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UFO Pendant Lamp

UFO Pendant Lamp
Neues Licht uses glass fiber instead of LEDs to make this UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) pendant lamp, which is seen floating on the ceiling with its glass fiber focusing at the center of the disk like an energy beam.

The UFO measures diameter of 59cm and height around 20cm. If you are bored of same light color then u can easily change the color of the light.

"The light radiates from the glass spaghettis, propagates through the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 2/1/2007 8:00:33 PM)

What Causes Highly Dynamic Aurora

What Causes Highly Dynamic Aurora
On a clear night over the far northern areas of the world, you may witness a hauntingly beautiful light display in the sky that can disrupt your satellite TV and leave you in the dark.

The eerie glow of the northern lights seems exquisite and quite harmless. Most times, it is harmless. The display, resembling a slow-moving ribbon silently undulating in the sky, is called the aurora. It is also visible in far southern regions around the South........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/30/2007 9:23:11 PM)

Developing Ultrathin Digital Camera

Developing Ultrathin Digital Camera
Engineers at UC San Diego have built a powerful yet ultrathin digital camera by folding up the telephoto lens. This technology may yield lightweight, ultrathin, high resolution miniature cameras for unmanned surveillance aircraft, cell phones and infrared night vision applications.

"Our imager is about seven times more powerful than a conventional lens of the same depth," said Eric Tremblay, the first author on an Applied Optics paper........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/30/2007 6:28:09 PM)

So Many Presidential Candidates So Soon?

So Many Presidential Candidates So Soon?
With this weekend's announcements that Sens. Hillary Clinton and Sam Brownbeck and former Gov. Bill Richardson have taken major steps toward becoming presidential candidates for 2008, the upcoming election is already approaching one of the largest fields of contenders ever.

John Aldrich, a Duke University political science professor and co-author of the soon-to-be-released book "Change and Continuity in the 2004 and 2006 Elections," says one........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/30/2007 5:03:35 AM)

A Hybrid Species Of Butterfly

A Hybrid Species Of Butterfly
University of Nevada, Reno researcher Matthew Forister is among a group of scientists that have documented an unusual type of speciation in the Sierra Nevada, including a hybrid species of butterfly that can trace its lineage as far back as almost a half a million years ago. In a recently published article in the leading research journal Science, the discovery is one of the most convincing cases of this type of species formation that has ever........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/25/2007 9:32:36 PM)

Novel Computed Imaging Technique

Novel Computed Imaging Technique
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a novel computational image-forming technique for optical microscopy that can produce crisp, three-dimensional images from blurry, out-of-focus data.

Called Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Microscopy, ISAM can do for optical microscopy what magnetic resonance imaging did for nuclear magnetic resonance, and what computed tomography did for X-ray imaging, the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/24/2007 6:24:02 PM)

The Sun May Have A Dimmer Switch

The Sun May Have A Dimmer Switch
THERE'S a dimmer switch inside the sun that causes its brightness to rise and fall on timescales of around 100,000 years - exactly the same period as between ice ages on Earth. So says a physicist who has created a computer model of our star's core.

Robert Ehrlich of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, modelled the effect of temperature fluctuations in the sun's interior. According to the standard view, the temperature of the sun's........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 1/24/2007 5:53:58 PM)

Putting A Face On The Earliest Modern Europeans

Putting A Face On The Earliest Modern Europeans
The earliest modern humans in Europe were not completely "modern" and continued to evolve after they settled on the continent nearly 40,000 years ago, as per new research published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).

An international team of researchers, including Helene Rougier, Ph.D., post-doctoral fellow, and Erik Trinkaus, Ph.D., professor of anthropology, at Washington University in St. Louis, has........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/15/2007 9:39:08 PM)

The Eagle Nebula In Infrared

The Eagle Nebula In Infrared
In visible light, the whole thing looks like an eagle. The region was captured recently in unprecedented detail in infrared light by the robotic orbiting Spitzer Space Telescope (SSC). Shown above, the infrared image allows observers to peer through normally opaque dust and so better capture the full complexity of the Eagle Nebula star forming region.

In particular, the three famous pillars near the image center are seen bathed in dust........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 1/15/2007 7:15:49 PM)

Intervention Can Cut Job Stress

Intervention Can Cut Job Stress
A simple workplace intervention can reduce the impact of stress on the heart, scientists reported in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Office workers who faced layoffs - a significant stress-inducer - were able to achieve small, but significant changes in heart rate variability and a small decrease in arterial blood pressure by participating in a stress management program at work.

