Posts Tagged ‘ scientific research ’

Harnessing New Technology To Keep Older People Behind The Wheel For Longer

Sep 21st, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

With input from older people, researchers from the University of the West of England, Bristol, have identified ideas for innovative in-car information systems which, if developed, could help compensate for the reduction in reaction time that affects many drivers as they get older.

World’s Biggest Particle Smasher Springs a Leak

Sep 20th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

At least one of the Large Hadron Collider’s more than 1700 superconducting magnets failed, springing a leak and spewing helium gas into the subterranean tunnel that houses the atom smasher, report officials at the European particle physics laboratory, CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland.

Rudd to promote $100m carbon research institute at United Nations

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia

No industrial-scale integrated carbon capture projects yet exist, intensifying debate over whether it is too uncertain and far in the future to answer the immediate threat of climate change. But Mr Rudd said he saw opportunities in mining and energy areas from Queensland to Victoria to introduce the technology.

Kevin Rudd’s $100m clean coal plan

Sep 19th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Australia, Lead Stories

The Prime Minister will unveil a strategy to put Australia at the forefront of the technology, which captures emissions from coal-fired power plants and permanently stores them deep underground. The critical importance of carbon capture and storage to Australia’s climate change response has become increasingly evident.

‘Big Bang’ experiment starts well

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Scientists have fired two beams of particles called protons around the 27km-long tunnel which houses the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The £5bn machine on the Swiss-French border is designed to smash protons together with cataclysmic force. Researchers hope the LHC will shed light on fundamental questions in physics.

Email becomes a dangerous distraction

Sep 11th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Email has turned into a nuisance that is costing companies millions of dollars. In a study last year, Dr Thomas Jackson of Loughborough University, England, found that it takes an average of 64 seconds to recover your train of thought after interruption by email. So people who check their email every five minutes waste 8 1/2hours a week figuring out what they were doing moments before.

What Will the Collider Tell Us?

Sep 10th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Once it’s running at full capacity, the project’s researchers say, the $5.3 billion Large Hadron Collider, the biggest particle accelerator ever built, will be able to answer questions physicists never thought they’d get answers to, like why the universe formed the way it did and why matter has mass. Critics of the project say it could have the opposite effect, leading not to knowledge but instead humanity’s demise.

Cows automatically point to the north

Aug 27th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Offbeat

Cows automatically point to the north because they have their own in-built compasses aligning them with the Earth’s magnetic field, scientists have discovered.

Blog: Very Long-Term Backup

Aug 25th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Unless digital information is ceaselessly migrated from one fading medium to another new one, it will quickly cease to be accessible. Two decades ago the floppy disk was ubiquitous. Most personal digital information then was stored on this format. Today, any information stored only on a floppy disk is essentially gone.

Australian researcher saves the world

Aug 23rd, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

Far from being daunted by the prospect of global annihilation, PhD student Mary D’Souza went to work on a possible solution and took out the top prize in an international competition to find new ways of stopping asteroids from hitting Earth and destroying all life.