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2011-07-21 14:05:36

Super strong nanometals are beginning to play an important role in making cars even lighter, enabling them to stand collisions without fatal consequences for the passengers. A PhD student at Risø DTU has discovered a new phenomenon that will make nanometals more useful in practice. Today, the body of an ordinary family car consists of 193 different types of steel. The steel for each part of the car has been carefully selected and optimised. It is important, for example, that all parts...

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2011-07-07 07:49:48

An Oxford University researcher is developing a pair of eyeglasses that will allow people with poor or limited vision to see again. The glasses, which use technology typically seen in smartphones and gaming consoles, is one of the main attractions of this year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition in Britain. "We want to be able to enhance vision in those who've lost it or who have little left or almost none,' said Dr. Stephen Hicks of the Department of Clinical Neurology at Oxford...

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2011-07-05 10:41:35

Scientists from The University of Manchester are working on how to use the energy of the Sun to make fuels, which could help to solve the world's escalating energy crisis. Working with the Universities of East Anglia, York and Nottingham and using nanotechnology 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair, the researchers are working on harnessing the vast energy of the Sun to produce clean fuel. The scientists are presenting their research at the Royal Society's annual Summer...

2011-05-27 08:00:00

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Royal Society announced today that Salk Institute molecular biologist Joanne Chory, Ph.D., an expert on how plants regulate their growth, has been named a foreign member of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. She is being recognized as "a beacon of scientific excellence and relentless ambassador for plant research in the international community." "Joanne is a leader in the field of...

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2011-05-26 12:30:15

Sir Paul Nurse, president of the Royal Society, said freedom of information (FOI) laws are being misused to harass scientists and slow down their research, and said those laws need to be re-examined by government officials. Nurse, a Nobel laureate, told the Guardian that some climate scientists have been targeted by organized campaigns of requests for data and other research materials, aimed at intimidating them and causing research delays. He said the behavior is turning freedom of...

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2011-04-14 09:50:35

New research reveals how biological arms races between cuckoos and host birds can escalate into a competition between the host evolving new, unique egg patterns (or 'signatures') and the parasite new forgeries. Brood parasitic birds such as cuckoos lay eggs that mimic those of their hosts in an effort to trick them into accepting the alien egg and raising the cuckoo chick as one of their own. New research from the University of Cambridge has found that different bird species parasitized by...

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2011-04-08 07:05:00

A British astrophysicist and cosmologist known for his studies into the origins of the universe and its future was awarded one of the world's top religious awards this week for his work in exploring life's spiritual dimension. Martin Rees, 68, who is an expert on the extreme physics of black holes and the Big Bang, is the recipient of the $1.6 million 2011 Templeton Prize, announced by the John Templeton Foundation on Wednesday. Rees was chosen for the award because of the nature of his...

2011-04-07 16:15:05

Scientists from The University of Manchester are among a group of researchers investigating how genetic differences among individuals contribute to the way ecological communities form, interact and change over time. They say that understanding how individuals interact and form sustainable communities can help society to address issues including food security, prevention of disease and the coexistence between humans and nature in a crowded world. Biologists from the Universities of Manchester,...

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2011-03-24 08:16:35

When it comes to producing more offspring, larger female hyenas outdo their smaller counterparts. A new study by Michigan State University researchers, which appears in Proceedings of the Royal Society, revealed this as well as defined a new way to measure spotted hyenas' size. "This is the first study of its kind that provides an estimate of lifetime selection on a large carnivore," said MSU graduate student Eli Swanson, who published the paper with MSU faculty members Ian Dworkin and Kay...

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2011-03-16 12:10:00

Elephants pay close attention to their elders, especially when they hear the sound of an approaching predator, researchers report in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B. Researchers already knew that elephant social groups were organized around older female elephants. This study however, led by Karen McComb and Graeme Shannon from the University of Sussex, UK, allowed scientists to test their theory inside the Amboseli National Park in Kenya, a natural setting for the wild elephants, BBC...


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Philosophical Transactions Of The Royal Society
2012-05-01 10:12:50

The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society is a scientific journal published by the Royal Society of London. Established in 1665, it is the first journal in the world exclusively devoted to science. It has remained in continuous publication since its inception, making it the world’s longest-running scientific journal. The use of the word “philosophical” in the title derives from the phrase “natural philosophy,” which was the equivalent of what is now generically called...

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