1. ”Beautiful eye candy”: Frozen plains of Pluto’s heart
Vast frozen plains exist next door to Pluto’s big, rugged mountains sculpted of ice,
scientists said three days after humanity’s first-ever flyby of the dwarf planet.
2. New battery technologies take on lithium-ion
Lithium-ion batteries remain the technology-of-choice for today’s crop of electric cars,
but challengers are revving up to try to upset the current order.
3. Google self-driving car involved in first injury accident
Google Inc. revealed that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury
accident for the first time.
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1. Ice Flows and the Dark Side Pluto
Even at Pluto’s estimated surface temperature of around -380 F, nitrogen ice can creep
across the surface of the planet’s icy plain, which has been informally named “Sputnik
Planum,” located in Pluto’s heart, the “Tombaugh Regio.”
2. Fungus Responsible for Hair Ice Identified
Hair ice is a whimsical thing. It grows on the rotting branches of certain trees, with
grouped strands of silk-like hair protruding from the wood. Conditions must be ripe
for formation, usually humid winter nights when air temperatures dip below the
3. Pinpointing the Onset of Metasis
Within the oncology community, a debate is raging about two controversial topics.
The first is overdiagnosis.
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C. albicans is a fungus present in the majority of people as part of the normal microbial
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2. Film Thickness Measurement Software
CRAIC Technologies has introduced its FilmPro film thickness measurement
software. This software package is designed to plug-in to CRAIC Technology’s
microspectrophotometers and their controlling Lambdafire software.
3. Light Source Lamps for Instrumentation
JM Science offers a large selection of light source lamps for a wide range of instruments.
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Video still of the MetaStat test.
Backlit by the sun, Pluto’s atmosphere
rings its silhouette like a luminous halo in
this image taken by NASA’s New Horizons
spacecraft. Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
Image of hair ice.
Image: Christian Matzler