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1. Researchers evaluate climate fluctuations from 115,000 years ago– Helmholtz Centre For Environmental Research - UFZ- 02 March 2010
At the end of the last interglacial, some 115,000 years ago, there were significant changes in climate. The slow transition from the Eemian Interglacial to the Weichselian Glacial was in Central and Eastern Europe likely to be characterized by a growing instability in the vegetation development, and by at least two short warm phases. This is the result of German and Russian climate scientists get through the analysis of geochemical and pollen analysis of lake sediments in Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Russia.
It seems that a short warming period at the end of the last interglacial period marks the final transition to the glacial period, researchers from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), the Saxon Academy of Sciences in Leipzig (SAW) and the Russian Academy of Sciences in the journal Quaternary International.
2.Monuments monitored from a distance- Plataforma SINC - 05 March 2010
A team of engineers from the University of Seville has created a system for monitoring historical monuments by remote control and detecting possible damage.
Five years ago the researchers placed various sensors on the Giraldillo, the sculpture that crowns the Giralda, and now they are publishing the results in the journal Structural Health Monitoring.
3. The Olympic winning recipe - The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) - 01 March 20100
Though the top three medal winners - the US, Germany and Canada – of the 2010 Winter Olympics medal count may not be surprising anyone, the forth runner as the residents of a small section of mid-Norway called Trondelag, accounted for 15 of Norway’s 23 Olympic medals may so. Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) relate the reason behind mid-Norway`s dominance in the Winter Games to a long history of producing top-level athletes, the investment of the Norwegian government in regional sports centres, the sports education programme of high schools and the promotion of competitive sports programmes throughout the Trondelag region.
4. Phobos Flyby Success - European Space Agency - 04 March 2010
Mars Express encountered Phobos, smoothly skimming past at just 67 km, the closest any man-made object has ever approached Mars' enigmatic moon. "Phobos is probably a second-generation Solar System object," says Martin Pätzold, Universitat Koln, Cologne, Germany, and Principal Investigator of the Mars Radio Science (MaRS) experiment.
Second generation means that it coalesced in orbit after Mars formed, rather than forming concurrently out of the same birth cloud as the Red Planet. The flyby was close enough to give scientists their most exquisite data yet about the gravitational field of Phobos. The data collected could help unlock the origin of not just Phobos but other 'second generation' moons.
5. Safer, greener cars are corked - Inderscience - 12 March 2010
Crash-test dummies could soon be facing vehicle collision tests in cars padded with cork rather than traditional materials such as polymer foams or porous aluminium metal. Cork, can be compacted to form a micro-agglomerated material that rivals aluminium foam for its ability to absorb the energy of an impact.
Mariana Paulino of the University of Aveiro, and colleagues there and at the University of Coimbra investigated the extent to which the different materials tested would intrude into the vechicle occupants' space in a collision. They pitted cork against metal foams, polymer padding and a novel polymer foam material from Dow Automative, known as IMPAXX 300, to see which might make the optimal vehicle safety material.