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The Other Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

The Other Meaning of ‘Computer Science’

If scientific research programs were movies, computers would always be cast as the sidekick: essential to the plot’s progress, but always serving the main character’s goals and motivations. Created by scientists and engineers, computers labor tirelessly to perform all the ...

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The Wave That Changed Science

The Wave That Changed Science

Over the centuries many sailors described seeing huge ocean waves, monsters of the seas that towered to heights of 30 meters and more. Those Rogue Waves, as they were called, appeared suddenly and rammed into the unfortunate vessel. Scientists tended ...

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When Softness isn’t a Virtue

When Softness isn’t a Virtue

A team of researchers from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) has developed a method to distinguish between metastatic cancer cells and normal cells. The method utilizes an atomic force microscope (AFM) to measure the softness of a ...

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2007 In Science, Medicine and Space

2007 In Science, Medicine and Space

12 months have gone by, and TFOT continues the tradition of presenting its readers with a summary of the passing year’s most remarkable discoveries, innovations, research, and applications in science, medicine, and space exploration.    The Mini-Mag Orion interstellar concept ...

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2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences is awarding the 2007 Nobel Prize in Chemistry to Gerhard Ertl, a researcher at the Fritz-Haber Institute of the Max-Planck Society in Berlin. Ertl will receive the prize for his studies of chemical processes ...

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NanoArt 2007-2008 Competition

NanoArt 2007-2008 Competition

The NanoArt worldwide contest is an event where art and technology are merged to create artwork based on real chemical and/or physical processes, presented by artists from all over the world. This innovative art discipline is related to nanosculptures – ...

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Keeping Our Memories Fresh

What keeps our long term memories viable? Little is known about the way the long term memories are kept in the brain. Does memorizing something new can be compared to writing text on a paper, making it stay forever or ...

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Biosphere 2 to Live On

Biosphere 2 to Live On

The University of Arizona recently announced that it will be taking on the operation of the Biosphere 2 Project, which was on the verge of being shut down after it ran out of money. This announcement is now giving hope ...

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2006 in Science, Medicine, and Space

From discovering extrasolar planets to revealing new insights into the workings of life-threatening diseases such as cancer, AIDS, and Alzheimers, 2006 was a year full of scientific innovation. In this article, TFOT returns to a few of the most interesting ...

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