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It Comes From Space to Solve our Energy Problems

GreenFuel Technologies Corporation, a start-up company in Cambridge Massachusetts, wants to use little green algae to cleanse the smoke from polluting smokestacks, converting it back into bio-fuels such as diesel or ethanol.

dateMar 11, 2006 in feature
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The Physics of Friendship

By comparing people to mobile particles randomly bouncing off each other, scientists have developed a new model for social networks. The model fits with empirical data to naturally reproduce the community structure, clustering ...

dateMar 10, 2006 in feature
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Tick Tock: Who Needs an Atomic Clock?

“Last year the Nobel Prize recognized the significance of this field with John Hall and Theodor Hänsch,” says Chris Oates of studying optical atomic clocks. “There are a lot of new ideas coming out, and we hope that ...

dateMar 08, 2006 in feature
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Nanocaps help scientists control magnetism reversal

By fabricating curved “nanocaps” to study nanoscale magnetism, scientists have discovered how to partly control magnetism reversal, which could improve applications such as data storage, recording media and biomedical ...

dateMar 03, 2006 in feature
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Hitching a Ride Out of a Gluttonous Black Hole

“Ever since Stephen Hawking showed that black holes evaporate,” says Seth Lloyd, an MIT physicist, “people have wondered about the stuff that comes out of them. Is it just garbage, or is it something else?” With his ...

dateFeb 25, 2006 in feature
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Physicists Predict Stock Market Crashes

On Monday, October 19, 1987 – infamously known as “black Monday” – the Dow fell 508 points, or 22.9%, marking the largest crash in history. Using an analytical approach similar to the one applied to explore heart ...

dateFeb 24, 2006 in feature
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