Archive: 21/11/2005

Mesmerized by Moondust

Each morning, Mian Abbas enters his laboratory and sits down to examine--a single mote of dust. Zen-like, he studies the same speck suspended inside a basketball-sized vacuum chamber for as long as 10 to 12 days.

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MIT researchers visit Mars on Earth

At 75 degrees north latitude, Devon Island lies high above the Arctic Circle, a few hundred miles from the magnetic North Pole. A true polar desert, it is also the largest uninhabited island on Earth. But the reach of MIT ...

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A Microscope that Sees without Looking

A new type of microscope overcomes some of the limitations of optical imaging techniques by looking at how samples affect a tiny antenna, rather than looking at the sample itself.

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Bacteria which sense the Earth's magnetic field

Researchers uncover how a nanoscale 'compass' inside bacteria orients them to the Earth's magnetic field. It is not only migratory birds that orient themselves to the magnetic field of the Earth. Also bacteria -- supposedly ...

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Stopping The Next Big One

A system that could predict earthquakes has long been the Holy Grail of scientists trying to prevent the next catastrophe. Now a small Israeli company, backed by experts, is not only claiming to have discovered a method for ...

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SETI Sets Its Sights On M Dwarfs

Scientists have been searching actively for signs of intelligent extraterrestrial civilizations for nearly half a century. Their main approach has been to point radio telescopes toward target stars and to "listen" for electronic ...

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