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2012-04-30 19:54:30

Researchers take a 'test drive' on ANI testbed Climate researchers are producing some of the fastest growing datasets in science. Five years ago, the amount of information generated for the Nobel Prize-winning United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report was 35 terabytes–equivalent to the amount of text in 35 million books, occupying a bookshelf 248 miles (399 km) long. By 2014, when the next IPCC report is published, experts predict that 2...

3.4 Billion Pixel Telescope Plans Move One Step Further
2012-04-26 13:11:13

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com The U.S. Department of Energy has given the go ahead for a proposed 3.4 billion pixel Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST) to move on to the next step of development. Now that the project has received approval from the department, it will begin the engineering design, scheduling, and budgeting portion of the project. The telescope received a "Critical Decision 1" approval, making a big step toward being one of the widest, fastest and deepest view...

Miniature Sandia Sensors May Advance Climate Studies
2012-04-11 08:18:45

Self-sealing valves also increase data reliability for airborne industrial and battlefield gas detection and point-of-contact medicine An air sampler the size of an ear plug is expected to cheaply and easily collect atmospheric samples to improve computer climate models. "We now have an inexpensive tool for collecting pristine vapor samples in the field," said Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ron Manginell, lead author of the cover story for the Review of Scientific Instruments,...

2012-03-28 08:26:25

Common material such as polyethylene used in plastic bags could be turned into something far more valuable through a process being developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In a paper published in Advanced Materials, a team led by Amit Naskar of the Materials Science and Technology Division outlined a method that allows not only for production of carbon fiber but also the ability to tailor the final product to specific applications. "Our results represent...

2012-03-26 09:20:17

Discovery could lead to new methods for environmental remediation and speeding up chemical reactions A glow coming from the glassy shell of microscopic marine algae called diatoms could someday help us detect chemicals and other substances in water samples. And the fact that this diatom can glow in response to an external substance could also help researchers develop a variety of new, diatom-inspired nanomaterials that could solve problems in sensing, catalysis and environmental...


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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