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Posted By: Amos
11-May-05 - 08:24 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
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SCIENTISTS LEVITATE HEAVIEST ELEMENTS WITH HELP FROM COLD OXYGEN, May 11
Scientists at the University of Nottingham have successfully levitated diamond and some of the heaviest elements, including lead and platinum. Using liquid oxygen to increase the buoyancy created by a specially designed superconducting magnet, they could now levitate a hypothetical object with a density 15 times larger than that of the densest known material, osmium. This research is published today (11th May 2005) in the New Journal of Physics co-owned by the Institute of Physics and Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (the German Physical Society).
Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news4059.html
RESEARCHERS BUILD A ROBOT THAT CAN REPRODUCE, May 11
One of the dreams of both science fiction writers and practical robot builders has been realized, at least on a simple level: Cornell University researchers have created a machine that can build copies of itself.
Admittedly the machine is just a proof of concept -- it performs no useful function except to self-replicate -- but the basic principle could be extended to create robots that could replicate or at least repair themselves while working in space or in hazardous environments, according to Hod Lipson, Cornell assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and computing and information science, in whose lab the robots were built and tested.
Full story at http://www.physorg.com/news4055.html