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Computer mimics nature by watching TV

January 26, 2010 7:24 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Computer scientists in the UK have developed a new way of making life-like animations of trees using video footage of the real thing.

Engineered metamaterials enable remarkably small antennas

January 26, 2010 2:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ) In an advance that might interest Q-Branch NIST and partners from industry and academia have designed and tested experimental antennas that are highly efficient and yet a fraction of the size of standard antenna systems with...

Trapped Mars rover's driving days are over

January 26, 2010 1:26 pm | by New Scientist | Comments

After months of trying to extricate the Spirit rover from a sand trap, NASA believes the attempt is hopeless – but the robot's useful life may not be over

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SDSC joins other UC San Diego departments, LLNL in oncology collaboration

January 26, 2010 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of California - San Diego ) Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego have joined forces with the Department of Radiation Oncology in the university's School of Medicine, its Department of Mathematics, and the DOE/Lawrence Livermore...

NIST releases final report on Cowboys facility collapse

January 26, 2010 1:25 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) ) NIST has released its final report on the May 2, 2009, collapse during a severe thunderstorm of the fabric-covered, steel frame practice facility owned by the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys.

Federal grant funds production of stem cells for clinical trials

January 26, 2010 1:24 pm | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Wisconsin-Madison ) The long struggle to move the most versatile stem cells from the laboratory to the clinic got another boost with an $8.8 million contract award to the Waisman Clinical Biomanufacturing Facility at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Scripps Florida scientists show 'lifeless' prions capable of evolutionary change and adaptation

December 31, 2009 10:24 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Scripps Research Institute ) Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have determined for the first time that prions, bits of infectious protein devoid of DNA or RNA that can cause fatal neurodegenerative disease, are capable of Darwinian evolution.

Quelling Casimir: Scientists to control quantum mechanical force

December 31, 2009 10:24 am | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists are developing a way to control the Casimir force, a quantum mechanical force that attracts objects when they are only hundred nanometers apart.

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Unusual protein modification involved in muscular dystrophy, cancer

December 31, 2009 9:30 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( University of Iowa ) With the discovery of a new type of chemical modification on an important muscle protein, a University of Iowa study improves understanding of certain muscular dystrophies and could potentially lead to new treatments for the conditions.

Carbon nanotubes show promise for high-speed genetic sequencing

December 31, 2009 9:29 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Arizona State University ) In the current issue of Science, Stuart Lindsay, director of Arizona State University's Center for Single Molecule Biophysics at the Biodesign Institute, along with his colleagues, demonstrates the potential of a new DNA sequencing method in which a...

Small business gets big boost from solar power

December 31, 2009 8:13 am | by PAM SOHNAssociated Press | Comments

A small manufacturer in Pikeville became a state star this month when its owner, Lester Burks, switched on one of the largest solar electric systems in the Volunteer State - and the first sun power producer in Bledsoe County.Life Line Foods, the county's largest manufacturer, has installed 128...

Endangered species to get daily web spot in 2010

December 31, 2009 6:30 am | by Reuters | Comments

GENEVA (Reuters) - Endangered species from polar bears to giant salamanders, great white sharks to beluga whales and Namibian quiver trees to Cuban crocodiles will have their day on the Internet throughout 2010.

EU carbon slips to end 2009 down 21 percent for year

December 31, 2009 6:30 am | by Reuters | Comments

LONDON (Reuters) - European Union carbon futures slipped in light trading on Thursday to end the year down 21 percent from 2008 closing prices.

AT & T is latest to end Tiger Woods sponsorship

December 31, 2009 6:13 am | by PETER SVENSSON - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

AT&T Inc. said Thursday it would no longer sponsor Tiger Woods, joining Accenture in dropping support for the golfer after numerous allegations of infidelities.The phone company hasn't used Woods' image extensively in advertising, but its logo appeared on his golf bag. That deal had been billed...

Hoku Announces Amendment to Contract With Alex New Energy

December 31, 2009 3:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

http://www.hokuscientific.com () -Hoku Materials, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Scientific, Inc. (NASDAQ: HOKU) established to manufacture and sell polysilicon for the solar market, and Shanghai Alex New Energy Co., Ltd. (Alex), a manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar cells, modules...

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