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Solar Wind Hits Earth like Fire Hose

September 21, 2009 6:12 am | News | Comments

Challenging conventional wisdom, new research finds that the number of sunspots provides an incomplete measure of changes in the sun's impact on Earth over the course of the 11-year solar cycle


Thermo Fisher Scientific Appoints Marc N. Casper President and Chief Executive Officer

September 18, 2009 10:23 am | News | Comments

Thermo Fisher has announced that its board of directors has appointed Marc N. Casper president, chief executive officer and a director of the company, effective October 15, 2009


Chief of Intel's Biggest Division Heads to EMC

September 18, 2009 9:33 am | News | Comments

Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer   Intel, the world's biggest computer chip maker, has reported that Pat Gelsinger, who ran Intel's main division, and Bruce Sewell, Intel's top lawyer, are leaving the company


NASA Lunar Satellite Begins Detailed Mapping of Moon's South Pole

September 18, 2009 9:15 am | News | Comments

NASA has reported that its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, has successfully completed its testing and calibration phase and entered its mapping orbit of the moon. The spacecraft already has made significant progress toward creating the most detailed atlas of the moon's south pole to date


Highly Charged Tungsten Ions May Diagnose Fusion Energy Reactors

September 18, 2009 8:54 am | News | Comments

Sodium-like tungsten ions could pepper—and conveniently monitor—the hot plasma soup inside fusion energy devices, potential sources of abundant, clean power


Oracle, Sun Link Up for New HPC, Snubbing Hewlett-Packard

September 18, 2009 7:25 am | News | Comments

Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer With the fate of its proposed $7.4 billion takeover of Sun Microsystems uncertain amid antitrust scrutiny, Oracle is moving ahead with a new product incorporating both companies' technology, and snubbing Hewlett-Packard in the process. Sun and Oracle have unveiled a new database machine built from Sun hardware and Oracle software


Black Holes, Ripples and Galaxies, Oh My!

September 18, 2009 6:18 am | News | Comments

Double nucleus galaxies cause rare phenomena in black holes and the space-time continuum It may sound like science fiction, but freakish galactic events such as ravenous black holes and ripples in the space-time continuum, could be happening all around us according to new research


Friction Differences Offer New Means for Manipulating Nanotubes

September 18, 2009 5:05 am | News | Comments

Variations Could Help in Assembling and Sorting Structures   Nanotubes and nanowires are promising building blocks for future integrated nanoelectronic and photonic circuits, nanosensors, interconnects and electro-mechanical nanodevices. But some fundamental issues remain to be resolved —- among them, how to position and manipulate the tiny tubes


Snake Venom Study Could Shed Light on Composition

September 17, 2009 10:26 am | News | Comments

While studying a way to more safely and effectively collect snake venom, researchers have noticed the venom delivered by an isolated population of Florida cottonmouth snakes may be changing in response to their diet


Nanotubes Grown on “Computer Chip” Surface

September 17, 2009 10:16 am | News | Comments

MIT researchers have grown dense forests of crystalline carbon nanotubes on a metal surface at temperatures close to those characteristic of computer chip manufacturing


Saturn Lightning Storm Sets New Solar System Record

September 17, 2009 10:05 am | News | Comments

A powerful lightning storm in Saturn’s atmosphere that began in mid-January 2009 has become the Solar System’s longest continuously observed thunderstorm


Dionex to Acquire Assets of ESA Life Sciences Tools

September 17, 2009 9:55 am | News | Comments

Dionex, a provider of liquid chromatography analysis systems, has entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement with ESA Biosciences, a wholly owned subsidiary of Magellan Biosciences, to purchase ESA Biosciences HPLC related products, HPLC clinical assays, laboratory services and assets


New Magnetron May Help Defeat Enemy Electronics

September 17, 2009 9:44 am | News | Comments

Researchers have invented a new type of magnetron, a type of vacuum tube used as the frequency source in microwave ovens, radar systems and other high-power microwave circuits


New Interpretation Simplifies Microscopic Image Technique

September 17, 2009 8:18 am | News | Comments

A physicist has suggested interpreting the images generated by Kelvin probe force microscopy in a new way. Christine Baumgart, a doctoral student, has added new features to the original description of how to interpret the images


Amazing, Interactive, Panoramic, 360-view of Entire Night Sky Unveiled

September 17, 2009 7:32 am | News | Comments

The first of three GigaGalaxy Zoom project images — a new 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky, as seen from ESO’s observing sites in Chile — has been released online



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