Friday, August 8, 2008

Science Friday 080808

The Long Passage of the SAT Critical Reading Section often features exerpts from science and technology texts. In honor of Science Friday, here are links to ten interesting articles on science and technology.

BG: Red Planet research culminates his dream Billy Baker 08/04/08
One year ago today, chemist Samuel Kounaves stood on a jetty in the predawn stillness of a Florida morning, and waited for his moment.

BG: Cheap solar at night? MIT may have answer Elizabeth Campbell 08/01/08
MIT researchers say they have discovered a way to use solar energy cheaply even after the sun goes down, which could make it a mainstream source of power within the next decade. Video

NG: "Emotional" Robots Debut 07/30/08
A childlike robot and six-legged machine display the latest in human-robot interaction in London. One responds to touch with its "heart.

NYT: Fingerprint Test Tells What a Person Has Touched KENNETH CHANG 08/07/08
With a new technique, a fingerprint can identify what a person has touched — like drugs, explosives or poisons.

NYT: The Nose, an Emotional Time Machine NATALIE ANGIER 08/05/08
Olfaction is an ancient sense and in many ways our sense of smell stands alone.

NYT: Speak Up, a Computer Is Listening DAVID POGUE 08/06/08
Using software to tell the computer what to do in conversational English.

Science Daily: Olympic Games: Researchers Explore What Makes Better Athletes, The Physiology Of Performance, And More 08/06/08

SFG: Scientists reply to Web gossip on Mars find 08/05/08
It seems every space junkie who thumbs a BlackBerry or hits the keys on a laptop has a rumor to share these days about life on Mars...

SFG: '6 degrees of separation' backed Researchers study distance between any 2 strangers.
Turns out, it is a small world. The small world theory, embodied in the old saw that there are just "six degrees of separation...

WSJ: Stem Cells' New Sugar Daddy ROBERT LEE HOTZ 08/07/08
California is the first state in the U.S. to use public bonds to fund stem-cell research, and researchers there have already transformed how controversial biomedical research is sustained.

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