Science, Technology and Innovation

SAMOA: On eve of major conference, UN chief spurs green investment in small islands

Renewable Energy Solar Panels in Tokelau. UN Photo/Ariane Rummery (file photo)

31 August 2014 – Encouraging partnerships between the private sector and small developing island nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday urged corporate leaders to invest in renewable energy and make historic strides in sustainability. “Oceans isolate small islands – but when they are managed well they become a constant source of wealth,” Mr. Ban told the high-level dialogue of the private sector forum. The ... Read More »

United States: ‘Sailing rocks’ mystery finally solved

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Scientists have finally solved the mystery of how rocks can move across the flat ground of a dry lake bed in Death Valley, California. Visitors have long been puzzled by the sight of boulder tracks criss-crossing a dusty bowl known as the Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park. But two researchers now say the rocks – which can sometimes ... Read More »

Schrödinger’s cat caught on quantum film

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Schrodinger’s cat, the good ole thought experiment that’s been twisting (non-Quantum physicist) brains for decades. Scientists might have just caught it. Or not. Typical. What you see above is a combined image where a stencil was bombarded with cosmic rays photons, but the photons that generated the image actually never interacted with the stencil — stay with us. It was ... Read More »

Nisteling: The art of deep listening

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The word ‘listening’ has many meanings, and the context, in which it is done, will often determine the level of concentration that is required for one to be considered to be listening. Many people work while listening to music playing in the background. People often talk in small groups, where there is little real listening by anyone as people compete ... Read More »

Game over for Greece’s mystery grave: Tomb raiders plundered site in antiquity – dashing hopes of finding artefacts dating back to Alexander the Great’s reign

Archaeologists were hopeful that an ancient mound in northern Greece could hold the remains of a senior official from the time of Alexander the Great. They discovered that its entrance is guarded by a pair of sphinxes (pictured) but now say that signs of forced entry indicate it was plundered in antiquity

•    The tomb is situated in Amphipolis region of Serres in Greece •    Its huge burial site is said to date back between 325 and 300 BC •    This means it could have been built during the reign of Alexander the Great •    Experts had hoped it would hold the remains of a senior ancient official •    But they have ... Read More »

How Australia Perfected Solar Power And Then Went Back To Coal

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There was a time in the 1980s when Australia lead the world in solar technology. To begin with, Australia receives more solar radiation per square foot than anywhere on the planet, and that presents an obvious advantage. But the true catalyst was geography: two thirds of the country consists of uninhabited desert. This posed problems for engineers tasked with constructing a national ... Read More »

Global Warming: Discovery of 500 Methane Vents On Atlantic Ocean Floor Has Major Implications

Carti Sugdub island in Panama is among those places where inhabitants brace themselves for rising sea levels and waves gushing into their tiny mud-floor huts. With more of methane emissions from the ocean floor being discovered, scientists are beginning to be concerned about their implications in exacerbating global warming. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Methane is bubbling up from unexpected places on the ocean floor, raising concerns on its implications for global warming. Researchers have detected more than 500 methane vents on the Atlantic Ocean floor off the US east coast, reports NBS News. The gas could contribute to global warming, say scientists, pointing out that some of the detected emissions originate from depths where ... Read More »