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Clouds: Lighter than air but laden with lead

Atmospheric lead causes clouds to form more easily, could change pattern of rain and snow

Space & Earth / Earth Sciences

created 14 hours ago | popularity 4.5 / 5 (4) | comments 7

(PhysOrg.com) -- By sampling clouds -- and making their own -- researchers have shown for the first time a direct relation between lead in the sky and the formation of ice crystals that foster clouds. The ...


Nine new X chromosome genes associated with learning disabilities

Nine new X chromosome genes associated with learning disabilities

Medicine & Health / Genetics

created 14 hours ago | popularity 5 / 5 (2) | comments 0

(PhysOrg.com) -- A collaboration between more than 70 researchers across the globe has uncovered nine new genes on the X chromosome that, when knocked-out, lead to learning disabilities. The international ...


Agreement reached on common 'plug' for electric cars: firm

Technology / Energy

created 15 hours ago | popularity 4.1 / 5 (8) | comments 9

Leading automotive and energy companies have reached agreement on a common "plug" to recharge electric cars, a spokeswoman for German energy company RWE said Sunday.



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Wanted: Computer hackers ... to help government (AP)

Wanted: Computer hackers... to help government

Technology / Other

created 22 hours ago | popularity 4.3 / 5 (3) | comments 2

(AP) -- Wanted: Computer hackers. Federal authorities aren't looking to prosecute them, but to pay them to secure the nation's networks.


Bird flu

Bird flu found in Tibet: state media

Medicine & Health / Diseases

created 15 hours ago | popularity 3 / 5 (2) | comments 0

Chinese officials had confirmed the outbreak of a deadly strain of bird flu among poultry in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, state media reported Sunday, quoting the ministry of agriculture.



Germany's Infineon needs state guarantees: report

Technology / Business

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German chip maker Infineon is in negotiations with the government over state guarantees worth several hundred million euros (dollars), the Welt am Sonntag paper reported Sunday.


VA: 3 patients HIV-positive after clinic mistakes

Medicine & Health / HIV & AIDS

created 21 hours ago | popularity not rated yet | comments 0

(AP) -- Three patients exposed to contaminated medical equipment at Veterans Affairs hospitals have tested positive for HIV, the agency said Friday.


Peek into kangaroo's pouch shows 2 tiny pink joeys

Biology / Plants & Animals

created 21 hours ago | popularity not rated yet | comments 0

(AP) -- A zookeeper's efforts to earn a kangaroo's trust has paid off with a video showing twin joeys, tiny and pink, growing inside their mom's pouch.


Solar Satellite

Space-Based Solar Power Coming to California in 2016

Technology / Energy

created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 4.3 / 5 (67) | comments 48

(PhysOrg.com) -- In the near future, a solar power satellite may be supplying electricity to 250,000 homes around Fresno County, California. Unlike ground-based solar arrays, satellites would be unaffected ...


4 convicted in Pirate Bay file-sharing trial (AP)

Hollywood scores win over Pirate Bay, 4 convicted

Technology / Internet

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 2.9 / 5 (13) | comments 43

(AP) -- The entertainment industry won round one Friday in a legal battle against file-sharing hub The Pirate Bay, with guilty verdicts and one-year prison sentences handed down to four men accused of running ...


power grid

Challenges to grow with electric cars' sales: Aging grid needs to handle more power

Technology / Energy

created Apr 17, 2009 | popularity 3.7 / 5 (6) | comments 23

President Barack Obama and others are calling for a boom in electric vehicle production, which seems simple enough on the surface: Build the cars and plug them in. If only it were that easy.


Sunset is seen over the sea

Catastrophic sea levels 'distinct possibility' this century: study

Space & Earth / Earth Sciences

created Apr 15, 2009 | popularity 4.5 / 5 (85) | comments 21

A breakthrough study of fluctuations in sea levels the last time Earth was between ice ages, as it is now, shows that oceans rose some three meters in only decades due to collapsing ice sheets.


Removing Hot Air from Nuclear Power Plants; Scientists Convert Nuclear Energy to Power without Steam

Technology / Engineering

created Apr 13, 2009 | popularity 4.6 / 5 (27) | comments 25

(PhysOrg.com) -- For years, researchers have been in search of an economically feasible method of converting nuclear energy directly into electricity. Now, University of Missouri researchers are developing an energy conversion ...


Air Pollution

New Pollution Monitoring: Our Air is Dirtier Than We Thought

Space & Earth / Environment

created Apr 14, 2009 | popularity 3.9 / 5 (17) | comments 21

(PhysOrg.comOne of my pet peeves is the focus we have on global warming. While global climate change is important, it continues to provide a red herring of sorts, taking attention away the public health concern ...


Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking

Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking

Medicine & Health / Psychology & Psychiatry

created Apr 14, 2009 | popularity 4.1 / 5 (41) | comments 13

(PhysOrg.com) -- Humans donít always make the most rational decisions. As studies have shown, even when logic and reasoning point in one direction, sometimes we chose the opposite route, motivated by personal ...


mars rover

Mars rover Spirit has unexplained computer reboots

Space & Earth / Space Exploration

created Apr 14, 2009 | popularity 3.7 / 5 (13) | comments 18

(AP) -- NASA's aging Mars rover Spirit has rebooted its computer at least twice for unknown reasons.


How to deflect asteroids and save the Earth

Space & Earth / Space Exploration

created Apr 16, 2009 | popularity 4.5 / 5 (18) | comments 17

You may want to thank David French in advance. Because, in the event that a comet or asteroid comes hurtling toward Earth, he may be the guy responsible for saving the entire planet.


Hubble Witnesses Spectacular Flaring in Gas Jet from M87's Black Hole

Hubble Witnesses Spectacular Flaring in Gas Jet from M87's Black Hole

Space & Earth / Astronomy

created Apr 14, 2009 | popularity 4.8 / 5 (17) | comments 17

(PhysOrg.com) -- A flare-up in a jet of matter blasting from a monster black hole is giving astronomers an incredible light show.


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