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CHESS X-rays show how to grow crystals from crystals

(Phys.org) —Way too small to see, nanocrystals – tiny crystals that are at least 1,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair – exhibit unprecedented properties that intrigue scientists and engineers. To apply ...

dateOct 08, 2014 in Nanophysics
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'Green wave' explains migratory bird routes

Migratory songbirds enjoy the best of both worlds—food-rich summers and balmy winters—but they pay for it with a tough commute. Their twice-a-year migrations span thousands of miles and are the most dangerous, physically ...

dateSep 10, 2014 in Plants & Animals
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Experiment makes energy savings a game

Let's face it: We're energy hogs. We want more light, we flip a switch. If we're hot, we crank up the AC, without a second thought on the power grid strain. It's what economists call inelastic demand – the resource is widely ...

dateSep 10, 2014 in Energy & Green Tech
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How to pay the real costs of energy use

An old proverb says, "Take what you want and pay for it." That's really the message of a new book, "Getting Energy Prices Right: From Principle to Practice," published in July by the International Monetary ...

dateSep 09, 2014 in Energy & Green Tech
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Cosmologists probe beyond the Big Bang

A long tradition of cosmology research in Cornell's College of Arts and Sciences has given birth to a vigorous effort by a new generation of cosmologists to understand the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), the thermal radiation ...

dateSep 05, 2014 in General Physics
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Hovering drones adapted for photo lighting

(Phys.org) —A professional photographer doesn't just carry a camera. A typical shoot involves carefully arranged lighting, perhaps some assistants to move the light stands around. Complicated enough in ...

dateSep 04, 2014 in Engineering
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