Archive: 08/31/2012

Making Web applications more efficient

Most major websites these days maintain huge databases: Shopping sites have databases of inventory and customer ratings, travel sites have databases of seat availability on flights, and social-networking ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Computer Sciences
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How old are the first planets?

To build a planet you need lots of rubble and that means lots of heavy elements – stuff more massive than atoms of hydrogen and helium. The elemental composition of the collapsing nebula that gave birth ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Astronomy
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The radiation belt storm probes

(Phys.org)—Since the dawn of the Space Age, mission planners have tried to follow one simple but important rule: Stay out of the van Allen Belts. The two doughnut-shaped regions around Earth are filled ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Space Exploration
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Latex hunt produces key results in Europe

The Dutch tyre company Apollo Vredestein has successfully produced the first prototypes of tyres obtained from natural latex from guayule and Russian dandelion plants. An outcome of the EU-PEARLS ('EU-based ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Materials Science
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Curiosity's laser leaves its mark

Curiosity's head-mounted ChemCam did a little target practice on August 25, blasting millimeter-sized holes in a soil sample named "Beechey" in order to acquire spectrographic data from the resulting plasma ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Space Exploration
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New edition of plant identification software released

A pair of researchers from the College of Natural Resources and Environment recently released the third edition of Woody Plants in North America, an interactive multimedia tutorial for woody plant identification. ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Ecology
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A novel nanobio catalyst for biofuels

(Phys.org)—Nanoparticles synthesized from noble metals such as ruthenium, rhodium, palladium, silver (Ag), osmium, iridium, platinum, and gold (Au) are attracting increased attention by researchers around ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Nanomaterials
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Invertebrates on the brink

One fifth of the world's invertebrates may be heading for extinction according to 'Spineless', a report published today (Friday 31st) by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), in conjunction with IUCN and ...

dateAug 31, 2012 in Ecology
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