Swirling dust shocks physicists


Scientists have explained how lightning can occur even in the driest deserts. A new theory describes how neutral dust can gain an electrical life of its own.

Scientists Discover Heavy New Element


A team of Russian and American scientists has discovered a new element that has long stood as a missing link among the heaviest bits of atomic matter ever produced. The element, still nameless, appears to point the way toward a brew of still more massive elements with chemical properties no one can predict.

Biblical plagues really happened say scientists


The Biblical plagues that devastated Ancient Egypt in the Old Testament were the result of global warming and a volcanic eruption, scientists have claimed.

Laser Guidance Adds Power to Wind Turbines


The wind industry may soon be dependent on a different kind of environmental awareness that has more to do with lasers than ecology. A new laser system that can be mounted on wind turbines allows them to prepare for the wind rushing toward their blades.

Dinosaurs Rode Volcanic Armageddon to Victory


Geologists have turned a series of 200 million-year-old lake-bed sediments into an epic narrative of the dinosaurs’ journey from ecological obscurity to Earthly supremacy, a mystery that has lingered even as their disappearance is explained.

The dino path to dominance appears to have been cleared when the supercontinent Pangea cracked, setting off 600,000 years of volcanic activity that wiped out the dinosaurs’ crocodilian competitors.

Prize for Resolution of the Poincaré Conjecture Awarded to Dr. Grigoriy Perelman


The Clay Mathematics Institute (CMI) announces today that Dr. Grigoriy Perelman of St. Petersburg, Russia, is the recipient of the Millennium Prize for resolution of the Poincaré conjecture. The citation for the award reads: The Clay Mathematics Institute hereby awards the Millennium Prize for resolution of the Poincaré conjecture to Grigoriy Perelman.

Quivering Gizmo Ushers in Quantum Machines


The weird rules of quantum mechanics state that a tiny object can absorb energy only in discrete amounts, or quanta, and can literally be in two places simultaneously. Those mind-bending tenets have been amply demonstrated in experiments with electrons, photons, atoms, and molecules. Ironically, though, physicists have never observed such bizarre quantum-mechanical effects in the motion of a human-made mechanical device.

You, Too Can Find Missing Russian Spacecraft


On Monday, NASA released the complete set of science data from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera’s first six months of observations, consisting of more than 100,000 lunar images. Straight away, Phil Stooke from the University of Western Ontario began scanning the images to help find a "missing" Russian rover on the lunar surface, the Lunokhod 2. It didn't take him long to discover the tracks left by the lunar sampler 37 years ago after it made a 35-kilometre trek. "The tracks were visible at once," said Stooke.

Cornell Researchers Discover How Fruit Flies Stay on Course


Imagine attaching two magnets on the wings of an airplane which then flies through a magnetic field that distorts the plane’s course. The unfortunate pilots in the plane, struggling for their lives, would have to frantically figure out a sequence of commands to stabilize the plane.

Micro-ear lets scientists eavesdrop on the micro-world


The micro-ear is being developed by scientists from the University of Glasgow, the University of Oxford, and the National Institute of Medical Research at Mill Hill in the UK. It’s based on the same laser technique that is used to create optical tweezers, which measure tiny forces on small scales.

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