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Lopsided star explosion holds the key to other supernova mysteries

May 8, 2015 | by California Institute of Technology | Comments

New observations of a recently exploded star are confirming supercomputer model predictions made at Caltech that the deaths of stellar giants are lopsided affairs in which debris and the stars' cores hurtle off in opposite directions.

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3D printing goes high speed and high volume

June 3, 2015 10:12 am | by University of Sheffield | Comments

The world's first additive manufacturing (3D printing) machine that can make plastic parts as fast and as cheaply as traditional manufacturing is to be built by the University of Sheffield...


Giant atom smasher back in business after 2-year upgrade

June 3, 2015 10:08 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Scientists successfully restarted experiments at the world's biggest particle collider Wednesday, after a two-year shutdown and upgrade that allows it to smash together atoms with almost double the energy used in its first run...


Airbus says 3 of 4 engines failed on crashed A400M

June 3, 2015 10:04 am | by Greg Keller, Associated Press | Comments

Airbus said Wednesday that three of the four engines on an A400M military plane failed before it crashed near Seville, Spain last month, killing four people...


Airbus to launch new cyber sensor to fight advanced persistent threats

June 3, 2015 9:59 am | by US Air Force | Comments

Airbus Defence and Space is set to present a new cyber sensor for combating advanced persistent threats (APT) at the upcoming Infosecurity Europe exhibition in London, UK...


Helping robots handle uncertainty

June 3, 2015 9:53 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Decentralized partially observable Markov decision processes are a way to model autonomous robots’ behavior in circumstances where neither their communication with each other nor their judgments about the outside world are perfect...


Apple's Siri has new role in new 'smart' home systems

June 3, 2015 9:00 am | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

The first "smart" home gadgets that can be controlled by Apple's voice-activated digital assistant are going on sale this week, just days after rival tech giant Google announced it's building its own software for Internet-connected home appliances and other gadgets...


Robot swarms use collective cognition to perform tasks

June 2, 2015 2:12 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Scientists have created underwater robot swarms that function like schools of fish, exchanging information to monitor the environment, searching, maintaining, exploring and harvesting resources in underwater habitats...


Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces

June 2, 2015 2:07 pm | by European Commission, CORDIS | Comments

Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centers, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy...


Saving money & the environment with 3D printing

June 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by Northwestern University | Comments

A Northwestern University team has confirmed a new way to help the airline industry save dollars while also saving the environment...


Major breakthrough in mastering properties of emerging semiconductors

June 2, 2015 1:49 pm | by Polytechnique Montréal | Comments

A team of researchers from Universite de Montreal, Polytechnique Montreal and the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in France is the first to succeed in preventing two-dimensional layers of black phosphorus from oxidating...


Scientists discover how to make batteries from trees

June 2, 2015 1:38 pm | by KTH, Royal Institute of Technology | Comments

A method for making elastic high-capacity batteries from wood pulp was unveiled by researchers in Sweden and the US...


Innovations will sustain Silicon’s $20 billion share of the power electronics market

June 2, 2015 1:18 pm | by Lux Research | Comments

Driven by technology innovations, silicon-based power electronics will continue their domination of the fastest-growing and largest markets...


FBI behind mysterious surveillance aircraft over US cities

June 2, 2015 10:06 am | by Jack Gillum, Eileen Sullivan & Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

Evolving technology can record higher-quality video from long distances, even at night, and can capture certain identifying information from cellphones using a device known as a "cell-site simulator" — or Stingray, to use one of the product's brand names...


NASA tests aircraft wing coatings that slough bug guts

June 2, 2015 9:57 am | by NASA | Comments

Bug guts create drag, and drag increases fuel consumption. But aircraft of the future could be made more fuel-efficient with non-stick coatings NASA recently tested on Boeing’s ecoDemonstrator 757...


Tough biogel structures produced by 3D printing

June 2, 2015 9:32 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers have developed a new way of making tough — but soft and wet — biocompatible materials, called “hydrogels,” into complex and intricately patterned shapes...



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