Archive: 12/18/2013

Mission control ready for Gaia launch

(Phys.org) —Shortly after a powerful Soyuz launcher lofts Gaia, ESA's new star mapper, into space on Thursday, teams on the ground will establish initial radio contact. Even then, tension will run high ...

Dec 18, 2013
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Taking aim at deadly swine diseases

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are stepping up their efforts to help fight deadly swine viruses that are prevalent in other countries and pose a threat to the United States.

Dec 18, 2013
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Mining the history of science

History professor Pamela Smith started college thinking she would be a chemist. Then she took a course on the history and philosophy of science and "was just bowled over."

Dec 18, 2013
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Professor probes mental disorders in the ancient world

The examination of mental disorders would seem to be the almost exclusive domain of psychiatrists and psychologists, not humanities scholars. Yet William V. Harris, the William R. Shepherd Professor of History, ...

Dec 18, 2013
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Dogs recognize familiar faces from images

So far the specialized skill for recognizing facial features holistically has been assumed to be a quality that only humans and possibly primates possess. Although it's well known, that faces and eye contact ...

Dec 18, 2013
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Grass as the new biofuel

A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops

Dec 18, 2013
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