Archive: 30/01/2006

Freescale creates first commercially viable GaAs MOSFET device

Freescale Semiconductor has developed the industry's first device that combines the high performance of gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor compounds with the advantages of traditional metal oxide semiconductor field effect ...

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NASA assesses strategies to 'turn off the heat' in New York City

The "heat is on" in New York City, whether it's summer or winter. This is due to a phenomenon called the urban heat island effect that causes air temperatures in New York City and other major cities to be warmer than in neighboring ...

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Scientists unlock Hurricane Lili's sudden death

Using a fleet of NASA and other satellites as well as aircraft and other observations, scientists were able to unlock the secret of Hurricane Lili's unexpected, rapid weakening as she churned toward a Louisiana landfall in ...

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Blasts from the past could have kick-started life

Chemical reactions in space could have triggered life on Earth, University of Leeds chemists have discovered. Evidence suggests exotic phosphorus molecules falling to Earth in meteorites may have been used in our early chemistry ...

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Well-travelled snails hitch a ride around the globe

A group of land-snail species have been shown to belong to one big family, despite living on far-flung islands some 9,000 kilometres apart. The discovery, made by comparing their DNA sequences, raises the intriguing question ...

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Second-Hand Computers Pose Identity Theft Threat

A new identity theft study conducted by leading University of Leicester criminologist, Professor Martin Gill found that second-hand computers - which account for one in 12 computers in use worldwide - can be a potential treasure ...

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