World population-food supply balance is becoming increasingly unstable, study finds
Researchers report that as the world population increases and food demand has grown, globalization of trade has made the food supply more sensitive to environmental and market fluctuations. This leads to ...
Scientists propose revolutionary laser system to produce the next LHC
An international team of physicists has proposed a revolutionary laser system, inspired by the telecommunications technology, to produce the next generation of particle accelerators, such as the Large Hadron ...
Canal carved through Nicaragua will destroy rainforests, communities and wildlife
The Nicaraguan government has granted a concession to a mysterious Chinese company owned by Jing Wang, a little-known Hong-Kong based businessman, to build an inter-oceanic canal. This would provide an alternative to ...
Taiwan, Germany seek methane hydrate—potentially vast new energy source
A research vessel carrying German and Taiwanese scientists set sail for waters off the island's southwestern coast on Sunday in search of methane hydrate, a potentially vast new energy source.
How do plants grow toward the light? Scientists explain mechanism behind phototropism
Plants have developed a number of strategies to capture the maximum amount of sunlight through their leaves. As we know from looking at plants on a windowsill, they grow toward the sunlight to be able to ...
Going green: Nation equipped to grow serious amounts of pond scum for fuel
(Phys.org) —A new analysis shows that the nation's land and water resources could likely support the growth of enough algae to produce up to 25 billion gallons of algae-based fuel a year in the United States, ...
Hidden rift valley discovered beneath West Antarctica reveals new insight into ice loss
Scientists have discovered a one mile deep rift valley hidden beneath the ice in West Antarctica, which they believe is contributing to ice loss from this part of the continent.
The Link Between Weight and Importance
Los Alamos researchers create 'map of science'
(PhysOrg.com) -- Los Alamos National Laboratory scientists have produced the world's first Map of Science—a high-resolution graphic depiction of the virtual trails scientists leave behind when they retrieve ...
Male Gouldian finches select mates using only left side of brain, study finds
Choosing a mate is one of the most important decisions an individual of any species will make in its life. It is therefore perhaps a surprise that a new study, of which I'm a co-author, has revealed a bird ...
Bing to duel Google with Facebook-friendly format
Microsoft's Bing search engine is heading in a new direction as it drills deeper into Facebook's social network and Twitter's messaging service to showcase information unlikely to be found on Google.
Deep Gulf drilling thrives 18 mos. after BP spill
(AP) -- Two hundred miles off the coast of Texas, ribbons of pipe are reaching for oil and natural gas deeper below the ocean's surface than ever before.
Camera survey gives a rare glimpse into snow leopard family life
When scientists decided to carry out a biodiversity survey in a remote nature reserve in Tajikistan, they didn't expect to find a snow leopard hotspot.
Overconfidence in new technologies can influence decision-making
Technological advances in recent decades have transformed most aspects of daily life, and technology now plays a major role in business and society. However, little is known about how perceptions of technology might influence ...