Archive: 4/06/2012

Artificial muscle as shock absorber

Engineers are working on intelligent materials that can diminish vibrations and extract power from the environment. These electro-active elastomers could dampen annoying vibrations in a car, for example, or supply wireless ...

dateJun 04, 2012 in Engineering
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Filming life in the fast lane

New microscope enabled scientists at EMBL Heidelberg to film a fruit fly embryo, in 3D, from when it was about two-and-a-half hours old until it walked away from the microscope as a larva.

dateJun 04, 2012 in Cell & Microbiology
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James Cook and the transit of Venus

Every ~120 years a dark spot glides across the Sun. Small, inky-black, almost perfectly circular, it's no ordinary sunspot. Not everyone can see it, but some who do get the strangest feeling, of standing, toes curled in the ...

dateJun 04, 2012 in Space Exploration
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STAR TRAK: June 2012

(Phys.org) -- The last transit of the planet Venus until 2117 will happen June 5 in the Western Hemisphere (June 6 in the Eastern Hemisphere). Venus will cross the face of the sun, appearing as a black dot on the sun's bright ...

dateJun 04, 2012 in Space Exploration
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