Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 03/05/2012 - 14:23
Wind farms can affect weather in their immediate locality, raising night-time temperatures on the ground, researchers working in Texas have shown. They used satellite data to show that land around newly constructed wind farms warmed more than next-door areas. The result - published in the journal Nature Climate Change - confirms an earlier, smaller study from 2010. The scientists believe the effect is caused by turbines bringing relatively warm air down to ground level. They suggest that turbines in other places might not produce the same value of ground temperature change. The study area,
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 03/05/2012 - 14:17
The editor of the world-leading scientific journal Nature says current procedures to assess and censor medical research potentially of use to terrorists need to be improved. Dr Philip Campbell made his remarks to BBC News following the publication of controversial research into the bird flu virus H5N1.Two research papers have raised the concern of anti-terrorist agencies.One was submitted to Nature; the other to another leading journal, Science.The Science paper has yet to appear.Both pieces of research show that the H5N1 virus can relatively easily mutate into a form that might spread rapi
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 26/04/2012 - 14:49
Recent research by Cancer Research UK has found that breast cancer can actually be classified as ten different diseases. The study looked at 2,000 frozen samples of breast tumour tissue taken over ten years and put into ten different subtypes, and therefore treatment can be better targeted to the particular subtype, and a more specific diagnosis means that treatment could be more effective.
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Submitted by FionaJ on Thu, 29/03/2012 - 21:11
On the 14th March 2012 – which was also Einstein’s 133rd birthday and Pi day (consequence of writting the date in American style, 3.14) – Mei Yin Wong (member of YSJ Editorial Team)and Fiona Jenkinson (Editorial Team Leader, YSJ) attended a lecture by Dr. Simon Singh on “Science and the Media – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly” at the University of Kent. Dr. Singh gave an engaging talk about how the media can influence the general public, both in a good and bad way.
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 22/03/2012 - 15:09
Water scarcity will be one of the defining features of the 21st century. The U.N. predicts that by 2025 two thirds of the world's population will suffer water shortages. Here CNN takes a look at what we do with the water we can drink.
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 22/03/2012 - 15:01
The largest laser in the world was turned on for a fraction of a second last week -- and it unleashed the most powerful laser blast in history.
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 22/03/2012 - 14:49
Chile is the world's biggest copper exporter, and has the planet's largest known reserves of the red metal. Export of the metal is essential for Chile's economy - it amounts to about 70% of all Chilean exports - and the more copper the country digs out, the more money pours in.
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 22/03/2012 - 14:35
A Nasa spacecraft has found further tantalising evidence for the existence of water ice at Mercury's poles. Though surface temperatures can soar above 400C, some craters at Mercury's poles are permanently in shadow, turning them into so-called cold traps. Previous work has revealed patches near Mercury's poles that strongly reflect radar - a characteristic of ice.
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 15/03/2012 - 15:29
Plans for a third nuclear power station at Heysham in Lancashire have been put on ice.
Submitted by YSJ News on Thu, 15/03/2012 - 15:21
From caviar (fish eggs) to truffles (an edible fungus), it seems that many of the world’s most expensive foods are made of dubious substances, and bird’s nest soup is no exception. The soup, which is an expensive Chinese delicacy, is made from a particular kind of nest that is created by bird saliva. While many of us would be reluctant to shell out for saliva, the bird nests that form this soup are one of the most expensive animal food products around.