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Researchers Develop Technique to Remotely Control Cockroaches

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that uses an electronic interface to remotely control, or steer, cockroaches. “Our aim was to determine whether we could create a wireless biological interface with cockroaches, which are robust and able to infiltrate small spaces,” says Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at

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Bee Economy: Honey, Mites and Diesel Drive Pollination Fees

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Many crops rely on pollination by honey bees and, as a result, there’s a market for the services of professional beekeepers and their bees. And the cost of those services has been on the rise. What’s driven the increase in pollination fees over the past 20 years? A new study from North Carolina State University

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Helping Water Reclamation Projects Account For ‘Yuck Factor’

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 | Tags: , ,

With more than half of the continental United States in the grip of drought, the need to make the most of our water resources is more apparent than ever. One of the tools that can be used to make efficient use of our water supplies is water reclamation – but water managers and utilities have

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The Future of the Internet is…a la Carte

Thursday, August 9th, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

A team of researchers from four U.S. universities is poised to lay out the key components for a networking architecture to serve as the backbone of a new Internet that gives users more choices about which services they use. The National Science Foundation (NSF) asked the researchers to design a blueprint for a future version

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Olympic Physics: The Pole Vault

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 | Tags: , ,

Editor’s Note: The summer Olympics draw viewers to sports that they otherwise ignore. We marvel as athletes ranging from divers to pole vaulters turn power and speed into athletic artistry. Speed (velocity) and power (force) are also key elements in physics. This is the fourth in a series of guest posts by Dr. Larry Silverberg,

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