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Comment Solar Landscape (Score 1) 78

Maybe the planet is slipping out of time because it is so far from the sun, this might explain the speed fluctuations. Perhaps there is an undiscovered solar shelf or drop off into a unknown time dome around our sun. Maybe there is a gravitational dust storm the planet travels through during each cycle. That could be unprecedented or maybe just, unanticipated. :)

Submission + - LED lights used to transfer data (youtube.com)

RexRed writes: Current data transmission technology is beginning to reach its limits. If everyone begins talking on a mobile phone in a football stadium, for example, it can cause the system to crash. In his research at the University of Edinburgh and the Jacob's University in Bremen, Harald Haas is testing how to turn light signals from LEDs into data packages.In the future, light-emitting sources everywhere could theoretically double as transmission devices for huge amounts of data.
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Periodic Table Etched Onto a Single Hair 59

adeelarshad82 writes "The University of Nottingham's Nanotechnology Center decided to help Professor of chemistry, Martyn Poliakoff celebrate his special day by 'etching' a copy of a Periodic Table of Elements onto a single strand of the scientist's hair using a 'very sophisticated' electron ion beam microscope. The microscope creates a very fine etching of the periodic table only a few microns across by shooting a 'focused ion beam' of gallium ions at the hair. The technology here is nothing revolutionary, but it is inspiring to see a grown man get so giddy with the prospect of seeing science in action."

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