The ‘mad’ Egyptian scholar who proved Aristotle wrong

Ibn al-Haytham’s 11th-century Book of Optics, which was published exactly 1000 years ago, is often cited alongside Newton’s Principia as one of the most influential books in physics. Yet very little is known about the writer, considered by many to b…

Wake up and smell the willow

More plant matter could be burned in coal-fired power stations if this ‘green’ fuel was delivered pre-roasted like coffee beans, according to researchers from the University of Leeds, UK.
Many UK power stations are now burning plant matter, or bio…

New forms of dietary fiber to boost health

High-fiber foods are on the way to becoming tastier and more appealing to consumers thanks to new types of dietary fiber now under development. These consumer friendlier forms of fiber, which could be a boon to health, are the topic of an article in…

‘Perfumery radar’ brings order to odors

Scientists are announcing development and successful testing of the first “perfumery radar (PR).” It’s not a new electronic gadget for homing in on the source of that Eau de Givenchy or Jungle Tiger in a crowded room. Rather, PR is a long-awaited ne…

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