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gold coated nanowire probe
2014-08-17 02:05:27

Australian National University Cooling a nanowire probe with a laser could lead to substantial improvements in the sensitivity of atomic force probe microscopes Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus. The technique, developed by researchers at The Australian National University (ANU), hinges on using laser beams to cool a nanowire probe to minus 265...

water tractor beam
2014-08-12 03:30:20

[ Watch The Video: ANU Scientists Create A Tractor Beam On Water ] Australian National University Complex waves generate flow patterns that could be used to manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach. The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered...

Mineral Found On Mars Could Be Linked To Microbes
2014-05-20 03:10:40

Australian National University Scientists have discovered that the earliest living organisms on Earth were capable of making a mineral that may be found on Mars. The clay-mineral stevensite has been used since ancient times and was used by Nubian women as a beauty treatment, but scientists had believed deposits could only be formed in harsh conditions like volcanic lava and hot alkali lakes. Researchers led by Dr Bob Burne from The Australian National University (ANU) have found...

2014-05-12 11:24:23

University of Southampton Scientists have developed a new method for revealing how sea levels might rise around the world throughout the 21st century to address the controversial topic of whether the rate of sea level rise is currently increasing. The international team of researchers, led by the University of Southampton and including scientists from the National Oceanography Centre, the University of Western Australia, the University of South Florida, the Australian National...

2014-02-28 08:21:31

Marks Highest Efficiency for a Back Contact Silicon Solar Cell CHANGZHOU, China, Feb. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Trina Solar Limited ("TSL" or "Trina Solar"), a global leader in photovoltaic modules, solutions and services, announced today that researchers from Trina Solar and the Australian National University ("ANU") have jointly developed a new high-efficiency solar cell. The laboratory scale Interdigitated Back Contact ("IBC") cell was developed at the Australian National...

SkyMapper research team
2014-02-10 08:13:02

Australian National University A team led by astronomers at The Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the Universe, which formed shortly after the Big Bang 13.7 billion years ago. The discovery has allowed astronomers for the first time to study the chemistry of the first stars, giving scientists a clearer idea of what the Universe was like in its infancy. "This is the first time that we've been able to unambiguously say that we've found the chemical...

2013-07-16 10:41:42

Ants keep a collection of ‘snapshots’ taken close to the nest so they can find their way home from unfamiliar locations. This is the discovery of scientists at The Vision Centre (VC) and the Research School of Biology at the Australian National University, who found that Australian jack jumper ants, just by briefly scanning the panorama, can quickly determine where their nest is from 15 meters away, even from areas that they have never visited before....

Information Advantage Gained From Surprising Quantum Source
2012-08-06 09:34:56

New research lends hope that a phenomenon called quantum discord could be harnessed to bring quantum technologies within easier reach than expected. The work, by an international team, is published 5 August in Nature Physics. Up until a few years ago, researchers thought that realising quantum technologies would mean harnessing the most difficult-to-tame properties of the quantum world. For example, 'entanglement', the phenomenon referred to by Einstein as spooky-action-at-a-distance, was...


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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