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Photo of the Day: Star Explosion is Lopsided, Finds NASA's NuSTAR

May 8, 2015 9:45 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, has found evidence that a massive star exploded in a lopsided fashion, sending ejected material flying in one direction and the core of the star in the other.  The findings offer the best proof yet that star explosions...

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Plugging Up Leaky Graphene

May 8, 2015 9:39 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

For faster, longer-lasting water filters, some scientists are looking to graphene —thin, strong sheets of carbon — to serve as ultrathin membranes, filtering out contaminants to quickly purify high volumes of water.  Graphene’s unique properties...

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UW Researchers Hack A Teleoperated Surgical Robot To Reveal Security Flaws

May 8, 2015 9:31 am | by University of Washington | Comments

To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them.  That's the idea behind a series of experiments conducted by a University of Washington engineering team who hacked...

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Nikola Labs Phone Case Harvests Back Wasted Energy

May 7, 2015 10:32 am | by Nancy Owano | Comments

If you click on the Nikola Labs site you will find an announcement that the group plans to go up on Kickstarter soon and they invite your email signup to learn more. Then at the bottom of the page is an icon-centric...

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VTT Sensor Detects Spoilage of Food

May 7, 2015 10:23 am | by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland | Comments

VTT has developed a sensor that detects ethanol in the headspace of a food package. Ethanol is formed as a result of food spoilage. The sensor signal is wirelessly readable, for instance, by a mobile phone...

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AltSchool Promises To Reimagine Education For the 2030s

May 7, 2015 10:18 am | by Anya Kamenetz | Comments

At first glance, the warehouse in San Francisco's SOMA neighborhood could be the headquarters of any well-funded startup: exposed concrete, natural light, lots of Macbooks. Then you spot the 12- and 13-year-olds doing yoga...

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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Completes Pad Abort Test

May 7, 2015 10:16 am | by SpaceX | Comments

The Crew Dragon simultaneously fired its eight SuperDraco engines at 9 a.m. EDT and leapt off a specially built platform at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s Space Launch Complex 40 in Florida. The engines fired for about six seconds, instantly producing about ... 

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RF Component Revenue in Wireless Backhaul Applications Will Decline Says Strategy Analytics

May 7, 2015 10:11 am | by PR Newswire | Comments

While wireless backhaul radio quantities will grow slowly, price erosion will create a decline in RF component revenues in the segment. The recently released Strategy Analytics Advanced Semiconductor...

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DARPA Aims To Accelerate Memory Function for Skill Learning

May 7, 2015 9:23 am | by DARPA | Comments

A new DARPA program aims to investigate the role of neural “replay” in the formation and recall of memory, with the goal of helping individuals better remember specific episodic events and learned skills...

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Using a Smartphone Microscope to Detect Parasites in Blood

May 7, 2015 9:14 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Prick a finger and have the blood checked for parasites — by smartphone? Scientists are turning those ubiquitous phones into microscopes and other medical tools that could help...

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UW Mapping App Turns Art Into a Sharable Walking Route

May 7, 2015 9:06 am | by University of Washington | Comments

Creative athletes have been using geographic information systems to transform their running routes into kangaroos, robots and other works of art that they share online, and one romantic cyclist...

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Channeling Valleytronics In Graphene

May 7, 2015 9:00 am | by Doe/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

To the list of potential applications of graphene - a two-dimensional semiconductor of pure carbon that is stronger and much faster than silicon - we can now add valleytronics, the coding of data in the wavelike motion of electrons...

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Mobile Tracking Application May Help Users Meet Vitamin D Requirements

May 7, 2015 8:55 am | by Elsevier Health Sciences | Comments

Vitamin D is essential for the maintenance of bone health and may be implicated in other chronic diseases, as well as immunity, but adults in Canada are consistently deficient in dietary vitamin D...

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MIT Engineers Hand “Cognitive” Control To Underwater Robots

May 7, 2015 8:47 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

For the last decade, scientists have deployed increasingly capable underwater robots to map and monitor pockets of the ocean to track the health of fisheries, and survey marine habitats...

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Photos of the Day: First Ever Self-Driving Semi-Truck

May 6, 2015 12:32 pm | by Kimberly Pierceall, Associated Press and Daimler | Comments

Its name is "Inspiration" and Daimler Trucks says it's the first ever self-driving semi-truck licensed to drive on public roads — in this case Nevada's highways — not only for testing, but business, too. Daimler Trucks North America LLC debuted the self-driving big rig ... 

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