Canadian research examines effects of scientific claims on oil

A University of Alberta researcher says people generally do not act on information about the effects fossil fuel-based products are having on the environment. And the reason, says English and film studies researcher Imre ...

Walking robot navigates bumpy ground (w/ Video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- A robot named MABEL with a human-like gait can walk over rough terrain in University of Michigan electrical engineering professor Jessy Grizzle's lab.

In deserts, which dunes are the most stable?

By modeling a desert where the wind blows in two directions, French researchers from CNRS and Universite Paris Dideror have succeeded in observing and highlighting, for the very first time, the formation process and long-term ...

NASA Sensor Completes Initial Gulf Oil Spill Flights

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (AVIRIS) instrument collected an image over the site of the Deepwater Horizon BP oil rig disaster on May 17, 2010. Crude oil on the surface appears orange ...

Could the Taste of Vodka be Related to Molecular Makeup?

(PhysOrg.com) -- When we think of taste, we don't normally think about how something's molecular makeup influences our tongues. A group of scientists at the University of Cincinnati and Moscow State University tested the ...

Taiwan's Foxconn raising pay for workers

(AP) -- The Taiwanese electronics company buffeted by a spate of suicides at its China factories said Friday it will raise the pay of workers by an average of 20 percent.

Japan plans to build robot moon base by 2020

(PhysOrg.com) -- Believing that a moon base is essential for exploration of the solar system, Japan has recently announced plans to send humanoid robots to the moon to construct a robot lunar base. As part of the $2.2 billion ...

The turbulent past of the Milky Way's black hole

The supermassive black hole at the center of our Galaxy went through turbulent times over the past centuries. We know this thanks to its surrounding molecular clouds, whose varying X-ray and gamma-ray luminosity reflects ...

Austria bans Google's street view cars over privacy

Austria has placed a temporary ban on Google Street View cars while it probes concerns that the Internet company used the vehicles to collect private data, a statement said Friday.

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