After participating in the........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/11/2007 9:06:48 PM)

Research To Solve Aurora Mystery

Research To Solve Aurora Mystery
The aurora is a bright glow observed in the night sky, commonly in the polar zone. For this reason some researchers call it a "polar aurora" (or "aurora polaris"). In northern latitudes, it is known as the aurora borealis, which is named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for north wind, Boreas. Particularly in Europe, it often appears as a reddish glow on the northern horizon, as if the sun were rising from an........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/11/2007 4:51:24 AM)

Automated System Installs Pavement Markers

Automated System Installs Pavement Markers
On rainy nights in Georgia and across the nation, drivers greatly benefit from small, reflective markers that make roadway lanes more visible. A new automated system for installing the markers is expected to improve safety for workers and drivers.

There are more than three million of these safety devices, called raised pavement markers (RPMs), in service on Georgia highways. They are installed and then need to be replaced about every two........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/10/2007 9:04:57 PM)

Dark States In DNA

Dark States In DNA
Chemists at Ohio State University have probed an unusual high-energy state produced in single nucleotides -- the building blocks of DNA and RNA -- when they absorb ultraviolet (UV) light.

This is the first time scientists have been able to probe the "dark" energy state -- so called because it cannot be detected by fluorescence techniques used to study other high-energy states created in DNA by UV light.

The study suggests that DNA employs........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/10/2007 4:41:17 AM)

New Stars Shed Light On The Past

New Stars Shed Light On The Past
new image from the Hubble Space Telescope shows N90, one of the star-forming regions in the Small Magellanic Cloud. The rich populations of infant stars found here enable astronomers to examine star forming processes in an environment that is very different from that in our own Milky Way.

This new image taken with the Advanced Camera for Surveys onboard the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope depicts bright blue newly formed stars that are........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 1/8/2007 9:32:56 PM)

Age, Gender Major Factors In Severity Of Auto-accident Injuries

Age, Gender Major Factors In Severity Of Auto-accident Injuries
Understanding the differences among drivers in different gender and age categories is crucial to preventing serious injuries, said scientists in a new study showing stark statistical differences in traffic-accident injuries depending on the gender and age of drivers.

The new findings are particularly important because the number of drivers 65 and older is expected to double by 2030 in the United States to 70 million, said Fred Mannering, a........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/7/2007 9:57:15 PM)

Quality And Usefulness, Not User Satisfaction

Quality And Usefulness, Not User Satisfaction
A study focusing on information systems says that quality and usefulness trump user satisfaction in the quest for success. The findings are the subject of a paper in the Management Insights section of the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Management Insights, a regular feature of the journal, is a digest of important research in........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/7/2007 8:42:42 AM)

Finding a Different Mars Underneath

Finding a Different Mars Underneath
Mars is showing scientists its older, craggier face buried beneath the surface, thanks to a pioneering sounding radar co-sponsored by NASA aboard the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter.

Observations by the first project to explore a planet by sounding radar strongly suggest that ancient impact craters lie buried beneath the smooth, low plains of Mars' northern hemisphere. The technique uses echoes of waves that have penetrated........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 12/28/2006 9:59:56 PM)

Triggering Reactions In Supply Chain

Triggering Reactions In Supply Chain
When good fortune smiles on a company, the stock market responds by valuing the firm more favorably. It's well known that good news for one firm means other companies in the same industry will be affected as well. But according to new research from a business professor at Washington University in St. Louis, we can anticipate something else that isn't as obvious: there's also a predictable connection between news announcements of a company and........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 12/28/2006 9:46:28 PM)

Super-stable Glass May Aid Drug Delivery

Super-stable Glass May Aid Drug Delivery
Look at your window - not out it, but at it. Though the window glass looks clear, if you could peer inside the pane you would see a surprising molecular mess, with tiny particles jumbled together any which way.

Now, scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a new glass-making technique that eliminates some of that mess. With the new technology, described in a study in the Dec. 8 issue of Science, they created a novel........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/27/2006 4:59:17 AM)

Western Wildfires And Atlantic Ocean

Western Wildfires And Atlantic Ocean
Western U.S. wildfires are likely to increase in the coming decades, as per a new tree-ring study led by the University of Comahue in Argentina and involving the University of Colorado at Boulder that links episodic fire outbreaks in the past five centuries with periods of warming sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic.

States like Washington, Oregon, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and South Dakota all had an increased........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/26/2006 6:13:42 PM)

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Rapid Method for Judging Nanotube Purity

Rapid Method for Judging Nanotube Purity
Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a sensitive new method for rapidly assessing the quality of carbon nanotubes. Initial feasibility tests show that the method not only is faster than the standard analytic technique but also effectively screens much smaller samples for purity and consistency and better detects sample variability.

