Archive: 05/10/2012

GREGOR telescope: Zooming in on the sun

(Phys.org) -- Nighttime is the astronomer’s day. After all, anyone wishing to see the stars must wait until it is dark. There is one exception to this rule, however: the sun. Close up, it can be used ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Ultra-cool companion helps reveal giant planets

(Phys.org) -- An international team of astronomers led by David Pinfield of the University of Hertfordshire has found a brown dwarf that is more than 99% hydrogen and helium. Described as ultra-cool, it has ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Astronomy
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New tool to battle illegal trade in animals

Though the illegal trade in rare or endangered plants and animals is estimated to be worth billions of dollar, efforts to combat such wildlife crime are spotty at best. In many nations where the trade is most lucrative, there is ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Ecology
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Archaeologists discover lost language

Evidence for a forgotten ancient language which dates back more than 2,500 years, to the time of the Assyrian Empire, has been found by archaeologists working in Turkey.

dateMay 10, 2012 in Other
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Mini-projector for smartphones

Their very small displays sometimes make smartphones diffi cult to operate. In the future, a projector will help: if the cell phone is standing on a table, for instance, it can project a large-format display ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Hi Tech & Innovation
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Image: Dragon's crew accommodations

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has finished an important evaluation of a prototype Dragon spacecraft designed to carry people into orbit. This key milestone is part of SpaceX's partnership with NASA ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Space Exploration
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The quick and easy way to measure power consumption

The ambitious goals set by the German government to promote energy efficiency have put pressure on companies to change their energy-use policies. But the sustainable management of energy resources and the associated energy-saving ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Engineering
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Nanocrystal infrared LEDs can be made cheaply

(Phys.org) -- Light-emitting diodes at infrared wavelengths are the magic behind such things as night vision and optical communications, including the streaming data that comes through Netflix. Cornell researchers have advanced ...

dateMay 10, 2012 in Nanomaterials
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