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Was There Life on Mars? Shiny Rock Coating May Hold the Answer

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A mysterious shiny coating found on rocks in many of Earth's arid environments could reveal whether there was once life on Mars, according to new research. The research reveals that the dark coating known as desert varnish

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Can You Defeat the Pokerbots?

June 30, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Carnegie Mellon University computer scientist has demonstrated that you don't necessarily need to know much about poker to create a computer program that can play a winning hand of Texas Hold'Em. Knowledge of game theory, not the specialized expertise

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Protecting Sensitive Data: Fail-safe techniques for erasing magnetic storage media

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

After a U.S. intelligence-gathering aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision off the coast of China four years ago, the crew was unable to erase sensitive information from magnetic data storage systems before making an emergency landing…

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Distant Ball of Dust Not Dusty Enough

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

One of the youngest supernova remnants known, a glowing red ball of dust created by the explosion 1,000 years ago of a supermassive star in a nearby galaxy, the Small Magellanic Cloud, exhibits the same problem as exploding stars in our own galaxy: too little dust

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The Plutonium Conundrum

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Scientists have gone a long way to solving a question about the nature of plutonium that has remained a mystery since the Manhattan Project. Plutonium behaves like no other element in nature

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North Pole’s Ancient Past Holds Lessons for Future Global Warming

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Detailed information on greenhouse gasses and a subtropical heat wave at the North Pole 55 million years ago is providing information about the Earth's past as well as a portent for its future…

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Nature’s Way

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Randy C. Hice | Blogs | Comments

Translucent menace vs. the overlords Randy C. Hice I knew it was going to end badly — very badly. I've been in a number of dust-ups in my life; I've had guns pointed at me, a few have been fired; I have been at the center of attention of an edgy mob of 100 that was looking for some satisfaction. The list goes on. You often don't know what is going to happen, so you hope for the best and plan for the worst. Never sit with your back to the door (see...

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What Is That Process? Identifying what is actually running on your system

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by John R. Joyce, Ph.D. | Blogs | Comments

Given the current paranoia regarding all of the viruses, worms and general spyware going around. It is quite reasonable to wonder what programs are actually running on your computer. For Windows users, a good way to get a handle on this is to launch the Windows Task Manager — just remember that it is possible to configure applications so that the Task Manager can't see them!

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Electromagnetic Simulation Helps to Optimize Optical Microscope Resolution

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Erik J. Sanchez, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

A new tip design delivers enhanced sub-20 nanometer performance Erik J. Sanchez, Ph.D. Near-field scanning optical microscopy (NSOM) has extended optical measurements past the diffraction limit, making it possible for the first time to view objects and features in the 50 to 100 nanometer (nm) range. Recent research has demonstrated that the use of apertureless probes can further improve spatial resolution to below 25 nm. 1-3 The next challenge...

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Drug Safety, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Statistical Data Mining

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Michael O’Connell, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Enabling data mining, statistical analysis and graphical reporting to run smoothly Michael O’Connell, Ph.D. Drug safety is an urgent public issue. Popular brand-name drugs, like Vioxx, have been withdrawn from the market; and multi-million-dollar legal actions are in the courts. Meanwhile, big pharmaceutical companies faced with huge potential payouts have suffered shocks to profitability and dramatic share price erosion. In this volatile...

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Applied Biosystems and SQL Star LIMS™ v5 Software: Powerful Technology, Proven Solutions, and a Focus on Customer Success

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

Applied Biosystems and SQL*LIMS™ v5 Software: Powerful Technology, Proven Solutions, and a

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Inductive Interrogation

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by Bill Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Magnetic field response measurement sensors Bill Weaver, Ph.D. One of the many great things about working behind the fence at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base is the diversity of truly amazing technology under development. Shuttling among the Air Force Research Laboratory facilities as an on-site research contractor is an experience that will not soon wear off. A palpable gee-whiz ether permeates the storied collection of hangers and test cells...

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Global Optimization with Maple: An add-on toolkit for the experienced scientist

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | by John A. Wass, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

"Optimization is the science of finding solutions that satisfy given constraints and objectives…. The goal of global optimization is to find the absolutely best answer for models that have a number of possible solutions." So says the blurb at the Maplesoft Web site for this product, and seems a useful introduction to a very useful add-on tool.

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LabWare: Marketplace Momentum is Proof That Results Count

May 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Articles | Comments

LabWare: Marketplace Momentum is Proof That Results

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