Archive: 09/23/2011

Self-healing membranes: Nature shows the way

Lianas whose stabilization rings of woody cells heal spontaneously after suffering damage serve as a natural example to bionic experts of self-repairing membranes. Empa researchers have borrowed this trick ...

dateSep 23, 2011 in Engineering
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More than meets the eyeBug

When you think of robots, you probably think of Arnold Schwarzenegger walking round with part of his metal skull exposed in the Terminator films, or C3PO being the model of politeness in Star Wars. The field ...

dateSep 23, 2011 in Robotics
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Variety now the spice of mid-life

The characteristics of mid-life have seen big changes over recent decades, according to research by the University of Southampton revealed in the final edition of Population Trends, a journal published by the Office for Na ...

dateSep 23, 2011 in Social Sciences
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Living in the galactic danger zone

We know for certain that life exists in the Milky Way galaxy: that life is us. Scientists are continually looking to understand more about how life on our planet came to be and the conditions that must be ...

dateSep 23, 2011 in Astronomy
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Breathless in the Megacity

Megacities offer the enticing prospect of employment and the benefits of an urban infrastructure – but they also expose their inhabitants to high levels of air pollution. Together with an Indian Partner ...

dateSep 23, 2011 in Environment
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Globular clusters on a plane

Globular clusters are generally some of the oldest structures in our galaxy. Many of the most famous ones formed around the same time as our galaxy, some 13 billion years ago. However, some are distinctly ...

dateSep 23, 2011 in Astronomy
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Researchers unlock key to iron-rich rice

On the back of a groundbreaking scientific discovery, researchers from Flinders University are pushing ahead with a plan to create super-rice that could potentially combat nutrient deficiencies in third-world countries.

dateSep 23, 2011 in Biotechnology
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Exploring an asteroid with the Desert RATS

Earlier this month, European scientists linked up with astronauts roaming over the surface of an asteroid. Desert RATS, NASA’s realistic simulation of a future mission, this year included a European dimension ...

dateSep 23, 2011 in Space Exploration
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