Archive: 03/30/2006

DOE unveils experimental metagenomics data

The U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute has released IMG/M, an experimental metagenome data management and analysis system.

Mar 30, 2006
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Probing Question: What heats the earth's core?

Although we crust-dwellers walk on nice cool ground, underneath our feet the Earth is a pretty hot place. Enough heat emanates from the planet's interior to make 200 cups of piping hot coffee per hour for each ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Engineers Demonstrate Revolutionary Photonic Technology

Until now much of the investment on equipment to generate, transport and detect signals traveling through optical fiber has revolved around 1.55 micron (infrared) as the standard wavelength for telecommunications. ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Tibetan antelope now listed as endangered

The Wildlife Conservation Society is praising a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision to list the Tibetan antelope as an endangered species.

Mar 30, 2006
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New processing steps promise more economical ethanol production

Why isn't ethanol production growing by leaps and bounds in the face of higher gasoline prices? Ethanol production from cornstarch is a $10 billion dollar business in the United States and 4 billion gallons of ethanol will ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Using probes to control chemistry - molecule by molecule

Using probes originally designed to detect and image topographical features on surfaces, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have demonstrated the ability to initiate ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Magnetism shepherds microlenses to excavate 'nanocavities'

A Duke University engineer is "herding" tiny lenses with magnetic ferrofluids, precisely aligning them so that they focus bursts of light to excavate patterns of cavities on surfaces. Such photolithographically ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Measuring Electrical Arcs At the Micrometer Scale

Air is a great insulator—except when it becomes a conductor. Under the right conditions, miniature lightning bolts of electricity will “arc” through the air between two electrically conducting points. ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Sewage flows into Lake Michigan

About 800,000 gallons of partially treated sewage accidentally flowed into Lake Michigan during a computer test in Milwaukee.

Mar 30, 2006
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Quantum Dot Method Rapidly Identifies Bacteria

A rapid method for detecting and identifying very small numbers of diverse bacteria, from anthrax to E. coli, has been developed by scientists from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and National Institute of Sta ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Scientists discover the Universe's strongest magnetic field

Scientists from The University of Exeter and the International University, Bremen have discovered what is thought to be the strongest magnetic field in the Universe. In a paper in the journal Science, Dr Daniel Price and Pr ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Frictionless motion observed in water

Researchers at the University of Southern California and Brown University say they have achieved near-frictionless motion in water by using lasers to spin a molecule like a propeller. Free rotation can occur ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Lizard’s ‘third eye’ sheds light on how vision evolved

A primitive third eye found in many types of lizards, used to detect changes in light and dark and to regulate the production of certain hormones, may help explain how vision evolved and how signals are transmitted from the ...

Mar 30, 2006
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Feds proposed new fuel economy rules

The federal government has proposed new fuel economy standards for light trucks, including the largest sport utility vehicles.

Mar 30, 2006
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