Archive: 5/11/2012

Crystals for efficient refrigeration

(—Researchers at the Carnegie Institution have discovered a new efficient way to pump heat using crystals. The crystals can pump or extract heat, even on the nanoscale, so they could be used on computer chips to ...

dateNov 05, 2012 in General Physics
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Field geologists (finally) going digital

Not very long ago a professional geologist's field kit consisted of a Brunton compass, rock hammer, magnifying glass, and field notebook. No longer. In the field and in the labs and classrooms, studying Earth has undergone ...

dateNov 05, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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The flip side of salting winter roads

Swedish scientists have studied models to help road and bridge maintenance engineers work out how much damage salting the roads in winter might cause to steel-reinforced concrete structures.

dateNov 05, 2012 in Engineering
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Netflix moves to block a hostile takeover (Update)

(AP)—Netflix is moving to protect itself against hostile takeovers, less than a week after activist investor Carl Icahn disclosed that he has accumulated a stake of nearly 10 percent in the online video company.

dateNov 05, 2012 in Business
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Hydro-fracking: Fact vs. fiction

In communities across the U.S., people are hearing more and more about a controversial oil and gas extraction technique called hydraulic fracturing – aka, hydro-fracking. Controversies pivot on some basic questions: Can ...

dateNov 05, 2012 in Environment
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