Archive: 05/02/2012

Electronic nose out in front

Chemical sensors are exceedingly good at detecting a single substance or a class of chemicals, even at highly rarified concentrations. Biological noses, however, are vastly more versatile and capable of discriminating subtle ...

May 02, 2012 5 / 5 (1) 0 | with audio podcast

Better plants for biofuels

An article in F1000 Biology Reports published today argues that recent advances in knowledge mean that plant-derived biofuels could meet about 30% of the global demand for liquid transportation fuels, drastically reducing the am ...

May 02, 2012 1 / 5 (1) 2

Mining for heat

Underground mining is a sweaty job, and not just because of the hard work it takes to haul ore: Mining tunnels fill with heat naturally emitted from the surrounding rock. A group of researchers from McGill University in Canada ...

May 02, 2012 5 / 5 (2) 2 | with audio podcast

Dry heat increases bark beetle bite

Climate change appears to be good news for destructive bark beetles, according to a new study by Lorenzo Marini from the University of Padova in Italy, and his team. Their work, published online in Springer's Climatic Ch ...

May 02, 2012 not rated yet 0 | with audio podcast

Desperate fishwives

Breeding is on their minds as the mating season draws to an end. Guys drop dead by the hour, making goby girls go all out in their hunt for a mate to father their offspring.

May 02, 2012 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast