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Projecting a robot's intentions

October 29, 2014 12:32 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In a darkened, hangar-like space inside MIT's Building 41, a small, Roomba-like robot is trying to make up its mind. Standing in its path is an obstacle — a human pedestrian who's pacing back and forth. To get to the other side of the room, the robot ...

New solar power material converts 90 percent of captured light into heat

October 29, 2014 12:28 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A multidisciplinary engineering team at the University of California, San Diego developed a new nanoparticle-based material for concentrating solar power plants designed to absorb and convert to heat more than 90 percent of the sunlight it captures....

Now in aisle 3 at Lowe's: robots

October 29, 2014 12:22 pm | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Technology Writer | Comments

The robots are coming. Lowe's is testing whether new bots on wheels can improve its customer service, like helping a shopper find a match for something as simple as a nail. Four robots are being tested at an Orchard Supply Hardware store....


Using radio waves to control the density in a fusion plasma

October 29, 2014 11:30 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Recent fusion experiments on the DIII-D tokamak at General Atomics (San Diego) and the Alcator C-Mod tokamak at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts), show that beaming microwaves into the center of the plasma can be used to control the density....

Cinema-like environment helps audiences immerse in movies even on small screens & displays

October 29, 2014 11:28 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

If the surroundings are designed to be sufficiently stimulating, even a simple computer screen is enough to generate an intense cinematic experience. After observing some 300 study subjects, researchers at the Institute of Psychology of Johannes Gutenberg ...

Helping general electric upgrade the US power grid

October 29, 2014 11:04 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

When researchers at General Electric Co. sought help in designing a plasma-based power switch, they turned to the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). The proposed switch, which GE is developing under contract ...

Handheld devices and automation software could speed logistics on the battlefield

October 29, 2014 10:56 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

Marines in Hawaii recently demonstrated that handheld devices and automation software could speed delivery of critical supplies to the front lines and even help planners determine when and where items will be needed ahead of time. Sponsored by ...

Making the Internet easier for a more responsive user experience

October 29, 2014 10:03 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

A research team at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a four-year, $2.4 million National Science Foundation grant to study the increasingly complex ways in which content is delivered to users on the Internet and to invent new architectural ...


Can the wave function of an electron be divided and trapped?

October 29, 2014 9:57 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

New research by physicists from Brown University puts the profound strangeness of quantum mechanics in a nutshell — or, more accurately, in a helium bubble. Experiments led by Humphrey Maris, professor of physics at Brown, suggest that ...

Creating the coldest cubic meter in the universe

October 29, 2014 9:48 am | by EurekAlert! | Comments

In an underground laboratory in Italy, an international team of scientists has created the coldest cubic meter in the universe. The cooled chamber—roughly the size of a vending machine—was chilled to 6 milliKelvin or -273.144 degrees Celsius....

Cause sought for space-supply rocket explosion

October 29, 2014 9:42 am | by BROCK VERGAKIS and MARCIA DUNN, Associated Press | Comments

The owners of a commercial supply ship that exploded moments after liftoff promised to find the cause of the failed delivery mission to the International Space Station and warned residents to not touch any debris they might stumble across from the craft....

Photos of the Day: Supersonic skydiving suit breaks sound barrier

October 29, 2014 8:37 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Google executive Alan Eustace, in the spacesuit, is shown with crew members Blikkies Blignaut, left, and Alex Garbino in preparation his leap from the edge of space that broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert....


Thousands in Hungary march against Internet tax

October 28, 2014 7:19 pm | by Pablo Gorondi - Associated Press | Comments

Tens of thousands of protesters marched Tuesday against a plan by the Hungarian government to tax Internet use from 2015. The rally, the second in three days objecting to the scheme, was also a sign of growing discontent among mostly younger citizens....


Google working on pill that searches for illnesses

October 28, 2014 4:19 pm | by Brandon Bailey - AP Technology Writer - Associated Press | Comments

Google's latest "moonshot" project involves detecting cancer by swallowing a pill. The pill is packed with tiny magnetic particles, which can travel through a patient's bloodstream, search for malignant cells and report their findings to a sensor device that you wear....

Using lithium to enhance the performance of fusion plasmas

October 28, 2014 4:15 pm | by EurekAlert! | Comments

For magnetic fusion energy to fuel future power plants, scientists must find ways to control the interactions that take place between the volatile edge of the plasma and the walls that surround it in fusion facilities. Such interactions can profoundly affect conditions....


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