Archive: 11/03/2005

New Orleans-style disaster could happen again - in California

Is California vulnerable to a New Orleans-style levee break? "The land in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, where California's two great rivers drain into San Francisco Bay, lies as much as 20 feet below sea level," war ...

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Asking forgiveness is not always as easy as saying 'I'm sorry'

Tales of corporate scandal and political misdeeds have made spectacular headlines in recent years - just the mention of Enron or Bill Clinton conjure up memories of those offenses. But on a day-to-day basis, most people don ...

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Solving the mystery of the Tibetan Plateau

A University of Alberta physicist who helped solve the age-old mystery of what keeps afloat the highest plateau on earth has added more pieces to the Tibetan puzzle. Dr. Martyn Unsworth has uncovered new research about the ...

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What makes glass break?

After 2,000 years of making and breaking glass, one might think there would be a definitive answer. But at the Third International Workshop on the Flow and Fracture of Advanced Glasses, held Oct. 2 to 5 at ...

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Globe Talk: India lures Vodafone, SingTel

India's attractiveness to international investors is second only to China these days, as the race to expand market share on the subcontinent and tie up with local businesses continues to intensify. The telecommunications ...

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'Smart' Buildings to Guide Future First Responders

NIST researchers are studying how "intelligent" building systems can be used by firefighters, police and other first responders to accurately assess emergency conditions in real-time. One of the biggest problems faced by ...

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Australian expert rejects bird flu fears

A bird medicine specialist says the risk of human bird flu infection is small in Australia and people may still safely eat chicken and keep pet birds.

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Racing yacht uses space technology

European space technology will be boosting the performance of at least one boat during this year's Transat Jacques Vabre international sailing contest.

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Improved Materials Dominate Chip Evolution

Material innovation has replaced scaling as the primary source of performance and feature improvements in leading-edge CMOS semiconductors, IBM technologist Paul Farrar, Jr. told attendees at the ISMI Symposium on Manufacturing ...

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Chemist explores ways to make hydrogen a viable fuel

A chemist at Washington University in St. Louis hopes to find the right stuff to put the element hydrogen in a sticky situation. Lev Gelb, Ph.D., Washington University assistant professor of chemistry, pre ...

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2,000 Theropod teeth

A paleontologist at Washington University in St. Louis has concocted a mathematical scheme for identifying dinosaurs based upon measurements of their copious Mesozoic dental droppings. His method could help ...

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Tips for Staying Safe on the Internet

Dan Barker, the co-owner of Strategic Data Integration in Hillsborough, N.C., and an editor of “Certified Internet Webmaster Foundations for Dummies,” teaches the Duke Continuing Studies course "PC Threats: Spam, Scams ...

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Ocean-Injection Strategy for Combating Greenhouse Effect

In searching for ways to counteract the greenhouse effect, some scientists have proposed capturing the culprit---carbon dioxide---as it is emitted from power plants, then liquefying the gas and injecting it into the ocean. ...

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