Archive: 10/20/2008

Engineering nanoparticles for maximum strength

Because they are riddled with defects, bulk crystalline materials never achieve their ideal strength; nanocrystals, on the other hand, are so small there's no room for defects. Yet while nanocrystalline materials ...

Oct 20, 2008
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Crossing 'a bridge to nowhere'

Despite thousands of years of research, astronomers know next to nothing about how the universe is structured. One strong and accepted theory is that large galaxies are clustered together on structures similar ...

Oct 20, 2008
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Scientists map soils on an extinct American volcano

Union County New Mexico is a landscape of striking diversity. Out of expansive rangelands rise sporadic yet majestic cinder cone volcanoes and mesas preserved by basalt, part of the Raton-Clayton Volcanic Field. Capulin volcano, ...

Oct 20, 2008
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Race for better superconductors heats up

Scientists have discovered a new family of superconductors -- materials that carry electricity more efficiently than copper and other metals -- whose properties rekindle enthusiasm about the possibility that these exotic ...

Oct 20, 2008
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Alternative fuels may drain dwindling water supplies

As the search for new fuels intensifies, researchers in Texas report that switching to certain alternative fuels to power cars, trucks, and SUVs may require the use of much more water than conventional petroleum-based gasoline ...

Oct 20, 2008
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Hypertension disparity linked to environment

Social environment may play a greater role in the disparity between the numbers of African Americans living with hypertension compared to non-Hispanic whites with the disease. A study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg ...

Oct 20, 2008
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In search of a light Higgs boson

( -- “It's pretty clear that the standard model of physics is not enough to explain all the phenomena in nature,” Tomasz Skwarnicki tells “Through looking at a variety of phenomena – one of ...

Oct 20, 2008 feature
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Research around the North Pole

The German research vessel Polarstern has returned today to Bremerhaven from the Arctic Sea. It has cruised as the first research vessel ever both the Northeast and the Northwest Passages and thereby circled ...

Oct 20, 2008
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LEDs may help reduce skin wrinkles, researchers report

Researchers in Germany are describing a potential alternative to Botox and cosmetic surgery for easing facial wrinkles. Their study, scheduled for the November 5 issue of ACS' Crystal Growth & Design report ...

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