Aliens slumbering for billions of years are out there – really? Trying to explain the Fermi paradox by invoking aliens that sleep for aeons is a speculative idea to be taken with a large pinch of salt, says Geraint Lewis
The geometry that could reveal the true nature of space-time The discovery of an exquisite geometric structure is forcing a radical rethink of reality, and could clear the way to a quantum theory of gravity
Making polymer chemistry 'click' A team of researchers has developed a faster and easier way to make sulfur-containing polymers that will lower the cost of large-scale production.
The achievement opens the door to creating ...
ZEISS Opts for Continuity: CEO Kaschke confirmed until 2020 The Supervisory Board of Carl Zeiss AG has decided to continue the appointment of Dr. Michael Kaschke as President & CEO until 30 June 2020. Kaschke joined the ZEISS Group ...
Strong second-quarter earnings for Covestro After a successful start to 2017, the second quarter continued to be positive for Covestro. Ongoing robust demand for polymer materials led to a year-on-year improvement in utilization of available ...
Maths explains how bees can stay airborne with such tiny wings The tiny wings on bees shouldn’t be able to lift their big bodies. How they fly has eluded mathematicians since the 1930s, but the mystery is now solved
Fungi use water droplet cannons to fling spores into the breeze A pair of merging droplets help fungi to disperse their spores. Now researchers have figured out exactly how
When is a black hole not a black hole? When it’s a boson star Astronomers are confident they know what the mysterious massive object at the Milky Way’s heart is – but our first direct view this year could bring a shock
Name that Scotch Vodka tastes different from brandy, and connoisseurs can distinguish among different brands of whiskeys. The flavors of spirits result from a complex bouquet of volatile compounds. New colorimetric sensor arrays ...
Screaming gel balls reveal a way to power soft but noisy robots Hydrogel beads bounce thousands of times per second on a heated surface, emitting a high-pitched shriek, and generating lots of kinetic energy
Laying the foundation for new energy technology Troy Van Voorhis remembers being jolted by the announcement in 1989, when he was in the seventh grade, that researchers had successfully demonstrated cold fusion.
“My science teacher canceled our regular class ...
Quantum simulator with 51 qubits is largest ever Although not a full-blown quantum computer, the simulator could be used to study the interactions between atoms
Success Stories - Domestic fuel cells: the power within Why buy electricity from the grid when you can produce it affordably yourself - and heat your home at the same time? And reduce your environmental footprint? And possibly even ...
Transparency data: BEIS websites: reporting on progress 2016 to 2017 Government departments publish annual progress reports on their external websites including data on usage, accessibility and satisfaction ratings.
Note: BEIS was created in July 2016 following the merger of the ...
Harnessing the right amount of sunshine Photosynthesis, which allows energy from the sun to be converted into life-sustaining sugars, can also be hazardous to green plants. If they absorb too much sunlight, the extra energy destroys ...
Research Headlines - Driving hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to market A major EU-funded project , with the support of the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint undertaking (FCH JU), has installed hydrogen filling stations, tested prototype fuel cell vehicles and brought ...
3 Questions: The future of the electric utility Francis O’Sullivan, director of research for the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), recently led discussions about the future of the electric grid and clean energy technologies with leaders in industry, government, and academia ...
Research Headlines - Improved hydrogen fuel cells to power the cars of the future Hydrogen cars generate zero emissions but up until now have been too expensive to become the car of choice for the majority. The EU-funded COPERNIC project improved the quality of ...
Research Headlines - Sun, sea and sustainability: improving RES uptake in the Med ETRERA_2020 addresses future energy needs by creating a renewable energy research alliance to foster the uptake of renewable energy technologies and improve cooperation between research and industry in the Mediterranean.

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