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Top ten breakthroughs of the year
Organic LED lights consume less energy
Wallpaper that can glow with light and bendable flat-panel screens are a step closer thanks to research into organic LEDs (OLEDs), which are hailed as the next generation of environmentally friendly lighting technology. OLEDs use little ...
Humans manipulating bird genetics by winter feeding
Humans are inadvertently manipulating bird genetics by innocently providing birds with feeders in winter, according to findings by German researchers. Over less than 30 generations, birds visiting British and European gardens in winter have ...
Smaller fingers provide women a better feel
Petite fingers have more closely spaced sensory receptors. Much like pixels in a photograph, each receptor sends an aspect of the tactile image to the brain — more receptors supply a clearer ...
Some orchids’ trickery to aid their propagation
Some orchids produce flowers that look or smell like female insects, mainly wasps and bees. Males attempt to mate with them and accidentally collect pollen on their bodies, which fertilizes the next orchid they ...
Glacial melt enriches stream, sea ecosytems
Glaciers along the Gulf of Alaska are enriching stream and near shore marine ecosystems from a surprising source — ancient carbon contained in glacial runoff, researchers from four universities and the U.S. Forest Service report. ...
Interior of Earth is in constant motion
Most of the time, at least from our perspective on the ground, Earth seems to be solid. Yet the Earth is actually in constant motion. It moves through time and space like other objects in the universe, but it moves internally as ...
See-through gold fish to avoid lab dissection
A see-through goldfish whose beating hearts can be seen through translucent scales and skin at Japan’s Mie University in Tsu city, central Japan, is part of efforts to reduce the need for dissections in laboratory. ...
Humming bird robot flies in all directions
This hummingbird robot, 10cm in length and weighing only 2.6g, has four plastic wings, driven by a micro actuator which enables it to fly in all directions freely by an infrared controller. It flutters its wings 35 times a second, ...
Mozart effect: the myth and the mechanism
Dr. Alfred Tomatis wrote in 1991 that listening to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart promoted the development of the brain. And in 1993 Drs. F. Rauscher, G. Shaw and K. Ky gave 36 college students some tests involving spatial-temporal tests ...
Machine that transplants, applies fertilizers, digs irrigation channels
Owing to uniform furrow and spacing, mechanical harvesting is easier
Mobile coir fibre extraction machine
The device costs Rs.85,000
Worms inside tomatoes
I cultivate some local tomato crops in my 34 cents land. But I find that some worms bore into the fruits and make them unfit for consumption. Is there any easy and eco friendly method to control it? S. Murugesan ...
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