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2009-10-29 14:26:59

An adhesive used in products like laminate countertops may also help cement a place for economically viable biofuels, according to a Kansas State University researcher. Susan Sun directs K-State's Bio Materials and Technology Laboratory, where she studies bio-based materials. Her research group is studying adhesives made from by-products of soybean, corn, sorghum and biomass fuels. "There are two important forces driving this research," Sun said. "We're trying to develop these bio-based...

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2009-10-27 06:20:00

Scientists are currently working on a new paint coating for military vehicles to essentially absorb a chemical warfare agent and then decontaminate itself. The paint is being developed by the UK's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) in hopes of providing protection for those operating in or around a vehicle after a chemical attack. The technology would be adapted from "strippable" coatings already being utilized to temporarily camouflage vehicles, BBC News reported. According...

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2008-03-13 07:00:00

Britain's Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) believes a device it developed to guide warships through mine fields may also have applications in reducing the estimated 300,000 small whales and dolphins caught in fishing nets each year. Although originally designed to mark underwater locations such as channels that have been cleared of explosives, developers of the new believe a smaller version could be fitted to fishing nets to reduce numbers of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and...


Word of the Day
sough
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'
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