Scientists Develop World’s First Peel-Off Solar Cells

Thanks ; Joann Pan for advanced information. Stanford University researchers created the first flexible, reusable decal-like solar panels that can attach to almost any surface. The Thin-Film Solar Cells (TFSCs) can be affixed to paper, plastic and glass without being direct fabrication. The adhesive comes off with some room-temperature water. The solar cells are generally…

FDA Oks Genetically Altered Fish

Dec 22, 2012 THANKS;Robert F. Bukaty/AP Genetically engineered salmon are inching ever closer to your dinner plate. But that’s not as scary as it sounds. Friday, the FDA approved the fish, whose only modification is that they grow twice as quickly as normal salmon. The approval, which ruled that the fish do not pose an…

Controversial Surgery for Addiction Burns Away Brain’s Pleasure Center

Credit ; Maia Szalavitz Dec. 13, 201210 Controversial Surgery for Addiction Burns Away Brain’s Pleasure Center Getty Images How far should doctors go in attempting to cure addiction? In China, some physicians are taking the most extreme measures. By destroying parts of the brain’s “pleasure centers” in heroin addicts and alcoholics, these neurosurgeons hope to…

BANGKOK “The city of Dream”

Bangkok is one of the most exciting cities in the world. It is a fascinating melting pot of the ancient and the modern. This is a city full of contrasts; golden Buddhist temples next to Skyscrapers and in front of them the streets teeming with traditional vendors. This is a cosmopolitan city and people from…

‘Shirtless’ FBI Agent Who Hunted Petraeus Also Helped Stop LA Bombing

Credit ; Spencer Ackerman – additional reporting by Noah Shachtman The FBI agent responsible for the downfall of two of the military’s most respected generals helped stop a terrorist from bombing Los Angeles International Airport and shot a man who attacked him with a knife at the gates of a military base. And he kicked…

Chinese Stocks Tank As Economy Recovers. What Gives?

Credited ; @GordonGChang Chinese Stocks Tank As Economy Recovers. What Gives? This photo taken on October 17, 2012 shows Chinese characters on a pillar warning people to be cautious when playing the stock market at a securities brokerage in Shanghai. (Image credit: AFP/Getty Images via @daylife) On Friday, the Shanghai Composite finished at 1,980.12, up…

Why Is it Impossible to Stop Thinking, to Render the Mind a Complete Blank?

Source; Scientific American Mind November 2012 Image: JAMIE CARROLL iStockphoto Why is it impossible to stop thinking, to render the mind a complete blank? —John Hendrickson, via email Barry Gordon, professor of neurology and cognitive science at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, replies: Forgive your mind this minor annoyance because it has worked…