Carbon nanotubes have unique properties, and thermal and........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 2/2/2007 4:32:16 AM)

Molecular Motors and Brakes

Molecular Motors and Brakes
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have discovered that microtubules - components responsible for shape, movement, and replication within cells - use proteins that act as molecular motors and brakes to organize into their correct structure. If microtubules are not formed properly such basic functions as cell division and transport can go wrong, which may have implications in such disease processes as cancer and........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/30/2007 7:35:46 PM)

Hydrogen-Powered Lawnmowers?

Hydrogen-Powered Lawnmowers?
In a breakthrough that could make fuel cells practical for such small machines as lawnmowers and chainsaws, scientists have developed a new mechanism to efficiently control hydrogen fuel cell power.

A number of standard fuel cell designs use electronics to control power output, but such designs require complex systems to manage humidity and fuel recovery and recycling systems to achieve acceptable efficiency.

The new process controls the........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/30/2007 6:43:55 PM)

Hot Stuff On Saturn

Hot Stuff On Saturn
UCL researchers have reported findings in the journal 'Nature' that rule out a long-held theory about why the Gas Giants like Saturn have such hot outer atmospheres.

Along with colleagues from Boston University, the team from UCL Physics & Astronomy found that the upper atmospheres of the giant planets in our solar system do not heat up in the same way as here on Earth.

A simple calculation to give the expected temperature of a........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 1/30/2007 4:44:07 AM)

Changing Commuting Trends

Changing Commuting Trends
Commuting trends are changing as baby boomers near retirement age at the same time that a large immigrant population has joined the U.S. labor force, as per Commuting in America III, the latest decadal review of the nation's commuting patterns authored by transportation consultant Alan Pisarski and published by the Transportation Research Board. While the personal vehicle is still the most common way to go to work, transit and carpooling are........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/26/2007 4:44:48 AM)

Fish Can Determine Their Social Rank

Fish Can Determine Their Social Rank
A male fish can size up potential rivals, and even rank them from strongest to weakest, simply by watching how they perform in territorial fights with other males, according to a new study by Stanford University scientists. The researchers say their discovery provides the first direct evidence that fish, like people, can use logical reasoning to figure out their place in the pecking order.

The study, published in the Jan. 25 edition of the........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/24/2007 7:48:11 PM)

Fast-Food Business Lessons

Fast-Food Business Lessons
What really happens after you place an order for a Big Mac or a Whopper with Cheese?.

Jerry M. Newman, Ph.D., SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor in the University at Buffalo School of Management, knows because he worked undercover in seven fast food restaurants across the country, observing operations from the top down -- from the biggest management whoppers to the smallest fries at the fry station.

Newman has chronicled his........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/17/2007 8:08:07 PM)

Molecular Differences Between Rice And Its Mimic

Molecular Differences Between Rice And Its Mimic
Red rice sounds like a New Orleans dish or a San Francisco treat. But it's a weed, the biggest nuisance to American rice growers, who are the fourth largest exporters of rice in the world. And rice farmers hate the pest, which, if harvested along with domesticated rice, reduces marketability and contaminates seed stocks.

Complicating matters is the fact that red rice and cultivated rice are exactly the same species, so an herbicide cannot be........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/15/2007 9:28:04 PM)

Hofmeyr-Skull supports the "Out of Africa"-Theory

Hofmeyr-Skull supports the
Reliably dated fossils are critical to understanding the course of human evolution. A human skull discovered over fifty years ago near the town of Hofmeyr, in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, is one such fossil. A study by an international team of scientists led by Frederick Grine of the Departments of Anthropology and Anatomical Sciences at Stony Brook University in New York published recently in Science magazine has dated the skull........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/15/2007 5:20:22 AM)

Lost Dogs Found More Often Than Lost Cats

Lost Dogs Found More Often Than Lost Cats
A lost dog is more likely to be reunited with its owner than a lost cat, according to two new studies.

In one city in southwestern Ohio , researchers found that 71 percent of lost dogs were found, compared to just 53 percent of lost cats.

More than a third of the recovered dogs were found by a call or visit to an animal shelter. More than one in four dogs were found because the animal wore a dog license or identification tag at the time........Go to the Media-blog (Added on 1/15/2007 5:15:50 AM)

Greetings From The Bottom Of The World

Greetings From The Bottom Of The World
In May 2003, astronaut Don Pettit returned home from his five-month stay aboard the International Space Station. Living in isolated conditions in an extreme environment, he spent much of his time conducting scientific research.

