Archive: 31/03/2014

The small but mighty chickpea

Bumping along the dirt roads of rural southeastern Turkey in a battered Jeep, Sergey Nuzhdin and his team of collaborators got an occasional glimpse of the plumes of smoke rising across the border in war-torn Syria.

dateMar 31, 2014 in Biotechnology
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The technological search for MH370's black box

As the effort to find Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 moves inexorably towards the recovery stage, the challenge of finding the plane's flight recorder (called the "black box" even though it's actually bright orange) on the ...

dateMar 31, 2014 in Other
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3Qs: An engineer's breakdown of a landslide

On March 22, a hillside collapsed near Oso, Wash., causing a 1,500-foot wide mudslide in what has been dubbed a "high-risk area" and which claimed at least two dozen lives. A mudslide, a subset of the larger category of landslides, ...

dateMar 31, 2014 in Environment
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Nano scale, mega scope

Research in China has shown that a common hybrid circuit component has potential for use as a micro-actuator. The industrial grade MLCCs tested display surprisingly little hysteresis, suggesting they could be of interest ...

dateMar 31, 2014 in Nanophysics
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