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davidshenba (2536122) writes "There are many researches that point to increased CO2 levels due to meat production. But now a new research points to increase in crop yields has a positive correlation with the raise in CO2 levels. The researcher notes that “This is another piece of evidence suggesting that when we (humans) do things at a large scale, we have the ability to greatly influence the composition of the atmosphere”." top
davidshenba (2536122) writes "Intex and Mozilla have launched Cloud FX, a smartphone powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The phone has a 1 GHz processor, 2 Megapixel camera, dual SIM, 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen. Though the phone has limited features, initial reviews say that the build quality is good for the price range. With a price tag of $33 (2000 INR), and local languages support the new Firefox phone is hitting the Indian market of nearly 1 billion mobile users." Link to Original Source top
davidshenba (2536122) writes "Scientists are looking in to hagfish slime or similar proteins as a replacement for synthetic fibers like nylon and spandex, thus providing a natural and renewable alternative. Though farming hagfish is currently not possible as very little is known about their breeding, research is on the way to produce similar proteins in lab. Previously spider web was researched for the same purpose but due its larger proteins, it is hard to produce artificially." Link to Original Source top
davidshenba (2536122) writes "Researchers at a Rice University lab are researching technology that that could potentially stop a 9-millimeter bullet and seal the entryway behind it. When penetrated by a tiny projectile at a high velocity, the material melted into a liquid that stopped the fast-moving object and actually sealed the hole it made. During their research, they found an excellent model material called a polystyrene-polydimethylsiloxane diblock-copolymer. Using two different methods, the team was eventually able to cross-section the structure to determine the depth of the bullets, and according to their study, the layers showed the ability to deform without breaking." Link to Original Source top
davidshenba (2536122) writes "Many drug resistant varieties of Tuberculosis have been reported in recent years. But this time, there seems to be no cure for the disease. Indian doctors from heavily populated city of Mumbai claim that 12 of the patients had incurable variant of Tuberculosis, out of which three had already died. As they come from crowded slum areas, it is feared that actual numbers of infections may be even higher." Link to Original Source top
davidshenba (2536122) writes "Samsung has overtaken Apple in unveiling a voice controlled TV during The International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The TV, reported to run on a dual-core processor can multitask between regular TV, native apps and a web browser. [http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/waiting_for_siri_tv_yJ29I3B3TQV2LPASmH3fhN] It also has a built-in camera, which is used for face detection.[http://money.cnn.com/2012/01/09/technology/samsung_voice_tv/] Samsung says that the television has the ability to be upgraded with latest hardware." Link to Original Source top
davidshenba (2536122) writes "US researchers have created silkworms that are genetically modified to spin much stronger silk. In weight-for-weight terms, spider silk is stronger than steel. Still, there are a lot of different ways the results could potentially be improved. Additional transgenic constructs might increase the percentage of engineered protein in the silk; knocking out some of the silkworm's native genes might do the same." Link to Original Source