Low carbon hemp house put to the test
- 10/9/16 04:22
Facial recognition technology aimed at spotting terrorists
A consortium in the UK has constructed a small building on a university campus out of hemp-lime to test its properties as a building material. Called the "HemPod", this one-storey building has highly insulating walls made from the chopped woody core, or shiv, of the industrial hemp plant mixed with a specially developed lime-based...
- 10/9/16 04:22
New supercomputer 'sees' well enough to drive a car someday
Rapid improvements in facial-recognition software mean airport security workers might one day know with near certainty whether they're looking at a stressed-out tourist or staring a terrorist in the eye. Researchers are evaluating how well these rapidly evolving recognition programs work. The researchers are comparing the rates of success for the software to the rates for non-technological, but...
- 10/9/16 04:22
Blood test accurately predicts death from prostate cancer up to 25 years in advance
Visually interpreting our environment as quickly as we do is an astonishing feat requiring an enormous number of computations -- which is just one reason that coming up with a computer-driven system that can mimic the human brain in visually recognizing objects has proven so difficult. Now a supercomputer based on the human visual system has been developed, operating much more quickly and...
- 10/9/16 04:22
3-D Simulation Predicts LA Will Bear Brunt of the 'Big One'
A blood test at the age of 60 can accurately predict the risk that a man will die from prostate cancer within the next 25 years, according to researchers. The findings could have important implications for determining which men should be screened after the age of 60 and which may not benefit substantially from continued prostate cancer...
Storm Karl hits Mexico, threatens Gulf oil installations
A look at earthquake effects reveals that Los Angeles would shake particularly hard during a strong tremor.
BP's brand value sinks with oil spill this year
AFP - Tropical storm Karl soaked parts of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula Wednesday and headed toward Gulf oil installations, as a rare duo of powerful hurricanes roiled waters in the...
'UK must act' on climate impacts
AP - BP may have plugged the leak in the Gulf Oil spill, but the damage done to its brand will take years to fix. A new marketing industry report released Wednesday shows the British oil company has tumbled off a list of the world's top 100...
Chronic diseases a global problem requiring global solutions, researchers say
The UK needs to prepare quickly to deal with the impacts of climate change, government advisers say in a report viewed by ministers as a "wake-up call".
Drought shrinks Amazon River to lowest level in 47 years
Policymakers should increase their sense of urgency to stop the global spread of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes that threaten the health and economies of industrialized and developing nations alike, Emory University global health researchers say.
JAK inhibitor provides rapid, durable relief for myelofibrosis patients
A severe drought parching northern Brazil this year has shrunk the mighty Amazon River -- the world's longest river -- to its lowest level in 47 years, officials said Wednesday.
Most common 'moderate' activity in US? Preparing a meal
An oral medication produces significant and lasting relief for patients with myelofibrosis, a debilitating and lethal bone marrow disorder, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center report in the Sept. 16 New England Journal of Medicine.
Tiny foraminifera shells can help assess recovery after oil spill
Only a tiny fraction of Americans heed the advice to take part in moderate or vigorous activity to keep weight down and stay healthy, and when they do, they're likely to do something a little self-defeating: prepare food.
Gene Therapy Researcher Retracts Four Papers
(PhysOrg.com) -- Millimeter-size marine organisms called foraminifera have been used to monitor pollutants in marshes and oceans, and could help to assess recovery in the Gulf of Mexico following the three-month long Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Elusive Mercury Visible at Dawn This Week
The relatively new blog Retraction Watch reports today that noted gene therapy researcher Savio...
Tiny cow becomes a record-breaker
SPACE.com - Even though the planet Mercury is one of the brightest
objects in the sky, it is one of the most rarely seen. But this week is one of
the few occasions when the small planet is well-placed for skywatchers.
The Oil Spill Endgame at Last?
A cow whose tiny stature saved her from the abattoir enters the record books as the world's smallest.
'Rapid' 2010 melt for Arctic ice
Time.com - The well has been capped since mid-July, but delays over the bottom kill will stretch into fall
105 days in isolation -- and counting -- for 400 more
Ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted unusually quickly this year, but did not shrink down to the record minimum area seen in 2007, say US scientists.
Arctic sea ice shrinks to third lowest area on record
Sailing now in interplanetary space on their simulated mission towards the Red Planet`, the Mars500 crew has entered in a new phase of their isolation. The previous mission endured 105 days in 2009 and from now on, everything in this experiment is new.
Children's brain development is linked to physical fitness
Arctic sea ice melted over the summer to cover the third smallest area on record, US researchers said Wednesday, warning global warming could leave the region ice free in the month of September 2030.
Mild memory loss is not a part of normal aging
Researchers have found an association between physical fitness and the brain in 9- and 10-year-old children: Those who are more fit tend to have a bigger hippocampus and perform better on a test of memory than their less-fit peers.
New study examines how bacteria acquire immunity
Simply getting older is not the cause of mild memory lapses often called senior moments, according to a new study by researchers at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center. The study, published in the September 15, 2010, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, found that even the very early mild changes in memory that are much more common in old age than...
New study finds milk drinkers may have a healthy weight advantage
In a new study this week, Rice University scientists bring the latest tools of computational biology to bear in examining how the processes of natural selection and evolution influence the way bacteria acquire immunity from disease.
New wave: Spin soliton could be a hit in cell phone communication (w/ Video)
Now there's a new reason to grab a glass of milk when you're on diet, suggests a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In a 2-year weight loss study, milk drinkers had an advantage over those who skipped the milk. Israeli researchers found that adults who drank the most milk (nearly 2 glasses per day) and had the highest vitamin D levels at 6 months, lost more weight...
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology have found theoretical evidence* of a new way to generate the high-frequency waves used in modern communication devices such as cell phones. Their analysis, if supported by experimental evidence, could contribute to a new generation of wireless technology that would be more secure and resistant to interference than conventional...