Physicists demonstrate conditions for laser-driven fusion
Prof: Tips to help children cope with earthquake, tsunami tragedy
(PhysOrg.com) -- Currently, commercial nuclear power plants generate electricity using nuclear fission, in which an atoms nucleus is split into lighter nuclei. But scientists are also researching the reverse reaction, nuclear fusion, in which two light atomic nuclei fuse to form a single heavier nucleus. Compared with fission, fusion has the potential to produce less radioactive waste while...
US, Russia sign deal to transport astronauts until 2016
The damage from the Japan earthquake and Pacific Ocean tsunami may be thousands of miles away, but the disaster can affect children around the world, says a Purdue University children's expert.
Timeline: Japan's unfolding nuclear crisis
The US space agency has renewed a contract to use Russian spaceships to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) up to 2016, the Russian space agency said Tuesday.
Japan reactors at 'high risk' for more leaks: PM
Reuters - (Reuters)- Japan is under global scrutiny over the handling of its nuclear crisis after a huge earthquake crippled three reactors at a nuclear power complex, raising fears of an uncontrolled radiation leak.
Space Station Crew to Return to Earth Wednesday
The radioactive material leaking from Japanese nuclear reactors following the recent earthquake and tsunami is enough to "impact human health" and the risk of more leaks is "very high," the prime minister says.
Green: Nuclear Plants Multiply in Developing Countries
SPACE.com - A NASA astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts are preparing to leave the International Space Station after living aboard the orbiting outpost for more than five months.
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The world's stock of 443 nuclear reactors could more than double in the next 15 years, according to the World Nuclear Association, an industry trade group.
Blogging the Big Bang
What are the health effects of exposure?
Flying penguins vs plastic balls at the ExCel Centre. Justin Evans, a researcher at UCL, tells the tale...I arrived work this week with a renewed excitement about the future of science.Last week I, and a number of colleagues from the UCL particle physics group, were at the Big Bang Fair, one of the UK's biggest science and engineering fairs, at the ExCel centre in London. Our aim? To tell...
Pre-1980 German nuclear plants to close: Merkel
How do people understand the risks of nuclear power?
Hoaxer tells parents daughter died in tsunami
Reuters - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that all seven of the country's nuclear power plants which began operation before 1980 would be provisionally shut...
'Vital role' for citizen science
AP - For several hours, Ashley Russell thought his daughter was dead. A missing persons website set up to track Japan's tsunami said...
US, Russia sign deal to transport astronauts until 2016
Volunteers play a vital role in ensuring that a range of valuable long-term datasets continue to survive, a team of scientists will say.
Blog - SXSW: How Smart Gadgets Let Us Down
AFP - The US space agency has renewed a contract to use Russian spaceships to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) up to 2016, the Russian space agency said...
Arachnophobes beware: Hubble snaps close-up of the Tarantula (w/ Video)
As devices get computationally more powerful, they remain social dunces.
For all their growing smarts, our gadgets remain stupid. That was the message delivered to a room of the earliest of technological adopters at the South by Southwest conference yesterday by...
Asia's nuclear drive on despite Japan crisis
(PhysOrg.com) -- The wispy arms of the Tarantula Nebula were originally thought to resemble spindly spider legs, giving the nebula its unusual name. The part of the nebula visible in this image from Hubble's Advanced Camera for Surveys is criss-crossed with tendrils of dust and gas churned up by recent supernovae. These supernova remnants include NGC 2060, visible above and to the left of the...
Fears of health risks rise amid Japan crisis
Asian governments that are ramping up nuclear power will face huge pressure to curb their programmes in the wake of Japan's atomic crisis, but dozens of reactors will still be built in the near future.
Health experts sound warning over iodine rush
(AP) -- Fears about health risks rose dramatically in Japan Tuesday with news of a greater radiation release and renewed warnings to remaining residents within 20 miles to stay indoors.
Hewlett-Packard hikes dividend, outlines strategy
Japan's nuclear crisis has sparked panic buying of iodine pills, with online bids exceeding $500 for a single packet, but health experts hosed down the hysteria and warned the pills are of limited use.
Japan quake, tsunami could hit global production
(AP) -- Hewlett-Packard Co. said Monday it plans to raise its dividend for the first time in over a decade and one day soon sell "cloud computing" services to the public.
Microsoft releases new Internet Explorer 9 browser
The economic aftershocks from the massive earthquake off the coast of Japan, the resulting tsunami and a feared nuclear meltdown could hit global production of everything from aircraft to iPads.
New research demonstrates language learners' creativity
Microsoft released the latest version of its Internet Explorer Web browsing software free online late Monday, hoping to fend off recent challenges by Firefox and Google Chrome.
Nursing home boom in China has little government involvement
New research published in Language, the journal of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) firmly establishes that language learning goes well beyond simple imitation, and in fact that language learners are quite creative and remarkably smart. Not only are learners able to generalize grammatical restrictions to new words in a category in this case, made-up adjectives but they also do...
Online social game star Zynga adds new lure
A nursing home industry is booming in China as a rapid increase in the proportion of its elderly population forces a nationwide shift from traditional family care to institutional care, according to new research by Brown University gerontologists.
The startup behind hit online social games Farmville, Zynga Poker, and Mafia Wars ramped up the pay-off for its more than 250 million players.