Archive: 11/7/2011

Nonterrestrial artifacts hard to pin down

(PhysOrg.com) -- Two Pioneer probes left our solar system carrying plaques about humankind, and two Voyager probes will soon join them to gather information about places far out in our galaxy. We can and will send more autonomous ...

dateNov 07, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Calculating fussiness

How fussy is a plant? A new measurement method developed by Alterra, part of Wageningen UR, gives the answer in a simple number.

dateNov 07, 2011 in Ecology
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Inconstant supernovae?

Given the importance of Type 1a supernovae as the standard candles which demonstrate that the universe’s expansion is actually accelerating – we require a high degree of confidence that those candles ...

dateNov 07, 2011 in Astronomy
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Diversity of cabbage species explained

The cabbage family is well-represented in the vegetable section of the supermarket. The cauliflower, red cabbage and broccoli found there were all bred from the cabbage species Brassica oleraciea. Its sister species Brassica ...

dateNov 07, 2011 in Biotechnology
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Angry Birds Comes to Life on MIT Quad

Armed with catapults, giant crossbows, and bungee cords, eight teams of senior engineering students brought Angry Birds to life on the main quad of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, ...

dateNov 07, 2011 in Engineering
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AUVs: From idea to implementation

Since the 1970s, when early autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) were developed at MIT, Institute scientists have tackled various barriers to robots that can travel autonomously in the deep ocean. This fo ...

dateNov 07, 2011 in Engineering
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