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U.S. Postage Stamps Celebrate a Century of Science

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

Thermodynamicist Josiah Willard Gibbs, geneticist Barbara McClintock, mathematician John von Neumann and physicist Richard P. Feynman were honored with postage stamps dedicated in a special ceremony at Henry R. Luce Hall, Yale University…

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Butterfly Migration Could Be Largest Known

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

Millions of painted lady butterflies that fluttered into California's Central Valley in the last week of March could be just the advance guard of one of the largest migrations of the species on record…

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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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Microscopic Microscopes

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

Traditionally if scientists wanted to look at something small they would put a sample under a microscope, but now researchers have managed to shrink the microscope itself to the size of a single human cell…

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Tech Watch: Take a CyberWalk

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

The development of a walking platform, which will allow unconstrained movement in virtual worlds, is the goal of the CyberWalk project, initiated by scientists of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tuebingen, Germany…

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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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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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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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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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Securing Urban Water Supply and Treatment Facilities

April 30, 2005 8:00 pm | by Devender Gandhi | Articles | Comments

A laboratory information management system can provide secure interoperability between laboratories and governing bodies Devender Gandhi In the United States, with 55,000 water systems in place, the possibility of a coordinated disturbance in water sources is remote. However, the vulnerability of local treatment and supply infrastructure remains high, especially those supplying water to large metropolitan areas

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