Archive: 08/09/2008

Space: The not-so-final frontier

Of all environments, space must be the most hostile: It is freezing cold, close to absolute zero, there is a vacuum, so no oxygen, and the amount of lethal radiation from stars is very high. This is why humans need to be ...

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Steins: A diamond in the sky

(PhysOrg.com) -- The first images from Rosetta's OSIRIS imaging system and VIRTIS infrared spectrometer were derived from raw data this morning and have delivered spectacular results.

dateSep 08, 2008 in Space Exploration
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Launch of GOCE Satellite delayed

(PhysOrg.com) -- The preparatory activities for the launch of ESA's GOCE satellite from the Plesetsk cosmodrome in northern Russia had to be stopped yesterday afternoon (Sunday 7 September) by Eurockot due to an anomaly identified ...

dateSep 08, 2008 in Space Exploration
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Could Graphene Replace Semiconductors?

(PhysOrg.com) -- “People want a faster computer chip,” Philip Kim tells PhysOrg.com. “And it needs to be smaller. But in order to increase the speed of the chip, or to get it smaller, we are approaching a point where ...

dateSep 08, 2008 in Condensed Matter feature
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Tracking down the menace in Mexico City smog

A new report by scientists who are part of the international MILAGRO Campaign indicates that some of the most harmful air pollution in Mexico City may not come from motor vehicles but instead originates with industrial sources ...

dateSep 08, 2008 in Environment
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Dirty air brings rain -- then again, maybe not

An international team of scientists, headed by Prof. Daniel Rosenfeld of the Institute of Earth Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, has come up with a surprising finding to the disputed issue of whether air pollution ...

dateSep 08, 2008 in Earth Sciences
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