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Science News Archive - October 20, 2010

In its current early stage of development, digital memory circuits that use organic elements instead of silicon or other inorganic materials have a seemingly endless list of variables and options to consider, test, and optimize.

When the military needs to send the key to encrypted data across the world, it can't necessarily rely on today's communication lines, where the message could be covertly intercepted.

In the world of the very small, researchers at Shanxi University in China have announced progress in understanding the single-molecule magnet, which combines the classical macroscale properties of a magnet with the quantum properties of a nanoscale entity.

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Grains of starch discovered on grinding stones suggest that ancient man may have dined on a type of bread at least 30,000 years ago in Europe, researchers reported this week.

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A top US official promised Tuesday that beaches tainted with oil and balls of tar from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill will be clean by the end of the year, hoping to attract tourists back to the region, which has suffered both economically and ecologically.

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Sensor uses frog peptides to test for drug and medical device contamination.

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A study published Oct 19 in the open access journal Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE, shows that not just human memories fade.

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USA Science and Engineering Expo features 50 stage shows and more than 1,500 interactive exhibits.

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Pyrocumulonimbus is the fire-breathing dragon of clouds.

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Inspired by Rudyard Kipling's short story "How the Leopard Got His Spots," researchers from the University of Bristol investigated the markings of a vast array of wild cats in an attempt to determine exactly what caused the felines to develop their patterns.

Word of the Day
conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin