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Robot Powers Itself by Digesting Flies

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A team of scientists and engineers in the Intelligent Autonomous Systems (IAS) lab at the University of the West of England have built a robot, which is able to power itself on a diet of dead flies or apples.

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A New Way to See: A Neutron Microscope

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A prototype microscope that uses neutrons instead of light to "see" magnified images has been demonstrated at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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NASA Announces Winners of "Software of the Year" Award

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

NASA selected a data visualization and simulation software package used by Mars rovers and landers, and a software package that can be used in aerospace and industrial flow fluid applications, as the "best of the best" software developed by the agency this year.

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Swollen Stars Hint at Earth's Demise

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

For more than 400 years, astronomers both professional and amateur have taken a special interest in observing Mira stars, a class of variable red giants famous for pulsations that last for 80-1,000 days and cause their apparent brightness to vary by a factor of ten times or more during a cycle.

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Thermo Electron Responds to Suit by Applera Corporation, MDS Inc. and Applied Biosystems-MDS Scientific Instruments for Patent Infringement

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Thermo Electron Corporation announced that Applera Corporation, MDS Inc. and Applied Biosystems/MDS Scientific Instruments

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Uncovering the Complexities of Genes' Effects on Medications

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine has been awarded a major grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to bring together researchers from different disciplines to study gene-drug interactions.

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A New Treat for DDT-Contaminated Soils

September 30, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

While parents and youngsters are busy carving jack-o-lanterns in preparation for Halloween, Canadian scientists are hard at work on

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Using Statistics to Decipher Secrets of Natural Mutation

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

A new mathematical approach for analyzing the complex, subtle patterns of natural mutation in DNA is likely to help biologists understand how mutation contributes to evolutionary change in mammals.The researchers, Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Philip Green and his student Dick Hwang, published a report describing the first applications of

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Riverbank Filtration Pulls Pollutants From Drinking Water

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Harmful contaminants often taint drinking water drawn directly from a river, but a low-cost natural filter may lie just beyond the banks. Johns Hopkins researchers have found that the soil alongside a river can remove dangerous microbes and organic material as water flows through it

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Probing the Surface of White Blood Cells to Enhance Immune System Medicine

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

White blood cells are principal players in immune system function. Yet efforts to influence their role in illness have been hampered by a lack of understanding of the surface structure of these mediator cells — until now

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Thermo Electron Acquires InnaPhase Corp.

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Thermo Electron Corporation has completed the acquisition of InnaPhase Corporation, a premier supplier of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology markets, for approximately $65 million in cash, subject to a post-closing adjustment. Headquartered in

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Lord of the Rings Computers Turned Into Supercomputer-for-Hire

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

The New Zealand Supercomputing Centre, launched this week, has already attracted interest from potential clients in New York, says Telecom hosting and storage manager Eric Pilon.

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Scientists Tame 'Hip Hop' Atoms

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

In an effort to put more science into the largely trial and error building of nanostructures, physicists at the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated new methods for placing what are typically

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Software Bug Raises Spectre of 'JPEG of Death'

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Flawed software code used by numerous Microsoft applications to render images mean that a specially constructed image file could hijack a computer or spread a virus.

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Vulnerability of U.S. Power Grid Centers on Key Junctions

August 31, 2004 8:00 pm | News | Comments

Vulnerabilities inadvertently built into the U.S. power grid, which is one of the most complex systems ever constructed, have been identified by a research team lead by Reka Albert, assistant professor of physics at Penn State.

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