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Saturnian Moon Ballet

Saturnian Moon Ballet
The cold, icy orbs of the Saturn system come to life in a slew of new movie clips showing the ringed planet's moons in motion.

In addition to their drama and visual interest, scientists use these movies to refine their understanding of the orbits of Saturn's moons. Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., use the same images, and the orbital positions of the moons, to help them navigate the Cassini spacecraft, which........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/21/2006 11:24:39 PM)

Cluster Makes An Effervescent Discovery

Cluster Makes An Effervescent Discovery
Space is fizzing. Above our heads, where the Earth's magnetic field meets the constant stream of gas from the Sun, thousands of bubbles of superheated gas are constantly growing and popping.

Their discovery could allow researchers to finally understand the interaction between the solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field.

This exciting new view of near-Earth space has been made possible by ESA's four-spacecraft flotilla, Cluster, and........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/20/2006 8:57:13 PM)

Snappy Face Recogniser WebCam

Snappy Face Recogniser WebCam
If you tend to forget your login password very often then now you don't need to burden your brain for so small a thing! Instead, let your handsome face do the trick with the innovative Snappy Face Recogniser. The intelligent webcam with snappy face recogniser allows you to access your computer system using your face.

The webcam's advanced face recognition technology protects your computer and important information from unwanted access. The........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/20/2006 7:20:50 PM)

MRI For Fuel Cells

MRI For Fuel Cells
As gasoline prices top $3 a gallon in major cities, the drive toward increasing energy efficiency and reducing air pollution has accelerated, and the development of fuel cells has become a major focus worldwide.

Knowing how fuel cells work is key to improving their performance and reducing the cost of their production. Now a research team led by Scott A. Barnett, professor of materials science and engineering at Northwestern University, has........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 6/18/2006 6:18:18 PM)

Alert after Sri Lanka fighting

Alert after Sri Lanka fighting
A mine attack blamed on Tamil Tiger rebels killed three Sri Lankan police following a day of fierce land and sea battles that left more than 50 people dead.

The constables died when a police water tanker was blown up by a Claymore mine in the north-central district of Anuradhapura, the military said.

A military spokesman said they believed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) carried out the bombing.

Also Sunday at least six........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/18/2006 11:25:08 AM)

From Aerosol Particles To Cloud Droplets

From Aerosol Particles To Cloud Droplets
In spite of diverse origins and composition of aerosol particles in central Europe, their ability to grow into cloud droplets is controlled predominantly by their size.

Clouds play a central role in the Earth's climate system and water cycle. A cloud's behavior depends to a great extent on the number and size of the droplets it is made of. Since each of these droplets requires a seed aerosol particle to grow upon (called cloud condensation........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/18/2006 11:02:18 AM)

Chemists Direct Silicon Oxide

Chemists Direct Silicon Oxide
Chemistry often seems to operate at random. However, scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Coal Research and the International Max Planck Research School "SurMat" have been able to change that: they grew silica particles from a solution onto a surface in such a way that a pattern of tiny little cones was regularly formed. Every silica cone was made of numerous spirals sitting on top of each other, and every spiral was made of tubes, in........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/18/2006 10:58:43 AM)

America's plan to attack Iraq split Europe

America's plan to attack Iraq split Europe
An article reported in the latest issue of Foreign Policy Analysis shows the different underlying forces in European states' decisions to support the Bush administration's invasion of Iraq. The authors show that systemic forces of power relations and ideological orientations of governments in Europe create a difference between the states of Eastern Europe, who were by-in-large supportive of the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq, and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/14/2006 11:41:46 PM)

Prettier World Of Computer Modeling

Prettier World Of Computer Modeling
Taking issue with the perception that computer models lack realism, a Sandia National Laboratories researcher told his audience that simulations of the nanoscale provide researchers more detailed results - not less - than experiments alone.

The invited talk by Eliot Fang was delivered to members of the Materials Research Society at its recent semiannual general meeting.

Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory.
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FUSEing Carbon Planets

FUSEing Carbon Planets
Researchers using NASA's Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer, or FUSE, have discovered abundant amounts of carbon gas in a dusty disk surrounding a well-studied young star named Beta Pictoris.

Asteroids and comets orbiting Beta Pictoris might contain large amounts of carbon-rich material, such as graphite and methane. Planets forming from or impacted by such bodies would be very different from those in our solar system and might have........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 12:46:24 PM)

A Sixth Sense

A Sixth Sense
That gave Jarrell and Haworth a new direction: Could they obtain that effect deliberately, extending the sense of touch into a sense of magnetism?

