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  • 2010
  • Feb
  • 28

Underwater Plate Cuts 400-Mile Gash


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An Anonymous Reader stumbled upon this article submitted on The New York Times. The article reads:

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning occurred along the same fault responsible for the biggest quake ever measured.




  • 2010
  • Feb
  • 28

Scientists observe protein folding in living cells for the first time


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An Anonymous Reader figures we should link to this delightful post via Scientific American. A passage reads:

Even in sleep , the human body is rarely still–and within it, there is the constant motion of the contents of our cells and the proteins within. [More]

  • 2010
  • Feb
  • 28

Underwater Plate Cuts 400-Mile Gash


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Sarah highlights a noteworthy account found on The New York Times. A selection follows:

The magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck off the coast of Chile early Saturday morning occurred along the same fault responsible for the biggest quake ever measured.




  • 2010
  • Feb
  • 27

Improving the Conversation: NASA Begins Upgrade to Deep Space Network


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Maria contributed this noteworthy entry from Universe Today. The article reads:

All the robotic missions to various points in our solar system wouldn't be possible if not for the Deep Space Network. It's not just sending commands and receiving data, but also orbit determination, or keeping track of where the spacecraft are with radiometric tracking data so that spacecraft navigators can get probes exactly where the […]

  • 2010
  • Feb
  • 24

Coral Reefs Capitalized on Rock Template


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Wonderful overhead images of coral reefs in the Red Sea that have based their structure on existing landforms (now submerged) rather than ‘building their own house’, as is more typically the case. From the link:

He explained that, in most cases, reefs did not form on a template.

“They are their own template,” he said. “Corals simply settle on other corals and the reef forms in the ideal shape to suit the ecosystem.

“In the Red Sea it seems, for the most part, to be rather different.”

Dr Purkis explained that 15,000 years ago sea levels were much lower in the region and rocks that are now under water, were exposed.

Full story here.