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Utracold Reaction

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over 4 years ago

Molecules cooled to less than a millionth degree Kelvin above absolute zero can still react chemically with one another despite the temperature causing near-negligible collision motion. “[A new study found that] at just a few hundred nanokelvins above absolute zero, the researchers could even change ...

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Free Buffett

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Today millions of Americans will scramble to acquire a piece of Warren Buffett, as his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. goes mainstream to join Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index. “More than $1 trillion of investor money directly tracks the index. The result is a scramble for Berkshire shares by index funds ...

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Twin Auroras

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The Hubble space telescope has caught Saturn’s twin auroras on camera during a rare equinox which reveals both polls of the planet lit up in a spectacular display. “Video of the cosmic light show was recorded during the Saturnal equinox last year when Hubble had a unique edge-on view of the planet's ...

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Ayatollah Praise

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Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has praised the mass turnout at the government-backed rally marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “[He] thanked the ‘tens of millions’ who showed up on Thursday's anniversary, saying the gathering in downtown Teheran reflected the nation's strength and ...

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Red Riding

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“‘This is the North—we do what we want.’ These defiantly jocular words are spoken by a policeman as he throws a young reporter out the back of a van. The scene takes place in ‘Red Riding: 1974,’ the first in a series of films, ‘The Red Riding Trilogy,’ made last year for British television’s Channel ...

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Spelling Test

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The general manager of the Chilean mint has been sacked for negligence after thousands of 50 peso coins were issued with the country’s name spelled wrongly. “On the 2008 batch of 50 peso coins, which are worth about 6p, the country's name was misspelt. Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins had C-H-I-I-E ...

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“Time Machine”

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A major development in radiocarbon dating has been made by scientists at Queen’s University who have produced a new archaeological tool dubbed “the time machine”. “The new calibration curve, which extends back 50,000 years, is a major landmark in radiocarbon dating -- the method used by ...

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Clinton’s Heart

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CNN examines the “frenetic pace” of former US president Bill Clinton’s life 24-hours after the Secretary of State’s husband underwent minor heart surgery. “[The] whole time I have known him – going back 20 years – he’s led a hectic life,” former Clinton adviser and CNN analyst David Gergen remarked ...

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McQueen

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The enfant terrible of the fashion world died yesterday after apparently committing suicide. Carola Long pays tribute to the irreverent and talented designer Alexander McQueen. “The sheer drama, grandeur and exhilarating bravery of Alexander McQueen's designs and fashion shows may never be surpassed ...

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Never Mind the Tea Party

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over 4 years ago

You have to hand it to them.  The motley crew who have Sarah Palin as their star turn at their "Tea Parties" seem to have struck a chord. Tea and the American Revolution go together, although I rarely managed to find a good brew in many places in the United States. When I first arrived in New York ...

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Dynamic Duo

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over 4 years ago

Music and art have long been a magical pairing. Finding the right soundtrack for a painting requires as much finesse as finding the right wine for that special meal. Russian-born, Canadian artist San Base takes that dynamic duo one step further by adding cutting-edge computer technology to make the ...