All life on earth is based on organic biology – in the form of carbon compounds – but the inorganic world is considered to be inanimate.A team from Glasgow University has demonstrated a new way of making inorganic chemical cells. The aim is to create self-replicating, evolving inorganic cells which could be used in medicine and chemistry. The project is being led by Professor Lee Cronin from the university’s College of Science and Engineering.He said: “What we are trying do is create self-replicating, evolving, inorganic cells that would essentially be alive. You could call it inorganic biology.”Researchers say the cells, which can also store electricity, could potentially be used in all sorts of applications in medicine, as sensors or to confine chemical reactions.The research is part of a project by Prof Cronin to demonstrate that inorganic chemical compounds are capable of self-replicating and evolving – just as organic, biological carbon-based cells do. Scientists Seek To Create Inorganic Life
Researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) have obtained a formula for building a ” Antimagnet.” that can nullify the magnetic field, a discovery that was published in the New Journal of Physics.UAB researchers publish in New Journal of Physics a formula to create a device capable of blocking any type of magnetic field. The antimagnet will make it possible for people with pacemakers to undergo magnetic resonances and to control the magnetic fields of technological devices.Researchers worked to obtain a formula which will cover three objectives. First, an object’s magnetic field will not penetrate the exterior once it is covered by the antimagnet. Second, everything cloaked by the antimagnet will be protected from external magnetic fields and the object inside will be undetectable. Antimagnets That Nullify Magnetic Fields
(PhysOrg.com) -- A simple tap from your finger may be enough to charge your portable device thanks to a discovery made at RMIT University and Australian National University. In a crucial step towards the development of self-powering portable electronics, researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne have for the first time characterised the ability of piezoelectric thin films to turn mechanical pressure into electricity. Nanotechnology pushes battery life to eternity
Zombie Ant Manipulation Method Revealed in Detail: Study | Science Zombie ants biting the underside of leaves as a result of infection by O. unilateralis.
Top Ten New Species Named for This Year | Science By Cassie RyanEpoch Times Staff Created: May 23, 2011 Last Updated: March 8, 2012 It is flat like a pancake and researchers say when it moves on the sea floor it resembles a 'walking bat' with its odd arm-like fins bouncing it across the abyss.
New Elements Added to the Periodic Table | Science By Alex JohnstonEpoch Times Staff Created: June 9, 2011 Last Updated: June 9, 2011 Two new elements, 114 and 116, were introduced to the periodic table. (Photos.com)
Apr. 18, 2011 — Scientists have discovered a method to control the gas-phase selective catalytic combustion of methane, so finely that if done at room temperature the reaction produces ethylene, while at lower temperatures it yields formaldehyde. Scientists finely control methane combustion to get different products
Video: Magnetic Gels That Swim, Shimmy, and 'Walk'
Apr. 14, 2011 — Miniature architectural forms -- some no larger than viruses -- have been constructed through a revolutionary technique known as DNA origami. DNA nanoforms: Miniature architectural forms -- some no larger than viruses -- constructed through DNA origami
Graphene Apr. 14, 2011 — A team of researchers from the University of Arizona and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have increased the toughness of ceramic composites by using graphene reinforcements that enable new fracture resistance mechanisms in the ceramic.
New spin on graphene makes it magnetic Apr. 15, 2011 — A team led by Professor Andre Geim, a recipient of the 2010 Nobel Prize for graphene, can now show that electric current -- a flow of electrons -- can magnetise graphene. The results, reported in Science, could be a potentially huge breakthrough in the field of spintronics. Spintronics is a group of emerging technologies that exploit the intrinsic spin of the electron, in addition to its fundamental electric charge that is exploited in microelectronics.
New way to control magnetic properties of graphene discovered Apr. 18, 2011 — University of Maryland researchers have discovered a way to control magnetic properties of graphene that could lead to powerful new applications in magnetic storage and magnetic random access memory.
What the Heck is Three-Phase Power (and how can you get some)? I recently moved my shop, and in addition to the big issues, from forklift rental to sleep deprivation, we also had to deal with things like three-phase power, a variation of power delivery often used for big equipment. The old shop had it and the new shop doesn't.
Unprecedented Cosmic Explosion Spawns an Intergalactic Mystery A mystery is unfolding out there in the cosmos, and NASA's Swift, Hubble Space Telescope, and Chandra X-Ray Observatory are teaming up to solve the case.
"Einstein's Pedometer" App Measures How Special Relativity Affects Your Daily Activity Runners live longer, so they say, and a new iPhone app proves it through the theory of special relativity. Just in time for marathon season!
TURNING a vacuum into a superconductor could be as simple as zapping it with a super-powerful magnet. How to turn the vacuum into a superconductor - physics-math - 08 April 2011