Episode 2: 11th-17th September 2011
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Robots have been a promise and a fear for the last century.
Part 1 looked at trends in Robotics.
This post is syndicated from Hot Topic » Bryan Walker – Original Post The recent CERN paper in Nature on cosmic rays and cloud formation has caused considerable excitement in the denialist world.
Other interesting things
- A sophisticated underground animal world existed 240 million years ago in Morocco. - Tunnels, chambers and other structures related to the early burrows suggest they provided escape from predators and weather extremes.
If there’s a bright center to the Universe, astronomers have found the planet it’s farthest from. Called Kepler-16b, it’s a Saturn-like world which has the distinction of being the first discovered to orbit both Sun-like stars in a binary system.
Earlier this year, graduate students suddenly found themselves deprived of a major source of procrastination when updates of the Piled Higher and Deeper (PHD) Comics suddenly reduced to trickles.
If you ask someone to guess the number of sweets in a jar, the odds that they’ll land upon the right number are low – fairground raffles rely on that inaccuracy. But if you ask many people to take guesses, something odd happens. Even though their individual answers can be wildly off, the average of their varied guesses tends to be surprisingly accurate.
Jellyfishes have functionally replaced several overexploited commercial stocks of planktivorous fishes.
If you've given any thought to the benefits of solar power, you've probably realized at least two things: You need to live in a sunny climate and, most importantly, you need to have your solar panels facing south.
India, ravaged by polio like no other place on the planet, has seen only a single case this year, back in January.
Niall Firth, technology editor
“With caffeine impacting gene expression, we believe that caffeine then influences chemical pathways in the body."
Three cats genetically modified to resist feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) have opened up new avenues for AIDS research. The research could also help veterinarians combat the virus, which kills millions of feral cats each year and also infects big cats, including lions.
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Last updated 10:54 16/09/2011 Australia and New Zealand have submitted an official bid to host the world's most powerful radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).