Archive: 05/24/2012

Photonics: Beam me up

'Tractor beams' of light that pull objects towards them are no longer science fiction. Haifeng Wang at the A*STAR Data Storage Institute and co-workers have now demonstrated how a tractor beam can in fact be realized on a ...

dateMay 24, 2012 in General Physics
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Engineered materials: Custom-made magnets

A novel approach to designing artificial materials could enable magnetic devices with a wider range of properties than those now available. An international team of researchers have now extended the properties ...

dateMay 24, 2012 in Nanophysics
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Designing a dye you can count on

Natural substances such as chlorophyll and the heme pigment of red blood cells contain colorful molecules known as porphyrins. They owe their exceptional visual characteristics to a ‘macrocyclic’ ...

dateMay 24, 2012 in Materials Science
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Android vulnerability neutralised

Smart phones and tablet computers - once the latest must-have devices for technology geeks - are becoming increasingly more popular with the mainstream. The Android platform is now one of the most popular ...

dateMay 24, 2012 in Software
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Fungi shifted plant balance of power

Cooperating with fungi didn't just help the earliest plants spread across a barren, rocky landscape; it also played a decisive role in the rise of more complex plants with roots and leaves that make up most ...

dateMay 24, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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Colliding galaxy cluster unravelled

An international team of astronomers has used the International LOFAR Telescope from ASTRON, the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, to study the formation of the galaxy cluster Abell 2256.

dateMay 24, 2012 in Astronomy
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Marine scientist discusses cod colonization

New evidence suggests that Atlantic cod may have the ability to affect entire food webs in both benthic and pelagic marine ecosystems, according to a University of Maine marine scientist, writing in the Proceedings of ...

dateMay 24, 2012 in Ecology
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