Archive: 07/20/2005

Nanotech tools a $700M market

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The instruments and tools needed to work on the nanoscale could, even when excluding the semiconductor industry, will form a $700 million market by 2008, experts told UPI's Nano World.

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Japan to support wind power electricity

Japan's government will provide funds for generating wind power in order to reach the state's output goal of 3 million kilowatts by 2010.

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Cassini spacecraft: Mystifying pictures

The Cassini spacecraft has coasted to its closest encounter yet with Saturn's icy moon Enceladus -- but the pictures it took mystify NASA scientists.

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Scientists plan Amazon forest fire

Woods Hole Research Center scientists are planning to burn a one and one-half square-mile area of Amazon forest to study the effects of fires in that area.

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Fingernails may someday store information

Japanese scientists are working to place microscopic information on fingernails with the goal of one day replacing credit cards, Nature.com reported. The team has only managed the feat on nail clippings so far, but they hop ...

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NASA wants to smooth bumpy plane rides

Most airline passengers and even flight crews don't like turbulence, so NASA researchers have developed an automatic turbulence reporting system.

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Florida Tech team invents restuarant pager

A Florida Tech student design team won an advanced E-team grant from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance for a restaurant pager.

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Hunger hormone linked to memory

Scottish scientists say they've determined the hormone that controls the body's hunger pangs may also boost one's memory.

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Rare astronomical alignment observed

In a feat of astronomical and terrestrial alignment, a group of scientists from MIT (Cambridge, Mass.) and Williams College (Williamstown, Mass.) recently succeeded in observing distant Pluto's tiny moon, Charon, hide a star. ...

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