Rover Extraction Tests Begin (w/ Video)

Using a test rover in a sandbox at JPL with special soil simulating Spirit's predicament on Mars, engineers are assessing possible maneuvers for getting Spirit out and onto firmer ground.

'Lab on a chip' to measure water stress in plants

(PhysOrg.com) -- Fifteen years ago, when Alan Lakso first sought to enlist Cornell's nanofabrication laboratory to develop a tiny sensor that would measure water stress in grapevines, the horticultural sciences professor ...

Study reduces euthanasia rates of cats

Unwanted cats and kittens who have to be “put down” are the subject of a new study at The University of Queensland's Centre for Companion Animal Health.

High-tech imaging reveals hidden past in ancient texts

(PhysOrg.com) -- It might simply look like a smudge, but even the slightest stain on the ancient writing surface of papyrus could obscure a revelation of a past civilization. Now, with the advent of high-tech imaging, some ...

COIL Electric Guitars Leave No Tone Unturned

(PhysOrg.com) -- University of Maryland electrical and computer engineering professor Bruce Jacob pried open his new electric guitar and wondered why he couldn't get more sounds out of it.

How E. coli grows its 'nose'

(PhysOrg.com) -- Self-assembling and self-organizing systems are the Holy Grails of nanotechnology, but nature has been producing such systems for millions of years. A team of scientists has taken a unique look at how thousands ...

Online radio stations strike big deal on royalties

(AP) -- The future of Internet radio appears more secure after a handful of online stations reached an agreement Tuesday to head off a potentially crippling increase in copyright royalty rates.

Building a stellar time machine

(PhysOrg.com) -- Harvard researchers are building a celestial time machine that lets astronomers look back at hundreds of thousands of objects in the Earth’s skies over the past century.

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