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Google Earth Adds Time Lapse Video Using Landsat Imagery
Jul 31, 2012 01:51 AM E
Landsat satellites orbiting the Earth every 16 days since July 1972, snapping photos along the way. And now Google Earth is making those images available in time lapse videos that show the growth of cities, deforestation, and rising sea levels.
New Robot Can Walk and Jump on Water
Jul 29, 2012 19:45 PM E
Chinese scientists have created the first micro-robot to manage both walking and jumping on water. In a move that mimics the water strider - a long spindly-legged insect that gets the nickname "Jesus bug" for its ability to maneuver its ultralight body over water surfaces - the robot can skim across a pond and uses a coiled spring to jump and land again without submersing itself.
Goodyear looking at soybean oil for tires.
Goodyear Developing Soybean Tires, Could Conserve 7 Million Gallons Of Oil Each Year
Jul 25, 2012 17:46 PM E
Goodyear hopes to have a soybean-oil based rubber tire on the road as early as 2015, the company announced today. In addition to the 7 millions of gallons of petroleum oil the soybean oil could replace during the manufacturing of the tires, they also reduce energy consumption at the factories and have a tread life that is 10 percent longer than conventional tires.
HB-SIA in flight over Europe.
Solar-Powered Airplane Completes Intercontinental Journey
Jul 25, 2012 17:19 PM E
A one-of-a-kind solar powered airplane developed by Solar Impulse completed a round-trip journey from Switzerland across Africa the company announced Tuesday. The plane, named HB-SIA, was piloted by Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg over eight separate legs totaling more than 4,000 miles.
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Space Institute’s Laser May Provide Out-Patient Tumor Removal
Jul 24, 2012 18:20 PM E
University of Tennessee researchers have developed a laser technology that can locate, map and non-invasively eliminate malignant tumors in the body. The Center for Laser Applications at UT’s Space Institute in Tullahoma said in a press release the laser goes on a “seek and destroy” mission for tumors.
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Can A Lab-Made Jelly Fish Help Fix Your Heart?
Jul 22, 2012 19:14 PM E
A lab-made jellyfish may be the unlikely first step towards fixing damaged hearts, according to a new study, published in the journal Nature Biotechnology on Sunday
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Record-Breaking Laser Delivers 500 Trillion Watts
Jul 20, 2012 23:30 PM E
Physicists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have produced a record-shattering laser beam at the National Ignition Facility. Using 192 beams of ultraviolet light, the team delivered a laser of more than 500 trillion watts (terawatts or TW) of power focused on a 2 millimeter spot, giving the saying "laser precision" a new meaning.
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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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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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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...
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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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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Scientists Reveal Why You Can Walk on Water When It's Combined with Cornstarch
Jul 13, 2012 22:05 PM E
Many kitchen sink scientists have marveled at the strange properties of cornstarch, which can turn water from a liquid to a solid when hit with a large impact. Scientists have now uncovered how this phenomenon happens.
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