Archive: 16/01/2012

Re-thinking an alien world

Forty light years from Earth, a rocky world named "55 Cancri e" circles perilously close to a stellar inferno.  Completing one orbit in only 18 hours, the alien planet is 26 times closer to its parent star than Mercury ...

dateJan 16, 2012 in Astronomy
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Earth from Space: A southern summer bloom

(PhysOrg.com) -- In this Envisat image, a phytoplankton bloom swirls a figure-of-8 in the South Atlantic Ocean about 600 km east of the Falkland Islands.   During this period in the southern hemisphere, the ocean becomes ...

dateJan 16, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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Bits of life, drop by drop

(PhysOrg.com) -- Swiss scientists are working on creating artificial living tissues using a very special kind of inkjet printer. Still in its initial stages, this technology could nonetheless soon provide biological samples ...

dateJan 16, 2012 in Biotechnology
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Nutrient data in time for the new year

Two timely nutrient data sets provided by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are being used by the beef and pork industries to provide new Nutrition Facts labels for their products. Federal rules require specific ...

dateJan 16, 2012 in Other
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Improved ergonomics for wheelchair users

(PhysOrg.com) -- Empa engineers, together with the firm r going, have succeeded in developing an ergonomic seat for electric wheelchairs which encourages the user to move around frequently. True to the motto life is movement ...

dateJan 16, 2012 in Engineering
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