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Graphene Shows Promise In Future Technology
2011-08-31 05:00:44

  Research published in the journal Nature Communication states that graphene, the world´s thinnest material at one atom thick and 100 times stronger than steel, has been set up to produce electric energy. According to Reuters, previous research has shown that electrical power can be generated by placing two closely spaced metallic wires on top of graphene and shining light on the structure, making a simple solar cell. The researchers, Nobel Prize winning scientists Andre Geim...

2011-07-29 07:35:00

The 300,000 year reign of the Neanderthals most likely came to an end because of simple numbers, as modern humans outnumbered their predecessors by a 10-to-1 margin, researchers from Cambridge University claim in a new study. Once the hoards of homo sapiens poured into Western Europe, they overwhelmed Neanderthals, effectively making them "a minority in their own land," Guardian Science Correspondent Ian Sample wrote on Thursday. The sheer numbers of these new residents quickly ended the...

2011-07-25 14:03:00

CAMBRIDGE, England and NEW YORK, July 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A revolutionary theory about reasoning and argumentation is itself leading to argument and debate around the world. The theory, that the main function of human reasoning is not to help with the individual pursuit of the truth but with the production of arguments to convince others, has been promoted by academics, Hugo Mercier and Dan Sperber, in the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, published by Cambridge...

2011-07-18 08:11:00

CAMBRIDGE, England, July 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Third Light IMS v6.0 is the latest generation in a product line that has been evolving for 10 years. Version 6.0 is a Digital Asset Management solution designed around the practical needs of business users with an intuitive interface to simplify search and retrieval tasks. It's designed with usability and convenience in mind, to make working with creative assets more enjoyable. Founder and CEO, Michael Wells, explains why usability was...

2011-07-06 05:15:00

One out of three people have felt "overwhelmed" by technology, according to an international study conducted by Cambridge University. Communications technology - which includes texting, email and social networking - has taken over so much of our daily lives that many people are ready to reduce the amount of time they spend using their phones and computers, the study sponsored by British Telecom says. "Communications technology is changing the way that society interacts and now, with the...

2011-06-03 09:50:00

Researchers are claiming that a new "superbug" of MRSA is infecting cattle in Britain due to an over-use of antibiotics by dairy farmers, BBC News is reporting. MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, is a drug-resistant form of a usually harmless bacterium which can be deadly when it infects wounds. Dr. Mark Holmes of Cambridge University, who led the research, said this was a "credible hypothesis". The researchers, writing in the Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, say there...

2011-03-16 08:25:00

In a rare public speaking appearance, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange told students at Cambridge University that he believed the Internet was "the greatest spying machine the world has ever seen" and that it could be, in AFP's words, "an obstacle to free speech." The 39-year-old Assange "acknowledged that the web could allow greater government transparency and better co-operation between activists," Guardian reporter Patrick Kingsley wrote on Tuesday, "but said it gave authorities their best...

2011-03-05 10:35:00

A new website that explains why humans have the same type of eye as an octopus, and how animals separated by millions of years have evolved in the same way, has been launched by a team of scientists at Cambridge University.The Map of Life highlights hundreds of examples of 'evolutionary convergence' such as Australia's thorny devil lizard (pictured) and North America's desert horned lizard.Despite being separated by 150 million years of evolution, both lizards have evolved the same way of...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.