that could cause global devastation.

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