Month: February 2012

  • Stem Cells Discovered in Ovaries May Yield More Eggs

    A new study suggests that the stem cells located in human ovaries might be able to produce new eggs. The findings were published in the journal Nature Medicine and could potentially mean an end to IVF procedures. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Lineær Clock Design: Time on the Line

    Everyone knows that time is supposed to be linear (at least the way that we experience it), but our usual representation is circular, since the watch face and clock face were designed for the convenience of returning their hands to the 12 o’clock position, not necessarily usability. This clock takes time and represents it in…

  • HTC One X: Thinnest HTC Phone Yet

    Recently, HTC admitted that they have way too many models, something anyone could have told them, and that their models are too thick compared to what’s available on the market. The new flagship phone, the HTC One X, aims to correct at least one of these problems. The new model will be available April 5th…

  • Rare Example of Bacterial Gene Transfer Providing Evolutionary Benefit

    A bacterial gene that has been discovered in the genome of the coffee berry borer beetle (Hypothenemus hampei) allows it to occupy a unique ecological niche and feed exclusively on coffee beans. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Optical Computer Memory Chips Could Ease Internet Traffic

    All-optical routers managing Internet traffic would be much more energy efficient than what we have today, but their development has been hindered by the lack of optical memory devices. Researchers have developed this kind of device, which could pave the way to a faster and more energy-efficient Internet. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Evidence of Elusive Majorana Fermions Raises Possibilities for Quantum Computing

    It’s been reported that researchers in the Leo Kouwenhoven group, based out of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, might have beaten several competing teams in solid state and high energy physics to find the elusive Majorana fermions, a mysterious quantum-mechanical particle that might have some applications in quantum computing. Read more @…

  • Rincon de la Vieja Erupts Again in Costa Rica

    It has been almost 14 years since the volcano Rincón de la Vieja in Costa Rica entered an active eruptive phase and it looks like the volcano might be reawakening from its slumber. The volcano experienced two small eruptions in the early morning of February 22nd. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Metal Sphere from Orbit Hits Brazilian Town

    A small town in northeastern Brazil, in the state of Maranhão, was greeted by a 110-pound metal sphere that came crashing down. Locals from Riacho dos Poços reported that the crash sounded like a plane had fallen or an earthquake. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Marine Bacteria Use Bioluminescence to Lure Zooplankton and Fish

    Many creatures in the sea glow in the depths of the deepest trenches of the oceans. Bioluminescence is even observed in some marine bacteria, which emit a steady light once they have attained a certain level of concentration of organic particles in ocean waters, which is known as quorum sensing. Read more @ SciTechDaily

  • Light-Switched Anesthetics Allow Researchers to turn Pain Nerves On and Off

    A new study published in the journal Nature Methods, shows that a novel local anesthetic developed by a group of researchers at UC Berkeley, University of Münich, and the Université de Boardeaux, can be switched on and off using different wavelengths of light, allowing a much finer control of which nerves are blocked. Read more…