Health & Science

Health & Science
Friday, October 11th 2013 - 12:48 UTC

Brazil begins next year work on new Antarctic base at a cost of 54m dollars

Comandante Ferraz Base was gutted by fire in 2012

Brazil said on Thursday it will start work early next year on a new Antarctic base to replace the one gutted by a 2012 fire. The new station would be modern and built with more resistant material, Navy Admiral Julio Soares de Moura told reporters as he unveiled the 54 million dollar project.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 05:18 UTC

Scientists find huge water channels flow underneath Antarctica’s ice cap

Anne Le Brocq from University of Exeter trying to guess how the ice sheet  will behave in the future (Pic Exeter.ac)

Channels nearly as tall as the Eiffel Tower gouge into the undersides of floating ice in western Antarctica. The recently discovered channels could influence how quickly Antarctic ice sheets slip into the sea, melt, and contribute to rising sea levels.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 05:14 UTC

Higgs boson or ‘God particle’ theorists take the Nobel Prize in Physics

Francois Englert from Belgium, and Peter Higgs, from the UK shared the prize

Two scientists have won the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the theory of the Higgs boson: Peter Higgs, from the UK, and Francois Englert from Belgium, share the prize. In the 1960s, they were among several physicists who proposed a mechanism to explain why the most basic building blocks of the Universe have mass.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 01:25 UTC

Ice patrol HMS Endurance a complete loss, will be scrapped says MOD

The proud ice patrol almost went down in the extreme south of Chile

The Royal Navy's former ice patrol ship HMS Endurance is to be scrapped after the Ministry of Defense decided the cost of repairing the vessel, which flooded off the coast of Chile in 2008, was too great.

Thursday, October 10th 2013 - 00:42 UTC

Noble in chemistry for three scientists who developed computer simulation programs

(Photo AP)

This year's Nobel Prize in Chemistry has gone to three scientists who developed computer programs that have become as important to chemists as test tubes. These programs accurately simulate how large, complex molecules behave and this work is central to drug discovery, materials science and much more.

Tuesday, October 8th 2013 - 06:38 UTC

Nobel medicine prize for work on how hormones are transported in and outside cells

Schekman, Rothman and Suedhoff are all professors at US universities

Americans James Rothman and Randy Schekman and Germany's Thomas Suedhof won the 2013 Nobel medicine prize for their work on how hormones are transported within and outside cells, giving insight into diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer's.

Wednesday, October 2nd 2013 - 07:58 UTC

Nasa plans to launch 3D printer to help astronauts manufacture spare parts

The agency is also experimenting with 3D printing small satellites that could be launched from the International Space Station

The United States space agency Nasa is planning to launch a 3D printer into space next year to help astronauts manufacture spare parts and tools in zero gravity. It will be the first time a 3D printer has been used in space and could help reduce the costs of future missions.

Wednesday, September 18th 2013 - 06:51 UTC

Scientists find a way to harness energy from sewage and waste water

“We call it fishing for electrons,” said environmental engineer Craig Criddle

US scientists may have found a new way to produce clean energy by way of sewage and water waste, according to a new study. Engineers from Stanford University have developed a more efficient method to use microbes to harness electricity from wastewater.

Monday, September 16th 2013 - 22:02 UTC

Vigo starts bio-bank to store commercial fisheries marine parasite samples

The bank should help increase ‘consumer confidence’ and improve quality standards

The Marine Research Institute from Vigo, Spain has launched the first world bio-bank which collects, stores and will distribute samples of marine parasites and associated bio-molecules such as the anisakis, in the framework of the EU ‘Parasite’ project to assess their sanitary and commercial impact on the food chain and validation of tools to mitigate effects.

Monday, September 16th 2013 - 21:57 UTC

Spanish scientists discover new marine worm that feeds on whale bones

The “osedax deceptionensis” is similar to one discovered by a British team but they live at different depths in Antarctica.

Spanish scientists from the University of Barcelona and the Oceanographic Institute have discovered in Antarctica a new species of worm, a marine invertebrate which feeds on whale bones. The discovery is in the framework of the Actiquim-II project and the new species was baptized “Osedax deceptionensis”.

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