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Symphony of Colors in the Tarantula

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

The Tarantula Nebula is the most vigorous star forming region known in the local Universe. Using the power of the freely available ESA/ESO/NASA Photoshop FITS Liberator package a young amateur astronomer has created this amazing panorama of the centre of the Tarantula …

DNA May Hold Key to Compact Information Processing and Data Storage

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

The DNA molecule -- nature’s premier data storage material -- may hold the key for the information technology industry as it faces demands for more compact data processing and storage circuitry …

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UBC Prof’s Research Challenges Prevailing Theory of How New Species Evolve

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A research team lead by University of British Columbia zoology assistant professor Darren Irwin is the first in the world to demonstrate a genetic gradient -- or path of gradually changing genetic traits -- between two distinct species that have been isolated by distance …

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EFF Announces Endangered Gizmos List

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A new project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) highlights the way misguided laws and lawsuits can pollute the environment for technological innovation …

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Laser Applications Heat Up for Carbon Nanotubes

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Carbon nanotubes, a hot nanotechnology with many potential uses, may find one of its quickest applications in the next generation of standards for optical power measurements …

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Advance in Transparent Electronics Could Spawn New Industry

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University and Hewlett Packard have reported their first example of an entirely new class of materials which could be used to make transparent transistors …

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Novel Zigzag Shape Gives Sensors Magnetic Appeal

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have designed tiny magnetic sensors in a "zigzag" shape that are simpler in design and likely will be cheaper to make than conventional magnetic sensors

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DNA Used to Make Nanotransistors

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Take a little DNA, add a pinch of carbon nanotubes, sprinkle in a few grains of gold, all on a clean silicon surface, and whip up a batch of nanotransistors

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DOE Allocates Massive Supercomputer Resources for Combustion, Astrophysics and Protein Structure Research

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham has announced that 6.5 million hours of supercomputing time have been awarded to three scientific research projects aimed at increasing our understanding …

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Microsoft Acquires Anti-Spyware Leader GIANT Company

December 31, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. announced that it has acquired GIANT Company. Software Inc., a provider of anti-spyware and Internet security products …

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Lenovo to Acquire IBM Personal Computing Division

November 30, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Lenovo Group Limited and IBM announced a definitive agreement under which Lenovo will acquire IBM's Personal Computing Division to form the world's third-largest PC business …

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Spitzer and Hubble Capture Evolving Planetary Systems

November 30, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Two of NASA's Great Observatories, the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Hubble Space Telescope, have provided astronomers an unprecedented look at dusty planetary debris around stars the size of our Sun …

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All Earth Wants For Christmas? A Sock For Its Coal

November 30, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

Concerns about greenhouse gases and global warming are getting scientists to think in unconventional ways about how to stem the carbon dioxide tide …

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Energy-efficient Communications Chip Could Overcome 'Power Barrier'

November 30, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

The research team at the Informatics Circle of Research Excellence (iCORE) High-Capacity Digital Communications Laboratory in the U of A’s Faculty of Engineering has designed a computer chip that uses about 100 times less energy than current state-of-the-art digital chips …

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Real-Time Mobile Communications Data Transfer Soars at 1 Gbit-s

November 30, 2004 7:00 pm | News | Comments

A world record was set at the research laboratories of the Siemens Communications Group. For the first time, data was transferred in real time via mobile communication at a speed of one gigabit per second (Gbit/s) …

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