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 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:55:45 -0400

Deep sea 'mushroom' could be early branch on tree of life
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 06:29:00 -0400Miniature deep sea animals discovered off the Australian coast almost three decades ago are puzzling scientists, who say the organisms have proved impossible to categorise. Academics at the Natural History of Denmark have appealed to the world scientific community for help, saying that further information on Dendrogramma enigmatica and Dendrogramma discoides could answer key evolutionary questions. Jim Drury has more.

3D printed instruments make sweet music in Sweden
Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:55:00 -0400Students from Lund University's Malmo Academy of Music are believed to be the world's first band to all use 3D printed instruments. The guitar, bass guitar, keyboard and drums were built by Olaf Diegel, professor of product development, who says 3D printing allows musicians to design an instrument to their exact specifications. Matthew Stock reports.

Chameleon camouflage to give tanks cloaking capabilities
Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:38:00 -0400Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its colour to disguise itself; scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change colour to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank prototype will be tested within a few years, with scientists predicting that a similar technology could even be woven into the fabric of a soldiers' clothing making them virtually invisible to the naked eye. Matthew Stock reports.

Robots to fly planes where humans can't
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 12:12:00 -0400Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots' humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors. Ben Gruber reports.

Graphene paint offers rust-free future
Tue, 21 Oct 2014 05:35:00 -0400British scientists have developed a prototype graphene paint that can make coatings which are resistant to liquids, gases, and chemicals. The team says the paint could have a variety of uses, from stopping ships rusting to keeping food fresher for longer. Jim Drury reports.

New organic fertilizer helps reforestation of Monarch Butterflies’ winter retreat
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:41:00 -0400Using an organic fertilizer, a conservationist from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), leads an award-winning project to reforest the sanctuary of monarch butterflies. Sharon Reich reports.

Japanese scientists unveil floating 3D projection
Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:19:00 -0400Scientists in Tokyo have demonstrated what they say is the world's first 3D projection that floats in mid air. A laser that fires a pulse up to a thousand times a second superheats molecules in the air, creating a spark which can be guided to certain points in the air to shape what the human eye perceives as an image. Matthew Stock reports.

Microneedle patch promises painless pricks
Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:36:00 -0400Researchers at The National University of Singapore have invented a new microneedle patch that could offer a faster and less painful delivery of drugs such as insulin and painkillers.

U.S. Air Force lands robotic X-37B space plane in California
Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:26:00 -0400U.S. military lands its X-37B robotic space plane at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Fall detector for the elderly speeds up emergency alerts
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:26:56 -0400A wearable device that sets off an alert when it detects a fall has been developed to give elderly people reassurance that emergency services will be contacted instantaneously if they suffer an accident. Called FATE, or FAll DeTector for the Elderly, the device uses technology similar to airbags in cars which are triggered when sudden acceleration is detected. Matthew Stock reports.

'Robotic eyes' helps Japan's bipedal bot run faster
Thu, 16 Oct 2014 06:19:00 -0400Japanese researcher uses an eye-sensor camera to enable a bipedal robot to balance itself, while running on a treadmill. Jim Drury reports.

London phone box goes green as solar charging station
Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:28:00 -0400Two young entrepreneurs have converted one of London's many disused red telephone boxes into a solar powered charging station for mobile phones and tablets. The bright green 'Solarbox' kiosk is just the first of many the team hope to launch in the coming months. Matthew Stock reports.

Genetic link to Danish happiness, says study
Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:50:00 -0400Denmark usually comes top of studies examining levels of personal happiness around the world. Now British-based researchers say they may they have the answer - genes, specifically a mutation of a gene linked to suppression of serotonin levels, which they say is rare among people of Danish heritage. Jim Drury reports.

HexHog off-road wheelchair helps disabled tame tough terrain
Mon, 13 Oct 2014 05:25:00 -0400Although they offer increased mobility to the disabled, most electric wheelchairs are only useful on flat, even, surfaces. The new HexHog - a six-wheeled all-terrain vehicle devised by a Welsh engineer - is completely different, offering its users a unique off-road experience and an unprecedented degree of independence. Jim Drury saw it in action.

Taking a tour of your house, before you build it
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:03:00 -04003-D technology enables prospective home buyers to take virtual tours of a property before it is constructed, giving them confidence before they sign on the dotted line. Sharon Reich reports.

Bill McDermott on SAP’s outlook and cloud strategy
Fri, 10 Oct 2014 03:00:00 -0400Oct. 10 - SAP CEO Bill McDermott talks about the company’s growth strategy and powerful push into the cloud.

Icahn's Apple valuation is premature- JMP's Gauna
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 14:47:00 -0400JMP Securities Alex Gauna says Carl Icahn's note to Tim Cook is nonsensical- and the details of his letter are not new. He says Icahn's $203 stock price is unjustified, sticking with his $135 target

NASA captures images of twisting solar flare
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 12:43:00 -0400NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) captures stunning images of a solar flare which peaked on October 2nd. While intense flares can interfere with electronics and communications signals on Earth, this flare was M-class - just one-tenth as powerful as the biggest ones. Matthew Stock reports.

Magnet cooker puts new spin on 'off-the-grid' living
Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:28:00 -0400A self-contained cooking device that uses spinning magnets to create induction heat could be a valuable tool in disaster relief scenarios where energy sources have been cut off, according to its developers. Matthew Stock reports.




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