Archive: 3/12/2013

Chicago water under the microscope

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) to find out the typical sources and distribution of microbial ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Environment
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Video games as performance art

A new Videogames Research Network, supported by funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, has been created to bring together games developers, performance practitioners and academics to explore new concepts in ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Software
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Birds with badges

A New Zealand bird that conspicuously displays its status on the top of its head can provide valuable insight into the social conventions of all creatures, including humans, scientists have found.

dateDec 03, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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How abundant are Super-Earths?

Our solar system hosts a cornucopia of worlds, from the hellfire of Venus to the frozen plains of Mars to the mighty winds of Uranus. In that range, the Earth stands alone, with no planet coming close to its life-friendly ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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Better gold alloys for communications tech

(Phys.org) —Under the right circumstances, pushing on nothing is harder than pushing on something – at least when that "something" is gold. That's the finding from a new materials science paper, and it's a finding that ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Condensed Matter
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A new view of the energetic universe

The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, sees the high-energy X-rays emitted by the densest, hottest regions of the universe. The brainchild of Fiona Harrison, Caltech's Benjamin M. Rosen Professor of Physics ...

dateDec 03, 2013 in Astronomy
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The Golden Mean and aesthetics

What do the façades of the National Gallery in London's Trafalgar Square and the Sydney Opera House in Australia have in common?

dateDec 03, 2013 in Other
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