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Understanding the planets through volcanoes

Billions of years ago, volcanoes sent material from inside planetary bodies to the surface. Subsequent impacts have covered those original deposits. Jennifer Whitten, who receives her Ph.D. in geological ...

dateMay 21, 2014 in Earth Sciences
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Programming the smart home: 'If this, then that'

Homes already have intelligent devices beyond the TV remote—garage door openers, coffee makers, laundry machines, lights, HVAC—but each has its own arcane steps for programming. User research now shows ...

dateApr 28, 2014 in Software
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R.I. nitrogen cycle differs in bay and sound

A new study reports that anammox, a key process in the nitrogen cycle, is barely present in Narragansett Bay even though it's a major factor just a little farther out into Rhode Island Sound. Scientists traced ...

dateApr 28, 2014 in Environment
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A new twist makes for better steel

In steelmaking, two desirable qualities—strength and ductility—vary indirectly: Stronger steel is less ductile, and more ductile steel is not as strong. Engineers at Brown University, three Chinese universities, ...

dateApr 08, 2014 in Engineering
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LUX dark matter results confirmed

(Phys.org) —A new high-accuracy calibration of the LUX (Large Underground Xenon) dark matter detector demonstrates the experiment's sensitivity to ultra-low energy events. The new analysis strongly confirms ...

dateFeb 20, 2014 in General Physics
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Forest model predicts canopy competition

Out of an effort to account for what seemed in airborne images to be unusually large tree growth in a Hawaiian forest, scientists at Brown University and the Carnegie Institution for Science have developed ...

dateFeb 20, 2014 in Ecology
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