Archive: 22/12/2006

Robotic crawler detects wear in power lines

To your left runs a high-voltage power cable that is worn, but still physically sound. To your right runs a cable that looks identical, but damaged insulation means the cable is vulnerable to a short. Can you tell the difference?

dateDec 22, 2006 in Robotics
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Caribbean Earthquake Model

Researchers at the University of Arkansas and Purdue University have monitored tiny tectonic movements in the Caribbean to create the first comprehensive and quantitative kinematic model describing potential earthquake activity ...

dateDec 22, 2006 in Earth Sciences
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Scientists Predict Big Solar Cycle

Evidence is mounting: the next solar cycle is going to be a big one. Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 "looks like its going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago," ...

dateDec 22, 2006 in Astronomy
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How does aspirin crystallize?

When you get a headache, you probably reach for aspirin. What is giving researchers a headache is the question of the crystal structure of aspirin. Is there another form on top of the long-known one?

dateDec 22, 2006 in
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