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Archives for June, 2011

On Brookhaven Bits & Bytes, Kendra Snyder shows us new images from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey III, which analyzed the light of 14,000 distant quasars to map the ancient universe in 3-D. Hydrogen gas absorbs the light from quasars at certain wavelengths, generating a pattern known as the “Lyman-alpha forest” and allowing researchers to…

High-Flying Patriots

Corvids are among the smartest animals on the planet, and Mo reports that the United States military considered tactical uses for their intelligence. The dream of “spy crows” sprang from research conducted at the University of Washington, where researchers donned rubber masks in the likenesses of Dick Cheney and ‘cavemen’ to study facial recognition among…