Archive: 04/16/2012

Sinking the Titanic myth

On the centenary anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, a King’s expert says people’s knowledge of the notorious liner is based on cultural anecdotes rather than historical and scientific fact.  ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Other
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Researchers pioneer molecular catalyser

Scientists in Sweden have developed a molecular catalyser with the ability to quickly oxidise water to oxygen. Presented in the journal Nature Chemistry, the results are a significant contribution to the future ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Materials Science
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Probing Question: What causes trees to be diseased?

From the delicate cherry blossoms of Washington, D.C. to the towering redwoods of northern California, many towns and institutions across the nation are known and loved for their iconic trees. Count the majestic ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Ecology
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Breaking the ice on icebergs

(Phys.org) -- Icebergs are a natural and beautiful part of Earth's cryosphere, and are closely monitored and studied by scientists around the world.

dateApr 16, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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Cassini to dip into Enceladus spray again

(Phys.org) -- Less than three weeks after its last visit to the Saturnian moon Enceladus, NASA's Cassini spacecraft returns for an encore. At closest approach on April 14, the spacecraft will be just as low ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Designing the interplanetary web

Reliable Internet access on the Moon, near Mars or for astronauts on a space station? How about controlling a planetary rover from a spacecraft in deep space? These are just some of the pioneering technologies ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Space Exploration
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The science of selflessness

In a talk at the Geological Lecture Hall on Thursday, Harvard biologist E.O. Wilson outlined new thinking on how human social behavior evolved, saying that it was competition among groups of humans — ...

dateApr 16, 2012 in Social Sciences
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Half of England in drought: officials

Half of England was officially in drought on Monday after the Environment Agency declared another 17 counties short of water, and warned the situation may continue until the end of the year.

dateApr 16, 2012 in Environment
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