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New Finds from Messel Pit: Gaping gila monsters, buzzing insects, clambering ungulates

August 17, 2009 12:17 pm | News | Comments

In the annual digs the Senckenberg Research Institute carries out in the Messel Pit, an average of 3,000 fossil remains are recovered from the shale at this UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Some particularly well-preserved fossils discovered in 2007 and 2008 were recently exhibited


Moving Forward on Fission Surface Power Technology

August 17, 2009 10:56 am | News | Comments

NASA and the Department of Energy are researching technologies that could enable possible use of nuclear power on the surface of the moon and Mars


Using DNA Scaffolding to Build Tiny Circuit Boards

August 17, 2009 10:25 am | News | Comments

Researchers have made an advancement in combining lithographic patterning with self assembly — a method to arrange DNA origami structures on surfaces compatible with today’s semiconductor manufacturing equipment


Firing the Imagination for a Space Elevator

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

Today, a trip into space is a bone-crunching, rocket-roaring ride with a multi-billion dollar price tag. Tomorrow, it might be a smooth, 62,000-mile elevator ride, cheap enough for the masses


Active Cloaking may Shield from Seismic, Tsunami Waves

August 17, 2009 7:07 am | News | Comments

Mathematicians have developed a new cloaking method that someday might shield submarines from sonar, planes from radar, buildings from earthquakes, and oil rigs and coastal structures from tsunamis


'Smell of Death’ could Help Recover Bodies

August 17, 2009 6:54 am | News | Comments

In an advance toward the first portable device for detecting human bodies buried in disasters and at crime scenes, forensic scientists report early results from a project to establish the chemical fingerprint of death


NASA Ares I-X Test Rocket Assembly Completed

August 17, 2009 6:42 am | News | Comments

For the first time in more than a quarter-century, a new space vehicle stands ready in NASA's Kennedy Space Center Vehicle Assembly Building


Tiniest Nanolaser Key to Future Optical Computers

August 17, 2009 6:30 am | News | Comments

Researchers have created the tiniest laser since its invention nearly 50 years ago, paving the way for a host of innovations, including superfast computers that use light instead of electrons to process information, advanced sensors and imaging


Storm Clouds over Titan

August 17, 2009 4:59 am | News | Comments

Ground-based telescope captures first visual images of storm clouds over the tropics of Saturn's largest moon


Hurricane Seasons More Active

August 14, 2009 12:44 pm | News | Comments

Examining evidence of hurricanes going back 1,500 years, researchers have identified factors that contribute to more active hurricane seasons


Dell to Realize $5.8M in Energy Savings

August 14, 2009 8:21 am | News | Comments

Anticipated savings result from building upgrades, power management and IT solutions; company piloting solar projects to integrate more renewable energy into operations


Trigger-Happy Star Formation

August 14, 2009 7:45 am | News | Comments

A new study from two of NASA's Great Observatories provides fresh insight into how some stars are born, along with a beautiful new image of a stellar nursery in our Galaxy


Pushing Quantum Mechanics to Higher Levels

August 14, 2009 7:27 am | News | Comments

Scientists at UC Santa Barbara have devised a new type of superconducting circuit that behaves quantum mechanically — but has up to five levels of energy instead of the usual two


Mathematical Advances Strengthen IT Security

August 14, 2009 7:05 am | News | Comments

Rapidly rising cyber crime and the growing prospect of the Internet being used as a medium for terrorist attacks pose a major challenge for IT security. Cryptography is central to this challenge, since it underpins privacy, confidentiality, and identity


Beckman Coulter Announces Creation of Beckman Coulter Genomics

August 13, 2009 6:11 am | News | Comments

Beckman Coultern has announced the creation of Beckman Coulter Genomics. The new company, which combines Agencourt Bioscience and the newly acquired Cogenics, offers researchers a single genomic services resource with expanded global capabilities.



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