Archive: 02/09/2005

Drilling tiny tunnels gets easier in a big way

The counterintuitive rules of physics at the nanometer scale create several thorny problems for scientists when they try to fashion three-dimensional channels in fluid-handling devices. Now, University of Michigan researchers ...

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Man Against Machine

Computer-generated method outperforms human-designed program for fingerprint improvement It sounds like a plot for a science fiction movie, but it's not. Computers now create programs that solve complex problems better than ...

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Switching between liquid and gel

Twisted nanostructures are an important biological motif—just think of the DNA double helix or proteins with helical sections important to their function. Researchers are anxious to produce artificial helices, which could ...

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NASA's Durable Spirit Sends Intriguing New Images From Mars

Working atop a range of Martian hills, NASA's Spirit rover is rewarding researchers with tempting scenes filled with evidence of past planet environments. "When the images came down and we could see horizon all the way around, ...

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Nobel prize winner Joseph Rotblat dies

Scientists around the world paid tribute to Joseph Rotblat, a Polish nuclear physicist and Nobel peace prize winner, who died at age 96.

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The Role of Titanium in Hydrogen Storage

As part of ongoing research to make hydrogen a mainstream source of clean, renewable energy, scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have determined how titanium atoms help hydrogen ...

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Microorganism eating contaminants

ASU researcher Bruce Rittmann has found an environmentally friendly way to mitigate the human health threat from perchlorate drinking water contamination. Perchlorate is a component of solid rocket fuel.

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