Archive: 09/2/2013

Brown dwarf companion stars

(Phys.org) —Astronomers trying to understand how the Sun and Earth formed, and why they have their characteristic properties, have made progress on a closely related problem: the nature of the lowest mass ...

Sep 02, 2013 4.3 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Sorting out top-class wines

No vintners want their wine to have a bitter note to it. Now, new sorting equipment with optical recognition can guarantee this is never the case. The machine sorts the harvest into quality grades – sparing ...

Sep 02, 2013 not rated yet 0

Asteroid deflection

Potential asteroid impact on Earth can have disastrous consequences. In order to prevent such collisions, earthbound space objects must be deflected. This can be accomplished using a space probe to impact ...

Sep 02, 2013 4.4 / 5 (7) 2

A hitchhiker's guide to pumice

A floating raft of pumice created by an underwater volcanic eruption near New Zealand, and teeming with marine hitchhikers, has been spotted in the northern Great Barrier Reef.

Sep 02, 2013 5 / 5 (2) 0

Plastic: The new energy source

QUT's research to develop cheap plastic solar cells to charge mobile phones and other electronic devices has been boosted with the installation of one of the most powerful nanotechnology microscopes in the ...

Sep 02, 2013 4.2 / 5 (5) 1