After drought, ponds keep up with the Joneses

An ecologist at Washington University in St. Louis has discovered that after ponds dry up through drought in a region, when they revive, the community of species in each pond tends to be very similar to one another, like ...

British scientists dig in arctic mud

A British research team from the University of Plymouth is developing a new method of tracking changes in Arctic sea ice over the past 1,000 years.

NASA to set final STS-120 launch date

A final decision is expected this week regarding the launch date for space shuttle Discovery's next mission to the International Space Station.

What chimpanzees can teach us about economics

In a long-standing enigma of economics and psychology, humans tend to immediately value an item they've just been given more highly than the maximum amount they would have paid if they had acquired it themselves. This tendency, ...

Good vibrations in nanotube research

IBM scientists have measured distribution of electrical charges in tubes of carbon that measure less than 2 nanometers in diameter, 50,000 times thinner than a strand of human hair. The technique provides a better understanding ...

Free Music Service to Compete with iTunes

Universal Music plans to launch a new mobile music service where all songs will be free, according to a recent article in BusinessWeek. To be called "Total Music," the concept would include iPod alternatives that come with ...

Mirror technology propels 2007 U-M Solar Car team

Mirrors hold the hopes of the 2007 University of Michigan Solar Car Team. The storied student organization with more than 100 members has a potentially game-changing car design for the upcoming Panasonic World Solar Challenge, ...

Newly solved structure reveals how cells resist oxygen damage

The sun’s rays give life, but also take it away. Singlet oxygen, a byproduct of the photosynthetic process by which certain cells convert sunlight into energy, is a highly toxic and reactive substance that tears cells apart. ...

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