Archive: 2/10/2006

Rice's single-pixel camera takes high-res images

For all their ease and convenience, there are few things more wasteful than digital cameras. They're loaded with pricy microprocessors that chew through batteries at a breakneck pace, crunching millions of numbers per second ...

dateOct 02, 2006 in Engineering
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Alternative energy: A new way to take a bite of sunlight

Flash those pearly whites in a dazzling smile and you showcase a natural light collector mechanism hidden inside the internal structure of dentin - the hard, bone-like material that forms the main part of teeth.

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Emergency tests focus on lab radioactivity analyses

Working under severe time pressure, government laboratories can analyze radioactive samples fairly quickly -- in a matter of hours -- but with variable accuracy, and sometimes relaxed quality control procedures, according ...

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MetOp launch postponed

EUMETSAT has announced that on Saturday 30 September the upper composite (comprising the MetOp spacecraft, the Fregat upper stage and the Soyuz fairing) experienced a slight mechanical shock. It was then decided to interrupt ...

dateOct 02, 2006 in Space Exploration
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The Branes Behind String Theory

“The thing about our universe,” says David Lyth, a professor at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, “is that it is not completely uniform. This has been a bit of a puzzle to cosmologists.” He explains that ...

dateOct 02, 2006 in General Physics feature
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