Scientists create world’s first molecular transistor

Engineers adjusted the voltage applied via gold contacts to a benzene molecule, allowing them to raise and lower the molecule's energy states… A group of scientists has succeeded in creating the first transistor made from a single molecule. The team, which includes researchers from Yale University and the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology in… Read More »

Oldest written document ever found in Jerusalem discovered

A tiny clay fragment — dating from the 14th century B.C.E. — that was found in excavations outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls contains the oldest written document ever found in Jerusalem, say researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The find, believed to be part of a tablet from a royal archives, further testifies to… Read More »

Why complex life probably evolved only once

Michael Le Page – The universe may be teeming with simple cells like bacteria, but more complex life — including intelligent life — is probably very rare. That is the conclusion of a radical rethink of what it took for complex life to evolve here on Earth. It suggests that complex alien life-forms could only… Read More »

Gold hits $700 for first time since 1980

I’ve been buying gold for years now, little by little, and keeping it in pots which I hide under rainbows. I leave little treasure maps with clues in all of my songs. I figure when I leave this planet in another 50 or 60 years I’ll have quite a treasure for people to find. “U.S.… Read More »

Police reject candidate for being too intelligent

A US man has been rejected in his bid to become a police officer for scoring too high on an intelligence test. Robert Jordan, a 49-year-old college graduate, took an exam to join the New London police, in Connecticut, in 1996 and scored 33 points, the equivalent of an IQ of 125. But New London… Read More »

Ultrasound machine creates fine wine in 30 minutes

An entrepreneur claims to have invented a machine that turns a cheap bottle of plonk into a vintage-tasting wine in a matter of minutes. Inventor Casey Jones says the £350 gadget uses ultrasound technology to recreate the effects of decades of ageing by colliding alcohol molecules inside the bottle. The Ultrasonic Wine Ager, which looks… Read More »

Russian hackers charged in biggest cybercrime spree yet, feds say

Five Russians and a Ukrainian face federal criminal charges of hacking into the computers of major payment processors, retailers and financial institutions, stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in losses. It is the largest such scheme ever prosecuted in the United States, federal authorities said in… Read More »

It’s never too late to quit smoking and save your vision

Need a little extra incentive to kick the habit? Just in time for New Year’s resolutions, a UCLA study finds that even after age 80, smoking continues to increase one’s risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in Americans over 65. The American Journal of Ophthalmology publishes the findings in its… Read More »

Internet use ‘good for the brain’

For middle-aged and older people at least, using the internet helps boost brain power, research suggests. A University of California Los Angeles team found searching the web stimulated centres in the brain that controlled decision-making and complex reasoning. The researchers say this might even help to counteract the age-related physiological changes that cause the brain… Read More »

It seems I’m Descended from Kings of England

Interesting surprise:€  If not for King Henry I of England 32 generations ago, I would not exist.€  I do partly have his nose … and his chin according to the Illustration of King Henry I from Cassell’s History of England. I have a new interest in history now.€  My line to him is through “Elizabeth,… Read More »

Would you like to live to be 1000 years old?

Artificially engendered humans have long been a science fiction staple – from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to Huxley’s Brave New World and, most recently, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake and Michel Houellebecq’s The Possibility of an Island – their heroes dehumanised figures depicted amid bleak, biotechnologically devastated landscapes. But in the year of Darwin’s bicentenary, science… Read More »

Ten sentenced over China ‘black jails’

I see no legitimate purpose for black jails and secret prisons. The 10 defendants were also ordered to pay compensation to those they detained, Xinhua report said [Al Jazeera] Ten people have been sentenced to prison for illegally detaining petitioners who had travelled to Beijing to appeal to the government, state media reported, in a… Read More »

Why Does Popcorn Pop?

A popcorn kernel is a cereal grain seed. It is made up of four major physical structures: 1 The Pericarp seed coat or outer hull: a hard outer thin covering. 2 The Endosperm: starchy part that forms the bulk of the kernel and consists almost entirely of starch along with smaller amounts of protein, fat,… Read More »