Archive: 09/3/2007

Choosing a mate: what we really want

While humans may pride themselves on being highly evolved, most still behave like the stereotypical Neanderthals when it comes to choosing a mate, according to research by Indiana University cognitive scientist Peter Todd. ...

Sep 03, 2007 4.2 / 5 (49) 0

Pressure sensors in the eye

Sensors can monitor production processes, unmask tiny cracks in aircraft hulls, and determine the amount of laundry in a washing machine. In future, they will also be used in the human body and raise the alarm ...

Sep 03, 2007 4.2 / 5 (11) 0

Cosmic Cockroaches

Starved. Stomped. Radiated. Poisoned. It's all in a day's work for the common household cockroach. The abuse these creatures can withstand is amazing.

Sep 03, 2007 4.3 / 5 (22) 0

Stellar Firework in a Whirlwind

Stars do not like to be alone. Indeed, most stars are members of a binary system, in which two stars circle around each other in an apparently never-ending cosmic ballet. But sometimes, things can go wrong.

Sep 03, 2007 4.2 / 5 (39) 0

Studying evidence from Ice Age lakes

During the last Ice Age, the ice dammed enormous lakes in Russia. The drainage system was reversed several times and the rivers flowed southwards. A group of geologists is now investigating what took place when the ice melted ...

Sep 03, 2007 4.3 / 5 (17) 0

Fingerprinting fake coffee

With prices of gourmet coffee approaching sticker-shock levels, scientists in Illinois are reporting development of a method to “fingerprint” coffee to detect when corn has been mixed in to short-change customers. Their ...

Sep 03, 2007 3.5 / 5 (2) 0