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Wireless Data Transmission At 100 Gigabits Per Second
2013-10-14 10:19:53

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Extension of cable-based telecommunication networks requires high investments in both conurbations and rural areas. Broadband data transmission via radio relay links might help to cross rivers, motorways or nature protection areas at strategic node points, and to make network extension economically feasible. In the current issue of the Nature Photonics magazine, researchers present a method for wireless data transmission at a world-record rate of 100...

Physics Helps In The Invention Of New Fly Rod
2013-10-14 08:56:24

SINTEF A new Norwegian fishing rod is about to be launched onto the world market. The inventor calls it fly fishing’s equivalent of carving skis. The silhouette against the sky is the same as it’s been ever since the Norwegian rivers were invaded by affluent British salmon fishermen in the 1800s. The fly rod which is the brain-child of Robert Selfors from Nesodden outside Oslo also bends into the shape of a rainbow when a fish is being played. However, one important detail...

Mollii Garment Could Provide Treatment For Brain Damage Or Neurological Disorders
2013-10-14 08:22:35

KTH Royal Institute of Technology Improved range of motion and reduced pain for people with brain injuries and neurological disorders may now be available with a specially-designed elastic body suit fitted with electrodes, which was designed at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology in collaboration with health care and business partners. The Mollii garment provides an alternative to painful treatments and surgery, by treating the body with electrical stimulation to ease...

World Space Walk 2013: Simultaneous Experiments Performed By Three Mars Analogue Spacesuit Teams
2013-10-10 12:36:21

AlphaGalileo Foundation One of the key elements of equipment for a future human expedition to Mars will be a spacesuit that allows astronauts to roam the Martian surface. Now, for the first time, three Mars analogue suit development teams around the world have performed simultaneous experiments, coordinated from a single mission control center. The experiments are a first step in developing a universal standard for comparing Mars analogue suits in terms of the impact they have on the...

Archaeologists Discovery 2,700-year-old Portico In Greece
2013-10-09 10:21:17

AlphaGalileo Foundation A 2,700-year-old portico was discovered this summer on the site of the ancient city of Argilos in northern Greece, following an archaeological excavation led by Jacques Perreault, Professor at the University of Montreal’s Centre of Classical Studies and Zisis Bonias, an archaeologist with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports. In ancient Greece, the portico—stoa in Greek—was a long, open structure that often housed shops and delineated public squares...

Researchers Discover Mother Of Roman Perfumes On Mediterranean Coast
2013-10-09 09:38:47

AlphaGalileo Foundation Researchers at the Pablo de Olavide University in Seville have described a new plant in the eastern Mediterranean, growing mainly near the coast. The importance of this discovery is that the plant is the maternal ancestor of a species of hybrid origin, Reseda odorata, used since Roman times due to the fragrance of its flowers, and whose essence was used in the ancient cosmetics industry. An article published in the journal Annales Botanici Fennici describes a new...

Two Hundred Year Old Mystery Of Roman Statue Solved By Archaeology Experts
2013-10-08 13:38:05

AlphaGalileo Foundation Archaeologists from Bournemouth University have been able to identify a stone head that was found in a flowerbed in Chichester over 200 years ago, and remained a mystery ever since. Using the latest laser scanning technology, they have revealed that The Bosham Head, as it is known, is from a Roman statue of Emperor Trajan, dating back to AD 122, and one of the most significant Roman finds in Britain The identity of a huge stone object that has remained a mystery...

Autumn Population Of Barnacle Geese Tripled In The Eastern Gulf Of Finland
2013-10-08 10:19:58

AlphaGalileo Foundation The barnacle goose population in Finland increased by eight per cent year-on-year. The highest growth was observed in the eastern Gulf of Finland, whereas population growth seems to have stopped in the Helsinki and Turku regions. In an autumn counting of barnacle geese organized by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the University of Helsinki and BirdLife Finland, a total of 21,700 geese were counted. Birdwatchers performed a counting of barnacle geese...

International Space Experts Appointed To Judging Panel For Google Lunar XPRIZE
2013-09-30 09:51:04

AlphaGalileo Foundation Google Lunar XPRIZE has announced the line-up for its Judging Panel: eight international experts with experience from iconic space missions including Apollo, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Huygens probe to Titan, the Swift gamma-ray burst mission and the Curiosity Mars rover. The Google Lunar XPRIZE, a global competition that will reward the first privately funded enterprises to place a robotic explorer on the surface of the Moon, currently has 21 teams...

Artificial Surfaces Developed That Surfaces Insects Cannot Stick To
2013-09-24 09:55:00

AlphaGalileo Foundation Beetles, cockroaches, and ants will have a harder time walking on facades or air conditioners in the future - thanks to the bio-inspired, anti-adhesive surfaces Prof. Dr. Thomas Speck, Dr. Bettina Prüm, and Dr. Holger Bohn are developing together with the Plant Biomechanics Group of the University of Freiburg. The team studied plant surfaces in order to determine what influence cell form and microstructure as well as surface chemistry exert on the adhesion behavior...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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