Could we grow drugs using sunflowers?
Queensland researchers believe future cancer drugs could be grown in sunflowers and ultimately delivered as a seed pill.
Orangutans adapt their movements to swamp forest
Orangutans living in thin forest growing in peat swamps in Borneo have different ways of getting about to their cousins in drier rainforest on the neighbouring Indonesian island of Sumatra - but not as different ...
A closer look at cells
Many substances and nutrients are exchanged across the cell membrane. EPFL scientists have developed a method to observe these exchanges, by taking a highly accurate count of the number of proteins found there. ...
Large scale qubit generation for quantum computing
Dozens of boars found dead on French beach
Dozens of wild boars have turned up dead this month around a beach in western France, officials say, as they suspect poisonous blue-green algae for the deaths.
VST looks at the Leo Triplet -- and beyond
(PhysOrg.com) -- A huge image, from the new VLT Survey Telescope (VST) and its camera OmegaCAM at ESO's Paranal Observatory, shows a triplet of bright galaxies in the constellation of Leo (The Lion). But the ...
Gopher tortoises are in trouble but won't get federal protection
The long-awaited message from federal authorities Tuesday to a shrinking population of gopher tortoises: Sorry, but we don't have the time and money to protect you.
Parrots learn their 'names' from their parents
(PhysOrg.com) -- Parrots, which have long amused us for their ability to imitate our vocal patterns, actually learn to caw their "names" from their parents, says a new Cornell study. The research offers the ...
Microscopes borrow tricks from astronomy to see deep into living tissues
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, are developing new microscope technologies to enable biologists to see deep within living tissues and observe critical processes involved in basic biology ...
China launches navigation satellite: Xinhua
China launched its ninth navigation satellite on Wednesday, the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing sources at the launch centre.
UF survey: Consumer confidence registers modest increase in July
(PhysOrg.com) -- Increased optimism about making major purchases played a significant role in consumer confidence rising two points in July to 68, according to a new University of Florida survey.
Efficacy of cool roofs varies from city to city
(PhysOrg.com) -- While cool roofs and pavements have been found to cool the planet by preventing energy from being radiated back into the atmosphere, previous studies have not accounted for atmospheric feedbacks ...
Artificial cilia spur new thinking in nanotechnology
(PhysOrg.com) -- Cilia, tiny hair-like structures that perform feats such as clearing microscopic debris from the lungs and determining the correct location of organs during development, move in mysterious ...
Samsung says 5 mn new-model Galaxy handsets sold
South Korea's Samsung Electronics, the world's second-largest mobile phone maker, said Wednesday it had sold five million Galaxy S II smartphones worldwide since the device debuted in April.