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Why have Murillo's skies turned grey?

Smalt was one of the blue pigments the most commonly used by the artists between the 16th and 18th centuries. Unfortunately, this pigment is unstable and tends to fade with time. Researchers from the new European ...

May 19, 2011
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Novel in-motion train weighing system

Weighing loads exceeding 20 tons - such as trucks or trains - while in motion is no mean feat. French engineers from the Centre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Bordeaux-Gradignan have developed a novel weighing technology using ...

Apr 12, 2011
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Chilly times for Chinese dinosaurs

Dinosaurs did not always enjoy mild climates. New findings show that during part of the Early Cretaceous, north-east China had a temperate climate with harsh winters. They explain the abundance of feathered ...

Mar 11, 2011
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Magma chambers awake sooner than thought

Until now it was thought that once a volcano's magma chamber had cooled down it remained dormant for centuries before it could be remobilized by fresh magma. A theoretical model developed by Alain Burgisser of the Orléans ...

Mar 07, 2011
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A molecular motor design breakthrough

French researchers from CNRS and the Universite de Bordeaux, in collaboration with a Chinese team , have developed the first molecular piston capable of self-assembly. Their research represents a significant technological ...

Mar 04, 2011
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CO2 exacerbates oxygen toxicity

French research team at the Laboratoire de Chimie Bacterienne has demonstrated that carbon dioxide (CO2) plays a role in the formation of oxidative damage in vivo. Under conditions of oxidative stress, certain types of damage ( ...

Mar 02, 2011
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