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2008-12-09 11:32:55

The fast pace of growing computing power could be sustained for many years to come thanks to new research from the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) that is applying advanced techniques to magnetic semiconductors.

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2008-10-08 16:39:10

Scientists at the UK's National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington have designed a high-speed thermometer that can measure the temperature inside explosions without being damaged in the impact.

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2008-04-02 10:10:00

A government lab in Teddington has taken on its biggest sample for analysis to date – a 14 ton foot-bridge.

2008-01-14 11:50:00

25 years of pollution monitoring shows a fall in the presence of toxins in ambient air.


Word of the Day
pawl
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.
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