Archive: 05/30/2007

Galaxy cluster takes it to the extreme

Evidence for an awesome upheaval in a massive galaxy cluster was discovered in an image made by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. The origin of a bright arc of ferociously hot gas extending over two million light years ...

May 30, 2007
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Molecular motors may speed nutrient processing

Matthew Tyska, Ph.D., recalls being intrigued, from the first day of his postdoctoral fellowship in 1999, with a nearly 30-year-old photograph. It was an electron micrograph that showed the internal structures of an intestinal ...

May 30, 2007
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Study to examine impact of culture on aging process

In the United States, "aging gracefully" tends to imply that we maintain our physical beauty, remain self-sufficient and stay as active as ever. The suggestion, in other words, is that we shouldn't age at all.

May 30, 2007
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UMass Amherst Scientists Create Fire-Safe Plastic

Scientists from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have created a synthetic polymer—a building block of plastics—that doesn’t burn, making it an attractive alternative to traditional plastics, many of which are ...

May 30, 2007
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Entrepreneurship can triumph over globalization

Embracing innovation is the only way for Western businesses to succeed in the global market, says Indiana University economics Professor David Audretsch, whose new book, The Entrepreneurial Society, is due for release in ...

May 30, 2007
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The scientist and the contortionist

Watching a ballet dancer or circus acrobat perform, who hasn't winced at the thought of trying to replicate the impossible flexibility on display? Emilie Mackie '07, a neuroscience major, wondered what exactly is happening ...

May 30, 2007
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Why Are Galaxies without Black Holes Uncommon?

Recent calculations indicate that when two galaxies, and the supermassive black holes that lie at their centers, merge, these galactic 'marriages' frequently produce gravitational forces strong enough to kick the new combined ...

May 30, 2007
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Huge wind machine to simulate category three hurricanes

It will huff, and puff, and blow the house in — but only for research purposes. Two days before the June 1 start of the 2007 hurricane season, University of Florida wind engineers unveiled the world’s larges ...

May 30, 2007
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