Archive: 03/02/2014

'On' switches for cells

(Phys.org) —Whether human or animal, vertebrate or invertebrate, nearly every creature begins life as a tiny clump of cells. Before those cells can begin blossoming toward being a fully formed organism, however, they first ...

dateFeb 03, 2014 in Cell & Microbiology
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Weight loss program for infrared cameras

Infrared sensors can be employed in a wide range of applications, such as driver assistance systems for vehicles or thermography for buildings. A new camera is providing a test bed for development of new products that use ...

dateFeb 03, 2014 in Engineering
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Wind farms to blink only when necessary

They can be seen from afar – the blinking beacons on wind turbines intended to warn approaching aircraft at night. However, the continual blinking disturbs many people. Beacons that only switch on when necessary find more ...

dateFeb 03, 2014 in Energy & Green Tech
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Owls engineered for stealth and silence

Harry Potter's snowy owl Hedwig delivers mail and provides companionship for the famous wizard. A.A. Milne's wise old Owl provides Christopher Robin, Winnie-the-Pooh and friends with wisdom, albeit questionably so on occasion. ...

dateFeb 03, 2014 in General Physics
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Image: Super dry day at ESO Paranal

On 5 July 2012, a plume of Antarctic air descended over the European Southern Observatory's Paranal site in Chile. The home of the Very Large Telescope, Paranal is 2635 m above sea level and is almost always one of the best ...

dateFeb 03, 2014 in Astronomy
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