Archive: 08/1/2011

IQ level tied to choice of internet browser

In a study that is likely to incite controversy, AptiQuant, a Vancouver, British Columbia based Psychometric Consulting company has released a report that it says shows users of Microsoft Internet Explorer ...

Aug 01, 2011 3.4 / 5 (43) 58 | with audio podcast weblog

Data are traveling by light

Regular LEDs can be turned into optical WLAN with only a few additional components thanks to visible light communication (in short, VLC). The lights are then not just lighting up, they also transfer data. ...

Aug 01, 2011 5 / 5 (5) 8 | with audio podcast

Beer-barrel bacteria breathe toxic brew

University of New South Wales researchers have shown that they can safely destroy hazardous industrial toxins in groundwater arising from PVC plastic production by injecting naturally occurring bacteria into a contaminated ...

Aug 01, 2011 4 / 5 (2) 1 | with audio podcast

Cashless parking

Vacant parking spaces in town are thin on the ground. Finding one is just as tiresome as making sure you have the right change for the parking machine. An adhesive microchip on the windshield will make things ...

Aug 01, 2011 2 / 5 (1) 2

Revealing water's secrets

We drink it, swim in it, and our bodies are largely made of it. But as ubiquitous as water is, there is much that science still doesn't understand about this life-sustaining substance.

Aug 01, 2011 4.8 / 5 (16) 12 | with audio podcast

How to make solar power 24/7

The biggest hurdle to widespread implementation of solar power is the fact that the sun doesn't shine constantly in any given place, so backup power systems are needed for nights and cloudy days. But a novel ...

Aug 01, 2011 4 / 5 (11) 52 | with audio podcast

New ponds take the waste out of wastewater

Research by Flinders University’s School of the Environment has shown that a shallow, high-rate pond system to treat wastewater will slash the loss to evaporation as well as boosting the rates of removal of bacterial ...

Aug 01, 2011 4 / 5 (3) 0

Research yields world food potential

The Australian National University and Bayer CropScience have signed a research agreement to develop new technology with the potential to produce higher yielding food crops.

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Making runways safer

Airplanes undergo significant stresses during take-off and landing, and parts often become detached, putting subsequent runway users at risk. Until now, airport staff have had to monitor runways without technical ...

Aug 01, 2011 3 / 5 (1) 0