Archive: 18/09/2009

Don't change that channel: DTV woes still abound

(AP) -- Think the digital TV transition is over? Not quite. Many viewers have found that they can't pick up certain stations after the switch, even with the right TVs or converter boxes. The stations are still trying to ...

dateSep 18, 2009 in Telecom
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Janus particles: particles with two faces

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers at the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, have devised a method for fabricating Janus particles, so called because, like the Roman god Janus, they ...

dateSep 18, 2009 in Materials Science
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First Test of New X-ray Laser Strips Neon Bare

(PhysOrg.com) -- It takes a lot of energy to strip all ten electrons from an atom of neon. Doing it from the inside out, knocking away the most-closely-held, innermost electrons first, is an even rarer feat. But the brilliant ...

dateSep 18, 2009 in General Physics
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Watching a Supernova Come and Go

(PhysOrg.com) -- Supernovae, the explosive deaths of massive stars, disburse into space all of the chemical elements that were spawned inside the progenitor stars.

dateSep 18, 2009 in Astronomy
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Brave New World?

(PhysOrg.com) -- British trade unionism was not undermined by Margaret Thatcher, but by the dawn of a new, brutally competitive age that weakened it dramatically in the private sector, a major new analysis claims.

dateSep 18, 2009 in Economics & Business
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Space Hand-Me-Downs

Molecules vital to life have been detected in outer space and isolated in meteorites and comets. Some of this material that rained down on Earth may have jump-started biology. If so, these space seeds also may have planted ...

dateSep 18, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Ooo, my knee!

(PhysOrg.com) -- Once we reach the age of 55 there's a 25 per cent chance that we will be suffering from bad knees. Of that 25 per cent, half will experience some sort of associated disability, such as difficulty carrying ...