First wood-digesting enzyme found in bacteria could boost biofuel production
(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Warwick researchers funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)-led Integrated Biorefining Research and Technology (IBTI) Club have identified an enzyme in bacteria ...
New lunar eclipse video released
(PhysOrg.com) -- In anticipation of the upcoming lunar eclipse later this month, NASA has released a new video that shows how lunar eclipses work.
Solving the mysteries of astrophysics: Ultracold neutrons
Scientists at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU, Germany) have built what is currently the strongest source of ultracold neutrons. Ultracold neutrons (UCNs) were first generated here five years ago. ...
Efficiency record for flexible CdTe solar cell due to novel polyimide film
DuPont Kapton colorless polyimide film, a new material currently in development for use as a flexible superstrate for cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin film photovoltaic (PV) modules, has enabled a new world record ...
The pirouette effect in the chaos of turbulence
(PhysOrg.com) -- The quick mixing of coffee and milk after stirring or the formation of raindrops in clouds: these are just two of many phenomena in which turbulent flows play a decisive role. Researchers ...
Opportunity heads toward 'Spirit Point'
(PhysOrg.com) -- When NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity reaches the rim of a large crater it is approaching, its arrival will come with an inspiring reminder.
Aquarius/SAC-D launch rescheduled
(PhysOrg.com) -- The launch of the international Aquarius/SAC-D mission is postponed 24 hours until Friday, June 10, from NASA's Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The 5-minute launch ...
Fusion-io shares jump in market debut
(AP) -- Shares of Fusion-io, a maker of fast, chip-based "hard drives" for servers, are climbing in their market debut after the initial public offering priced above expectations.
Canine telepathy? Study explores how dogs think and learn about human behavior
Can dogs read our minds? How do they learn to beg for food or behave badly primarily when we're not looking? According to Monique Udell and her team, from the University of Florida in the US, the way that dogs come to respond ...
Controlling starch in sugar factories
Factory trials conducted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists have led to recommendations for controlling or preventing starch buildup in processed raw sugars and products made with those sugars. The study ...
New genetic technique converts skin cells into brain cells
A research breakthrough has proven that it is possible to reprogram mature cells from human skin directly into brain cells, without passing through the stem cell stage. The unexpectedly simple technique involves activating ...
Expert: Ruling in private pension case could have implications for retirees
A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision could have a great deal of significance for employees and retirees with a private pension plan, a University of Illinois elder law expert says.
S.Africa nearly wipes out infant AIDS infections: study
South Africa's programme to prevent HIV in babies has achieved a 96.5 percent success rate in wiping out transmission from infected pregnant mothers, the Medical Research Council said Thursday.
Tech-savvy Iceland online for new constitution
(AP) -- How do you write a new constitution in the 21st century? You go where the people are - online.