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Einstein Equations

Throughout the years mathematicians and physicists have been finding various solutions to Einstein’s equations. These solutions have helped scientists better understand the nature of our cosmos, as well develop ...

Feb 16, 2006 feature
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How foamy is spacetime?

Maybe not as foamy as some scientists thought, as a fresh look at a quasar first observed in 1998 by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) shows. Physicists observed a diffraction pattern called an Airy ring around ...

Feb 10, 2006 feature
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Faster Nanochannels Water Transport with Sharp Corners

A new study has revealed how sharp corners in nanochannels can speed up the drying rate of liquid water and in turn, transport water faster. "As far as we know, nobody else has realized this gain in water-transport speed," ...

Jan 04, 2006 feature
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Interstellar Spaceflight: Is It Possible?

With current space travel limited to just a few robotic probes visiting nearby planets, how realistic is it to think about reaching the nearest stars? For the short term, not very – especially when we speak ...

Dec 07, 2005 feature
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Detecting Single Viruses, Nanoparticles in Real-Time

Two researchers at the Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, New York, have developed a method to detect and recognize single viruses and other nanoparticles in one millisecond. Co-authors Filipp V. ...

Dec 05, 2005 feature
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Manned vs. Unmanned Space Exploration (Part 2)

Watching the Apollo landings on the moon as a child I could hardly have imagined I was seeing the end of an era – that of manned exploration of space. Shuttle trips to low earth orbit not withstanding; the ...

Nov 25, 2005 feature
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Manned vs. Unmanned Space Exploration (Part 1)

Watching the Apollo landings on the moon as a child I could hardly have imagined I was seeing the end of an era – that of manned exploration of space. Shuttle trips to low earth orbit not withstanding; the ...

Nov 23, 2005 feature
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IBM 3D TV

International Business Machines, a worldwide leader in technology innovation, has announced a new and affordable 3D video system that works with normal DLP (Digital Light Processing) televisions. Before now, ...

Nov 11, 2005 feature
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Look ma, no hands!

A few years ago scientists managed to wire a monkey’s brain to a robotic arm. The monkey learned to manipulate the arm simply by thinking. This year, John Donoghue at Brown University has managed to do t ...

Nov 01, 2005 feature
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Nanofabrication to lead to Quantum Computer

The team of scientists headed by professor Jeremy Levy at Pitts University has developed nanofabrication tools. The team has an electron beam lithography and nano engineering workstation - with an electron beam capable of ...

Oct 25, 2005 feature
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'Phonon Hall Effect' Observed

What effect do magnetic fields have on uncharged particles? Their effect on charged particles is familiar to every student of physics or electrical engineering. A common example is the Hall Effect, a basic phenomenon of ...

Oct 23, 2005 feature
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How to find a black hole

Black holes. Just the name evokes mystery and intrigue. But do they really exist? Scientists have discovered at least 20 objects in 20 different galaxies that are potential black holes and may contain event hor ...

Oct 20, 2005 feature
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