Acting fast could cut climate change risk, says MIT

An MIT analysis of climate risk indicates that even moderate carbon-reduction policies now can substantially lower the risk of future climate change.

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Ardi fossil shows 'apes descended from humans'

A university professor at Kent State University said today that apes, in many ways, evolved from humans, and not the other way round.

Fat used to generate stem cells for heart conditions

Florida healthcare company Bioheart claimed it has made a major breakthrough in cardiovascular therapy by obtaining stem cells from a patient's fat tissue to help regenerate blood vessel formation.

Seven ton zero emission electric truck rolls

The Balqon Corporation said it has released a battery powered heavy duty truck for use on short haul missions.

World’s largest windfarm breezes into Texas

German power company E.ON Climate and Renewables (EC&R) has completed what it claims to be the world's largest wind farm near Roscoe, Texas. The Roscoe wind complex has an installed capacity of 781.5 megawatts (MW), generating enough electricity to power more than 230,000 homes.

The hanging gardens of Boston: empty building could become biofarm

An architect's firm has proposed that the old Filene's Basement store in Boston be covered with a vertical garden and algae farm.

10 most important IT fruits revealed

Software is important. Hardware is essential. Networking is vital. But fruits are clearly more important than any of these. Here's a list of the most important 10 IT fruits.

Hummer drivers claim the moral high ground

The best way to preserve American values is to keep on polluting the country with a vengeance: that's apparently the view of Hummer drivers, anyway.

People are pining for power for your PC

Scientists have worked out that there is enough electricity in a tree to power an electronic circuit. The discovery could pave the way for a house's computers to be powered by the tree that is planted in the back garden.  

Team develops recyclable hydrogen fuel

A new method for “recycling” hydrogen-containing fuel materials could make hydrogen-based vehicles more economically viable.

Munich Airport: just a short flight from Munich

Cheap air travel has its advantages. It's cheap. But is it cheerful?

Royal Society draws fire with geoengineering plans

The UK's leading scientific body is courting controversy with a major report, due out on Tuesday, that is expected to recommend geoengineering as a way of combating climate change.

Fake trees proposed to fight climate change

The latest wacky weapon to fight climate change is a proposal to install artificial trees which could soak up carbon dioxide.

Pensioner billed $109,000 for connection to power grid

A 74 year old man who has lived without electricity for 27 years has been told by the local utility company they plan to bill him £67,000 ($109,000) to hook his home into the grid.

Paint your house green with solar cells

Solar cells could soon be printed like newspaper or painted onto rooftops.

Strange web craze hits Oxford

An unusual craze has hit English university city Oxford, with young social networkers in the groves of academe taking it upon themselves to..

Megacities are like organisms, says scientist

Viewing the world's biggest cities as analogous to living, breathing organisms is fostering a deep new understanding of how poor air quality in megacities can cause harm.

Electric bikes impress English folk

There's been a resurgence of interest in electric bicycles amongst the Brit public, judging from the keen interest shown in two crowded concessions at a recent public Fayre in Hurley. And prices are dropping, too.

Self-cleaning materials will cut detergent use

Scientists have developed an eco-friendly coating for glass, plastics and other materials which allows oily stains to be wiped away easily with plain water.