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God can wait: Majority of Britons say they have no religion
God can wait: Majority of Britons say they have no religion

A majority of them identify themselves as humanists instead.

Smart roads could power street lamps, electric cars

The research project aims to design and optimise energy recovery of around one to two megawatts per kilometre under 'normal' traffic volumes -- which is around 2,000 to 3,000 cars an hour.

New type of washable solar cell developed
New type of washable solar cell developed

The finding could open the way for wearable solar cells, which will provide power to devices such as health monitors incorporated into clothing, researchers said.

New devices can transmit information with almost zero power
New devices can transmit information with almost zero power

Current flexible electronics and sensors that can operate with very low power typically can not communicate with other devices more than a few feet or meters away.

Chinese scientist and founding father of world's largest radio telescope passes away at 72
Chinese scientist and founding father of world's largest radio telescope passes away at 72

Nan was diagnosed with lung cancer before FAST was put into use in September 2016, and he continued his duties despite his illness.

Renewable electricity from waste toilet paper? Scientists say it's possible! - Read
Renewable electricity from waste toilet paper? Scientists say it's possible! - Read

Unlike solar and wind energy, which fluctuate with the time of the day and the weather, waste toilet paper is a continually available resource.

End of the world near – Conspiracy theorists say it will happen on September 23!
End of the world near – Conspiracy theorists say it will happen on September 23!

The Rapture is the second coming of Jesus Christ as prophesied in John 14:1-3 where those who have lived 'sin free' lives meet the Lord, the report explained.

Novel DNA nanorobot can pick up, sort molecules
Novel DNA nanorobot can pick up, sort molecules

Scientists, including one of Indian origin, have developed a nanorobot using a single DNA strand that can pick up certain molecules and drop them off in designated locations, paving the way for synthesising novel therapeutic chemicals and drug delivery systems.

New laser technology can make objects invisible

A completely opaque material is irradiated from above with a specific wave pattern - with the effect that light waves from the left can pass through the material without any obstruction.

Flexible electronic 'skin' may lend robots a sense of touch
Flexible electronic 'skin' may lend robots a sense of touch

Researchers from the University of Houston in the US developed a new mechanism for producing stretchable electronics, a process that relies on readily available materials and could be scaled up for commercial production.

China plans nationwide use of bio-ethanol fuel by 2020
China plans nationwide use of bio-ethanol fuel by 2020

More than 40 countries and regions consume about 600 million tonnes of ethanol fuel every year, accounting for around 60 per cent of the world's annual gasoline use.

New nano-powder to produce hydrogen fuel from urine
New nano-powder to produce hydrogen fuel from urine

Scientists from the US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) had earlier announced that their nano-galvanic aluminium-based powder produced pure hydrogen when coming into contact with water.

New microchip for ingestible 'smart pills' developed

The silicon-chip device called ATOMS - short for addressable transmitters operated as magnetic spins - could one day serve as miniature robotic wardens of our bodies, monitoring a patient's gastrointestinal tract, blood, or brain.

Generating electricity from flowing blood? Scientists develop new power generator
Generating electricity from flowing blood? Scientists develop new power generator

The construction principle of the fibre is quite simple.

Disposable personal electronics in the offing

The advance may lead to eco-friendly disposable personal electronics and biomedical devices that dissolve within the body, researchers said.

Fossilised hair five times rarer than feathers: Study
Fossilised hair five times rarer than feathers: Study

Fossil beds that preserve soft tissues like hair and feathers are called lagerstatte and are rare on their own. 

Scientists turn human skin cells directly into motor neurons
Scientists turn human skin cells directly into motor neurons

Unlike commonly studied mouse motor neurons, human motor neurons growing in the lab would be a new tool since researchers cannot take samples of these neurons from living people but can easily take skin samples.

Scientists find way to produce methanol, create fuel using air
Scientists find way to produce methanol, create fuel using air

Methanol is currently produced by breaking down natural gas at high temperatures into hydrogen gas and carbon monoxide before reassembling them - expensive and energy-intensive processes known as 'steam reforming' and 'methanol synthesis.'

New AI software can detect when people text and drive
New AI software can detect when people text and drive

The system uses cameras to detect hand movements that deviate from normal driving behaviour and grades or classifies them in terms of possible safety threats.

Artificial leaf that creates fuel from sunlight, water is here
Artificial leaf that creates fuel from sunlight, water is here

The ultra-thin wireless device mimics plant leaves to produce energy using water and sunlight.

Women spread culture, men stayed at home during Stone Age

At the end of the Stone Age and in the early Bronze Age, families were established in a surprising manner in Germany, researchers said.

How Neanderthals made the world's first glue decoded
How Neanderthals made the world's first glue decoded

For the simplest method, all that is needed is a roll of bark and an open fire. This enabled Neanderthals to produce the first glue as early as 200,000 years ago.

Stephen Hawking's mission to find alien life detects mystery signals
Stephen Hawking's mission to find alien life detects mystery signals

The latest fast radio bursts (FRBs) prove their equipment is working well and ready to pick up signs of life if they exist.

Why rubbing a balloon on your hair makes it stick
Why rubbing a balloon on your hair makes it stick

The research is a step toward understanding and, ultimately, managing the charging process for specific uses and to increase safety, the researchers said.

New method converts tree leaves into electronic devices
New method converts tree leaves into electronic devices

The dried leaves were first ground into a powder, then heated to 220 degrees Celsius for 12 hours. This produced a powder composed of tiny carbon microspheres.

Largest Ichthyosaurus was pregnant at time of death
Largest Ichthyosaurus was pregnant at time of death

The new specimen was originally discovered on the Somerset coast, during the mid-1990s, and is from the Early Jurassic, roughly 200 million years old. 

New way to mix water and oil identified
New way to mix water and oil identified

The team squeezed methane and water molecules between two ultra-sharp diamonds and compressed them by bringing the two anvil points together.

Now, simple device to mimic complex birdsongs
Now, simple device to mimic complex birdsongs

Researchers found that the inherent complexity in birdsongs may actually be the result of a simple controllable instability in the structure of the specialised organ used to create song, known as a syrinx.

High-tech yarns generate electricity when stretched
High-tech yarns generate electricity when stretched

To generate electricity, the yarns must first be either submerged in or coated with an ionically conducting material or electrolyte.

Scientists develop new therapeutic antibody for dog cancers
Scientists develop new therapeutic antibody for dog cancers

 Japanese researchers have developed an antibody that induces immune responses, which significantly suppresses malignant cancers in dogs as well as increases their survival rate.