As automakers ramp up their plans to put greener vehicles on the road, hydrogen storage has become a pivotal issue. Whereas it's been suggested that graphene could play an important role in retaining hydrogen for use in fuel cells and other technologies, a team of researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia say they've found a way to configure graphene that enables it to hold 100 times more hydrogen molecules than a single layer of the carbon-based substance...
Once they're inside the female reproductive organs, sperm pull out all the stops to outrace their rivals to the egg—especially if the opponent comes from another male.
The 23,000 protein-coding genes in the human genome can help determine whether a person will have blond hair or black, flat feet or arched. But that's hardly the whole story behind the millions of tiny differences among people...
Builders and engineers must often choose between materials that are strong and those that are flexible—rarely will they find a substance with both properties in abundance.
Predecessors of the controversial "hobbit" ( Homo floresiensis ) discovered on the Indonesian island of Flores might have had a longer history there than researchers previously thought...
In the high-energy physics community, all eyes have been on Europe for some time, as the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, has proceeded in fits and starts to become, in 2009, the most powerful atom smasher the world has ever seen...
Sea horses and their cousins in the syngnathid group are the only known animals in which the male gets pregnant and bears the offspring. In these unusual reproductive circumstances, however, the next generation often does not thrive—or even survive...
MIAMI—Before a government reports a disease outbreak, cases must usually be counted, verified and assessed—a process that can take days, weeks or months.
What personal computers have gained in speed with the introduction of multicore processors that split up workloads they may be losing in reliability.
MIAMI—In three months hundreds of thousands of soccer fans are expected to descend on nine South African cities for the 2010 World Cup. But for so many visitors going to a country where more than 10 percent of the population is estimated to have HIV/AIDS, many public health experts are worried that the event will kick off a spike in transmission...
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