technology

Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

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According to MIT scientists a new power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, and centralized construction. When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination.

Electronic systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality

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Inexpensive computers, cell phones and other systems that substitute flexible plastic for silicon chips may be one step closer to reality, according to a new research report. The paper describes a new proposal for overcoming a major obstacle to the development of such plastic devices—the large amount of energy required to read stored information.

God Particle Higgs Boson Wins Big

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The Nobel committee awarded this year's Nobel Physics Price for the scientists who proposed the existence of particles with near-zero mass called God Particles or Higgs Boson.  The God Particle concept was proposed in the 1960s by Peter W. Higgs and François Englert.
 

iPhone Siri immortalizes the voice of Susan Bennett

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You might have heard about the HeLa cell line that made Henrietta Lacks immortal.

NIH and NSF are Shut Down - US Government Shut Down Consequences to Scientists

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are shut down from October 1, 2013 for an indefinite duration.  This is a direct consequence of the US Government shut down due to non-approval of funding for the government for the fiscal year 2014. 

Nano-messenger opens way for new cancer treatment

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A new study from Karolinska Institutet shows that exosomes, nanoparticles that transmit information between cells, constitute a potential new treatment strategy for several cancers. The study, which was conducted on mice, was published recently online in the scientific journal Cancer Research.

India the Queen of Internet Spam? Most junk emails originate in India

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According to a news report from BBC, India has become the top spam-spewing nation on the planet. This was measured by determining the amount of emails routed through computers in different countries.

SpaceX Dragon capsule, the private spaceship, launch delayed

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Dragon capsule the spaceship of SpaceX will not be launched as scheduled on April 30, 2012.  Dragon capsule was expected to be the first private spaceship to be launched to the International Space Station.