Archive: 3/10/2005

A space station view on giant lightning

Do giant flashes of lightning striking upwards from thunder clouds merely pose an extraordinarily spectacular view? Or do they actually alter the chemical composition of the atmosphere, playing a role in ozone depletion and ...

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Precision bonding makes tiny high performance actuators possible

Using a new precision bonding process they developed, Penn State researchers have designed and fabricated tiny new piezoelectric microactuators -- the largest only a hair's breadth wide -- based on coupling commercially available ...

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Black Holes Aren't So Black

Common wisdom holds that we can never see a black hole because nothing can escape it - not even light. Fortunately, black holes aren't completely black. As gas is pulled into a black hole by its strong gravitational force, ...

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Mobile fraud executive found guilty

The Tokyo district court found guilty Monday a businessman who had made fraudulent claims about setting up a mobile-phone company.

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Report: NTL may buy UK cable firm Telewest

A potential shakeup in the British cable market was under way Monday as NTL moved to acquire fellow operator Telewest in a deal valued at over $4 billion.

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Report: Telfonica to buy Dutch telecom KPN

Spain's Telefonica de Espana has reportedly made an offer to acquire Dutch telecom KPN NV for $24 billion in a move to expand its reach in Europe.

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Cloud obscures annular eclipse

Clouds obscured an annular eclipse for most sky-gazers across Europe and Asia Monday as the moon passed in front of the sun.

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Sharp's New LCD Offers Industry's Highest Contrast Ratio

Sharp Corporation has developed a "Mega-Contrast" Advanced Super View Premium LCD that defies conventional wisdom to deliver an unprecedented contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 the highest level in the industry.

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