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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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The battery revolution is exciting, but remember they pollute too

June 3, 2015 1:32 pm | by Caleb Goods And Carla Lipsig-Mumme, The Conversation | Comments

The recent unveiling by Tesla founder Elon Musk of the low-cost Powerwall storage battery is the latest in a series of exciting advances in battery technologies for electric cars and domestic electricity generation...


High-temperasture superconductor films pave the way for next-gen electronic devices

June 3, 2015 1:14 pm | by Tohoku University | Comments

A research group at Tohoku University has succeeded in fabricating an atomically thin, high-temperature superconductor film with a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of up to 60 K (-213°C)...


Recovering a rare metal from LCDs to avoid depleting key resource

June 3, 2015 12:53 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Life without bright screens on our smart phones and TVs is hard to imagine. But in 20 years, one of the essential components of the liquid-crystal displays, or LCDs, that make many of our gadgets possible could disappear...


Added power for airplane galleys

June 3, 2015 12:30 pm | by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | Comments

The galleys inside airliners voraciously consume power - a vital yet limited resource in a plane. Additional power units may soon come to the rescue...


Most Americans support renewable energy standards

June 3, 2015 12:17 pm | by Greta Guest, University of Michigan | Comments

Despite recent attempts in many state legislatures to repeal or weaken renewable energy requirements, a University of Michigan poll finds that a majority of Americans—of every race, income and education level, and religious and political affiliation—support such mandates...


Solar Impulse 2 gets inside mobile hangar in Japan

June 3, 2015 11:55 am | by Agence France-Presse | Comments

Sunshine-powered Solar Impulse 2, which has made an impromptu stop in Japan on its way around the world, was under cover in its mobile hangar Wednesday as the team waited out the weather before heading to Hawaii...


Scientists generate electricity from rice fields

June 3, 2015 11:49 am | by Agence France-Presse | Comments

Dutch scientists have developed a revolutionary system that could one day help isolated villages around the world steadily generate electricity from mundane water-logged plants such as rice growing in paddy fields...


Keeping astronauts in space longer with better air and water

June 3, 2015 10:52 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

As astronauts embark on increasingly ambitious space missions, scientists have to figure out how to keep them healthy for longer periods far from Earth. That entails assuring the air they breathe and the water they drink are safe -- not an easy task given their isolated locations. But scientists are now reporting in the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry a new method to monitor the quality of both in real time with one system...


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...



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