Archive: 06/9/2005

Practice makes perfect - Gamers are made, not born

Video games, which reveal disconnects between a set of young television addicts and their elders, could bridge a generation gap. While Mortal Combat, Grand Theft Auto, or Halo may be foreign to aging generations, ...

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Spitzer Captures Echo Of Dead Star's Rumblings

An enormous light echo etched in the sky by a fitful dead star was spotted by the infrared eyes of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The surprising finding indicates Cassiopeia A, the remnant of a star that die ...

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Spectacular Day of the Comet

After a voyage of 173 days and 268 million miles, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft will get up-close-and-personal with comet Tempel 1 on July 4. The first of its kind, hyper-speed impact between space-borne ...

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Are gender differences predetermined?

In the Vienna of 1924, Sigmund Freud wrote, "Anatomy is destiny." Fast-forward to the 21st century culture of genome-mapping, Web-surfing and gender-bending. How well, we might ask, is Freud's famous dictum holding up? When ...

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Researchers see electron waves in motion for first time

New imaging technique - a trillion times faster than conventional techniques - advances field of plasmonics, could lead to better semiconductors Both the ancient art of stained glass and the cutting-edge field of plasmonics r ...

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An environment-friendly rechargeable battery

A high performance rechargeable NiZn battery offers a viable alternative to hazardous NiCd cells While researching a new rechargeable battery for electric scooters, French and Spanish partners in EUREKA project NITIN SCOOTER ...

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Ultra-fast Movies of the Sky

British scientists have opened a new window on the Universe with the recent commissioning of the Visitor Instrument ULTRACAM on the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. ...

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Scientists warn of dramatic impact of climate change on Africa

Scientists at the University of York are warning that dramatic changes may soon occur in Africa’s vegetation in response to global warming. They believe the effect may be on a similar scale to the climatic disruption in ...

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High-power high-brightness diode lasers

On the occasion of the laser trade fair "Laser 2005" in Munich, the Berlin-based research institution Ferdinand-Braun-Institut für Höchstfrequenztechnik (FBH) presents novel high-power high-brightness diode lasers. These ...

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Mars Express discovers aurorae on Mars

ESA’s Mars Express spacecraft has for the first time ever detected an aurora on Mars. This aurora is of a type never previously observed in the Solar System.

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How the Brain Learns to See

Most of us don’t have much trouble recognizing what we see. Whether it is a face in a crowd, a bird in a tree, or papers on a desk, our brains expertly distinguish the target from the clutter. It is a simple skill most ...

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