Archive: 03/12/2008

Rooted plants move mysteriously down greenways, scientists say

The wild pea pod is big and heavy, with seemingly little prayer of escaping the shade of its parent plant. And yet, like a grounded teenager who knows where the car keys are hidden, it manages – if it has a reasonable chance ...

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Breakthrough Made in Metamaterial Optics

( -- Researchers have solved one of the significant remaining challenges with photonic “metamaterials,” discovering a way to prevent the loss of light as it passes through these materials, and opening the ...

dateDec 03, 2008 in Optics & Photonics
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NASA's Swift looks to comets for a cool view

NASA's Swift Gamma-ray Explorer satellite rocketed into space in 2004 on a mission to study some of the highest-energy events in the universe. The spacecraft has detected more than 380 gamma-ray bursts, fleeting flares that ...

dateDec 03, 2008 in Space Exploration
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Uncovering the real dirt on granular flow

( -- A handful of sand contains countless grains, which interact with each other via friction and impact forces as they slip through your fingers. When a handful becomes a load in an excavator bucket, those interactions ...

dateDec 03, 2008 in Computer Sciences
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Learning by blogging

( -- Many students learn best working together on structured, self-directed projects. European researchers have created software that links student blogs and other social software tools into a virtual collaborative ...

dateDec 03, 2008 in Software
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Air pollution model takes off

Australia’s capabilities in understanding the impact of air pollution have advanced with a new version of software that can predict the direction and concentration of odours and pollutants.

dateDec 03, 2008 in Environment
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