Todd Huffman, a graduate student at Arizona State University with a background in neuroscience, joined the project and brainstormed with Jarrell and Haworth about how, and where, to best implant a powerful magnet. He helped come up with the most effective design for an implant, and eventually........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 9:32:26 AM)

Computing Material Truths

Computing Material Truths
It can take three decades before a new alloy makes its way from a glimmer in a scientist's mind to,say, the body of an airplane. That's because the development of alloys requires years of experiments to characterize the materials' mechanical properties. But what if you could model those characteristics in a computer? UC Berkeley engineer Daryl Chrzan is doing just that. He uses computational materials science to predict the properties of........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 8:00:07 AM)

In The Clearing

In The Clearing
The Bat Album' (that was hard to guess).

Jase's Books: 'Handbound Gothic Parchment Journals,.

Grimoires, Diaries and Albums'.........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 7:24:31 AM)

Producing Bio-ethanol From Agricultural Waste

Producing Bio-ethanol From Agricultural Waste
Research conducted by Delft University of Technology has brought the efficient production of the environmentally-friendly fuel bio-ethanol a great deal closer to fruition. The work of Delft researcher Marko Kuyper was an important factor in this. His research in recent years has greatly improved the conversion of certain sugars from agricultural waste to ethanol. On Tuesday 6 June, Kuyper received his PhD degree for his research into the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/10/2006 7:58:26 PM)

Circuit Board Materials May Like It Hot

Circuit Board Materials May Like It Hot
Electrical circuits may act differently in Arizona than they do in Alaska--potentially affecting the performance of computers and other electronics. A new technique identifies and quantifies an important cause of this temperature sensitivity.

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and DuPont Electronic Technologies (Research Triangle Park, N.C.) have demonstrated a nondestructive method for measuring how........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/10/2006 7:48:25 PM)

Why Space Is Dusty

Why Space Is Dusty
Massive star supernovae have been major "dust factories" ever since the first generations of stars formed several hundred million years after the Big Bang, as per an international study published in Science Express today.

The scientific team trained their telescopes on Supernova 2003gd, which exploded in the NGC 628 spiral galaxy 30 million light-years from Earth. The light from the 2003gd first reached Earth on March 17, 2003. At its........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/9/2006 12:13:31 AM)

Supercomputers To Transform Science

Supercomputers To Transform Science
New insights into the structure of space and time, climate modeling, and the design of novel drugs, are but a few of the many research areas that will be transformed by the installation of three supercomputers at the University of Bristol.

At peak performance the multi-million pound high performance computers (HPCs) will carry out over 13 trillion calculations per second. That is equivalent to the entire population of the world working........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/6/2006 11:43:56 PM)

Galaxy Evolution In Cyber Universe

Galaxy Evolution In Cyber Universe
Researchers at the University of Chicago have bolstered the case for a popular scenario of the big bang theory that neatly explains the arrangement of galaxies throughout the universe. Their supercomputer simulation shows how dark matter, an invisible material of unknown composition, herded luminous matter in the universe from its initial smooth state into the cosmic web of galaxies and galaxy clusters that populate the universe.

Prior........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/5/2006 9:09:00 PM)

Big astronomy project for Chile

Big astronomy project for Chile
With new support for additional federal funding, the largest ground-based astronomy project is unfolding in the high Chilean desert.

The $1 billion Atacama Large Millimeter Array, or ALMA, will look as far back in time as 1 billion years after the Big Bang, producing a kind of astronomical baby book for researchers to peruse.

When completed about 2012, the array will allow astronomers to examine planet and star formation, the formation of........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/4/2006 1:38:37 PM)

Taking Soldiers Out Of Danger

Taking Soldiers Out Of Danger
Over the past three years, thousands of American soldiers in Iraq have been horribly injured or killed by improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The explosives, placed near or buried under roadways and often detonated by remote control, frequently target U.S. military vehicles and convoys -- often with deadly success.

At Florida State University, one researcher is working on new technologies that could reduce the carnage. Emmanuel G. Collins,........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/1/2006 7:29:45 PM)

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Dancing Science

Dancing Science
Emily Jacobs-Palmer finds some of today's political and social attitudes toward science appalling. "I want to live in a world that respects scientists and values our work," says the molecular biology and biochemistry major, a senior at Wesleyan University. To create such a world, however, Jacobs-Palmer believes science must become more accessible-more comprehensible and interesting-to the general public.

