Archive: 1/08/2008

A Brief History of Solar Sails

sō’lar sāil, n. - A gossamer material that, when unfurled in the vacuum of space, feels the pressure of sunlight and propelled by said pressure may carry a ship among the stars.

dateAug 01, 2008 in Space Exploration
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Nano sculptures in gold

If someone is charged up, the colour of their face might change, but they don't immediately pull off one of their arms, only to reattach it as a third leg. With some molecules, however, the situation is quite different - ...

dateAug 01, 2008 in Nanophysics
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Long work hours widen the gender gap

Working overtime has a disproportionate impact on women in dual-earner households, exacerbating gender inequality and supporting the "separate sphere" phenomenon in which men are the breadwinners while women tend to the home, ...

dateAug 01, 2008 in Other
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China becomes a physics powerhouse

Judged by the astonishing increase in journal papers written by scientists in China, there can be little doubt that China is finding its place as one of the world's scientific power houses. Michael Banks, Physics World's ...

dateAug 01, 2008 in General Physics
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