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samzenpus from the shake-all-you-want dept.
separsons writes "Researchers at Japan's Tohoku University designed a new shape memory metal alloy. The super elastic iron alloy can endure serious stretching and still return to its original shape. The scientists say that once optimized, the material could be used in everything from braces to medical stents to earthquake-proof buildings!"
samzenpus from the ants-plus-math-equals-doom dept.
thisIsOdd writes "NPR had a recent report about scientists at the University of Ulm who suggest that ants in desert environments count to help them get to and from their homes. Because the desert's windiness and sandiness is not conducive the 'smell-trail' method, where ants squeeze certain glands that leave a chemical trail, scientists were puzzled by the fact that these desert ants were able to leave and successfully return to their nest. The theory is called the 'pedometer theory,' and the experiment used to test it involves manipulating the leg length of some of these ants. Ants with longer legs would pass the nest on the way home, and ones with shorter legs came up... well... short."
Atmosphereum (1068854) writes "I have a decade of experience as a Java developer. Lately I've noticed that most software developer openings in my area want.NET rather than Java experience. Is this a common trend? I'd rather not relocate, so to boost my employability in this region, should I consider jumping onto the local.NET bandwagon? Has anyone else here made the leap from Java to.NET? How would you recommend doing this?"