Archive: 02/18/2013

Evacuation in the Netherlands is not pointless

An evacuation in the event of flooding is not as pointless for the Netherlands as is generally assumed. This is one of the conclusions reached by Olga Huibregtse, who will receive her doctorate for research on this subject ...

Feb 18, 2013 4.7 / 5 (3) 0

Complex systems made simple

Just as the name implies, complex systems are difficult to tease apart. An organism's genome, a bio­chem­ical reac­tion, or even a social network all contain many interdependent components—and changing any one of them ...

Feb 18, 2013 4.5 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Tree-ring data show history, pattern to droughts

Dendrochronologists have shown that tree-ring data produce a remarkably accurate history of droughts and other climate changes. Combined with reliable drought indices and historical descriptions of climate conditions, dendrochronology ...

Feb 18, 2013 3 / 5 (2) 2

The heat is on

(Phys.org)—Physicists are getting warmer in the hunt for universal truths, thanks to a breakthrough by a team at the University of St Andrews.

Feb 18, 2013 4 / 5 (12) 26 | with audio podcast

Battling oceanic climate change

Changes to the temperature and chemistry of Earth's atmosphere are causing fundamental changes to the ocean, too. The water is getting warmer and more acidic, and those changes may reconfigure the microbial ...

Feb 18, 2013 3.4 / 5 (5) 8 | with audio podcast

Beefing up public-key encryption

Most financial transactions on the Internet are safeguarded by a cryptographic technique called public-key encryption. Where traditional encryption relies on a single secret key, shared by both sender and ...

Feb 18, 2013 4.9 / 5 (7) 3 | with audio podcast