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2009-09-22 12:59:00

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- In yet another industry first, Crystal Cruises is partnering with the Travel Channel Academy to teach its guests how to produce, direct and edit professional travel films. Taught by Travel Channel producers and directors, the comprehensive curriculum mirrors the Academy's respected land-based program, embellished with camera equipment and editing software available exclusively to Crystal guests. The Academy is the only travel-focused digital...

2009-08-27 15:55:00

A University of York scientist has been awarded a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship for her research on smart polymer materials that could eventually be used as sensors to detect biological materials and pollutants.Dr Verena Görtz, of the University's Department of Chemistry, will use the funds provided by the Fellowship to develop her pioneering work which focuses on creating polymer beads with liquid crystal properties.Liquid crystals are widely known for their application in...

2009-08-10 16:21:00

U.S. scientists report the first real-time, direct observation of single nanocrystal growth in solution revealed much of what we thought we knew is wrong. The researchers, led by Berkeley National Laboratory Director Paul Alivisatos and Ulrich Dahmen, director of the lab's National Center for Electron Microscopy, said their study showed that while some crystals in solution grow steadily in size via classical nucleation and aggregation, others grow via coalescence events, in which small...

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2009-08-07 09:20:00

Pet owners have heard the warnings to keep certain poisonous houseplants away from their pets, such as Dieffenbachia (dumbcane), Philodendron, peace lily, and pothos. For houseplants like these and others, the problem may not just be a poison, but the presence of tiny crystals throughout the plant.A discussion of plants may not bring to mind crystals; however, crystals are found in hundreds of plant families. Despite this, their purpose is not well-understood. Hypotheses include acting as a...

2009-07-27 18:02:00

LOS ANGELES, July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- From up to $3,000 off per couple and up to $2,000 per couple in shipboard credits to group and family incentives, Crystal Cruises is providing exceptional value and variety, as well as luxury, for discriminating travelers. "A Crystal vacation, along with consistently being voted 'World's Best' by savvy travelers, is an inherently great value. Every detail of the Crystal experience is attended to with special care," says Bill Smith, Crystal's senior...

2009-07-06 14:58:52

U.S. scientists say they've discovered table salt so brittle it crushes easily between a thumb and forefinger can become super-elastic in the nanoworld. Scientists at the Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico said such elastic salt can stretch like taffy to twice its original length without breaking. Nathan Moore and colleagues made the discovery using a specially designed microscope while studying how water coats salt crystals. They said they detected an unusual attractive force between...

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2009-06-17 13:15:00

Better predictions of how many valuable materials behave under stress could be on the way from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where scientists have recently found evidence* of an important similarity between the behavior of polycrystalline materials"”such as metals and ceramics"”and glasses.Most metals and ceramics used in manufacturing are polycrystals. The steel in a bridge girder is formed from innumerable tiny metal crystals that grew together in a...

2009-05-14 15:23:52

The researchers, led by Vidi laureate Dr Nico Sommerdijk, managed to image small clusters, with a diameter of 0.7 nanometers, in a solution of calcium carbonate, (the basic material of shells, for example). They were the first to show that these clusters, containing no more than about ten ions, were the start of the growth process from which the crystalline biomineral is ultimately formed.To do this, they used the extremely high resolution of a special electron microscope, the FEI Company's...

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2009-05-13 13:30:00

Scientists have long wondered how tiny silicate crystals, which need sizzling high temperatures to form, have found their way into frozen comets, born in the deep freeze of the solar system's outer edges. The crystals would have begun as non-crystallized silicate particles, part of the mix of gas and dust from which the solar system developed. A team of astronomers believes they have found a new explanation for both where and how these crystals may have been created, by using NASA's Spitzer...

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2009-04-07 12:45:30

Water usually crystallises as hexagonal rings but scientist at the University of Liverpool have discovered a five-sided ice chain that breaks the usual rules. Researchers, in collaboration with University College London and the Fritz-Haber Institut in Berlin, created the first moments of water condensing on matter "“ a process vital for the formation of clouds in the atmosphere "“ by analysing how the two interact on a flat copper surface. Ice has rarely been viewed at the...


Word of the Day
lambent
  • Licking.
  • Hence Running along or over a surface, as if in the act of licking; flowing over or along; lapping or bathing; softly bright; gleaming.
This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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