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Models with Warped Branes to Explain Weak Gravity?

Of Interest: Harvard theoretical physicist Lisa Randall, along with John Hopkins professor Raman Sundrum, has come up with a possible explanation of why gravity is so weak compared with the other forces of nature. It has something to do with models with warped membranes, dimensions and Oreos. Before shuffling off this mortal coil, as it were, Douglas Adams left his massive imprint in the...

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Cutting the Cord.

I've predicted for years that phones plugged into a wired grid will go the way of the B&W television set. Hey, finally looks like I got one! I've been intrigued by a currently-running Sprint commercial that talks about how Ford Motor Company ditched wired phones in favor of going cellular. Thinking the commercial was probably 3 parts hype and 1 part reality, I Googled it. Turns out that it's...

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New York Named Logistics Leader

Although the state may not be renowned as the most people-friendly metropolitan area in the U.S., New York is the most logistics-friendly. This according to Expansion Management and Logistics Today magazines' annual rankings. Expansion Management and Logistics Today magazines have teamed for the past five years to annually produce their Site Selector ranking of the most logistics-friendly metros...

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Is Broadband Over Power Lines (BPL) Viable?

While other broadband technologies seem to be getting all the attention, a citywide BPL installation in Manassas, VA, begs the question: Is BPL feasible? The term networking used to just mean interconnecting computers. Today—no matter if it's related to a manufacturing facility or your home—networking isn't complete without an Internet-related component. Of the many forms of networking...

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Light Friday: Halloween, Depressed Dogs, Newly Discovered Engineering Quotes, and Gigantic Mushrooms

A selection of tidbits defying both gravity and description lies within. Newsflash: Halloween Scary to Children "Two thousand years ago, Celts living in what is now the United Kingdom celebrated their new year at the end of October. During these days of transition from the end of summer harvest to the beginning of winter, spirits were thought to roam among the living." In medieval England,...

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Going Nuclear, Part III

Q1: What's been the safest, most widespread use of nuclear power? A1: You might be surprised. Q2: Should waste be buried, vitrified and buried, or reprocessed? A2: Seems no one's quite sure. Interestingly, the U.S. Navy was the first organization to 'develop utilitarian nuclear power' and, according to that Wikipedia reference, is the only organization worldwide with a totally clean [nuclear]...

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Nano Ballyhoo

One long-hyped technology in the fields of science and engineering is the elusively defined nanotechnology, which still promises the future ability to shrink the scale and elevate efficiency of materials and devices. Nanotechnology research, at its core, is based on discoveries in physics and chemistry, as the key to controlling molecules' (and molecule complexes') physical and chemical...

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Hybrid-Auto Production Jumps

Hybrid vehicles still represent less than one percent of the U.S. market, but recent signs show they are on the rise. Some analysts have said that that one percent could grow to as much as 35 percent by 2015. (Others, of course, have been more conservative.) On Oct. 12, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy issued a U.S. government list of the ten most fuel-efficient...

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Formulating the Perfect Sandcastle

Unable to leave a children's-favorite beach activity alone, scientists recently announced "an important advance in understanding static wet granular materials." They discovered the secret formula for building the perfect sandcastle. Using complex experiments and mathematics, scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) last month announced an important advance in understanding...

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Blowing Up Robots

The worldwide market for industrial and service robots is forecast to be worth more than $66 billion by 2025, while analysts estimate that about four million household robots will ship in 2007. Both output of robots and the attention paid them appear to be blowing up. Last year, according to BBC coverage this month, a United Nations annual World Robotics report said that 4.1 million robots would...

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