It never occurred to her that one........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/21/2006 10:30:59 PM)

Consumers Don't Pardon Advertisements

Consumers Don't Pardon Advertisements
A new study from the recent issue of the Journal of Consumer Research shows that the more consumers are absorbed in the narrative flow of a story - a process known as transportation - the less likely they are to respond positively to the intrusion of advertisements. These findings have interesting implications for advertisers, many of whom pay more for "premium" ad placement that may actually deter consumers.

"Media create the audience for........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/20/2006 9:02:42 PM)

Kodak Wi-Fi digital camera

Kodak Wi-Fi digital camera
Digital cameras are great. You can take a limitless number of pictures, and the immediate ability to look at the quality of pictures I've taken satisfies my urge for instant gratification. It's all good, except that I dislike the process of loading it up onto my computer. Kodak must have heard me.

The Kodak EasyShare One Series WiFi digital cameras offers the choice of 4.0 megapixels or 6.1 megapixels. Both give you WiFi capability with 3x........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/20/2006 7:46:51 PM)

Mini-planet Systems Get Stranger

Mini-planet Systems Get Stranger
Mini planetary systems may orbit cosmic objects that are 100 times smaller than our Sun, research suggests.

Discs of gas and dust, the ingredients needed to create such systems, have been seen circling these relatively small objects, dubbed "planemos".

If the discs were capable of evolving larger aggregations of material, it would blur the definition of the word "planet", researchers said.

The work was presented at the American........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/18/2006 12:01:04 PM)

NASA Gives Green Light For Discovery Launch

NASA Gives Green Light For  Discovery Launch
NASA senior managers on Saturday cleared the Space Shuttle Discovery for a July 1 flight to the International Space Station.

The decision was announced after a lengthy Flight Readiness Review, a traditional meeting in which top NASA managers and engineers set launch dates, determine whether the shuttle's complex array of equipment, support systems and procedures are ready for flight and assess any risks associated with the mission.

"We........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/18/2006 11:44:50 AM)

Zapatero Facing Crucial Test

Zapatero Facing Crucial Test
Catalans went to the polls in a referendum on giving their region increased autonomy, in a crucial test for Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero as he seeks to rally support for peace talks with Basque separatists.

The referendum enjoys wide support among Catalans and is expected to pass easily, with a recent survey indicating that close to 75 percent of Catalonia's more than 5.3 million voters are in favour of a greater say........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/18/2006 11:21:38 AM)

Hot Wheels For Wheelchair Users

Hot Wheels For Wheelchair Users
Style has rarely been a priority in industrial design for the disabled - until now that is. Designed in Hungary, the Kenguru is a car specially designed for wheelchair users. The car's interior space has no front seat - just a space built to house the driver's own wheelchair so all he/she has to do is simply roll in through the extra large car doors and into position.

The wheelchair locks into place, within easy reach of the car's controls........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/17/2006 1:35:52 PM)

Controlling The Computer By Thought

Controlling The Computer By Thought
Controlling a computer just by thought is the aim of cerebral interfaces. The engineer from Pamplona, Carmen Vidaurre Arbizu, has designed a totally adaptive interface that improves the performance of currently existing devices in, reducing the time needed to become skilled in their operation and enhance the control that users have over the interface. Moreover, according to Ms Vidaurre, the majority of the population is capable of using it.
........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/15/2006 12:13:07 AM)

Does Suicide Bombing Pay?

Does Suicide Bombing Pay?
Are suicide bombers "crazy?" Or are they making rational strategic choices designed to achieve certain goals? Neither conventional interpretation is correct in the case of the second intifada, as per provocative new research from University of Toronto sociology professor Robert Brym.

Contrary to what most academic research has shown, says Brym, "revenge and retaliation seem to be the principal animus driving this suicide bombing campaign. We........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/13/2006 12:23:18 AM)

On Track To Win Case Against iTunes

On Track To Win Case Against iTunes
On 25th January, the Consumer Council lodged a complaint with the Consumer Ombudsman against iTunes Music Store Norge for breach of fundamental consumer rights.

Among other things, the decision clearly states that the terms of agreement demanded by iTunes are unreasonable with respect to Section 9a of the Norwegian Marketing Control Act. Moreover, it is unreasonable that the agreement the consumer must give consent to is regulated by English........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 9:38:54 AM)

My 666 Story

My 666 Story
I was amused to read this article in the Register recently about the big bucks generated in Qatar for an auction of the mobile phone number 666-6666 (over 2.5 million dollars!), and it seems only fitting that on 6/6/06 I share my own experiences with the prefix of the beast.

