Archive: 04/3/2006

New record set for smallest X-ray nano-spot

An award-winning device developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has set a world's record for tiny spot size with a hard X-ray beam.

Apr 03, 2006
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Record ocean waves are recorded

British scientists report observing some of the largest waves ever measured -- reportedly so big, some computer models indicate they shouldn't even exist.

Apr 03, 2006
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Winging it – bird watching with a difference

If you enjoy wildlife programmes then you'll probably have seen bird's-eye view footage of flying, taken from cameras attached to birds. A research group from the University of Oxford has gone one step further: by attaching ...

Apr 03, 2006
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An affordable future for eye tracking in sight

An ambitious five-year project will attempt to make eye-tracking technologies more affordable for people with disabilities and extend the potential use of the devices to enable users to live more independently.

Apr 03, 2006
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Asteroids: Treasures of the past and a threat to the future

If a large asteroid such as the recently identified 2004 VD17 – about 500 m in diameter with a mass of nearly 1000 million tonnes - collides with the Earth it could spell disaster for much of our planet. ...

Apr 03, 2006
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Ocean acidification threatens cold-water coral ecosystems

Corals don't only occur in warm, sun-drenched, tropical seas; some species are found at depths of three miles or more in cold, dark waters throughout the world's oceans. Some cold-water coral reefs are home to more than 1,300 ...

Apr 03, 2006
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Carbon Nanotubes with a Memory

Carbon nanotubes have successfully been made into a variety of nanoscale circuit components, including transistors, inverters, and switches. Now, a pair of scientists has made a rough, yet promising, flash ...

Apr 03, 2006 feature
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Mercury reduction tied to emissions laws

Seven years after Massachusetts passed the nation's toughest mercury emission incinerator laws, mercury found in some freshwater fish is down 32 percent.

Apr 03, 2006
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Briefs: Grumbling reported over India spectrum

Some India telecoms were reportedly miffed Monday over the way the Department of Telecommunications drafted its plan for the allocation of new spectrum.

Apr 03, 2006
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Infant ventilation experiment a success

Two British doctors who conducted a controversial experiment involving premature babies at University Hospital in North Staffordshire are being praised.

Apr 03, 2006
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Company's robots want to do your chores

Slobs and housework-haters rejoice: If one company has its way, in the near future there will be robots to set the dinner table, clear it after dinner, shovel snow and mop the floor.

Apr 03, 2006
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Rare pigs studied at Purdue University

Purdue University scientists at West Lafayette, Ind., are using Ossabaw pigs in a study concerning human infertility, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Apr 03, 2006
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