Archive: 20/12/2011

On the edge of friction

( -- The problem exists on both a large and a small scale, and it even bothered the ancient Egyptians. However, although physicists have long had a good understanding of friction in things like stone blocks being ...

dateDec 20, 2011 in Condensed Matter
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SOFIA peers in to the heart of the Orion nebula

( -- A new image from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) shows a complex distribution of interstellar dust and stars in the Orion nebula. Interstellar dust, composed mostly of ...

dateDec 20, 2011 in Astronomy
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Wildlife researchers want your old socks

( -- A University of California wildlife research team working in the Sierra Nevada is asking the public to donate clean, gently used socks for research on a rare weasel called the Pacific fisher.

dateDec 20, 2011 in Environment
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Catching a coral killer

Coral reefs play an important role in marine ecosystems, so it's concerning to scientists, as well as ocean conservationists, that many coral reefs around the world are in distress or dying off.

dateDec 20, 2011 in Environment
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