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Dolphins' Use of Nonlinear Mathematics Could Help Improve Manmade Sonar
Jul 19, 2012 02:03 AM E
Dolphins are clever creatures and one of their hunting techniques could help manmade sonar detect targets, such as sea mines, in bubbly water.
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Promiscuous Squid Puts Life at Stake for 3-Hour Sex Sessions
Jul 19, 2012 00:53 AM E
Sex can be exhausting, especially if you're at it for hours - something the dumpling squid knows intimately. The promiscuous cephalopod is short-lived and known for having many partners, and researchers have found that after their hours-long mating sessions, these squids have half their normal swimming endurance.
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Astronomers Discover Rare Spiral Galaxy in Early Universe
Jul 18, 2012 21:24 PM E
The early universe isn't known for order or symmetry, which is why the discovery of a spiral galaxy observed as it existed only three billion years after the Big Bang has astronomers excited.
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Aerographite: The World’s Lightest Material is 99% Air
Jul 18, 2012 02:12 AM E
Weighing in at just 0.2 milligrams per cubic centimeter, Aerographite is a jet-black sponge made up of porous carbon tubes interwoven at the nanoscale. The least dense solid ever, it is 75 times lighter than Styrofoam.
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Chemical Breakthroughs Could Lead to Self-Cleaning Lawn Furniture Activated by the Sun
Jul 18, 2012 01:19 AM E
Hot, sticky summer weather can make lawn furniture a haven for bacteria and algae, but new chemical breakthroughs could bring that to an end. Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart are experimenting with titanium dioxide which can stop fungus from festering on outdoor chairs while they are left in the sun.
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Massive Iceberg Twice the Size of Manhattan Breaks Off of Greenland Glacier
Jul 17, 2012 21:30 PM E
The humongous ice island is 46 square miles and separated from the Petermann Glacier. Two years ago, another massive iceberg broke away from the same spot - that one was nearly twice as big and was one of the largest ever recorded in Greenland.
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Frog Calls Inspire Algorithm for Wireless Networks
Jul 17, 2012 21:14 PM E
The 'desynchronization' of the mating calls of male tree frogs inspired a team of researchers at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia studying 'swarm intelligence' - a branch of artificial intelligence that aims to design intelligent systems based on the behavior of animal societies such as ant colonies, flocks of birds or sh...
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Climate Change Stresses Out Cows, Lowers Milk Production
Jul 17, 2012 00:58 AM E
Hot and sticky weather isn't just uncomfortable for humans. Cows living in humid climates become stressed and produce less milk, and with global temperatures on the rise there may not be much relief in sight.
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Extreme Weather in June 2012 Makes it the Fourth Hottest on Record
Jul 16, 2012 22:46 PM E
The hot weather experienced all over the planet this past month has made June of this year the fourth hottest month of June since record keeping began in 1880.
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More Than 500 Dead Penguins Wash Ashore in Brazil
Jul 16, 2012 21:19 PM E
Over the course of a week, hundreds of dead penguins have washed up dead on the southern shores of Brazil, mystifying marine biologists and veterinarians.
Video Game Technology Lets Disabled People Use Computers With Their Eyes
Jul 15, 2012 23:54 PM E
A new device composed of off-the-shelf materials could soon allow the millions of people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's or spinal cord injuries to control a computer using just the motion of their eyes. And it costs less than $60 to make.
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Nuclear Weapons Labs Repurposed by Climate Scientists
Jul 15, 2012 23:28 PM E
Climate scientists are taking up residence in key Cold War research laboratories used decades ago to model nuclear bomb blasts and track radioactivity.
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Robotic 'Co-Pilot' Designed to Take Over Your Car If You're About to Crash
Jul 14, 2012 00:44 AM E
Driverless cars controlled by robotic systems may seem like science fiction, but they could soon be real. Mechanical engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made driving a bit easier with the creation of an intelligent automated system that will kick in should you be in danger of a collision.
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First Video to Capture Snow Leopard Cubs in Their Den
Jul 13, 2012 22:51 PM E
Snow leopards are sly creatures. Their elusive nature combined with their treacherous mountain habitats have made it difficult for conservationists to locate their dens. Now, a new video recorded by scientists from Pantheram, a wild cat conservation organization, has caught these wily cats and their cubs on tape.
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