Archive: 06/5/2006

New kind of mutation is reported

Belgium scientists say they have discovered a new kind of mutation that might be at the origin of many phenotypes in various species.

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EU revises position on software patents

Is software patentable in Europe? Following questioning from a member of the European parliament, the European Commission recently released a statement containing strong implications that computer programs aren't patentable, ...

dateJun 05, 2006 in Software
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Marmots are returned to the Dolomites

Twenty pairs of marmots -- Europe's version of the U.S.'s groundhog -- have been reintroduced into Italy's National Park of the Belluno Dolomites.

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Shuttling Electrons

“We are trying to understand quantum nano-electro-mechanical systems,” Jason Twamley explains to PhysOrg.com. “These systems display richer dynamics and interactions than one can obtain with quantum optical ...

dateJun 05, 2006 in Nanophysics feature
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Group Living Takes a Toll on Galaxies

Astronomers have detected substantial amounts of filamentary, cold gas in compact groups of galaxies, highlighting what may be an important force in galactic evolution, scientists announced today at the American ...

dateJun 05, 2006 in Astronomy
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New software 'teaches' computers how to identify beauty

Beauty is no longer just in the eye of the beholder-computers "taught" to evaluate photographs can match people's aesthetic judgments of "beautiful" or "pretty" more than 70 percent of the time, according to Penn State researchers.

dateJun 05, 2006 in Software
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Scientists predict pulsar starquakes

Scientists have discovered how to predict earthquake-like events in pulsars, the dense remains of exploded stars. These are violent episodes that likely crack a pulsar's dense crust and momentarily increase its spin rate.

dateJun 05, 2006 in Astronomy
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Cloner proposes genetic altering

A British scientist who helped produce the world's first cloned mammal proposes creating cloned babies genetically altered to prevent hereditary disease.

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