The solar panel installer SolarCity is beginning to address one of solar power's big drawbacks: the sun doesn't always shine. They will add battery packs, from Tesla Motors, that will provide backup power while lowering electric bills.
Coffee and beer are polar opposites in the beverage world. Coffee picks you up, and beer winds you down. Now, researchers have discovered that the beverages may also have opposite effects on your genome.
BP's strategy after the Deepwater Horizon tragedy: go deeper. BP is leading an industry-wide push to develop technology that can retrieve oil from formations that are so deep under the sea floor, and under such high pressure and temperature, that conventional equipment would melt or be crushed by the conditions.
Mexican troops and federal police kept a nighttime watch on a rural field where thieves abandoned a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 while officials began planning the delicate task of recovering the dangerous material.
Researchers have discovered the first evidence that the nerves in the stomach act as a circadian clock, limiting food intake to specific times of the day.
A low level of daily exposure to a common component of sunlight can cause skin damage at the molecular level after just a few days. The find highlights the need for better sunscreens to protect against these damaging rays, and prevent the process that can cause skin to look old, wrinkled and sagging prematurely.
Medical researchers point to developmental factors as an explanation for why children get less sleep as they become teenagers. But a new study suggests that social ties, including relationships with peers and parents, may be even more responsible for changing sleep patterns among adolescents.
Research conducted in the Bahamas spanning almost two decades shows that female lemon sharks that were born there returned 15 years later to give birth to their own young, confirming this behavior for the first time in sharks.
X-rays cannot image the body’s soft tissues except with the use of contrast-enhancing agents that must be swallowed or injected. A new approach can change that, enabling the most detailed images ever— including clear views of soft tissue without any need for contrast agents.
Using novel techniques to extract and study ancient DNA, researchers have determined an almost complete mitochondrial genome sequence of a 400,000-year-old hominin.
Thanks to a new model, the coal mining industry will be better equipped to manage water and deal with extreme weather events.
Just in time for the holidays when cooks in France and elsewhere will be slipping bits of the coveted black Perigord truffle under their turkeys’ skin for a luxurious flavor, scientists are revealing the secrets that give the culinary world’s “black diamond” its unique, pungent aroma.
Researchers have developed a technique to form a virtual wall for oily liquids that will help confine them to a certain area, aiding researchers who are studying these complex molecules.
Biologists have discovered how nerve cells recycle tiny bubbles or “vesicles” that send chemical nerve signals from one cell to the next. The process is much faster and different than two previously proposed mechanisms for recycling the bubbles.
Matthew McCluskey and a team from Washington State Univ. achieved a 400-fold increase in the electrical conductivity of a crystal simply by exposing it to light.