Monthly Archives: March 2013

Small termites create huge ‘fairy circles’ in the Namib Desert

Small termites create huge ‘fairy circles’ in the Namib DesertNews from Los Angeles Times: Humans could learn a thing or two from lowly sand termites about managing the Earth’s natural resources. A study published in Friday’s edition of the journal … Continue reading

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Scientists examine nothing, find something

Scientists examine nothing, find somethingNews from Christian Science Monitor: Two studies of vacuums suggest that the speed of light in a vacuum might fluctuate, pointing the way to a quantum mechanical explanation for why the speed of light and other … Continue reading

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Theoretical Limit Of Solar Cell Efficiency Probably Broken

Theoretical Limit Of Solar Cell Efficiency Probably BrokenNews from CleanTechnica: A simple, single nanowire crystal is capable of super-concentrating the intensity of the sunlight that it is exposed to up to a factor of 15, researchers from the Niels Bohr … Continue reading

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Universe gains an extra hundred million years

Universe gains an extra hundred million yearsNews from Register: Among the mysteries revealed by the first set of papers released out of the Planck telescope data is a new estimate for the age of the Universe: at 13.8 billion years, … Continue reading

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Voyager 1 has left the solar system — almost

Voyager 1 has left the solar system — almostNews from Los Angeles Times: It was welcome news to Earthlings: The Voyager 1 spacecraft had seemingly crossed a momentous threshold and become the first man-made object to enter interstellar space. “Voyager … Continue reading

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NASA wants lasers to shoot down asteroids that could strike Earth

NASA wants lasers to shoot down asteroids that could strike EarthNews from msnNOW: Did you miss the most surreal and amazing congressional hearing ever to take place? It involved lasers and asteroids and using lasers to shoot asteroids heading towards … Continue reading

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NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity sidelined again after experiencing new problem

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity sidelined again after experiencing new problemNews from Fox News: Published March 18, 2013 Associated Press This artist’s concept features NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity rover, a mobile robot for investigating Mars’ past or present ability to … Continue reading

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Cock-a-doodle-doo! Scientists wonder why the rooster crows

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Scientists wonder why the rooster crowsNews from Los Angeles Times: Roosters, famously, crow in the early morn — but scientists don’t fully understand why they unleash their voices when they do.  After all, roosters have also been known to … Continue reading

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Cock-a-doodle-doo! Scientists wonder why the rooster crows

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Scientists wonder why the rooster crowsNews from Los Angeles Times: Roosters, famously, crow in the early morn — but scientists don’t fully understand why they unleash their voices when they do.  After all, roosters have also been known to … Continue reading

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Some Primitive Birds Flew With 4 Wings, Study Says

Some Primitive Birds Flew With 4 Wings, Study SaysNews from New York Times: First, paleontologists spread the word that modern birds are actually living dinosaurs. Then came the news from China that some dinosaurs and related reptiles long ago seemed … Continue reading

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