Archive for April, 2013

US Muslim opposition to suicide bombing revealed in extensive study

Pew report based 38,000 interviews showed Muslims in US more opposed to suicide bombs than Muslims in other countries Muslims in the US are generally more opposed to suicide bombings than their co-religionists round the world, according to a new report by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life published Tuesday. […]

Bizarre bone worms emit acid to feast on whale skeletons

Only within the past 12 years have marine biologists come to learn about the eye-opening characteristics of mystifying sea worms that live and thrive on the bones of whale carcasses. With each new study, scientists have developed a better grasp on the biology of Osedax, a genus of mouthless and gutless “bone worms” that make […]

Study reveals behavior of seabirds during migration

The behaviour of seabirds during migration – including patterns of foraging, rest and flight – has been revealed in new detail using novel computational analyses and tracking technologies. Using a new method called ‘ethoinformatics’, described as the application of computational methods in the investigation of animal behaviour, scientists have been able to analyse three years […]

Unleashing oxygen: ‘Superlattice’ structure could give a huge boost to oxygen reaction in fuel cells

New research at MIT could dramatically improve the efficiency of fuel cells, which are considered a promising alternative to batteries for powering everything from electronic devices to cars and homes. Fuel cells make electricity by combining hydrogen, or hydrocarbon fuels, with oxygen. But the most efficient types, called solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC), have drawbacks […]

Riots create irrational behaviour

Participants of group riots have since the end of the 1960s been viewed as rational individuals driven by a sense of injustice. But in today’s world this is misleading, concludes sociologist and PhD Christian Borch in a newly published doctoral thesis, and he encourages the police to take the destructive behaviour of some participants into […]

Celestial sleuths shed (moon) light on death of Stonewall Jackson

One of the turning points of the U.S. Civil War occurred during the Battle of Chancellorsville, May 2, 1863, when Confederate Lieutenant General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson was mistakenly shot by his own troops and later died of complications from his wounds. His death deprived Confederate commander Robert E. Lee of his most daring and […]

BlackBerry CEO says tablets will be useless in five years

BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins is not a fan of tablets. Seems like BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins won’t be holding up another PlayBook for a while, if ever.(Credit: Sarah Tew/CNET) Heins questioned the need for the mobile devices in an interview with Bloomberg recently. “In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to […]

Twitter warns of additional hacks, threats

Twitter knows that many high-profile accounts have suffered at the hands of hackers in recent days, but is putting much of the onus of responsibility on the account holders themselves. (Credit: CBSi) On Monday, Twitter sent a memo to major media and news outlets about the threat — if they hadn’t known already, or […]

Digg to release Google Reader replacement beta in June

Digg has surveyed thousands of people to find out what features they want in its upcoming RSS reader in preparation for a June beta launch, the company said in a blog post. (Credit: Digg) “Our beta release in June will be just the beginning; a product built with experimentation in mind by a team […]

First ever website is brought back to life

The first site on the world wide web is back online, and we have researchers at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) to thank. (Credit: CERN) A quick history lesson for readers: in 1989, British physicist Tim Berners-Lee invented what would be called the “world wide web”. The first trials were held in […]

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