Leaders from 17 countries recently met in Sumatra to discuss how handheld GPS devices and mapping apps have helped their communities retain lands held for generations.
Harvard scientists sandwiched a layer of transparent rubber between two layers of a specially-made hydrogel. Electrical audio signals sent to the gel layers caused the rubber to vibrate and make sound.
Studies show that weight gain is happening in the wider animal kingdom as well -- in our pets, yes, but also among some captive and wild animals. No one really knows why.
The road-side exterior wall of a hotel in one flood-prone London district is covered with a 21-foot-high vertical garden that acts as a "350-square-meter green sponge."
University of Nevada-Reno engineers have created a composite of nickel titanium -- the material that gives eyeglass frames their flexibility -- that can reinforce and stabilize bridges better than traditional steel and concrete.
The University of Newcastle plans to build a plant that will test a method of converting carbon emissions to inert "bricks" that could eventually be used in construction.
First discovered in 2004, the as-yet-unnamed element will eventually occupy a spot in the periodic table between two other elements that got their official names just last year.
Discovered in the constellation of Capricornus with the help of the Very Large Telescope (VLT), HIP 102152's characteristics confirm longstanding scientific speculation about how stars like ours age.
The ethics of "first contact" was the subject of a panel discussion at last week's Starship Congress, where attendees hashed out the logistics and consequences of becoming an interstellar civilization.
First launched in 2009, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft has been asleep in polar orbit for two years. Next month, it'll be turned back on to help locate potentially dangerous near-Earth objects.
Sea anemones, which provide shelter for the clownfish and other fish species, are dealing with the same ecological threats as coral reefs as water temperatures continue to rise.
A new study suggests yes: Since the introduction of the tax in 2008, fuel consumption per person has dropped over 17 percent and the emissions rate has gone down by 10 percent.
This week the International Astronomical Union, long responsible for giving planets sexy names like "HD 189733b," surprised many by opening the process to the general public. Not surprisingly, there are some rules involved. (Sit down, Trekkies.)
A smartphone uses up a lot more energy than most people think. Multiply that by a billion or more, and include all the other objects that use the Internet. A new paper asks: Where is all that energy coming from?
University of Strathclyde scientists have identified 12 asteroids that could be retrieved using current technology within the next three to eight years...assuming they work very, very carefully.