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Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Japan, US physicists win Nobel for LEDs
Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Japan and U.S. scientist Shuji Nakamura won the Nobel Prize in physics on Tuesday for the invention of blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that spurred the development of LED technology used to light up computer screens and modern smartphones.
In a heavily irrigated Washington valley where fish, crops and people often compete for water, biologists are turning to one of nature's best engineers to help restore streams and salmon habitat.
While people in Hawaii have been sweating out a lack of trade winds, corals underwater are also suffering.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Nobel for discovering brain's GPS
An Anglo-American scientist and a Norwegian husband-and-wife research team won the Nobel Prize in medicine Monday for discovering the brain's navigation system — the inner GPS that helps us find our way in the world.
Asia grapples with food safety as incomes rise
Every morning, food samples are laid out on a long table at a pristine laboratory run by a German firm in Singapore — but they're not meant for chefs or gourmets.
Scientists said Sunday they had pinpointed nearly 700 genetic variations that determine human height, more than tripling the haul in research that could aid the fight against stature-related diseases.
A U.N. conference on preserving the earth's dwindling resources opened Monday with grim warnings that the depletion of natural habitats and species was outpacing efforts to protect them.
In Brazil, Amazon voters paddle canoes to floating polls
It's Sunday morning on Lake Catalao in the middle of the Amazon rainforest, where the reflection of a fisherman's silhouette glimmers on the water.
Monday, October 6, 2014
Thousands march globally to save rhinos, elephants
Thousands marched in Africa and around the world Saturday to pressure governments to do more to stop the poaching industry that many fear is driving rhinos and elephants to the brink of extinction.
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