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Parasite ants stimulate chemical production in host ants

July 20, 2010 3:27 am | by Natural Environment Research Council | Comments

Ants use chemical cues to recognise their own nest-mates and eggs, and avoid being tricked by parasite ant species. But when there are no parasites, hosts seem to stop producing so many cues and aren't so good at recognising their own mates.

Honda to launch plug-in hybrid and electric car in 2012

July 19, 2010 11:23 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WAKO, Japan (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co said on Tuesday it would launch a plug-in hybrid and battery electric model in 2012 and mapped out other plans to put greener vehicles on the road as rivals catch up with more fuel-efficient cars.

Breakthrough in thin-film solar cells: New insights into the indium/gallium puzzle

July 19, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists have made a major breakthrough in their search for more efficient thin-film solar cells. Computer simulations designed to investigate the so-called indium/gallium puzzle have highlighted a new way of increasing the efficiency of CIGS thin-film solar cells.


Cool roofs can offset carbon dioxide emissions and mitigate global warming, study finds

July 19, 2010 10:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

A new study has found that implementing cool roofs and cool pavements in cities around the world can not only help cities stay cooler, they can also cool the world, with the potential of canceling the heating effect of up to two years of worldwide carbon dioxide emissions.

Microbial world's use of metals mostly unmapped

July 19, 2010 10:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Microbes boast a broader and more diverse array of metal-driven chemical processes than scientists imagined. In fact, most have yet to be discovered, according to a first-of-its-kind technique that catalogs all of the metals in a microbe. The method could lead to innovative clean energy...

MDMA (Ecstasy)-assisted psychotherapy relieves treatment-resistant PTSD, study suggests

July 19, 2010 10:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

MDMA (also known as Ecstasy), may one day offer hope for individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), even people for whom other treatments have failed. Clinical trial suggests that MDMA can be administered to subjects with PTSD without evidence of harm and could offer sufferers...

U.S. issues first shallow-water drilling permit

July 19, 2010 6:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Interior Department issued its first shallow-water drilling permit since offshore exploration companies were required to meet two sets of new safety regulations in response to the BP oil spill, a department official said on Monday.

BP to continue test, seepage unrelated to well

July 19, 2010 6:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

HOUSTON/LONDON (Reuters) - BP Plc can keep its blown-out Gulf of Mexico well capped for at least another day, after it was determined that nearby seepage was not related to the leak, a U.S. official said on Monday.


OSHA fines DuPont $43,000 for W.Va. plant leaks

July 19, 2010 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited a West Virginia DuPont plant for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals.Monday's citations and $43,000 fine followed OSHA's investigation into a series of leaks at DuPont's Belle plant in January.One worker died after being...

Drilling Down To The Nanometer Depths Of Leaves For Biofuels

July 19, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( DOE/Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory ) By imaging the cell walls of a zinnia leaf down to the nanometer scale, energy researchers have a better idea about how to turn plants into biofuels. A team from Lawrence Livermore led by Michael Thelen, in collaboration with researchers...

Pitt Team Designs Artificial Cells That Communicate And Cooperate Like Biological Cells, Ants

July 19, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Pittsburgh ) University of Pittsburgh researchers designed "biologically inspired" artificial cells capable of self-organizing into independent groups that can communicate and cooperate, behaving like complex natural organisms.

NASA Grant Supports Center For Astrobiology In Search For Conditions Of Life In The Universe

July 19, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ) The New York Center for Astrobiology will widen the scope of its search for the building blocks of life beyond Earth with the help of a new NASA grant. Based at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the center is devoted to investigating the origins...

ACP Medical Laboratory Evaluation Program Gains Approval From CAP Accreditation Program

July 19, 2010 1:23 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( American College of Physicians ) The American College of Physicians' Medical Laboratory Evaluation program recently gained approval to offer certain analytes for use with the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program. The CAP accreditation program is an...

Artificial gut frees sewage-eating robot from humans

July 19, 2010 12:24 pm | by New Scientist | Comments

A biomass-powered robot with a digestive system shows it can operate for a week without human help, by feeding, watering and cleansing itself

Green machine: A salty solution for power generation

July 19, 2010 12:24 pm | by New Scientist | Comments

Put seawater and fresh water together and electricity flows – now schemes to do it on an industrial scale are beginning to show promise


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