Archive: 09/19/2008

Pinning down the Milky Way's spin

New, very precise measurements have shown that the rotation of the Milky Way is simpler than previously thought. A remarkable result from the most successful ESO instrument HARPS, shows that a much debated, ...

Sep 19, 2008
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Marine debris will likely worsen in the 21st century

Current measures to prevent and reduce marine debris are inadequate, and the problem will likely worsen, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Research Council. The United States and the international ...

Sep 19, 2008
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A broadband single-photon source

As science makes progress toward practical quantum computing, improved quantum cryptography and scalable quantum communications systems, single photon sources will become more important. Until now, though, ...

Sep 19, 2008 feature
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Research pushes back history of crop development 10,000 years

Researchers led by Dr Robin Allaby of the University of Warwick's plant research arm Warwick HRI have found evidence that genetics supports the idea that the emergence of agriculture in prehistory took much longer than originally ...

Sep 19, 2008
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Future looks bright for interferometry

The PRIMA instrument of the ESO Very Large Telescope Interferometer (VLTI) recently saw "first light" at its new home atop Cerro Paranal in Chile. When fully operational, PRIMA will boost the capabilities ...

Sep 19, 2008
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'No time to lose' to start thinking sustainability

As director of the University of Oregon's Climate Leadership Initiative, the need to address human contributions to global warming is a no-brainer that Bob Doppelt says in his new book requires a mindset tuned into "The Power ...

Sep 19, 2008
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