22-09-2008   -   Physics

Sun, 21 Sep 2008 Fifth Dwarf Planet Named Haumea. The International Astronomical Union has announced that the object previously known as 2003 EL61 is to be classified as the fifth dwarf planet in the Solar System and named Haumea. This now means that the family of dwarf planets in the Solar System is up to five.more

  14-08-2008   -   Medicine

Mon, 11 Aug 2008 Heavy Atoms Can Help Destroy Tumor Cells. A new discovery has been made in cancer research. Researchers have now shown that it is possible to improve hadrontherapy"s targeting and destruction of tumor cells by loading the cells with heavy atoms like platinum. This new method enables both the treatment"s effectiveness and the ions" ballistic effect to be improved without damaging healthy tissue.more

  10-08-2008   -   Technology

Sun, 10 Aug 2008 Compressor-free Refrigerator May Loom In The Future. Refrigerators and other cooling devices may one day lose their compressors and coils of piping and become solid state, according researchers who are investigating electrically induced heat effects of some ferroelectric polymers.more

  10-08-2008   -   Physics

Sat, 9 Aug 2008 Large Hadron Collider To Start Up next month. The first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be made on 10 September. This news comes as the cool down phase of commissioning CERN"s new particle accelerator reaches a successful conclusion. The LHC is the world"s most powerful particle accelerator, producing beams seven times more energetic than any previous machine, and around 30 times more intense when it reaches design performance, probably by 2010st attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider will be made on Sept. 10.more

  10-08-2008   -   Biology

Fri, 08 Aug 2008 New Biochemical Pathway That Triggers Critical Repairs In DNA Replication Process Discovered. Scientists have unraveled a new biochemical pathway that triggers a critical repair response to correct errors in the DNA replication process that could otherwise lead to harmful or fatal mutations in cells. Though the work focused on yeast cells, the team expects to find an analogous system in human cells that could be exploited as a target for potential therapies for cancers, which are often caused by such repair mechanisms going off course.more

  06-08-2008   -   Physics

Tue, 5 Aug 2008 Breakthrough In Quantum Mechanics: Superconducting Electronic Circuit Pumps Microwave Photons. Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have recently reached what they are calling a milestone in experimental quantum mechanics.more

  30-07-2008   -   Physics

Wed, 30 Jul 2008 Results of the 39th International Physics Olympiad "IPhO 2008" held between 20-29 July 2008 in Hanoi, Vietnam gives China and Taiwan top Gold medals. Male students from 82 participating country teams sweeped 44 Gold medals with one exception from a Romanian female student. Three teams from Arab countries; Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Syria (as observer) have paricipated but were not classified. more

  29-07-2008   -   Biology

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 Bioengineers Develop "Microscope On A Chip". Researchers at the California Institute of Technology have turned science fiction into reality with their development of a super-compact high-resolution microscope, small enough to fit on a finger tip. This "microscopic microscope" operates without lenses but has the magnifying power of a top-quality optical microscope, can be used in the field to analyze blood samples for malaria or check water supplies for giardia and other pathogens, and can be mass-produced for around $10.more

  29-07-2008   -   ICT

Tue, 29 Jul 2008 How Secure Is Your Network? New Program Points Out Vulnerabilities, Calculates Risk Of Attack. To help IT managers safeguard valuable information most efficiently, computer scientists are applying security metrics to computer network pathways to assign a probable risk of attack, calculating the most vulnerable points of attack.more

  24-07-2008   -   Physics

Thu, 24 Jul 2008 Exotic Materials Using Neptunium, Plutonium Provide Insight Into Superconductivity. Physicists at Rutgers and Columbia universities have gained new insight into the origins of superconductivity – a property of metals where electrical resistance vanishes – by studying exotic chemical compounds that contain neptunium and plutonium. more

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