When I was first getting involved with telecom I worked for a good, upstanding Jesuit university in San Francisco in the early 90s. They were wisely replacing their........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 9:04:45 AM)

2006 Online Gallary

2006 Online Gallary
In the spring of 2006 we again asked the Princeton University community to submit images-and, for the first time, videos and sounds-produced in the course of research or incorporating tools and concepts from science. Out of nearly 150 entries from 16 departments, we selected 56 works to appear in the 2006 Art of Science exhibition.

The practices of science and art both involve the single-minded pursuit of those moments of discovery when what........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 7:52:45 AM)

Faces

Faces
Hey everybody, Nick here. I got this lot of slides about three years ago and I've never been able to figure out just what is going on. There are about 50 slides in all- all dating from between 1959 and 1969 and all of young women. Some, like the ones here have letters written on their foreheads, others have press type with their names on it affixed to either their temples or foreheads.

Were the slides taken by a dermatologist or plastic........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/11/2006 7:12:26 AM)

Synthesizing Complex Surfaces

Synthesizing Complex Surfaces
Scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated an elegantly simple technique for synthesizing a wide variety of complex surfaces that vary in a controlled fashion across a test strip. The new technique is so flexible that it can be applied to surface science experiments ranging from developing better paints to exploring the bonding of proteins to cell membranes.

So-called "gradient composition........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/10/2006 7:51:57 PM)

Migration Can Help The Poverty In Africa

Migration Can Help The Poverty In Africa
Migration plays an important role in poverty alleviation. Moving within Africa (continental migration) is a long-established practice in response to drought and low agricultural productivity. Wouterse's research revealed that households with continental migrants are poorer than those with migrants to destinations outside of Africa. Continental migration yields little money in the form of bank transfers and leads to less income from........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/10/2006 7:29:42 PM)

Ancient caldera in Apollinaris Patera

Ancient caldera in Apollinaris Patera
Apollinaris Patera is an ancient shield volcano measuring approximately 180 by 280 kilometres at its base and rising to a maximum of 5 kilometres above the surrounding terrain. Shield volcanos are large volcanic structures with gently sloping flanks. The caldera of Apollinaris Patera takes the form of a large crater approximately 80 kilometres in diameter. In this false-colour image, north is to the right. The image also shows the terrain........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/10/2006 6:51:10 PM)

Forming Super-earths By Ultraviolet Stripping

Forming Super-earths By Ultraviolet Stripping
A new explanation for forming "super-Earths" suggests that they are more likely to be found orbiting red dwarf stars--the most abundant type of star--than gas giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn. The theory, by Dr. Alan Boss of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism, describes a mechanism whereby UV radiation from a nearby massive star strips off a planet's gaseous envelope exposing a super-Earth. The work, reported in........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 6/7/2006 11:51:14 PM)

Rising Health Care Premiums

Rising Health Care Premiums
In the United States, two-thirds of the nonelderly population is covered by employer-provided health care, either directly or as a dependent. In an important new study forthcoming in the recent issue of the Journal of Labor Economics, Katherine Baicker (University of California, Los Angeles) and Amitabh Chandra (Harvard University) demonstrate that the rise in health insurance premiums may increase the ranks of the uninsured and the unemployed........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 6/5/2006 9:27:02 PM)

Eardrum Could Lead To Tiny Microphones

Eardrum Could Lead To Tiny Microphones
Being able to hear the smallest of noises is a matter of life or death for many insects, but for the scientists studying their hearing systems understanding how insect ears can be so sensitive could lead to new microphones able to capture and analyse extremely faint sounds.

A multidisciplinary team at the University of Bristol have used funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) to explore the workings of........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/3/2006 6:48:05 PM)

Make your gadgets unstealable

Make your gadgets unstealable
When I finally bought an iPod, it was after 2 years of waiting for the "right" model to come along. But my troubles failed to cease - for along came the fear of getting my precious one nicked. There isn't a truly comprehensive insurance scheme available for portable electronics as yet, so we recommend that you take a look at Datadots for some solace. So what are Datadots? The Datadots DNA kit contains a bunch of tiny dots suspended in adhesive........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 6/3/2006 1:33:47 PM)

 
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