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World phosphorous use crosses critical threshold

MADISON -- Recalculating the global use of phosphorous, a fertilizer linchpin of modern agriculture, a team of researchers warns that the world's stocks may soon be in short supply and that overuse in the industrialized world has become a leading ...

Consumers prefer products with few, and mostly matching, colors

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Most people like to play it safe when combining colors for an article of clothing or outfit, a new study suggests. When consumers were asked to choose colors for seven different parts of an athletic shoe, they tended to pick ide...

6 new isotopes of the superheavy elements discovered

Berkeley, CA -- A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has detected six isotopes, never seen before, of the superheavy elements 104 through 114. Starting with the creation of a new isotope of th...

Genomic comparison of ocean microbes reveals East-West divide in populations

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Much as an anthropologist can study populations of people to learn about their physical attributes, their environs and social structures, some marine microbiologists read the genome of microbes to glean information about the micr...

Three-way chip deal promises smaller everything

Computer chips have been shrinking for years. But who stops to consider that that's only been possible because the stuff on the chips, like circuits, transistors and memory have shrunk too? To keep the trend going, Germany's Infineon has joined Advanced Micro Devices and United Microelectronics Corp. to develop technology to produce the tiny structures needed inside chips. As the number of elements on a chip doubles approximately every year, "chipmakers are under pressure to develop new microelements to fit on (them)," Reuters reports. Currently, the size of the smallest element on a chip is 130nm. The three-way alliance will focus on developing a 65nm and 45nm manufacturing process.

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