Archive: 01/9/2006

Coal Liquefaction

The tightening of worldwide oil reserves is causing the price of oil to escalate — and makes coal, which is much more abundantly available, an interesting starting material for liquid fuels and chemical raw materials. Researchers ...

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Author explores CIA connections to torture tactics

A professor of history at UW-Madison has authored a book available this month that explores evidence of a 50-year legacy of U.S. government-sponsored forms of psychological torture.

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Slow human evolution revealed by worm genome

Humans have retained genomic characteristics of a very ancient ancestor that have been lost in simpler animals such as the fly, indicating that humans are one of the most slowly evolving species. This is the ...

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Texas Instruments sells sensor unit

Texas Instruments has sold its Sensors and Controls unit to a private investment company for a whopping $3 billion in cash.

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Top 10 things seen at CES

I realize that in the grand scheme of things readers don't care whether the job of a reporter is made easier or not. But I must admit that one of the cooler things at the show was that Sony, Phillips, Delphi ...

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Study: Execs blinded by bottom line

A researcher says corporations like Enron that overemphasize profits might make their leaders blind to ethical or moral issues.

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Massive star cluster found in Milky Way

A massive cluster of red supergiants--super-sized stars on the verge of exploding--was recently discovered in the Milky Way by a group of stronomers using infrared technology to penetrate the thick dust that cloaks much of ...

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Scientists probe black hole's inner sanctum

How does matter spiral its way to the center of a galaxy and into the mouth of a supermassive black hole? A new study provides the best glimpse yet at the death spiral of material as it descends into the core ...

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Large survey of galaxies yields new findings on star formation

New findings from a large survey of galaxies suggest that star formation is largely driven by the supply of raw materials, rather than by galactic mergers that trigger sudden bursts of star formation. Stars form when clouds ...

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Denmark's TDC deal rattles markets

Europe's telecommunications market may become increasingly cut-throat, but competition means that smaller carriers too can hold out and not take up any investment offer that comes their way. Or at least that appears to be ...

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Author feature: Counterfeiting

A booming knockoff community might be the product of evolving technology and inefficient law enforcement, according to one counterfeit expert.

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Mathematic innovator Raoul Bott dies

Raoul Bott, a mathematician who made innovative contributions to differential geometry and topology, has died at the age of 82.

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