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Turkey’s largest ‘silicon valley’ to open in 2012

The largest information technology (IT) complex in Turkey, dubbed Teknopark Istanbul, is set to open next year on the Asian side of the country’s economic capitol Istanbul. Supported by Turkey’s powerful Undersecretariat of Defence Industries (SSM) and Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO), the humongous 2.5 million square meter complex will host over 1,000 companies and research institutes operating […]

Body attacks lab-made stem cells

Stem cells created in the lab by reprogramming adult cells from a patient’s own body can come under attack from the immune system, a new study in mice suggests. The finding may present a major barrier to using reprogrammed stem cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells or iPS cells, in treatments to repair or replace […]

TÜBİTAK: Significant R&D and innovation progress in Turkey

Turkey has recently experienced significant progress in the science, technology and innovation fields thanks to the strategic approach that was adopted in recent years by the government, according to the “Turkish Science, Technology and Innovation System and Performance Indicators” document released by the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK).   Research and development […]

Russia to train Turkish scientists in nuclear, space tech

 Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Turkey Vladimir Ivanovskiy has said Russia will not only build a planned nuclear plant but will also train and educate Turks since in time the project will need a substantial number of experts and qualified people to run it. He also says the plan is to further technology […]

Spacecraft Reveals Dramatic Changes in Mars’ Atmosphere

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) has discovered the total amount of atmosphere on Mars changes dramatically as the tilt of the planet’s axis varies. This process can affect the stability of liquid water if it exists on the Martian surface and increase the frequency and severity of Martian dust storms. Researchers using MRO’s ground-penetrating radar […]

Turkey’s new iPad pagazine for world news

Turkey’s first weekly iPad magazine in English has been launched by prominent journalist and TV anchorman Cüneyt Özdemir, who aims to give readers news about world events from a Turkish point of view. The new publication, called Dipnot, will look at Turkey, the Middle East and the rest of the world from Istanbul and from a […]

Engineering microbes to produce fuel

To reinvent the fuel business, engineers at biofuel start-up Joule Unlimited tinker with tiny life forms all day. The four-year-old start-up is on the front lines of a branch of biotechnology that taps into the wealth of knowledge from genome sequencing and powerful computer tools to start from scratch and ask: if you wanted the […]

Obesity messes with the brain

Obesity subtly diminishes memory and other features of thinking and reasoning even among seemingly healthy people, an international team of scientists reports. At least some of these impairments appear reversible through weight loss. Researchers also report one likely mechanism for those cognitive deficits: damage to the wiring that links the brain’s information-processing regions. A number […]

Chinese scientists invent ‘tractor beam’

Another piece of Star Trek technology has become a reality. Captain Kirk would instantly recognize new blueprints developed by a team of Chinese scientists as plans for a tractor beam. The proposed device hasn’t yet been built. But a similar one conceived by an American physicist was tested last year. Each device would fulfill the […]

Scientists build the first “anti-laser”

The laser — a 50-year-old invention now used in everything from CDs to laser pointers — has met its match in the “antilaser,” the first device capable of trapping and canceling out laser beams. While such a device would seem most fitting in a science fiction movie, its real-world application will likely be in next-generation, […]



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