Archive: 05/11/2005

Monkeys Adapt Robot Arm as Their Own

Monkeys that learn to use their brain signals to control a robotic arm are not just learning to manipulate an external device, Duke University Medical Center neurobiologists have found. Rather, their brain ...

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Scientists watch black hole born in split-second light flash

After 30 years, they finally caught one. Scientists on Monday have for the first time detected and pinned down the location of a so-called "short" gamma-ray burst, lasting only 50 milliseconds. The burst marks the birth of ...

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Fujitsu announced 100GB 2.5-inch SATA hard disk drive

Fujitsu Computer Products of America, Inc., one of the world's leading suppliers of hard disk drives and computer peripherals and the first hard disk drive manufacturer to introduce a 2.5" Serial ATA (SATA) hard disk drive, ...

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Vaults: From Biological Mystery to Nanotech Workhorse?

Natural nano-capsules show promise for drug delivery, electrical switches and circuits Naturally occurring nano-capsules, known as "vaults," could provide a whole new class of delivery vehicles for therapeu ...

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NASA postpones satellite launch

NASA's launch of the NOAA-N environmental satellite for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was postponed for 24 hours due to high winds.

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Program turns up 150 missed genes

A computer scientist at Washington University in St. Louis has applied software that he has developed to the genome of a worm and has found 150 genes that were missed by previous genome analysis methods. Moreover, ...

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Adult and child brains perform tasks differently

Children activate different and more regions of their brains than adults when they perform word tasks, according to investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Reporting in the ...

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New findings may help preserve rare Gutenberg Bibles

Known as the first books to be produced using movable type, the Gutenberg Bibles are also famous for their colorful illustrations. But the exact composition of these 15th century painted images, which depict animals, flowers, ...

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Circuit-breaker detects all types of fault currents

The new universal-current-sensitive Type B residual-current circuit-breaker (r.c.c.b.) from Siemens Automation and Drives (A&D) can detect pulsating and smooth DC fault currents as well as sinusoidal AC fault currents. These ...

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Freescale targets consumer applications with three-axis sensor

As portable electronics increase in functionality and fuel the demand for data drive storage, designers are seeking improved protection systems that use less board space. The MMA7260Q sensor now available from Freescale Semiconductor ...

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Scientists levitate heaviest elements with help from cold oxygen

Scientists at the University of Nottingham have successfully levitated diamond and some of the heaviest elements, including lead and platinum. Using liquid oxygen to increase the buoyancy created by a specially designed superconducting ...

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Whimpers from the Sun?

Solar physicists have observed the smallest ever coronal mass ejection (CME) - a type of explosion where plasma from the Sun is thrown out into space, sometimes striking the Earth and damaging orbiting satellites. ...

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