Settlement between US government and environmentalists to speed endangered species reviewal

Various animals and plants faced with the danger of extinction may be one step closer to making the official endangered species list, which according to the Endangered Species Act puts them under government protection, as part of a legal settlement plan announced on Tuesday by the government and environmentalists. Under the agreement, species that the department has already deemed to

Teen drinking linked to Internet use

According to a recently published study, teens who regularly drink alcohol tend to spend more time on a computer surfing the internet on social networking sites, than other teens who don’t drink alcohol. As a conclusion that both somewhat bashes ‘nowadays teens’ and the Internet, the study concludes that a link between teenage drinking and Internet exists. Though it isn’t

[INFOGRAPHIC] The Truth About Sitting Down

Guess what you’re doing right now? Same thing I’m doing as I type this in, I know, but sitting down for too long is not at all alright. Actually, sitting down for more than six hours a day can increase your risk of death by as much as 40%! And no, even if you exercise 30 minutes a day, chances

China on the moon: rover by 2013, samples by 2017 and manned landing by 2025

How’s your Mandarin? If it’s as rusty as mine, we’d do best and brush up on it since it seems we’re heading towards an age of Chinese domination. Capitalizing on its tremendous financial growth, China has some incredible programs which officials hope to catapult the people’s republic in front of the new space age. A few weeks back, I told

U.S. Military launches new missile defense system into space

This Saturday the United States Military launched a new geosynchronous satellite into orbit as part of its Space-Based Infrared System project, which is intended to enhance the country’s ability to detect, track and counter enemy missiles. Part of an effort to enhance the country’s security, the satellite was launched into orbit by an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket from Florida’s Cape

Biggest white shark caught so far – released back in wild [PHOTO]

Shark Men: Biggest and Baddest, is a new TV show set to premier on National Geographic Channel tomorrow night, which chronicles the work of a team of scientists and professional fishermen who go after great whites in an effort to figure out where the mysterious giants breed and give birth. During one of their stints in the Pacific Ocean, the

Attention deficit people may have too much brain, scientists say

In what can be considered somewhat paradoxal, according to a recent study from the University College London, scientists have found larger than average volumes of grey matter in certain brain regions of people easily distracted. Meaning, people who are easily distracted may have “too much brain”. This conclusion came after scientists compared the brain activity in both people who get

New craters sighted on Mars [PICS]

Last year, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s low-res, grayscale Context camera cought a patch of new dark spots on the martian surface which weren’t there just two years before. Further, detailed investigations soon followed as MRO’s more sharp-eyed HiRISE camera went in for a closer look – its capable of spotting even beach ball sized objects on Mars’ surface. What scientist

$150 million for a trip round the moon and back – one seat left

Like i reckoned in some of my past articles, space tourism is getting more and more popular each year, as more aeronautical companies begin to see the high potential of catering for millionaires’ orbital ambitions. One of the most sought after and ambitious space taxi projects is the highly publicized civilian lunar trip, in the works for a number of

Shorties: why can’t bats fly in the rain

Ever wondered why you never see bats flying in the rain? Well, maybe you’ve seen some skimming through trees in parks on light rain,  but that’s probably the most you’ll see. A new study published in Biology Letters yesterday tries to shed some light on why this exactly happens, the answer being that they have to burn more energy during

New research shows chimps are self-aware

Until recently it was considered that only humans have the ability of being aware of the fact that they exist as an individual, but studies show that chimps as well as dolphins share this ability. A recent research revolving around chimps strengthens the idea and shows that our close relatives are indeed self-aware and can anticipate the consequences of their

Obesity linked to dementia, study says

According to a recently published study reported by Swedish scientists, people who are obese and middle aged are up to four times more likely do develop dementia than people of normal weight. Published in the journal Neurology, the research was conducted 8,534 Swedish twins over the age of 65, of which data showed that 350 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer

Fake ‘MacDefender’ antivirus infecting naive Apple users

Naive Apple users might find themselves in quite a predicament thanks to a new malware which tricks users into thinking their Macs are infected, automatically installs a interface that looks like a legitimate antivirus and then asks for more information to destroy the threat, including credit card information. The trojan works fairly simple but ingeniously, by targeting users browsing Google

Sea level rise of up to 1.6 meters projected for 2100

It is no longer a question if multi-meter sea level rises will happen, but only of when. According to the latest estimate from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme it seems the accelerated climate change in the Arctic including a thaw of Greenland’s ice could raise world sea levels by up to 1.6 meters by 2100. “The past six years

Ebola virus threat might be finally eliminated

The Ebola virus has been the subject of numerous panic inducing books and movies, portraying it as a devastating killer, and in all seriousness its quite deadly. Research on the virus and its numerous variation has made across the past decades, but so far little to no advances in prevention have been made and currently there is no available treatment

‘Depresion gene’ discovery could lead to alternative treatment

In what can be considered a breakthrough in the battle against worldwide depression, scientists from Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry have found a link between a particular gene and depression which might provide solid treatment in the future. The discovery was made after reserachers analyzed the results of a study conducted upon 15,000 people and observed  that slight changes

The Makeout box: the latest internet sensation… or maybe not

Researchers from the Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications are really exited about their latest innovation in what can be scientifically described as tactile communication or in more direct terms as the “makeout box”. The Kiss Transmission Device is basically a plastic box which gets connected to a PC and receives data from the other end, which also has

Astronomers plot largest 3D map of the Universe

Unveiled this past weekend, astronomers from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey have created a 3D map of the Universe using the light from 14,000 quasars, some of the brightest bodies in the universe, to illuminate gas clouds in regions of space some 11 billion light years away. From the study‘s abstract: These features arise as the light from the quasar

Quantum information stored in a single atom

It’s amazing where computer science is heading to, and with quantum computing getting more and more popular, the trend of evolving towards smaller and smaller scales has just reached another level – an atomic level. Gerhard Rempe at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Garching have stored quantum information in a single atom! This new method will help

Solar-thermal flat panels up to eight times more efficient than existing technology

Researchers from Boston College and MIT have managed to develop a new kind of thermo-solar technology by applying a new technique which involves high-performance nanotech materials arrayed on a flat panel – they’re results have proven to be as much as eight times more efficient than current solar thermo electric generators, at little to no advance in cost. Thermo electric