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CERN announces start-up date for LHC

8. August 2008


CERN has announced that the first attempt to circulate a beam in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will be made on 10 September. This news comes as the cool down phase of commissioning CERN’s new particle accelerator reaches a successful conclusion. Television coverage of the start-up will be made available through Eurovision. The LHC is […]

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MIT’s nano paper to clean up oil spills

1. June 2008


The mesh of nanowires behind MIT’s new material for absorbing oil and other organic pollutants, here shown at increasing magnifications (left to right). Image courtesy / Francesco Stellacci, MIT, and Nature Nanotechnology The researchers at MIT have made a nano paper which can absorb oil from water. The mesh of nano wires can absorb upto […]

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Physicists Create Universe Smaller Than a Marble

9. May 2008


At Lancaster University, they ’re unraveling the secrets of how to build a universe. In fact, they have already formed one, or something very much like it. This scientific breakthrough lies in the bottom of a chamber no larger than your pinky finger, filled with helium and cooled to 0.0003 degrees Fahrenheit above absolute zero. […]

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ISRO launches 10 satellites in one go-A record

29. April 2008


Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) created a world record yesterday when it successfully placed into orbit 10 satellites in one go by its PSLV-C9 rocket. The 230 tonne rocket launched in perfect conditions from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota carried 824 kg of satellites. The satellites included two Indian and foreign satellites. The first […]

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The Grid, 10000 times faster internet

8. April 2008


THE internet could soon be made obsolete. The scientists who pioneered it have now built a lightning-fast replacement capable of downloading entire feature films within seconds. At speeds about 10,000 times faster than a typical broadband connection, “the grid” will be able to send the entire Rolling Stones back catalogue from Britain to Japan in […]

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