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Engineering a safer world

Innovations in software and technology are creating increasingly complex systems: cars that park themselves; medical devices that automatically deliver drugs; and smartphones with the computing power of desktop computers, ...

dateApr 24, 2012 in Engineering
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How mountain ranges get their shape

(PhysOrg.com) -- Tectonic, climate and the topography of the mountain ranges interact through a complex system of interactions and feedbacks. The nature and strength of these links are examined on the basis of data collection ...

dateFeb 14, 2012 in Earth Sciences
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Astronomers unveiling life's cosmic origins

(PhysOrg.com) -- Processes that laid the foundation for life on Earth -- star and planet formation and the production of complex organic molecules in interstellar space -- are yielding their secrets to astronomers armed with ...

dateFeb 12, 2009 in Space Exploration
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Predicting system crashes in nature and society

The world can deliver sudden and nasty shocks. Economies can crash, fisheries can collapse, and climates can pass tipping points. Providing early warning of such changes currently requires the collection of enormous and often ...

dateFeb 02, 2012 in Ecology
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Scientists find universal rules for food-web stability

The findings, published in this week's issue of Science, conclude that food-web stability is enhanced when many diverse predator-prey links connect high and intermediate trophic levels. The computations also reveal that small ...

dateAug 06, 2009 in Ecology
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