Archive: 23/05/2011

Small bangs and white holes

Most gamma-ray bursts come in two flavors. Firstly, there are long duration bursts which form in dense star-forming regions and are associated with supernovae – which would understandably generate a sustained outburst ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Astronomy
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New captorhinid reptile found in China

A new captorhinid reptile, Gansurhinus qingtoushanensis, gen. et sp. nov., was found from Xidagou Formation (Middle Permian) at Qingtoushan (Dashankou) locality near Yumen, Gansu Province, and from Naobaogou Formation (Late ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Archaeology & Fossils
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Facing up to Fukushima

In the wake of the disaster at the Fukushima reactor, Japan and other nations are re-evaluating their attitude to nuclear energy. Cambridge academic Tony Roulstone believes it is vital for governments and industry to proactively ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Energy & Green Tech
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The Atlantic 'resting' -- for now

Geophysicists have simulated when the continents around the Atlantic develop active continental margins with earthquakes and volcanoes. According to the model, ‘real’ fully active subduction zones will not form ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Droplets for detecting tumoral DNA

It will perhaps be possible, in the near future, to detect cancer by a simple blood or urine test. In fact, biologists from CNRS, Inserm, Paris Descartes and Strasbourg universities have developed a technique capable of detecting ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Analytical Chemistry
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Testing spacesuits in Antarctica, part 1

In this field diary, Margarita Marinova takes us on a journey to Antarctica in order to test spacesuits Testing the suits in harsh environments on Earth can help future explorers, who will need protection when investigating ...

dateMay 23, 2011 in Space Exploration
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