Archive: 11/3/2011

Biography of a star

Nuclear fusion is a virtually inexhaustible source of energy, and for decades now scientists have been working on exploiting it. A process that continues to present difficulties in laboratories on Earth has ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Astronomy
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Tapjoy calms mobile 'app' storm

Startup Tapjoy on Thursday set out to woo smartphone and tablet computer lovers with a marketplace that makes it easy to find and use applications suited to their tastes.

dateNov 03, 2011 in Software
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Beacons in space

Pulsars are among the most exotic objects in the universe. They resemble gigantic atomic nuclei and rotate around their own axis at an incredible speed. These cosmic beacons mark the end of massive suns. Theoretically ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Astronomy
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Copyright -- a conceptual battle in a digital age

Our language is made up of metaphors, even in our legal texts. Stefan Larsson has studied what consequences this has when digital phenomena, such as file sharing and downloading, are limited by descriptions intended for an ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Internet
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Simulating real-world surfaces

These days, cars are developed on computers, and to assist with this, designers want processes which generate realistic surfaces such as seat covers. Researchers have now developed high-resolution scanners ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Engineering
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Flexible learning in a virtual microscope lab

For every medical student, examining specimens under the microscope is part of the syllabus. However, the opening hours of the labs and the number of enlargers are limited. Thanks to a new online platform, ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Engineering
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A fish test to make food safer

Nowadays, half of all the fish we eat comes from fish farms. The problem is that these fish are increasingly being fed vegetable matter, which could lead to a build-up of residual pesticides in them. A new ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Ecology
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Plasma in bags

Using plasmas, sealed plastic bags can be modified at atmospheric pressure so that human cells can adhere to and reproduce on their walls. Cell culture bags of this kind are an important aid for research and ...

dateNov 03, 2011 in Engineering
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