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Climate Change Could Be Causing Plants, Animals To Shrink
2011-10-17 05:18:01

Warmer temperatures and a lack of water are causing some types of plants and animals to become smaller, claims a new study published Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change. According to Marlowe Hood of the AFP, authors Jennifer Sheridan and David Bickford of the National University of Singapore discovered that nearly 45% of the species they studied had decreased in size over the past few generations, and they say climate change is at fault. "The impact of rapidly climbing...

Enhancing Hard Drives Using Table Salt
2011-10-17 05:09:17

Singapore-based scientists on Friday announced that they found an unusual way to increase the storage capacity of computer hard drives -- by using ordinary table salt. According to a Sunday story published by the Telegraph, researchers at the Agency for Science Technology and Research teamed with the National University of Singapore and the Data Storage Institute to discover a new manufacturing process that uses sodium chloride to increase the density of those storage devices approximately...

2011-09-27 14:43:04

Pessimism prevails in the conservation community because of ongoing habitat destruction and associated threats to species. With the global population surging, conservationists will face increasing challenges to protect imperiled species and habitats A paper by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), James Cook University and Mongabay.com, which was published in Trends in Ecology & Evolution in early August, showed that although large-scale biodiversity declines are...

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2011-09-14 22:46:41

A team of researchers from Singapore, Australia, Switzerland, the UK and the USA has carried out a comprehensive assessment to estimate the impact of disturbance and land conversion on biodiversity in tropical forests. In a recent study published in Nature, they found that primary forests — those least disturbed old-growth forests — sustain the highest levels of biodiversity and are vital to many tropical species. Rampant rates of logging and agricultural expansion have...

2011-08-16 10:56:00

AMSTERDAM, August 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, and the National University of Singapore (NUS), a leading global university centered in Asia, announced the winners of SgCodeJam24. This "Hackathon", a 24-hour programming competition, encourages students and faculty to develop customized applications that advance the search and discovery process of scientific information....

2011-08-15 15:12:31

The first study by National University of Singapore, University of Adelaide and Princeton University researchers reveals that at least 351 species thought to have disappeared in the past 122 years, have been rediscovered Extinction is a focal issue among scientists, policy makers and the general public. Each year, numerous species which are thought to have disappeared are rediscovered. Yet, these rediscoveries remain on the brink of extinction. Researchers from the National University of...

2011-08-01 12:07:38

The quantum world allows you to answer questions correctly when you don't even have all the information you should need No-one likes a know-it-all but we expect to be able to catch them out: someone who acts like they know everything but doesn't can always be tripped up with a well-chosen question. Can't they? Not so. New research in quantum physics has shown that a quantum know-it-all could lack information about a subject as a whole, yet answer almost perfectly any question about the...

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2011-06-15 11:51:11

Researchers in Singapore and Norway implement a perfect eavesdropper that illustrates an overlooked loophole in secure communications technology Singapore and Trondheim, Norway: Quantum key distribution (QKD) is an advanced tool for secure computer-based interactions, providing confidential communication between two remote parties by enabling them to construct a shared secret key during the course of their conversation. QKD is perfectly secure in principle, but researchers have long been...

2011-06-06 19:19:28

Researchers at the National University of Singapore have invented a graphene-based polarizer that can broaden the bandwidth of prevailing optical fiber-based telecommunication systems Researchers at the National University of Singapore have invented a graphene-based polarizer that can broaden the bandwidth of prevailing optical fibre-based telecommunication systems. The graphene research team, led by Professor Kian Ping Loh at the National University of Singapore, invented an ultra-slim...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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