Archive: 09/17/2009

Online encyclopedia makes life searchable

(PhysOrg.com) -- One hundred and fifty thousand species down, 1.65 million to go. That is the tally for the online Encyclopedia of Life, an ambitious two-year-old project with the goal of nothing less than documenting in ...

dateSep 17, 2009 in Plants & Animals
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Asteroid Juno Grabs the Spotlight

(PhysOrg.com) -- Toward the end of September, the sun will turn a spotlight on the asteroid Juno, giving that bulky lump of rock a rare featured cameo in the night sky. Those who get out to a dark, unpolluted ...

dateSep 17, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Magnetism observed in gas for the first time

(PhysOrg.com) -- For the first time, MIT scientists have observed ferromagnetism in an atomic gas, addressing the decades-old question of whether gases could show properties similar to a magnet made of iron or nickel. Specifically, ...

dateSep 17, 2009 in General Physics
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The hunt for dark matter

(PhysOrg.com) -- In a basement laboratory at MIT, assistant professor of physics Jocelyn Monroe is making some final adjustments to her team's newest particle detector. In just a few months, the detector will ...

dateSep 17, 2009 in General Physics
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Secrets of insect flight revealed

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers are one step closer to creating a micro-aircraft that flies with the manoeuvrability and energy efficiency of an insect after decoding the aerodynamic secrets of insect flight.

dateSep 17, 2009 in Engineering
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