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Looking For Life
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Is life on Earth unique? How has it been here? For the first time, we have the tools to probe for answers. But scientists must search some of the most exotic and dramatic sites on our home planet.
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Mob Modeling: Crowd Behavior in a Computer
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Simulated people, or "agents," run from a burning car. The simulation tries to predict how real people would react in such an emergency.
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Video - Robot Whiskers
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
With each sweep across a sculpted head, the rat-like whiskers relayed three-dimensional information to create an image.
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Video - Big Change Above
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
NCAR scientist Stan Solomon explains why the upper atmosphere is getting less dense.
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Sorting Out Black Holes
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Singularities as observed - well inferred, anyway - with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. This video is available as a podcast available from: chandra.harvard.edu
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Video - Expanding Chimp Minds
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Kermit the chimp uses a rake to retrieve some fruit yogurt. The researchers showed him which sides of the rakes were rigid and which sides were flimsy beforehand.
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Video - Odd Bubbles
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
When air bubbles rise from an underwater nozzle, instead of pinching off gracefully, they tear apart in sharp jerks.
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Video - Shape shifting
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Two connected modules communicate to work together as one unit.
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Video - Fishy Smell of Home
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
When given the choice between water from two different reefs, this cardinal fish larva repeatedly chooses its home base, Fitzroy over One Tree Island reef.
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Prehistoric Hurricanes
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Ocean geologist Jeff Donnelly tries to "back-cast" super storms gone by.
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How to Build a Tour-Ship for Space
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Virgin Galactic’s CEO, Sir Richard Branson, describes the evolution of his company’s Space Tourism plans.
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Video - Psychedelic Spiders
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Jumping spiders' courtship dances under full-spectrum light and glowing under UV light.
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Star (X-Ray) Light; Star (X-Ray) Bright
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Average stars - like the Sun - turn out to keep special secrets. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory peeks behind their visible veils. Podcast available from: chandra.harvard.edu
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Make Origami Paper Stars
December 01, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Calming, interactive geometry; with a beautiful result.
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Video - Plastic Carbon Dioxide Filter
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
A plastic tweaked to mimic membranes found in Nature allows methane (gray and white) to pass through while blocking carbon dioxide (gray and red). The technology could be adapted to filter water.
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Lemon Battery
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Juicy, tart and...electric? Power from fruit. Who knew.
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Large Stars Fail Spectacularly
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
The bigger they are, the harder they fall; it's especially true in stellar evolution. The Chandra X-Ray Observatory collects evidence in the aftermath. Podcast available from: chandra.harvard.edu
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X-Ray Movie: Singing Songbird
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
360-degree x-ray view of a northern cardinal's vocal tract while singing what ornithologists call the "type 1" syllable.
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Video - Inside Look
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Groups of sperm seen in the Norway rat.
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Video - The 'King' of Supernovas
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
An animation showing the "king" of supernova explosions. SN2006gy is the brightest and most violent star death ever recorded.
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Major Discovery - Solar Revolution?
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Scientists at MIT discover way to mimic plant storage system which may lead to major advancements in solar energy.
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Video - Egg in a Bottle
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Use a small flame to suck a hard boiled egg into an empty milk bottle. C’mon, you know you want to.
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Video - 3-D Sun
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
This video clip shows the Sun in 3-D, highlighting solar eruptions and charged wind that constantly blows from the Sun’s atmosphere.
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Video - Searching for SuperStars: DVD Excerpt
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
Private and pro astronomers bag the biggest blasts the universe has to offer: hypernovas and supernovas. These dying stars can briefly outshine entire galaxies. Own the full story on DVD.
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Make a Thermometer
November 26, 2008, by TechNewsDaily.com, staff
How do thermometers work? Use a bottle, some clay, a straw and some alcohol, food coloring and water to find out.
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