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Thursday, May 13, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 13-May-2004
Bird's eye views earth's magnetic lines
Migratory birds, as well as many other animals, are able to sense the magnetic field of the earth, but how do they do it? An article in today's (May 13, 2004) Nature reports evidence that the earth's magnetic field is sensed by light-absorbing molecules in the retina of a bird's' eye. Coauthor John Phillips explains.
Fetzer Institute, National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-May-2004
Carnegie Mellon student develops origami folding robot
A Carnegie Mellon graduate student studying robotics has developed the first origami-folding robot as the subject of his thesis. Origami looks simple at first glance, but the movements required are quite complex. The project uses kinematics, the study of mechanisms, to determine how folding is done and how paper can be treated as a flexible and rigid material.

Public Release: 13-May-2004
Impact at Bedout: 'Smoking gun' of giant collision that nearly ended life on earth is identified
Evidence is mounting that 251 million years ago, long before the dinosaurs dominated the Earth, a meteor the size of Mount Everest smashed into what is now northern Australia, wiping out all but about ten percent of the species on the planet. A new paper published in Science by researchers at the University of Rochester claims to identify the crater made by that meteor.
NASA, National Science Foundation

Public Release: 13-May-2004
Physics Review Letters
The Universe, seen under the Gran Sasso mountain, seems to be older than expected
Some nuclear fusion reactions inside stars occur more slowly than we thought and, as a consequence, stars themselves, as well as galaxies and the entire universe are a bit older than expected. This is what comes out from the last results of Luna experiment (Laboratory for Underground Nuclear astrophysics), settled by National Laboratories of Gran Sasso and realized in cooperation by Infn and Ruhr University in Bochum (Germany).

Public Release: 13-May-2004
2004 Joint Assembly
Satellites see shadows of ancient glaciers
Great ice sheets covered Canada and the central and eastern parts of the United States 18,000 years ago. Today, long after the glaciers melted, an international research team led by Northwestern University geologists using the GPS satellites can "see" the land moving as the earth rebounds in response to the ice that once pushed the land down. They report that while sites in Canada are rising, U.S. sites south of the Great Lakes are sinking.
Handsome men evolved thanks to picky females
Male primates may have sacrificed their long faces and aggressive teeth for more placid looks to attract females

Computer chip noise may betray code
The noise emitted by computer chips could help code breakers decipher encrypted messages, according to preliminary research
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