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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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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...


A new tool measures the distance between phonon collisions

June 2, 2015 9:23 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Today's computer chips pack billions of tiny transistors onto a plate of silicon within the width of a fingernail...


Tesla Motors co-founder wants to electrify commercial trucks

June 2, 2015 9:08 am | by Terence Chea, Associated Press | Comments

Twelve years ago, Ian Wright and some fellow engineers launched Tesla Motors, a Silicon Valley company that has helped jumpstart the market for electric cars...


Air Force working on new hypersonic air vehicle

June 2, 2015 8:58 am | by Kris Osborn, Defense Tech | Comments

Scientists with the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Pentagon’s research arm are working to build a new hypersonic air vehicle that can travel at speeds up to Mach 5 while carrying guidance systems and other materials...


Software reads kids' expressions to measure pain levels

June 1, 2015 1:26 pm | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Accurately assessing pain in children in a clinical setting can be difficult. A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has demonstrated the validity of a new method for measuring pediatric pain levels using novel facial pattern recognition software...


China plans to launch dark matter exploration satellite

June 1, 2015 12:31 pm | by European Southern Observatory | Comments

Scientists at Shanghai Engineering Centre for Microsatellites (SECM) are planning to develop a satellite with the widest observation spectrum known, to study dark matter and other energy particles in space...


FCC head unveils proposal to narrow 'Digital Divide'

June 1, 2015 12:15 pm | by Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | Comments

The head of the Federal Communications Commission is proposing that the government agency expand a phone subsidy program for the poor to include Internet access...



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