News tagged with phenomena

Model describes Web page popularity

(PhysOrg.com) -- How do some Web pages become popular? In a recent study, researchers have analyzed Wikipedia articles and a collection of all the Web pages of Chile to better understand the dynamics of online popularity. ...

Oct 20, 2010 feature
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Multiple factors contribute to flooding

Extreme events, such as floods or droughts, are caused by multiple factors - and must therefore be studied from many different perspectives. This is what international experts on water and climate research ...

Sep 27, 2010
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Firefly Satellite to study lightning

Satellites are big. They cost a lot of money. At least that's the impression a couple of University of Maryland-College Park students had when they applied for an internship to help construct a satellite instrument ...

Sep 20, 2010
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Supercomputing on a cell phone

Many engineering disciplines rely on supercomputers to simulate complicated physical phenomena — how cracks form in building materials, for instance, or fluids flow through irregular channels. Now, researchers ...

Sep 07, 2010
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New ways to chart our maritime past

Archaeology has a long-standing tradition in protecting areas on land. But there is little attention to cultural monuments at the sea-shore and under water. To help locating these artifacts, meteorologist ...

Aug 19, 2010
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Court rules against inventors in patent case

(AP) -- The Supreme Court on Monday refused to weigh in on whether software, online-shopping techniques and medical diagnostic tests can be patented, saying only that inventors' request for protection of a method of hedging ...

Jun 28, 2010
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Physicists capture first images of atomic spin

(PhysOrg.com) -- Though scientists argue that the emerging technology of spintronics may trump conventional electronics for building the next generation of faster, smaller, more efficient computers and high-tech ...

Apr 26, 2010
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Math goes to the movies

Whether it's an exploding fireball in "Star Wars: Episode 3", a swirling maelstrom in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End", or beguiling rats turning out gourmet food in "Ratatouille", computer-generated ...

Apr 14, 2010
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Scientists discover world's smallest superconductor

Scientists have discovered the world's smallest superconductor, a sheet of four pairs of molecules less than one nanometer wide. The Ohio University-led study, published Sunday as an advance online publication ...

Mar 29, 2010
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