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Galaxy Could Be Teeming With 'Nomad Planets'
2012-02-24 09:17:30

Researchers at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology (KIPAC) suggest in a new study that the heavens could be teeming with “nomad planets,” wandering through space instead of orbiting around host stars. In fact, say the researchers, there could be 100,000 times more of these planets in the Milky Way alone than there are stars. And if observations confirm this estimate, it could affect the current theories of planet formation and change our understanding of...

2012-02-09 15:04:19

The vast majority of patients with incurable lung or colorectal cancer talk with a physician about their options for care at the end of life, but often not until late in the course of their illness, according to a new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute investigators published in the Feb. 7 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine. The researchers found that such belated conversations tend to occur under particularly stressful conditions — when patients have been admitted to a...

2012-01-31 11:08:45

A publicly displayed object of art experiences a lot: dazzling light, unfavorable temperatures or too much moisture. With ℠Artguardian´ Fraunhofer researchers have developed a fully automated, intelligent monitoring system helping art lovers to optimally preserve their objects of art. Thanks to sensitive sensors they can be exhibited under the best conditions. The solution will be presented from 6th to 10th March at the CeBIT 2012 (hall 9, booth E08). There are an estimated 150...

How Many Atoms Does It Take To Store A Memory Bit?
2012-01-13 09:46:22

Researchers at International Business Machines (IBM) have discovered how to store a bit of information in just 12 atoms, a process that usually requires the use of a million or more atoms. The technique, reported in the journal Science, is based on ferromagnetism and could allow for even smaller, faster and more energy-efficient devices in the future. “The chip industry will continue its pursuit of incremental scaling in semiconductor technology but, as components continue to...

2012-01-05 14:34:26

Optimized operations are essential to globally competitive companies. Until now, inspectors have timed procedures, usually manually, in order to organize manual assembly operations efficiently — a method prone to error. A new system records times automatically and cuts costs for companies. Handling tools, assembling, inserting, joining and bolting parts, painting components, operating equipment — innumerable procedures must be executed before a product can be packaged and...


Word of the Day
penuche
  • A fudgelike confection of brown sugar, cream or milk, and chopped nuts.
'Penuche' is a variant of 'panocha,' a coarse grade of sugar made in Mexico. 'Panocha' probably comes from the Spanish 'panoja, panocha,' ear of grain.
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