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Crumbling labs could clip NASA's wings

May 11, 2010 8:26 am | by New Scientist | News | Comments

The agency aims to develop new technologies for space flight, but years of neglect have left many of its labs in rough shape, says a new report

Hubble catches heavyweight runaway star speeding from 30 Doradus

May 11, 2010 8:26 am | by Science Daily | News | Comments

A heavy runaway star rushing away from a nearby stellar nursery at more than 400,000 kilometres per hour, a speed that would get you to the Moon and back in two hours. The runaway is the most extreme case of a very massive star that has been kicked out of its home by a group of even...

Herschel finds a hole in space: Surprising glimpse into end of star-forming process

May 11, 2010 8:26 am | by Science Daily | News | Comments

The European Space Agency's Herschel infrared space telescope has made an unexpected discovery: a hole in space. The hole has provided astronomers with a surprising glimpse into the end of the star-forming process.

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Project For Sailing Vessels To Maneuver In Ports Using Electric Energy From Wind

May 11, 2010 8:25 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Elhuyar Fundazioa ) Four teachers from the Higher Nautical and Naval Engineering Technical School at the University of the Basque Country study the advantages for sailboats to use wind-sourced energy from their sails to generate electrical energy.

Germany's solar elite wary on demand, prices in 2011

May 11, 2010 7:27 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

FRANKFURT/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Germany's top solar companies warned that demand and prices for solar panels could fall off sharply after government subsidy cuts in their domestic market, the world's largest, kick in later in the year.

Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing

May 11, 2010 7:26 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( McGill University ) Physicists at McGill University have developed a system for measuring the energy involved in adding electrons to semi-conductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum dots -- a technology that may revolutionize computing and other areas of science.

MIT Researchers Find A Way To Calculate The Effects Of Casimir Forces

May 11, 2010 7:25 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Massachusetts Institute of Technology ) MIT researchers have developed a powerful new tool for calculating the effects of Casimir forces, complicated quantum forces that affect only objects that are very, very close together, with ramifications for both basic physics and the design...

Black Holes -- Gas Blowers Of The Universe

May 11, 2010 7:25 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Max-Planck-Gesellschaft ) Gravity monsters expel gas not only from their host galaxies but even from the space inside galaxy groups.

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GKSS Scientists Make Statements On Concentration Of Ash Particles After Volcanic Eruption

May 11, 2010 7:25 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres ) Some German airlines leveled their criticism against the forecasts of the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in London on the spread of the ash cloud over Europe, as these forecasts did not provide any precise information on the ash...

ACS Green Chemistry Institute To Host Green Chemistry Conference In Washington, D.C., June 21-23

May 11, 2010 7:25 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( American Chemical Society ) The American Chemical Society's Green Chemistry Institute will host the 14th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference from June 21-23 in Washington, D.C. The annual conference, which regularly attracts scientific leaders from around the world,...

US Department Of Defense SMART Scholarship Winner's Focus Is Synthetic Biology

May 11, 2010 7:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Virginia Tech ) The US Department of Defense has awarded a prestigious scholarship to a graduate research assistant at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech whose research includes assessing the benefits and risks of synthetic biology.

Stevens Team Takes 1st In RIT IEEE '10 Design Contest

May 11, 2010 7:24 am | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

( Stevens Institute of Technology ) Electrical & Computer Engineering students at Stevens Institute of Technology made headlines last week as they took home first place, and an $8,000 prize, at the Rochester Institute of Technology's IEEE Student Design Contest 10 for presenting the...

Feds Recall More Toxic Cadmium Kids' Jewelry

May 11, 2010 6:57 am | News | Comments

Federal regulators announced another recall of children's jewelry with high levels of the toxic metal cadmium.

Meatpacker Paid Disabled Workers 41 Cents Per Hour

May 11, 2010 6:53 am | News | Comments

The disabled men were continually subjected to taunts and weren't provided adequate medical care during their 20 years at the Iowa meatpacking plant.

Coal Power Plants to Feed Algae Biofuel Reactors

May 11, 2010 6:39 am | News | Comments

Three of Australia’s largest coal-fired power generators have committed to building test facilities adjacent to their power stations, where smoke-stack CO2 emissions are captured and used to grow oil-rich algae in solar bioreactors.

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