Science & Technology
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 06:38 UTC
The research is based on an initial idea of the British Ben Wood and John Pendry - the latter considered the father of metamaterials - and is a step forward in the race to create devices which could make objects invisible at visible light frequencies.
New York Times News Service
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 00:31 UTC
As a small knot of scientists and visitors dressed in hard hats and orange safety vests milled around on the banks of the Panama Canal, chatting about the $5 billion expansion program now under way to widen the storied canal and so accommodate the ever-fatter freighters that ply the planet's seas, Rincon, 30, quietly pulled a few digging tools from his backpack. He squatted down near an unremarkable-looking patch of pebbles and broken rock and began methodically scraping away in the dirt.
University of Toronto
Wed, 08 Jul 2009 00:22 UTC
"The hopping of the wheel over the ripples turns out to be mathematically similar to skipping a stone over water," says University of Toronto physicist, Stephen Morris, a member of the research team.
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 17:20 UTC
The new software will make sending data from space less like using the telephone, and more like using the web. In the modern era of the web and information on demand, teams still have to schedule times to send and receive data from space missions.
But the newly installed system aboard the ISS could one day allow data to flow between Earth, spacecraft, and astronauts automatically, creating what is being dubbed the "interplanetary internet".
Washington University in St. Louis
Tue, 07 Jul 2009 00:13 UTC
A new study by an international team of researchers, including Erik Trinkaus, Ph.D., professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, shows it may have happened in China as far back as 40,000 years ago.
The study will be published online the week of July 6 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Thu, 02 Jul 2009 17:20 UTC
"This is the first time anything like this had been done on a computer," says Stephen Tracy, a Greek scholar and epigrapher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, who challenged a team of computer scientists to attribute 24 ancient Greek inscriptions to their rightful maker. "They knew nothing about inscriptions," he says.
Tracy has spent his career making such attributions, which help scholars attach firmer dates to the tens of thousands of ancient Athenian and Attican stone inscriptions that have been found.
"Most inscriptions we find are very fragmentary," Tracy says. "They are very difficult to date and, as is true of all archaeological artefacts, the better the date you can give to an artefact, the more it can tell you."
Thu, 21 Aug 2008 08:28 UTC
I caught up with AltaRock CEO Don O'Shei yesterday to get his take on the deal. (Vulcan declined to comment for this story.) AltaRock "could not be more excited about what this financing, being made by such a knowledgeable group of investors, means for us and for the future of renewable energy," said O'Shei. As he explains, "It's about the transformative nature of engineered geothermal systems. Google, ATV, and Vulcan are very savvy investors, pretty good at sorting out what are smart bets and what are unattractive bets. It confirms what we think about the market...and it shows a general acceptance of the need for renewables by the broader financial markets."
Comment: There is no mention here of the possible triggering of earthquakes by this technology.
Peter's New York
Wed, 01 Jul 2009 22:04 UTC
Dr. Adrian Gibbs, a Canberra, Australia-based virologist with more than 200 scientific publications to his credit, said that over the weekend he submitted his latest work on the swine flu to a prominent scientific journal, and is awaiting a response.
Gibbs, 75, was part of a team that developed the antiviral drug Tamiflu.
Scotland On Sunday
Sun, 05 Jul 2009 21:12 UTC
A series of inquiries spanning several decades have failed to condemn or clear Captain Stanley Lord over allegations he turned a blind eye to the "unsinkable" ship's frantic attempts to summon help.
Now a controversial new book has posthumously pointed the finger directly at the mariner - claiming he was a "sociopath" whose callous indifference condemned 1,517 to a watery grave.