Now, he's doing it again, but this time he's not leaving the planet.

Pettit is currently in Antarctica on a scientific expedition to look for meteorites. Even though he's still on Earth, the trip will have a lot in........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/11/2007 6:33:50 PM)

Use Wheat to fatally starve insect predators

Use Wheat to fatally starve insect predators
A newly identified wheat gene produces proteins that appear to attack the stomach lining of a crop-destroying fly larvae so that the bugs starve to death.

The gene's role in creating resistance to Hessian flies was a surprise to U.S. Department of Agriculture and Purdue University researchers, discoverers of the gene and its function. They made the finding as they investigated new, long-term methods to protect wheat from insect damage.
........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/10/2007 8:53:41 PM)

Light-emitting Decay of Neutrons

Light-emitting Decay of Neutrons
Neutrons -- the tiny particles that match with protons to form the innards of nearly every atom in the universe -- decay when left to fend for themselves outside an atomic nucleus. For decades, scientists have predicted but never proved that roughly 1 in 1,000 of those decays will produce light in the form of an energetic photon.

Now, for the first time, scientists have caught the photons from that "radiative decay" in action. Reporting in........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 1/9/2007 8:51:16 PM)

Universe's Oldest Objects

Universe's Oldest Objects
The deepest reaches of space are permeated by a cloak of infrared radiation, an uneven energy swath generated by long-dead objects from the early universe.

Now, scientists have teased apart overlapping signals from that cosmic infrared background, building upon an earlier study to show that uneven patches of energy may actually be clusters of the first objects to emerge from the Big Bang.

The astronomers believe the objects are either........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 1/9/2007 8:45:21 PM)

Chemistry of Volcanic Fallout

Chemistry of Volcanic Fallout
A team of American and French scientists has developed a method to determine the influence of past volcanic eruptions on climate and the chemistry of the upper atmosphere, and significantly reduce uncertainty in models of future climate change.

In the January 5 issue of the journal Science, the researchers from the University of California, San Diego, the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Grenoble in France........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 1/7/2007 9:41:09 PM)

Black Hole In Tiny 'Dwarf' Galaxy

Black Hole In Tiny 'Dwarf' Galaxy
Astronomers have found evidence of a supermassive black hole at the heart of a dwarf elliptical galaxy about 54 million light years away from the Milky Way galaxy where Earth resides.

It is only the second time a supermassive black hole has been discerned in a dwarf galaxy, and only the third time that astronomers have observed a double nucleus at the heart of a galaxy, said Victor P. Debattista, a postdoctoral researcher in astronomy at the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 1/7/2007 9:00:11 PM)

A new way to spin up pulsars

A new way to spin up pulsars
A team of scientists using Oak Ridge National Laboratory supercomputers has discovered the first plausible explanation for a pulsar's spin that fits the observations made by astronomers. Anthony Mezzacappa of the Department of Energy lab's Physics Division and John Blondin of North Carolina State University explain their results in the Jan. 4 issue of the journal Nature. According to three-dimensional simulations they performed at the........Go to the Astronomy-blog (Added on 1/7/2007 7:12:28 AM)

Challenges When Hawking Innovations

Challenges When Hawking Innovations
Hundreds of technology-transfer offices have popped up on campuses over the past 20 years to enable universities to facilitate the commercialization of innovations and discoveries pioneered by their professors. Licensing patents for the inventions is a commercial opportunity for universities, which hope to make money selling the intellectual property and to see faculty research make a tangible impact in the marketplace. While all the inventions........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/28/2006 9:49:28 PM)

Tools To Improve Classroom Learning

Tools To Improve Classroom Learning
When instructors at Bronx-area community colleges applied for a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to study how students think about fundamental concepts of calculus, they hoped to gain a better understanding of how college students learn mathematics. During the 4-year project, the teacher-scientists integrated ongoing research theories with classroom teaching. As a result, their project has evolved into a tool for helping students reason........Go to the Science-blog (Added on 12/27/2006 5:10:59 AM)

Developing Invisibility

Developing Invisibility
The theorists who first created the mathematics that describe the behavior of the recently announced "invisibility cloak" have revealed a new analysis that may extend the current cloak's powers, enabling it to hide even actively radiating objects like a flashlight or cell phone.

Allan Greenleaf, professor of mathematics at the University of Rochester, working with colleagues around the globe, has announced a mathematical theory that predicts........Go to the New-technology-blog (Added on 12/26/2006 6:31:20 PM)

   
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