Touch system provides 'an iPad on every wall'

A new touch-activated system projects onto walls and other surfaces and can recognize hand posture and gestures to identify individual users.

New system warns of impending solar flares

Researchers believe they've found a way of predicting solar flares more than a day before they occur, possibly helping to protect satellites, power grids and astronauts from dangerous radiation.

Another vote for sorghum for biofuel


It's hard to know whether sorghum is getting increasing attention as a possible biofuel source because it makes sense as a solution to our energy and environment challenges, or mostly because it could boost Midwest farm economies.

API glitch may explain fast-draining phone batteries

Almost a quarter of apps that contain Android's explicit power control APIs, or wakelocks, may have major battery-draining bugs.

These supercomputers test nukes

US researchers are working to perfect a series of simulations capable of accurately rendering the performance of a nuclear weapon in precise molecular detail.

Why the Earth isn't an ice ball

By rights, the much fainter sun two billion years ago should have left Earth as a giant snowball, incapable of developing life.

Life on 'habitable' exoplanet probably couldn't spread

Any life on the 'super-Earth' Gliese 581-d is unlikely to make it off the planet and onto others within its solar system.

Angry Birds drains your battery faster

Free mobile apps using third party services to display ads are draining users' batteries, researchers from Purdue University and Microsoft say.

Team makes memory breakthrough

Researchers are developing a new type of computer memory that could be faster than existing commercial memory and use far less power than flash memory devices.

Solar cell mimics plants to self-repair

Using carbon nanotubes and DNA, researchers have created a new type of solar cell designed to self-repair like natural photosynthetic systems in plants.

Scientists tailor metamaterial invisibility cloak

Scientists at Purdue University have developed a metamaterial consisting of fishnet-like film that could theoretically be spun into a working "invisibility" cloak.