Archive: 30/08/2012

A one-way street for spinning atoms

Elementary particles have a property called "spin" that can be thought of as rotation around their axes. In work reported this week in the journal Physical Review Letters, MIT physicists have imposed a stringent set of traffic ...

dateAug 30, 2012 in General Physics
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A whisker-inspired approach to tactile sensing

Inspired by the twitching whiskers of common rats and Etruscan shrews, European researchers have developed rodent-like robots and an innovative tactile sensor system that could be used to help find people in burning buildings, ...

dateAug 30, 2012 in Engineering
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A surprisingly bright superbubble

(—This composite image shows a superbubble in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small satellite galaxy of the Milky Way located about 160,000 light years from Earth.

dateAug 30, 2012 in Astronomy
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No-till farming helps capture snow and soil water

A smooth blanket of snow in the winter can help boost dryland crop productivity in the summer, and no-till management is one way to ensure that blanket coverage, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research.

dateAug 30, 2012 in Environment
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