Friday, July 24, 2009

Science Friday 072409

Slide Show: Japan’s Robots Face Hard Times, NYTimes
Many robots in Japan are now being idled or returned as more manufacturers cut back on production, dealing a blow to the robotics industry. Article

Is the Sun Missing Its Spots? By KENNETH CHANG, NYTimes
Sunspots, a bane of power grids, have been largely missing from the Sun, and no one knows why...Some global warming skeptics speculate that the Sun may be on the verge of an extended slumber. Graphic: A Deep Calm

Searching for Extraterrestrial Life By CLAUDIA DREIFUS, NYTimes
Alan Boss has consulted with scientists for NASA’s Kepler space telescope on their mission of finding planets outside our solar system that might be hospitable to life.

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