Mercury contamination is a problem that has plagued both developing and
developed nations. In an industrial society, many industrial processes result in
the accumulation of this harmful element in water systems. Mining activities are
the largest contributor to this contamination. But now scientists at University of
Burgos have developed a way through which you can use your mobile phone to
check your water for mercury contaminants. Let us learn more...
Scientific advancement becomes controversial when it begins to harm the
environment we live in, and in some cases humans themselves. At the height of
the industrial revolution, technological advancement was at its peak but it was
only years later that human realized that some of the dreadful draw backs of
advancements. A similar fear exists when it comes to the fastest growing branch
of science-Nanotechnology. A recent study has shown that nanoparticles may
even enter the food chain. Let us learn more...
Battery power is the lifeline of modern civilization. We use them in every walk
of life, be it industrial or domestic. This is exactly why, constant improvement in
battery technology is required. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have
developed the world's first high performance, sold electrolyte that can be used to
create lithium ion batteries with exceptionally high energy density. Let us learn
Nanotechnology is seen as the most promising branch of science of the future.
It is the since of study of particles up to one million times smaller than a
millimetre. It immense vastness has been marvelled by scientist, so also feared.
Some new developments have surfaced in this field. Let us find out more...
A collaborative study between assistant professors at University of Central Florida and Carnegie Mellon University has brought about the discovery of a new nano-material that promises to revolutionize aviation safety technology, particularly safety against high intensity lasers. Let us learn more...
Two very great issues are daunting scientists today-the fuel crisis and bio waste disposal. The answer to both these problems may be provided by our planet's smallest bacteria, says researchers from Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. The research proposed improvements to 'Microbial Fuel Cell' (MFC) that will help convert bio-waste into electricity. Let us learn more these recent developments...
Right from the beginning of time, there has been a consistent increase in the amount of carbon-di-oxide in the earth's atmosphere. At different times in the history of earth, mankind has faced varying levels of climatic change. One of the reasons why we are still protected from the harmful effects of this phenomenon is the ocean that acts as a 'carbon sink'. Recent discoveries by a group of Australian and British scientists in the southern ocean have shed light on this phenomenon.
We all are aware that all animals and plants have their own defence systems that they use against predators. Insects are also included in this category. Burnet moths have not only adapted to their host's cyanogenic glucosides but also have the ability to synthesize and sequester hydrogen cyanide. Let us find out how...