Biotech firm may have answer to radiation sickness

While US personnel in Japan have been issued with supplies of potassium iodide in the event that they need treatment for radiation sickness, it's very much a last-ditch solution.

As radiation reaches the US, scientists say not to worry

Radiation from Japan’s damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant is already reaching the US, and is more difficult to predict than the weather, say University of Maryland atmospheric scientists.

Fake radiation text spreads across Asia

The Philippine government has been forced to issue a denial, following the spread of a hoax SMS message warning of a radiation hazard to the country.

Cellphone use alters brain activity

The debate over whether cellphones affect the brain rumbles on. The latest study shows a measurable effect on brain activity - but one which may or may not be harmful, say the team.

Device speeds up radiation cleanup

Engineers at Oregon State University have invented a new type of radiation detection and measurement device that they believe can make cleanup faster, cheaper and more thorough.

TSA has no system to test its body-scanners

Lots of experts doubt whether the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) backscatter porno scanner machines are safe. According to Boing Boing, the skeptics may be right because the TSA has no way to test its scanners.

New type of solar cells could even work at night

Researchers in the potato state of Idaho say that they’ve developed a new kind of solar cell that can produce electricity even at night, promising to create a new form of renewable energy.

Space weather risk to airlines

Air crew and frequent fliers could run health risks from space weather, according to a report from insurers Lloyds.

Genetically enhanced humans could explore the stars


A prominent scientist who decoded the human genome has hypothesized that recruiting genetically enhanced astronauts could help boost NASA's manned spaceflight program into warp speed.

Mobile phone trade group sues the city of San Francisco

San Francisco is known for doing some pretty crazy things, and now it has really peeved off the organization that represents the mobile phone industry with a crazy new radiation law.

Living near a cellphone mast doesn't give babies cancer

Pregnant women who live near a cell phone mast are no more likely to have a baby that later develops cancer, says a study in the British Medical Journal.

San Francisco rules on cellphone radiation

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has voted overwhelmingly in favour of a law requiring retailers to display the amount of radiation emitted by cellphones. It's likely to become law after a ten-day comment period.

Collapse in bee populations could be caused by cellphones

Cellphones could be to blame for the sharp decline in honeybee populations, according to Indian scientists.

NASA trains humanoid robot for space station duty

NASA is preparing to launch the first human-like robot to space as part of the Discovery STS-133 mission planned for September. 


HP accelerates Moore's Law with new memory architecture

A recent discovery by a team of Hewlett Packard researchers could eventually help redefine the capabilities, speed and capacity of conventional memory.

Droid and Nexus One "push edge" of radiation safety limits

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has found that at least four recently launched smartphones emit some of the "highest radiation" on the market.