Archive: 03/1/2012

Building a better robot

Today’s robots can vacuum floors, build cars and even perform surgery. While not quite on the intelligence level of the Jetsons’ robot maid, Rosie, they are rather smart. Nonetheless, modern robots ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in Robotics
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Warp drives may come with a killer downside

Planning a little space travel to see some friends on Kepler 22b? Thinking of trying out your newly-installed FTL3000 Alcubierre Warp Drive to get you there in no time? Better not make it a surprise visit ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in General Physics
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'Leaping' into the realm of science

Yesterday was Feb. 29, the extra day we add to the calendar in leap years. But why do we need this extra day, and what is the science behind it? And what about the lesser-known leap second – which delegates ...

dateMar 01, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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No method in traffic madness

Tourists often assume the chaos on Vietnam's roads does not translate to a high crash rate. Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Anna Hollows.

dateMar 01, 2012 in Other
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Discovering common fungi

Fungi are among the most diverse and understudied organisms, so major evolutionary branches composed of hundreds of species are still being discovered.

dateMar 01, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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