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Europeans Hope Their Low Frequency Array Will Complement US SETI

A scientific quest for life elsewhere in the universe is facing some down-to-earth problems. The SETI Institute in California, considered the world's premiere organization when it comes to scanning the skies for signs of extraterrestrial life, recently mothballed a powerful radio telescope it had been using to search for signals from alien civilizations. The effort has been put on hold due to a lack of money.

from PRI's The World

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In Asia, the Perils of Aborting Girls and Keeping Boys

In her trip through China's Suining County in Jiangsu province, journalist Mara Hvistendahl saw plenty of familiar signs of economic growth. But she also saw something at an elementary school that startled her: There were far more boys in the classrooms than girls.

from NPR

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Quantum-Dot Displays: Dotting the Eyes

Good as modern display screens are, they could be a lot better. Even the best liquid-crystal display (LCD) can produce only about a third of the range of colours which the human eye (in collaboration with the brain) can perceive. But that may soon change, with the deployment in screens of structures called quantum dots.

from the Economist

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Bid to Repair Great Lakes, One Marsh at a Time

Suamico, Wis. -- Shod in knee-high rubber boots, Jim Jolly sloshes through shin-deep water, searching for fish. This tangle of submerged grass "is kind of what they're looking for," says Mr. Jolly, a Brown County conservation official.

from the Christian Science Monitor

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End of the Sunspot Cycle?

Things may be about to get very dull on the sun. Three different measurements of solar activity, reported by scientists at a press conference today, suggest that the next 11-year-long solar cycle will be far quieter than the current one. In fact, it may not happen at all: Sunspots, the enormous magnetic storms that erupt on the sun's surface as the cycle builds, might disappear entirely for the first time in approximately 400 years.

from ScienceNOW Daily News

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Misconceptions About Forest-Dwellers Overturned

Forests are vital to the livelihoods of millions of people in developing countries, providing on average more than one-fifth of their annual income, according to data presented today [Wednesday] at a meeting in London.

from Nature News

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Voyager 1 Encounters the Unexpected

On its journey to the stars, the Voyager 1 spacecraft has hit an unexpected, knife's-edge region at the boundary between the solar system and interstellar space. In short, Voyager 1 is in a spot where the sun's winds have, in effect, stopped blowing.

from the Christian Science Monitor

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IPCC Asks Scientists to Assess Geo-Engineering Climate Solutions

Lighter-coloured crops, aerosols in the stratosphere and iron filings in the ocean are among the measures being considered by leading scientists for "geo-engineering" the Earth's climate, leaked documents from the UN climate science body show.

from the Guardian (U.K.)

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