Archive: 24/11/2010

China restarts rare earth shipments to Japan

(AP) -- China resumed exports to Japan of rare earth minerals crucial in high-tech manufacturing after a two-month de facto ban and a Japanese conglomerate announced a major supply deal with an Australian miner that will ...

dateNov 24, 2010 in Business
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Secrets of sharks' success

New research from the University of South Florida suggests that one of the evolutionary secrets of the shark's success hides in one of its tiniest traits -- flexible scales on the bodies of these peerless predators that make ...

dateNov 24, 2010 in Soft Matter
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The physics of coffee rings

For centuries, intellectuals have met at the ring-stained surfaces of coffee shops to pore over the most pressing problems of the day -- but has anyone ever pondered the coffee rings they left behind? What causes the formation ...

dateNov 24, 2010 in General Physics
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When bird meets machine, bioinspired flight

Working at a crossroad between biology and engineering, scientists have modeled and are now mimicking the ingenious natural design of falling geckoes, gliding snakes, cruising seagulls, flapping insects and floating maple ...

dateNov 24, 2010 in General Physics
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