The site of the Cassini probe's crash in Saturn's atmosphere, circled in white. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute)

Cassini Crash Site Revealed

After a 20-year mission, the Cassini spacecraft’s interplanetary tenure concluded back in September, when the satellite made a final descent into Saturn’s atmosphere. Cassini spent 13 years orbiting Saturn, during which the spacecraft made some significant discoveries about the gas giant’s rings, atmosphere, and moon system.

Although the mission has been over for months, scientists are still sifting through the data sent back, which includes a series of final images snapped by Cassini’s cameras that reveal the location of where the satellite would plunge into Saturn’s surface. The exact spot is shown above and indicated by a white circle. It’s believed to be in the southern hemisphere of the planet, which was on the night side at the time the images were taken.

Mohammad Taha shows off the ultra-thin coating developed at RMIT University. (Image Credit: RMIT University/James Giggacher)

Innovative Smart Window Coating

Researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have developed a new ultra-thin coating, which responds to heat and cold, opening the door to “smart windows.” The self-modifying coating is a thousand times thinner than a human hair, which works by automatically letting in more heat when the temperature is cold, and blocking the sun’s rays when it’s hot.

These windows have the ability to naturally regulate temperatures inside a building, leading to major environmental benefits and significant financial savings. Smart glass windows are about 70 percent more energy efficient during the summer and 45 percent more efficient in the winter compared to standard dual-plane glass. This technology can also be used to control non-harmful radiation that can penetrate plastics and fabrics, can be applied to medical imaging, and security scans.

Photo of the scattering picture. (Image Credit: Pavel Prudkovskii)

New Method For Distinguishing Entangled Photon Beams

A research team from the MSU Faculty of Physics developed a method for creating two beams of entangled photons to measure the delay between the pair. The study’s future results could be used in high-precision measurements, material studies, and informational technologies. This method traces back to Professor David Nikolaevich Klyshko’s 1966 discovery of spontaneous parametric down conversion, which marked the beginning of quantum optics.

In these recent trials, MSU researchers attempted to generate powerful beams of entangled photons. Scientists had to make the photons with different frequencies to form two parallel light beams moving together. Lithium niobate crystals, often used in these kinds of experiments, had to be grown with a certain structure and pre-calculated additional non-periodic domain lattice, in order to obtain this effect.

The Porshe avoided several obstacles, including a dog and a bike, as it drove in a straight line (Image Credit:

Porsche Driven By Smartphone

China’s Huawei utilized artificial intelligence capabilities on its Mate 10 Pro phone, in order to navigate a sports car during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The feat was considered a world’s first, during which the Porsche avoided several obstacles including a dog and bike, as it drove in a straight line. This was done to demonstrate the AI-powered object recognition technology in the phone’s camera.

Huawei described the demonstration as “the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car.” Researchers say the technology could distinguish between thousands of different objects, thus ably avoiding any collisions. Huawei also noted how the test was only designed to demonstrate the smartphone’s AI capabilities, and there weren’t plans to develop a new driverless vehicle.