Scientists have developed a tiny, portable personal blood testing laboratory that sends data through mobile phone
Humans are veritable chemical factories—we manufacture thousands of substances and transport them, via our blood, throughout our bodies. Some of these substances can be used as indicators of our health ...
Testing time for Proba-V, ESA's global vegetation tracker
(Phys.org)—ESA's Proba-V microsatellite is now assembled and midway through testing to ensure it is fully spaceworthy. The miniature Earth-observer, designed to chart global vegetation every two days, will ...
Ecologists shed new light on effects of light pollution on wildlife
Coasts and estuaries are among the most rapidly developing areas on Earth. Night-time satellite images of the planet show that except Antarctica, continents are ringed with halos of brightly-lit human development. ...
MIT African teen guest fashions battery, plans windmill (w/ video)
The original Twitter? Tiny electronic tags monitor birds' social networks
(Phys.org)—If two birds meet deep in the forest, does anybody hear? Until now, nobody did, unless an intrepid biologist was hiding underneath a bush and watching their behavior, or the birds happened to ...
'Bends' study shows how mammals make mega-dives
Scientists in California have shed light on a marine mystery: how diving mammals can hunt for food at great depths without getting the "bends," according to a new study.
Record-breaking python found in Florida Everglades with 87 eggs
A monster Burmese python captured in the Everglades has broken the state size record, stretching 17 feet, 7 inches, its belly bursting with 87 eggs, the University of Florida announced in August.
Indonesia's 'unique' whale sharks get pet tags
The "unique habit" of whale sharks that converge to feed from fishing nets in Indonesia has allowed them to be tagged with low-cost technology usually used on pets, conservationists said Tuesday.
Have thieving rodents saved tropical trees?
Big seeds produced by many tropical trees were probably once ingested and then defecated whole by huge mammals called gomphotheres that dispersed the seeds over large distances. But gomphotheres were probably ...
Brighter, smaller probes to uncover the secret lives of proteins
(Phys.org) -- Imagine tracking a deer through a forest by clipping a radio transmitter to its ear and monitoring the deers location remotely. Now imagine that transmitter is the size of a house, and ...
Analyzing energy potential
Sensors, radio transmitters and GPS modules all feature low power consumption. All it takes is a few milliwatts to run them. Energy from the environment - from sources such as light or vibrations - may be enough to meet these ...
Whales' signals reveal retreat from ill-fated oil rig
A technique that monitors whales through the sounds they emit has answered a key issue raised by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago this month.
Paint and bombs try to save ships from Titanic fate
We've painted them, tagged them, bombed them, monitored them with radar and watched them from space -- but icebergs like the one that sank the Titanic are still a threat to ships today.
A boom in smarter baby monitors
The cry has been heard: After 20 years with little change to baby monitoring devices, new designs premiered in January at the Consumer Electronics Show promising Wi-Fi connectivity and high-definition video that streams live ...