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2009-07-30 11:46:39

A well-established physical law describes the transfer of heat between two objects, but some physicists have long predicted that the law should break down when the objects are very close together. Scientists had never been able to confirm, or measure, this breakdown in practice. For the first time, however, MIT researchers have achieved this feat, and determined that the heat transfer can be 1,000 times greater than the law predicts.The new findings could lead to significant new applications,...

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2009-06-05 09:45:00

Beginning today, ESA's Planck satellite will carry out a critical mid-course maneuver that will place the satellite on its final trajectory for arrival at L2, the second Lagrange point of the Sun-Earth system, early in July. The maneuver is scheduled to begin at 19:28 CEST on June 5 2009, and will last for up to 30 hours. Planck's main thrusters will conduct repeated 'pulse burns' during this time, switching on then off for 6 seconds every minute. This pulse-burn technique is necessary...

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2009-05-28 07:27:17

Canaries that hear poor songs as juveniles nevertheless sing rather normal songs as adults Many songbirds learn their songs early in life from a role model. In the absence of an appropriate tutor, they develop an improvised song that often lacks the species-typical song structure. However, male canaries even learn to sing normal songs when they were exposed as juveniles to tutors that lacked the features of normal canary song, as researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology have...

2009-05-14 09:13:22

The European Space Agency's Herschel and Planck satellites went into space Thursday aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from the French spaceport in French Guiana. The dual space telescopes were headed toward a spot called L2 -- the second Lagrange point -- where they will operate in different orbits. L2 is a local gravitational point that is fixed in the Earth-sun system and is situated on Earth's night side, the ESA said. It is an excellent location for both Herschel and Planck; it allows them to...

2009-05-11 13:09:07

U.S. scientists say they have created the world's smallest incandescent lamp to explore the boundary between thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. The UCLA researchers said thermodynamics concerns systems with many particles while quantum mechanics works best when applied to just a few. The team is using its tiny lamp to study physicist Max Planck's black-body radiation law, which was derived in 1900 using principles now understood to be native to both theories. The scientists said their...

2008-12-04 15:35:29

People 70 and older tend to feel about 13 years younger than their chronological age, U.S. and German researchers said. Jacqui Smith of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research along with Anna Kleinspehn-Ammerlahn and Dana Kotter-Gruehn at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin analyzed the responses of 516 men and women 70 and older who participated in the Berlin Aging Study. They tracked how their perceptions about age and their satisfaction with aging...

2008-07-31 12:01:05

By Stephen Pounds, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. Jul. 30--The Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees approved a cooperative agreement Wednesday with the Max Planck Society to partner in research and academic programs. The Munich, Germany-based science giant is building a bio-imaging research center south of Scripps Florida in Jupiter, and the FAU deal outlines a framework for undertaking research and academic projects together, making joint patent application filings, gaining...

2008-07-22 18:00:55

By Stephen Pounds, The Palm Beach Post, Fla. Jul. 22--The Palm Beach County Commission will vote today on a plan to give almost $87 million to the Max Planck Society in return for 135 high-wage jobs and a giant research partner for Scripps Florida. The Munich, Germany-based research institution plans to build its first U.S. center, a 100,000-square-foot "bio-imaging" facility, just west of Scripps in Jupiter. Max Planck operates 80 research centers employing 12,600 people in...

2008-07-22 15:00:39

To: STATE EDITORS Contact: Alyson Seligman of Carey O'Donnell PR Group, +1-561-832- 3231, alyson@codpr.com, for The Max Planck Florida Institute WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Following unanimous approval by the seven members of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, for the first time in its 60-year history Germany's Max Planck Society has established an Institute in the United States. The County approved the allocation of $86.9 million to build and operate...

2008-07-18 03:00:50

By Mark Hollis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel Jul. 18--Germany's Max Planck Society will seal a landmark "grant agreement" next week with Palm Beach County for the science giant to build a bio-imaging center that is expected to employ dozens of scientists and technicians and holds promise of helping trigger a rebound in the area's economy. The 112-page contract, provided Thursday to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, lists how $190 million in state and local incentives, including $87 million...


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