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2012-04-11 22:24:07

Scientists from the University of Miami and Northern Illinois University develop guidelines to assess risk of illness from sand at recreational sites On warm days, the beach seems an ideal destination for family rest and relaxation. Who hasn't built a sand castle or been buried up to the neck in sand? However, that family fun has a dark side -- sand can harbor illness-causing microbes. Unfortunately, there are no guidelines for sand quality at recreational sites. Now, environmental...

Image 1 - Algorithm Paves Way For Future 'Smart Sand'
2012-04-03 04:55:18

Lee Rannals for Redorbit.com Researchers from MIT have developed new algorithms that could enable "Smart Sand" to form into any shape. By using the algorithm, individual Smart Sand grains would be able to communicate to one another, forming a three-dimensional object. As messages are passed back and forth to each of the grains, they selectively attach to each other to form an object, while the unused grains simply fall away. Once the object has served its purposed, the smart sand...

2012-02-29 14:08:05

New American Chemical Society podcast The latest episode in the American Chemical Society's (ACS) award-winning "Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions" podcast series describes how the seeds of the "miracle tree" can be used to produce clean drinking water. The new water-treatment process requiring only tree seeds and sand could purify and clarify water inexpensively and sustainably in the developing world, where more than 1 billion people lack access to clean drinking water, scientists...

2011-12-14 19:53:26

Discovery may be boon to engineers, manufacturers A stroll on the beach can mean sinking your toes into smooth sand or walking firm-footed on a surface that appears almost solid. While both properties are commonplace, exactly what it is that makes granular materials change from a flowing state to a “jammed,” or solid, state? Whether it´s sand on a beach or rice grains in a hopper, being able to predict the behavior of granular matter can help engineers and manufacturers of...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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