Archive: 09/29/2005

Waving, not drowning: The truth about quicksand

Scientists have given the lie to the hoary scene in Westerns in which a cowboy slowly drowns in quicksand or alternatively is cast a lifeline by a buddy and gets hauled to safety. Physicists in the Netherlands built a min ...

Sep 29, 2005 3.9 / 5 (8) 0

First helical structure in the nano-world

Although a commonplace structure in nature, the helix remains a mystery to scientific researchers. In biology, the structure is important as DNA is helical and so does the substructure of many proteins. Since ...

Sep 29, 2005 5 / 5 (1) 0

Sony continues DVD battle with Toshiba

The beginning of the end of the global DVD war may be looming, but Sony is far from conceding defeat. What's more, its business allies have remained loyal to the Japanese electronics giant despite some industry analysts expecting ...

Sep 29, 2005 3 / 5 (2) 0

When computers mimic us, we love what we hear

Researchers have long known that mimicry from one person to another indicates positive intentions and emotions. A new study published in the current issue of Psychological Science finds that when artificial intelligence mimics ...

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A Biomolecule as a Light Switch

Switchable fluorescent proteins - able to switch themselves reversibly back-and-forth between an "on" and "off" state - have been known for only a few years. However, they already hold promise for a large number ...

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The Colossal Cosmic Eye

Eighty-five million years ago on small planet Earth, dinosaurs ruled, ignorant of their soon-to-come demise in the great Jurassic extinction, while mammals were still small and shy creatures. The southern Andes of Bolivia, ...

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Annular Solar Eclipse On October 03

On Monday, October 03, an annular1 eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow corridor which traverses the Iberian Peninsula and stretches across the African continent. A partial eclipse will be seen within the ...

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