Why plants in the office make us more productive
'Green' offices with plants make staff happier and more productive than 'lean' designs stripped of greenery, new research shows.
Researchers study gallium to design adjustable electronic components
Gallium is one of the few metals that turns into a liquid at room temperature. When that happens, its surface oxidizes, forming a "skin" over the fluid, almost like a water balloon or a water bed. Years ago, ...
Study reveals drivers of Western consumers' readiness to eat insects
The most likely early adopters of insets as a meat substitute in Western societies are young men with weak attitudes toward meat, who are open to trying novel foods and interested in the environmental impact of their food ...
Rosetta lander will seek a close encounter with comet's 'primordial soup'
There is much excitement about Rosetta at the moment. The European Space Agency's spacecraft has already made a successful rendezvous with a comet and the images that are being transmitted back are simply ...
South Korea's Samsung and LG unveil new smartwatches
South Korea's Samsung and LG unveiled new smartwatches Thursday with upgraded functions and design as they step up their drive to lead an increasingly competitive market for wearable devices.
USDA seizes more than 1,200 illegal giant snails
The giant African snail damages buildings, destroys crops and can cause meningitis in humans. But some people still want to collect, and even eat, the slimy invaders.
Scientists develop 'electronic nose' for rapid detection of C. diff infection
A fast-sensitive "electronic-nose" for sniffing the highly infectious bacteria C. diff, that causes diarrhoea, temperature and stomach cramps, has been developed by a team at the University of Leicester.
A new synthetic amino acid for an emerging class of drugs
Swiss scientists have developed a new amino acid that can be used to modify the 3-D structure of therapeutic peptides. Insertion of the amino acid into bioactive peptides enhanced their binding affinity up to 40-fold. Peptides ...
Discovery reveals how bacteria distinguish harmful versus helpful viruses
When they are not busy attacking us, germs go after each other. But when viruses invade bacteria, it doesn't always spell disaster for the infected microbes: Sometimes viruses actually carry helpful genes ...
DIY glove-based tutor indicates muscle-memory potential
New insights into 'switchable water' have implications for water purification and desalination
Quantum meets classical: Qubit fabricated with integrated micromagnet increases speed of quantum manipulation in silicon
Experts seek to save Haiti's archaeological sites (Update)
The canons have been stolen from the 18th-century seaside fort in the city where Haiti declared its independence and the stones imported from France are commonly targeted by thieves.
18th century brewery remains found at Va. college
College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it.