Progress made in developing nanoscale electronics

Scientists are facing a number of barriers as they try to develop circuits that are microscopic in size, including how to reliably control the current that flows through a circuit that is the width of a single molecule. Alexander Shestopalov, an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester, has done just that, thereby taking us one step closer to nanoscale circuitry.

Greenland ice cores show industrial record of acid rain

The rise and fall of acid rain is a global experiment whose results are preserved in the geologic record.

Scientists unmask the climate uncertainty monster

Scientific uncertainty has been described as a 'monster' that prevents understanding and delays mitigative action in response to climate change. New research by Professor Stephan Lewandowsky of the University of Bristol, and international colleagues, shows that uncertainty should make us more rather than less concerned about climate change.

Peat soils as gigantic batteries?!

Researchers from ETH Zurich and the University of Tubingen describe a process that suppresses the formation of methane in soils that are rich in humic substances. For this process to work, the soils need to switch between having no oxygen and having oxygen.

Report: Earth became habitable 4.4 billion years ago

With the help of a tiny fragment of zircon extracted from a remote rock outcrop in Australia, the picture of how our planet became habitable to life about 4.4 billion years ago is coming into sharper focus.

Is this the world's hottest computational biologist?

This year's winner of the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science is Pardis Sabeti, M.D., Ph.D. You know... really smart... Oxford... Harvard... you are a dumb-ass compared to her etc. etc. Her work is helping scientists identify how to defeat diseases and microbes. Oh, yeah, she also happens to be in a rock band.

New quantum dots herald a new era of electronics operating on a single-atom level

New types of solotronic structures, including the world's first quantum dots containing single cobalt ions, have been created and studied at the Faculty of Physics at the University of Warsaw. The materials and elements used to form these structures allow us forecast new trends in solotronics – a field of experimental electronics and spintronics of the future, based on operations occurring on a single-atom level.

Ancient European hunter-gatherers were dark skinned and blue-eyed

  Suck it, white supremacists! The genome of a 7,000-year-old individual from the Mesolithic site of La Brana-Arintero (Leon, Spain) has been recovered and it has African versions in the genes that determine pigmentatio of the skin. 

World's smartest dude regrets biggest blunder

Stephen Hawking, the 70 year old greatest living physicist of the universe, has identified his biggest mistake. Only Hawking can get away with saying that, strictly speaking, there are no black holes in our universe.

Cooling microprocessors with carbon nanotubes

“Cool it!” That’s a prime directive for microprocessor chips and a promising new solution to meeting this imperative is in the offing. Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have developed a “process friendly” technique that would enable the cooling of microprocessor chips through carbon nanotubes.

The cyborg era has started

They are known from science fiction novels and films – technically modified organisms with extraordinary skills, so-called cyborgs. This name originates from the English term “cybernetic organism”.

Tweeting sharks will warn you if they are nearby

Sharks in Western Australia are going to find themselves tweeting to swimmers that they are heading to shallow waters looking for a human sized snack.

Mom and Dad are to blame for kid's online addictions

We all know how entitled millennials are supposed to be. Well, the next generation isn't looking so hot, either. They're stuck indoors, clasped to the bosoms of anxious parents. Is it any wonder they are addicts, addicted to interacting online.

Scientists print eye cells using inkjet printer

Neuroscientists at Cambridge University have come up with a more interesting use for their Inkjet printer other than printing photos of the lab's Christmas party.

Internet use is stressing out the younglings

Researchers at Kent State University claim that students who spend hours each day online, texting or talking on mobiles are more anxious, miserable people who get lower grades.

Scientists say, Suck it, flesh-people. We have robo-sperm!

Researchers working at the Institute for Integrative Nanosciences in Dresden, Germany, have created a cybernetic microorganism made of metal and a bull's sperm cell.

Grow a new brain: First steps to lab-made grey matter

Bioengineers dream of growing spare parts for our worn-out or diseased bodies. They have already succeeded with some tissues, but one has always eluded them: the brain. Now a team in Sweden has taken the first step towards this ultimate goal.

Has Earth Splattered Life All Over the Solar System?

Researchers believe that it is more than likely that rock capable of carrying life, from both Earth and Mars, has been spewed out in to all the terrestrial planets in the Solar System and Jupiter, and transfer from Earth to Saturn is also probable. If someone from Saturn sues you for child support, don't say we didn't warn you. 

Humans are porcine ape hybrids?

A top genetics expert claims that he has found evidence that modern humans were caused by pigs and chimps mating.

Violent games make you cheat and eat chocolate

An international team of researchers has found playing violent video games not only increases aggression but can also cause players to cheat and eat more chocolate.