US seizes domain names in counterfeit crackdown
US authorities have shut down a number of websites in the latest crackdown on online trafficking in counterfeit goods.
China lifts Great Firewall for golf World Cup
International golf stars, spectators and media at the World Cup on the southern Chinese island of Hainan are enjoying uncensored Internet access denied to 1.3 billion Chinese.
Airlines cut small jets as fuel prices soar
The little planes that connect America's small cities to the rest of the world are slowly being phased out. Airlines are getting rid of these planes their least-efficient in response to the high cost of fuel. ...
Obama campaign tweets Black Friday deals
As shoppers snapped up Black Friday deals around the United States, US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign also jumped into the fray, offering discounts on 2012 merchandise.
The shark, a predator turned prey
Sharks may strike terror among swimmers at the beach but the predators are increasingly ending up as prey, served up in fish-and-chips shops, sparking concern among environmentalists.
Ten years of Very Large Telescope adaptive optics
(PhysOrg.com) -- Ten years ago today, NACO became operational: the first adaptive optics system of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). Adaptive Optics allows astronomers to remove the stars' twinkling ...
Biofuel policy needs rethink, says UN expert
The UN special rapporteur on the right to food urged the EU for a rethink on biofuels Friday, saying huge errors had been committed in the initial enthusiasm for an alternative to harmful fossil fuels.
Wind power to make up half of Danish energy use in 2020
Denmark aims to have wind power supply half of the country's electricity needs in 2020, under a new programme presented by Climate and Energy Minister Martin Lidegaard on Friday.
Rule-breaking, risk-taking and road safety
Cardiff researchers have discovered that culture and the attitudes of road users towards risk are fundamental in explaining road traffic safety in the UK and around the world.
When will artificial molecular machines start working for us?
Physicist Richard Feynman in his famous 1959 talk, "Plenty of Room at the Bottom," described the precise control at the atomic level promised by molecular machines of the future. More than 50 years later, synthetic molecular ...
Physicists find charge separation in a molecule consisting of two identical atoms
Physicists from the University of Stuttgart show the first experimental proof of a molecule consisting of two identical atoms that exhibits a permanent electric dipole moment. This observation contradicts ...
Debut of chromium signatures clocks great oxidation event
Banded ironstone core samples from the Pilbara have aided in dating the first appearance of atmospheric oxygen at 2.48 billion years ago.
Copper-carbene catalysts to help turn waste carbon dioxide into chemical feedstocks
Using fixation reactions to convert free carbon dioxide (CO2) into different organic molecules is an attractive strategy to cut industrial greenhouse gas levels with marginal waste. Now, broadening the scope ...
Forget exomoons. Let’s talk exorings
In an article earlier this month, I discussed the potential for discovering moons orbiting extrasolar planets. Id used an image of an exoplant system with rings, prompting one reader to ask if those wou ...