RSSArchive for January, 2008

Asteroid To Make Rare Close Flyby Of Earth January 29

Scientists are monitoring the orbit of asteroid 2007 TU24. The asteroid, believed to be between 150 meters (500 feet) and 610 meters (2,000 feet) in size, is expected to fly past Earth on Jan. 29.

Teach your brain to stretch time

Over the past few years, neuroscientists have started probing the brain’s timing mechanisms using measurements of electrical activity and imaging techniques such as fMRI. Read More

Camera In A Pill Offers Cheaper, Easier Window On Your Insides

What if swallowing a pill with a camera could detect the earliest signs of cancer? The tiny camera is designed to take high-quality, color pictures in confined spaces.

US scientists close to creating artificial life

US scientists have taken a major step toward creating the first ever artificial life form by synthetically reproducing the DNA of a bacteria.

New technique allows fast printing of microscopic electronics

A new technique for printing extraordinarily thin lines quickly over wide areas could lead to larger, less expensive and more versatile electronic displays as well new medical devices, sensors and other technologies.

1,000 Genomes Project: Expanding the Map of Human Genetics

The number of sequenced human genomes will soon swell to more than 1,000 as part of a new international research consortium’s effort to trace the potential genetic origins of disease.

Virgin Galactic Unveils Spaceship

A select group of rich tourists may be blasting into space within a few years in a craft that looks like a cross between a corporate jet and something out of science fiction.

World’s Best Microscope Can Produce Images Less Than Diameter Of Single Hydrogen Atom

TEAM 0.5 – The world’s most powerful transmission electron microscope capable of producing images less than the diameter of a single hydrogen atom.

Future of Top U.S. Particle Physics Lab in Jeopardy

The 2008 high-energy physics budget passed by Congress in December took away funds to pursue research into the proposed International Linear Collider, shown here in a cut-away schematic

Nanotubes Go With the Flow

Carbon nanotubes are attractive candidates for use as the active elements in the next generation of electronic devices. However, it has proven incredibly difficult to align nanotubes within device architectures.

Optical Fiber: Secure In All The Chaos

Secure messages hidden in chaotic waveforms, transmitted at up to 10 gigabits per second, is the vision behind a group of dedicated European researchers. Now they are prototyping the equipment that could make the vision a reality.

Mathematicians solve flakey problem

Two mathematicians have for the first time created a computer simulation that generates realistic three-dimensional snowflakes, although even they are not sure how it works.

Your Guide to the Year in Science: 2008

Jellyfish invasions, Internet auctions, god particles: Read about the year’s biggest science stories before they happen. Bonus: How to decipher geeky jargon and when to buy a DeLorean

Scientists use nanomaterials to localize and control drug delivery

Using nanotechnology, scientists from UCLA and Northwestern University have developed a localized and controlled drug delivery method that is invisible to the immune system.

Sun?s Magnetic Secret Revealed

Powerful magnetic waves have been confirmed for the first time as major players in the process that makes the sun’s atmosphere strangely hundreds of times hotter than its already superhot surface.

Intelligent inks – now you see them, now you don’t

Photographs of oxygen indicator ink printed on a MAPed food package. Left: Before UV activation. Middle: After UV activation. Right: On opening the package.