Archive: 08/8/2011

Surviving sex with black widows

Scientists have discovered that male black widow spiders, famous for ending up as their mates' post-coital supper, are not as clueless as you might think. In a series of careful experiments, a team of researchers ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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Micro-onions and magnetic ink

(PhysOrg.com) -- Microfluidic systems for the easy production of multiphasic emulsion drops and multishelled polymer capsules. Under a microscope they look like miniature onions, in fact, they are new microcapsules introduced ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Nanomaterials
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Coming to a solar system near you… super-Earth!

It is our general understanding of solar system composition that planets fall into two categories: gas giants like Jupiter, Saturn, Neptune and Uranus… and rocky bodies that support some type of atmosphere ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Astronomy
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Two more kepler planets confirmed

Hot on the heels of confirming one Kepler planet, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope announces the confirmation of another planet. Another observatory, the Nordic Optical Telescope, confirms its first Kepler planet ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Astronomy
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Heavy metal -- in and around the lakes

Heavy metal pollution of lakes has a seriously detrimental impact on people and ecosystems that rely on such bodies of water. According to a study published in the current issue of Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, resear ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Environment
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A photon’s point of view

From a photon’s point of view, it is emitted and then instantaneously reabsorbed. This is true for a photon emitted in the core of the Sun, which might be reabsorbed after crossing a fraction of a millimetre’s ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Space Exploration
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The Milky Way's supermassive black hole

Supermassive black holes - objects with masses of millions or even billions of suns - are found at the nuclei of galaxies. Our Milky Way galaxy, for example, has a massive black hole at its core, albeit one ...

dateAug 08, 2011 in Astronomy
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Australia's Antarctic claim 'at risk'

Australia holds the largest claim to Antarctica but risks losing it in any race to unlock the frozen continent's potentially vast mineral and energy resources, an influential thinktank said Monday.

dateAug 08, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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