A network of porous carbon tubes that is three-dimensionally interwoven at nano and micro level -- this is the lightest material in the world. It weights only 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimetre, and is therefore 75 times lighter than Styrofoam, but it is very strong nevertheless. Scientists of Kiel...
Craig Venter might be a "maverick scientist" and I do not agree with the attempts to patent biological organisms. Nevertheless I agree very much with the positions he takes in the Dimbleby Lecture, blaming the western societies for having lost their enthusiasm for science and for not understanding that science will be the key lever to tackle the problems of the world
The attached article from "The Spiegel" is interesting. If the facts and numbers are true (and the Spiegel should not dare to invent such stories), then we have another good piece how the link between science and human progress has been attacked by a certain cultural tendency of the left in the last decades.
Both, the Spiegel and the Economist were writing about new initiatives to foster electric cars in these weeks. The more interesting one in the Spiegel, cited by the Economist was about a Shai Agassi (Ex Number 2 from SAP) project to create an infrastructure that would make a real use of electric cars possible (http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/0,1518,514256,00.html).