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February 26, 2017
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A new standard in robotics

On the wall of Aaron Dollar’s office is a poster for R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), the 1920 Czech play that gave us the word “robot.” The story ends with the nominal robots seizing control of the factory of their origin … Continue reading

February 23, 2017
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Die Nacht schützen

Forschungsnetzwerk veröffentlicht Empfehlung gegen “Lichtverschmutzung” Lichterketten, Straßenlaternen und Werbe-Displays: Gerade im Dezember erhellen wir die dunkle Jahreszeit mit Außenbeleuchtung. Dass diese uns nicht nur in eine weihnachtliche Stimmung versetzt, sondern auch negative Folgen für Mensch und Natur haben kann, ist … Continue reading

February 21, 2017
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Plate tectonics

Geology professor’s study of olivine provides new data set for understanding plate tectonics Plate tectonics, the idea that the surface of the Earth is made up of plates that move apart and come back together, has been used to explain … Continue reading

February 20, 2017
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In African ‘fairy circles,’ a template for nature’s many patterns

Be it the Mima mounds of Washington state or the famous “fairy circles” of Namibia in southwestern Africa, people are captivated by the regular patterns of plant growth that blanket desert and grassland landscapes, often with mesmerizing consistency.

February 15, 2017
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New Fabrication Technique Leads to Broader Sunlight Absorption in Plastic Solar Cells

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new strategy for fabricating more efficient plastic solar cells. The work has implications for developing solar cells with a wider absorption range and increased efficiency.

February 13, 2017
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Low level of oxygen in Earth’s middle ages delayed evolution for two billion years

A low level of atmospheric oxygen in Earth’s middle ages held back evolution for two billion years, raising fresh questions about the origins of life on this planet. New research by the University of Exeter explains how oxygen was trapped … Continue reading