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Improving sperm quality in elephants

(Phys.org) —Crushed by habitat loss and poaching, Asian elephants are at risk, and their future rests heavily on captive breeding programs. A collaborative study between Cornell and Smithsonian scientists has found a key ...

dateNov 27, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Better combustion through plasma

Mix together air, fuel, and heat and you get combustion, the chemical reaction that powers most engines in planes, trains and automobiles. And if you throw in some ionized gas (plasma), it turns out, you can sustain combustion ...

dateNov 26, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Lifting fusion power onto an (optimized) pedestal

In a collaborative effort, researchers in the United States and the United Kingdom have developed a new technique that will help them optimize the transport barrier, or pedestal, in fusion plasmas, which will be key to increasing ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Fusion foe lends a helping hand

Although oxygen is required to sustain life, oxygen sucks the life out of fusion by radiating away too much power from the high-temperature plasma. Accordingly, great efforts are expended to reduce the oxygen found in fusion ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Hot lithium vapors shield fusion facility walls

Recent experiments provide the first assessment of the toughness of a novel lithium coating in the face of intense bombardment by very hot plasma in the divertor region of fusion devices. The results show that this coating ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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Putting a new spin on tokamak disruptions

In the quest for fusion energy on earth, researchers use magnetic fields to insulate hot plasma from the walls of the chamber to maintain the reaction and prevent damage to interior surfaces. In the tokamak, a leading contender ...

dateNov 13, 2013 in Plasma Physics
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