Archive: 26/02/2010

Researchers Rediscover the Structure of Water

( -- A team of researchers at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource has found the molecular structure of water to be more complex than recently thought, suggesting that molecular models that went out ...

dateFeb 26, 2010 in Condensed Matter
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Winter Olympics Science Notes: Skate Blades

The skates matter. The figure skaters competing in the women's long program tonight at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics would never be able to complete the jumps and spins needed to win gold if they wore speed skates.

dateFeb 26, 2010 in Other
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Ichneumon wasp back in favor

The Aphidius matricariae wasp of the Ichneumon family was widely used to get rid of plant lice in greenhouse agriculture up to fifteen years ago. Since then, it has given way to its American cousin, Aphidius colemani. A comparative ...

dateFeb 26, 2010 in Ecology
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The Case of the Mylar Mystery

( -- There is a mystery afoot at Goddard - the case of the mylar mystery to be exact. On January 11, 2010, "History Detective" Tukufu Zuberi, from the PBS show "The History Detectives," came to Goddard to investigate ...

dateFeb 26, 2010 in Space Exploration
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'Nature' Paper Refigures the Evolution of Altruism

( -- In 1871, Charles Darwin puzzled over the evolution of altruism. "He who was ready to sacrifice his life, as many a savage has been," he wrote in The Descent of Man, "rather than betray his comrades, would ...

dateFeb 26, 2010 in Evolution
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Spirit's Journey to the Center of Mars

Mars rover Spirit has tenaciously swept, scraped, and squeezed secrets from the forbidding surface of Mars for 6 years. Now at an impasse, up to its belly in sand, it has struggled to tilt its solar panels toward the sun ...

dateFeb 26, 2010 in Space Exploration
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