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Lasers can act as 'tractor beams'

Research predicts the science-fiction mainstay of "tractor beams", showing that precisely-shaped laser beams can draw small particles backward.

China Leads U.S. in Clean Energy

7 years ago from Live Science

Energy innovations could help the U.S. close the clean energy gap with China.

Rarest Rhino Filmed

7 years ago from National Geographic

Critically endangered and rarely seen rhinos with their calves were filmed by WWF in Indonesia with motion-activated cameras. Video.

Meeting the Higgs hunters

7 years ago from Physorg

With CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC) now being fired up after its winter shutdown, physicists at the Geneva lab are gearing up for the first signs of the Higgs boson...

Boiling bubbles are cool in space

7 years ago from Physorg

( -- It may seem illogical, but boiling is a very efficient way to cool engineering components and systems used in the extreme environments of space.

Development team achieves 1 terabit per second data rate on a single integrated photonic chip

7 years ago from

With worldwide Internet data traffic increasing by 50 percent each year, telecommunications companies that handle this digital torrent must be able to economically expand the capacities of their networks while...

Iraqi oil sector keen to rebound

7 years ago from UPI

BAGHDAD, March 1 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Oil Ministry is keen to rebound from recent insurgent attacks through increases in oil storage and quick repairs, the oil minister said.

Beautiful theory collides with smashing particle data

7 years ago from News @ Nature

Latest results from the LHC are casting doubt on the theory of supersymmetry.

Key to safer remote detection of dangerous materials

7 years ago from Science Daily

Scientists have demonstrated a promising technique that employs sound waves to boost the distance from which researchers can use terahertz technology to remotely detect hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous...

Engineering researchers study nanostructures from principles to applications

7 years ago from Physorg

Husband-and-wife researchers Krishnan Venkatakrishnan and Bo Tan are proving that good things really can come in small packages - especially if the package measures one billionth of a metre. Tan...

Stretched rubber offers simpler method for assembling nanowires

7 years ago from Science Daily

Researchers have developed a cheap and easy method for assembling nanowires, controlling their alignment and density. The researchers hope the findings will foster additional research into a range of device...

Potential 'game changer' for pathologists

7 years ago from Science Daily

A technique aims to make computer-aided tissue analysis better, faster and simpler.

EU: Gadhafi has lost control over oil, gas

7 years ago from UPI

BRUSSELS, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Moammar Gadhafi's regime has lost control over most of Libya's oil and gas fields, European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said Monday in Brussels.

Ultrathin coating generates current more efficiently from nanowire

7 years ago from Physorg

Electrical energy can be generated from a temperature difference in a circuit with suitable materials. In simulations, ETH Zurich scientists show which materials are most likely to succeed in a...

New form of sulfur discovered in geological fluids

7 years ago from Physorg

Sulfur is the sixth most abundant element on Earth and plays a key role in many geological and biological processes. A French-German team including CNRS and the Université Paul Sabatier...

Surgical instruments with electronic serial numbers

7 years ago from Physorg

Gone are the days of having to compromise on surgeons' demands because of the limitations associated with metal processing: Laser melting has abolished production-related restrictions on surgical instruments. The technique...

Chemist's Work Brings More National Recognition as Promising Early-Career Scientist

7 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

Christine Aikens, K-State assistant professor of chemistry, has received the Sloan Research Fellowship for her success as a promising young scholar, particularly in the research areas of sustainable energy and...

The Case Of The Missing Xenon

7 years ago from C&EN

Noble Gases: First XeO2 synthesis could provide the final clue to one of Earth's geochemical mysteries.

Data destroying machine sought by Public Works

7 years ago from CBC: Technology & Science

The federal government has ordered a machine will rip data-storage devices into pieces so tiny that the sensitive information can never be recovered.

Freescale introduces intelligent sensor for car battery monitoring

7 years ago from Physorg

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced the MM912J637 intelligent battery sensor (IBS), which accurately measures the voltage, current and temperature of lead-acid batteries and calculates the battery state, all while operating in...

Industries look beyond wind, solar energy

7 years ago from UPI

MINNETONKA, Minn., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- A massive kite used in the shipping industry could reduce fuel consumption by as much as 35 percent, U.S. agricultural company Cargill announced.

Segregation behaviors and radial distribution of dopant atoms in silicon nanowires

7 years ago from Physorg

National Institute for Material Science, Japan Science and Technology Agency and University of Tsukuba announced on February 4, 2011 that they succeeded in detecting nondestructively dynamic behaviors of doped impurities...

Rare earths 'replaced' by silicon chip

7 years ago from Physorg

Rare earths are an expensive and necessary component of strong permanent magnets. However, their use for this purpose can be optimised and thereby reduced. This has been demonstrated in computer...

Catalyst cleans up C-C bond formation

7 years ago from Chemistry World

Iridium compound makes carbon–carbon bonds using methanol

Drinking bird

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

A good understanding of both chemistry and physics is the secret to the popular children's toy, the Drinking BirdWhen was the last time you saw one of these? This classic children's toy...

My favourite particle: the photon

7 years ago from The Guardian - Science

I was talking to my daughter about a star she saw out of her bedroom window the other morning. Actually it was Venus. She had learned at school that some of the...

The Radiation Boom: X-Rays and Unshielded Infants

7 years ago from NY Times Science

Radiation errors at SUNY Downstate raise questions about the competence, training and oversight of technologists who operate powerful equipment.

Age-old physics puzzle solved

7 years ago from Science Alert

Scientists have unexpectedly stumbled upon the answer to a 90 year old quantum physics conundrum.