Archive: 7/10/2011

Learning to live in mountain lion country

Researchers at Stanford's Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve often encounter signs of mountain lion activity, from lion scat to the occasional deer carcass covered with leaves. But few have actually caught a glimpse of the ...

dateOct 07, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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The cause of asteroid Scheila's outburst

( -- A remarkable discovery was made by astronomers on 12 December 2010: an asteroid named Scheila had changed its appearance and looked more like a comet, complete with bright tail. An international team of scientists ...

dateOct 07, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Tracing the canals of Mars

In a remarkable discovery, images taken over the past five years by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which circles Mars to photograph the planet, ...

dateOct 07, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Series of bumps sent Uranus into its sideways spin

( -- Uranus’s highly tilted axis makes it something of an oddball in our Solar System. The accepted wisdom is that Uranus was knocked on its side by a single large impact, but new research to be presented ...

dateOct 07, 2011 in Astronomy
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Moving forward, spin goes sideways

Building electronic devices that work without needing to actually transport electrons is a goal of spintronics researchers, since this could lead to: reduced power consumption, lower levels of signal noise, faster operation, ...

dateOct 07, 2011 in Quantum Physics
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