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Newer Cookware Shatters More Easily

Newer cookware, made from soda lime silicate glass instead of borosilicate glass, has a smaller shatterproof temperature range. Christopher Intagliata reports

September 12, 2012

Cameras to Focus on Dark Energy

A pair of detectors that measure minute distortions in images of distant galaxies will probe the riddle of cosmic acceleration

September 12, 2012 — Eric Hand

Self-Image: Mars Rover Takes Its Own Portrait

That's no Instagram filter lending a nostalgic sepia tint to the image above. The reddish haze pervading the photo of NASA's Curiosity rover comes from a protective dust cover shielding the lens of the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), which took the picture September 7...

September 10, 2012

Super-Stretchy Hydrogel Can Take a Hit

A polymer network made of alginate and polyacrylamide is the most resilient yet and could be used in replacement cartilage or scaffolding for artificial organs

September 6, 2012 — Katharine Sanderson and Nature magazine

Curiosity Rover Bores Holes in Mars Soil with Laser Beam

For the ChemCam on NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars, a spot marks the spot. ChemCam, a multitalented instrument for remotely analyzing Martian rocks and soils, fires a laser at targets up to seven meters away to determine their chemical composition...

September 5, 2012

Isaac's Impacts: Destruction from "Just a Cat 1" Storm

Along with wind speed, the sheer size of a storm, how quickly it is moving and the angle at which it's approaching land also influence its potential to wreak havoc. Isaac possessed some of the most menacing of these qualities...

August 30, 2012 — Andrea Mustain and OurAmazingPlanet
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