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Power of US tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb

Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create Monday's massive killer tornado in Oklahoma. The awesome amount of energy released dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.

May 21, 2013
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Salt causes chalk cliffs to collapse

Salt plays a greater role in undermining chalk cliffs than previously thought, say scientists. Until recently, if a chalk cliff collapsed it was blamed on waves eroding its base, or the chalk weakening as ...

Apr 19, 2013
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Six Nations Rugby Union: Were the gloves off?

As the Six Nations Cup reached its patriotic climax, two University of Sheffield engineers were keeping a closely scientific eye on the ball. Experts in tribology—the science of friction—Drs Roger Lewis and Matt Carré ...

Mar 18, 2013
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