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Search for alien life about to step up a gear
October 18, 2012 08:21 PM
LONDON: It remains in the realm of science fiction for now but the discovery of a new planet just four light years away will reignite a race to find a twin of planet Earth that may host extraterrestrial life. The step change comes as the most powerful telescopes ever built are about to enter into...
New planet discovered in Earth's back yard
October 17, 2012 01:57 PM
LONDON: Astronomers have found a new planet, the closest yet outside our solar system and just an astronomical stone's throw away at four light years.Researchers say it is too close to its sun to support life, with a surface temperature estimated at 1,200 degrees Celsius (2,192 Fahrenheit). But...
A diamond bigger than Earth?
October 11, 2012 05:09 PM
LONDON: Forget the diamond as big as the Ritz. This one's bigger than planet Earth.Orbiting a star that is visible to the naked eye, astronomers have discovered a planet twice the size of our own made largely out of diamond.The rocky planet, called '55 Cancri e', orbits a sun-like star in the...
Honeybee homicide case against Syngenta pesticide unproven
September 21, 2012 12:14 PM
LONDON: British scientists have shot down a study on declining honeybee populations that triggered a French ban on a pesticide made by Swiss agrochemicals group Syngenta. France's farm minister Stephane Le Foll withdrew Syngenta's marketing permit for the pesticide Cruiser OSR in June,...
German scientists concoct new coolant for electric cars
July 13, 2012 11:02 PM
LONDON: Scientists in Germany have come up with a new fluid for cooling the expensive batteries in electric cars and thereby extending their life, another potential step in improving the cost efficiency of electric propulsion. The fluid, dubbed CryoSolplus, absorbs heat more effectively than...
Voyager space probe reaches edge of solar system
June 17, 2012 09:54 AM
LONDON: The Voyager 1 space probe has reached the edge of the solar system, extending its record for being the most distant man-made object in space. According to a statement from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the spacecraft is sending back data to Earth showing a...
Pollution-hunting robot fish take to the sea
May 23, 2012 07:04 AM
LONDON: Robot "fish" developed by European scientists to improve pollution monitoring moved from the lab to the sea in a test at the northern Spanish port of Gijon on Tuesday. The developers hope the new technology, which reduces the time it takes to detect a pollutant from weeks to...
Scientists urge action on world's biggest problems
May 10, 2012 10:58 PM
LONDON: Scientists from 15 countries are calling for a better political response to the provision of water and energy to meet the challenge of feeding a world of 9 billion people within 30 years. The joint statement by some of the world's leading science academies was issued on Thursday ahead...

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