Technology would help detect terrorists before they strike

Are you a terrorist? Airport screeners, customs agents, police officers and members of the military who silently pose that question to people every day, may soon have much more than intuition to depend on to determine the ...

Ugly duckling mole rats might hold key to longevity

Who would have thought that the secrets to long life might exist in the naked, wrinkled body of one of the world's ugliest animals? Probably not many, but current research may be leading seekers of the Fountain of Youth to ...

Nanofabrication method paves way for new optical devices

An innovative and inexpensive way of making nanomaterials on a large scale has resulted in novel forms of advanced materials that pave the way for exceptional and unexpected optical properties. The new fabrication technique, ...

Supernovae not what they used to be

Exploding stars that light the way for research on dark energy aren’t as powerful or bright, on average, as they once were, says a new study by University of Toronto astronomers.

'Crowcam' spies on clever birds

A new technique developed by Oxford University zoologists enables researchers to ‘hitch a ride’ with wild birds and witness their natural and undisturbed behaviour.

Fifty Times sharper than Hubble

M87, the central galaxy of the Virgo cluster in a distance of only 50 million light years, was observed by Yuri Kovalev from the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronony (MPIfR) in Bonn and his colleagues with the VLBA (Very ...

Trick of Nature Allows Hubble and Keck to Find Tiny Galaxy

A team of astronomers at the University of California at Santa Barbara report that they have resolved a dwarf galaxy 6 billion light-years away. Weighing only 1/100 as much as our Milky Way Galaxy, the dwarf is much smaller ...

From stick figures to artificial intelligence

Like a lot of guys his age, Brian Tanner used to be glued to a computer while he was junior-high student in Winnipeg. He especially liked to tinker around with some software that allowed him to manipulate little stick figures ...

Grid computing offers new hope in race against bird flu

Last month a collaboration of European and Asian researchers launched a new attack against the deadly bird flu virus, harnessing the combined power of more than 40,000 computers across 45 countries to boost the pace of anti-viral ...

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