Archive: 01/10/2011

Federal peer review may be overstretched and error prone

The federal peer review system, by which research proposals are judged worthy for funding, may be "over stretched" and "susceptible to error," said Elmer Yglesias, a researcher at the Science and Technology Policy Institute ...

Jan 10, 2011
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Wave power could contain fusion plasma

Researchers at the University of Warwick’s Centre for Fusion Space and Astrophysics and the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy may have found a way to channel the flux and fury of a nuclear ...

Jan 10, 2011
4.8 / 5 (18) 13 | with audio podcast

Physicists create sonic black hole in the lab

(PhysOrg.com) -- Black holes get their name because they absorb all incoming light, and are so dense that none of that light can escape their event horizon. In a new study, scientists have created a sonic ...

Jan 10, 2011 feature
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Cockroach inspires robotic hand to get a grip

No one thinks twice about picking up a cup of coffee, but this task has vexed robots for three decades. A new type of mechanical hand developed by researchers at Harvard and Yale promises to solve this problem. ...

Jan 10, 2011
5 / 5 (8) 2 | with audio podcast