Mount Redoubt ready to blow again?

On Sunday afternoon, Mount Redoubt began once again emitting steam and ash. Ashfall from the explosion was observed on the upper south flank of the volcano, but no airborne ash was discovered which could be deemed a hazard.

MIT's revamped Li-ion batteries fully recharge in seconds, not hours

MIT engineers have developed a type of high-speed tunnel for transporting electrical energy through lithium iron phosphate, a well-known battery material. The discovery may yield lithium ion batteries that fully discharge and recharge in seconds, rather than hours, making batteries lighter, more powerful, and finally suitable for the all-electric vehicle that can be recharged in the same amount of time it takes to refuel the tank today.

Virtual reality cocoon promises full sensory experience

At a major science event in London today called Pioneer 09, a new device under development called a Virtual Cocoon has been showcased. The kitchen-sized device encases the user in a sensory input room which virtual reality headsets alone cannot achieve. The potential level of virtual reality the device will deliver has caused the research team to coin a new phrase: Real Virtuality.

Obama administration to undo Bush's endangered animal policy

On Tuesday, Barack Obama restored protections for several endangered species reversing one of the last minute changes made during the Bush administration. "For more than three decades, the Endangered Species Act has successfully protected our nation's most threatened wildlife, and we should be looking for ways to improve it -- not weaken it," Obama said.

Safe Stem Cell alternative discovered

Scientists have developed a method to turn skin cells into Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPS cells), which are on their way to becoming a second alternative to embryonic stem cells for related research. This advancement further demonstrates how science can address the moral and ethical concerns relating to such things as embryonic stem cell research, if only given a few years to sort it out.

Researchers tap supercomputers to find interesting language trends

Researchers have identified the oldest words in the English language to be the words I, we and who, along with the numbers 1, 2 and 3. These are among the oldest words in all Indo-European languages, according to the report. They also claim such fundamental words as squeeze, guts, stick, throw and dirty are all heading for "history's dustbin," along with a host of others.

High-temperature superconductors: The mystery is being unravelled

Scientists from Queen Mary, University of London, and the University of Fribourg in Switzerland, have reportedly discovered that magnetism is involved behind the scenes in high temperature superconductors. The team has been studying two different types of materials used for relatively high temperature superconductors. They believe with continued study the precise mechanisms in place can be identified and applied to an even higher temperature class of materials, making the ultimate dream of room-temperature superconductors now more possible than ever.

UPDATED: Google Ocean watchers may have found Atlantis

A Google Ocean image of an underwater section of the Atlantic ocean at 31 15'15.53N 24 15'30.53W is drawing wide attention as a possible location of the lost city of Atlantis. The location is about 700 miles off the coasts of Morocco and Portugal and fits in very nicely with the whereabouts of Atlantis, as described by Plato.

Nearly complete Columbian mammoth discovered at La Brea Tar Pits

A nearly complete set of fossils from a gigantic Columbian mammoth was discovered by scientists at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles, along with a collection of other bones from Ice Age animals. This discovery will aid scientists in trying to determine what life was like in that area until about 40,000 years ago.

Move over diamonds, now there's something 58% harder

Diamonds are made from carbon atoms that have undergone a process aligning them in an isometric-hexoctahedral crystal lattice. Clear to yellow, sometimes flawless, diamonds are also the second most stable form of carbon (behind graphite). However, diamonds are no longer the hardest natural substance -- at least not according to New Scientist. That honor now falls to lonsdaleite, which is 58% harder than diamonds.

CERN will not restart LHC collisions before October

Yesterday, CERN announced that it has confirmed an updated restart schedule for the ailing Large Hadron Collider. While the "first beams" will be seen in September, no true collisions will be activated until late October. The forecast also shows a shutdown over Christmas, where it will run through until Fall, 2010.

Butterfly wings lead to better solar energy collection

Scientists in Asia studying butterflies have made an interesting observation regarding their wings and the collection of solar energy. This simple research could lead to more efficient solar cells for powering homes and businesses.

NASA's Axel rover can rappel down cliffs

A prototype planet rover robot being developed by NASA and Caltech could someday lend more research data about other planets in our solar system to scientists. It might also be able to help in search-and-rescue operations back here on Earth.

Scientists identify chemical process responsibile for vision

 Scientists researching the many mysteries of the eye have determined which specific chemical processes occur to allow vision transmission to the brain for processing. It is hoped that this discovery will lead to the development of new treatments for some forms of blindness and vision disorders, restoring sight for many types of vision afflictions.

Google Earth helps scientists find several new species

 More information has now surfaced about findings from a recent expedition to a previously hidden forest in Mozambique - which was discovered by scientists searching through Google Earth's aerial views. Included in their findings are newly discovered species of butterflies, snakes, along with seven threatened bird species.