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Tech Watch: Better BetaBatteries

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Using some of the same manufacturing techniques that produce microchips, researchers have created a porous-silicon diode that may lead to improved betavoltaics. Such devices convert low levels of radiation into electricity…

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New Technique Produces 10-carat Diamond

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, D.C. have produced 10-carat, half-inch thick single-crystal diamonds at rapid growth rates (100 micrometers per hour) using a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) process…

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Deadly Sumatran Earthquake Causes Earth’s Gravity Scar

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new ESA study predicts that the devastating Sumatran earthquake, which resulted in the tragic tsunami of December 26, 2004, will have left a 'scar' on Earth's gravity that could be detected by a sensitive new satellite…

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New Moon Making Waves

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini spacecraft has confirmed earlier suspicions of an unseen moon hidden in a gap in Saturn's outer A ring. A new image shows the new moon and the waves it raises in the surrounding ring material

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Tech Watch: Look Ma! No Training Wheels!

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new bicycle design created at Purdue University could erase the need for parents to hold on to the back of a two-wheel bicycle as their child learns how to ride…

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Optical Computer Made from Frozen Light

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at Harvard University have shown how ultra-cold atoms can be used to freeze and control light to form the “core”--or central processing unit--of an optical computer…

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A Horse is a Horse is a Horse

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Texas A&M researchers have successfully cloned a horse in collaboration with a French company trying to preserve genes of exceptional horses. The privately owned colt, named Paris Texas, was born March 13…

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Sight for Sore Eyes

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers from the University of Southern California and the Doheny Eye Institute's Doheny Retina Institute presented data on the first six patients implanted with an intraocular retinal prosthesis, more popularly referred to as an artificial retina…

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New Dinosaur Species Surprises Paleontology Community

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, along with a world-renowned team led by paleontologist Dr. Robert Bakker, has announced the discovery and acquisition of a 66-million-year-old dinosaur skull that represents a new dinosaur species…

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Dumbed Down by Technology

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The abuse of “always-on” technology has led to a nationwide state of “Info-Mania” where UK workers are literally addicted to checking email and text messages during meetings, in the evening and at weekends…

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O-Matrix 5.8: An Environment for Technical Computing

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Yes, another language and environment for technical programming. However, before the menu-driven, "I don't ever want to program" crowd tunes out, let's take a little closer look at the program's capabilities and learning curve. According to the developers, O-Matrix is "an easy-to-use matrix-based scripting language and an intuitive integrated computing environment."

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Managing Spreadsheets in a Regulated Environment

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Christoph Nickel, Senior Product Manager, Laboratory Informatics, Agilent Technologies, Inc. The implications and impact of government regulations are far reaching for public companies today.

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One Giant Leap

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Measuring the small with precision Bill Weaver, Ph.D. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz , offered the truism "It's always best to start at the beginning." Consequently, on their journey to a four-year undergraduate degree, the first discussion I have with our new freshman students is the question of "How Many?"

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Secure it or Lose it

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Michael H. Elliott | Articles | Comments

A comprehensive security policy for your organization's laboratory data can reduce vulnerability to attacks Michael H. Elliott In February of this year, ChoicePoint, a service provider of information for identification and credential verification, revealed that in October 2004, up to 145,000 consumer profiles were obtained by thieves using phony identities

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Real-Time Trending Improves Process Control

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Claudia Lukac-Deliman | Articles | Comments

A new LIMS provides greater control over chemical plant processes and variations Claudia Lukac-Deliman Ethyl Corp. develops, manufactures, blends and delivers leading-edge additive technology for fuels and lubricants around the world. The company produces fuel additives engineered to improve the performance of gasoline, diesel and other fuels

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