Archive: 15/01/2014

What's that bird? Check your smart phone

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has released a free iPhone app to help people identify 285 birds in North America. Created with support from the National Science Foundation, the app asks just five questions, then displays ...

dateJan 15, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Harnessing randomness to improve lasers

Randomly arranged items usually have poor optical properties. The rough—or random—surface of a frosted-glass window, for example, obscures the view of an object. The optical industry therefore expends considerable effort ...

dateJan 15, 2014 in Optics & Photonics
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Regulating biodiversity in India and Nepal

In a world marked by climate change, biodiversity is important for food security. Several international treaties regulate adaptation, access to and sharing of plant genetic resources. However, the treaties must be implemented ...

dateJan 15, 2014 in Ecology
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Organic chemistry: Carbon dioxide tamed

Carbon dioxide has become notorious as a troublesome greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels. Now, this gas could also offer a cheap, abundant and nontoxic source of carbon for the chemical reactions that synthesize ...

dateJan 15, 2014 in Materials Science
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