Archive: 07/31/2013

DuPont wins fight for South African seed company

After a nearly three-year battle with South African regulators, DuPont Co. said Wednesday that it has completed the purchase of a majority stake in South Africa's Pannar Seed. The deal greatly expands the chemical and seed ...

Jul 31, 2013
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Fully-owned NBCUniversal boosts Comcast 2Q results

The decision by Comcast Corp., the country's largest cable company, to buy out General Electric in NBCUniversal looks like a smart one, as the media conglomerate posted strong results for the second quarter.

Jul 31, 2013
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Binding together repelling atoms

Basic chemistry tells us that a bond between atoms can form if it is energetically more favorable for the atoms to stick together than staying apart. This fundamentally requires an attractive force between ...

Jul 31, 2013
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Key factors for wireless power transfer

What happens to a resonant wireless power transfer system in the presence of complex electromagnetic environments, such as metal plates? A team of researchers explored the influences at play in this type of situation, and ...

Jul 31, 2013
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The pathway to potato poisons

In 1924, Science magazine reported on a fatal case of potato poisoning: James B. Matheney of Vandalia, Illinois, had gathered about one and a half bushels of tubers, which had turned green due to sunlight exposure. Two da ...

Jul 31, 2013
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Robots strike fear in the hearts of fish

(Phys.org) —The latest in a series of experiments testing the ability of robots to influence live animals shows that bio-inspired robots can not only elicit fear in zebrafish, but that this reaction can ...

Jul 31, 2013
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