Indigenous sign languages protected in online dictionary
A University of Melbourne researcher has helped develop the first online dictionary of sign languages used by Indigenous communities across central Australia.
Scientists strike water in Kenya's parched north
The Kenyan government and UNESCO on Wednesday announced the discovery of a potentially vast supply of underground water in the impoverished, drought-stricken extreme north of the country.
Bad news for prey: New research shows that predators can learn to read camouflage
Camouflaged creatures can perform remarkable disappearing acts but new research shows that predators can learn to read camouflage. The study, which used human subjects as predators searching for hidden moths ...
What do liberals and conservatives look for in a date?
Liberals and conservatives are looking for the same thing when they join online dating websites, according to new research co-authored by University of Miami political scientist Casey Klofstad. The study, published in Political Be ...
Pico-satellites have a new brain on board
For his Master's thesis in microengineering, Louis Masson designed a new microcomputer for use in pico-satellites. His invention will improve the satellites' ability to manage complex data.
Scientists call for religious help to save our wildlife
Leaders of the world's great religions could play a vital role in helping to save the world's dwindling wildlife and wilderness, three eminent ecologists from Sweden and Australia have proposed.
Japan heads back to nuclear zero for reactor checkups
Workers will switch off one of Japan's two working reactors Monday, with the other set for shutdown later this month and no restarts in sight amid continued public hostility to nuclear power.
Air pollution causes 200,000 early deaths each year in the US, study finds
Researchers from MIT's Laboratory for Aviation and the Environment have come out with some sobering new data on air pollution's impact on Americans' health.
China to add 1,500 gigawatts of power capacity by 2030, study says
China will add some 1,500 gigawatts of power production capacity by 2030, or the equivalent of Britain's existing capacity every year, a study showed on Wednesday.
Layered semiconductors with magnetic interfaces are potent catalysts for solar energy capture, conversion
Semiconductor nanostructures are poised to play a big role in future solar-powered hydrogen generation systems, according to a new study by researchers at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing. ...
NREL study suggests cost gap for Western renewables could narrow by 2025
A new Energy Department study conducted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) indicates that by 2025 wind and solar power electricity generation could become cost-competitive without federal subsidies, if new ...
'Must haves' for integrating planetary well-being and human well-being
One of the next major challenges for research and policy on sustainability is setting the post-2015 development agenda. This challenge is a direct result from the formal ending of the Millennium Development ...
Smart energy to power refugee camps
Rolling out renewable and smart energy solutions in refugee camps could dramatically improve the well being of millions of refugees world-wide. Working in collaboration with the UNHCR, an EPFL Master's student is investigating ...
A new sense of urgency for energy cane and other energy crops
"Energy cane" may sound like a trendy sports drink, but it actually is among a new generation of energy crops that could yield up to 5 times more ethanol per acre than corn. They are the topic of the cover story in this week's ...