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Tunneling Across a Tiny Gap

April 7, 2015 2:11 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps, and has shown that heat flow at sub-nanometer distances occurs not via radiation or conduction, but through “phonon tunneling ...”

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Marine Corps Leadership Pleased with 1st Successful Demo of DARPA’s PCAS

April 7, 2015 11:07 am | by DARPA | Comments

DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) program focuses on technologies to enable sharing of real-time situational awareness and weapons systems data through approaches designed to work with almost any aircraft ...

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Photos of the Day: DARPA’s Persistent Close Air Support System

April 7, 2015 11:06 am | by DARPA | Comments

PCAS envisions more precise, prompt and easy air-ground coordination for CAS and other missions under stressful operational conditions and seeks to minimize the risk of friendly fire and collateral damage by enabling the use of smaller munitions to hit smaller, multiple or moving targets ... 

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Stanford's New Aluminum-Ion Battery Provides Safe Alternative to Conventional Batteries

April 7, 2015 10:39 am | by Mark Shwartz, Stanford University | Comments

Stanford University scientists have invented the first high-performance aluminum battery that's fast-charging, long-lasting and inexpensive. Researchers say the new technology offers a safe alternative to many commercial batteries in wide use today ...

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Better Sensors for Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

April 7, 2015 10:25 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultra-sensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized, battery-powered devices for medical and materials imaging, contraband detection, and even geological exploration ...

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College Tie-Ins Allow More to Join MI Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 10:24 am | by MIKE HOUSEHOLDER, Associated Press | Comments

An increasing number of students from Michigan's most financially strapped urban school districts, including Detroit and Flint, are joining robotics teams because local universities are making space and materials available at no charge ...

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New Camera Chip Provides Superfine 3D Resolution

April 6, 2015 11:02 am | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | Comments

A cheap, compact yet highly accurate new device known as a nanophotonic coherent imager (NCI) promises to change that. Using an inexpensive silicon chip less than a millimeter square in size, the NCI provides the highest depth-measurement accuracy of any such nanophotonic 3D imaging device ...

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Stanford Scientist Recognized for Cryptography Innovations

April 6, 2015 10:47 am | Comments

Stanford computer scientist and electrical engineer Dan Boneh has been selected to receive the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing Sciences for technical contributions that have made cryptography easier to use ...

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Photos of the Day: Particle Accelerator Restart

April 6, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Scientists are promising nearly twice the energy and more violent particle crashes this time around. They hope to see all sorts of new physics, including a first ever glimpse of dark matter, during the collider's second three-year run ...

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Giant Atom Smasher Starts Up after 2-Year Shutdown

April 6, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

The world's biggest particle accelerator is back in action after a two-year shutdown and upgrade, embarking on a new mission that scientists hope could give them a look into the unseen dark universe ...

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Sensors Key to Preserving Battlefield Edge

April 2, 2015 1:56 pm | by David Vergun, U.S. Army | Comments

While modernization programs across the Department of Defense have shrunk, science and technology involving sensors and other capabilities has not - at least not yet, Dr. Mike Grove said. The reason for that support is that sensors are ...

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Do Girls Like Math?

April 2, 2015 12:17 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

This is a test: Where are the highest proportions of women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM): in affluent industrialized countries, or in less affluent, less economically developed countries ...

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Photos of the Day: Quantum Teleportation on a Chip

April 2, 2015 12:15 pm | by Joanne Fryer, University of Bristol | Comments

The core circuits of quantum teleportation, which generate and detect quantum entanglement, have been successfully integrated into a photonic chip by an international team of scientists from the universities of Bristol, Tokyo, Southampton and NTT Device Technology Laboratories. These results pave the way to developing ultra-high-speed quantum computers and strengthening the security of communication ...

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Diagnosing Disease with a Smartphone

April 2, 2015 11:03 am | by Florida Atlantic University | Comments

In much the same way that glucometers and pregnancy tests have revolutionized in-home diagnostic testing, researchers from Florida Atlantic University and collaborators have identified a new biosensing platform that could be used to remotely detect and determine treatment options for HIV, E-coli, Staphylococcus aureas and other bacteria ...

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Photos of the Day: Galileo Satellites Enclosed for Launch

April 2, 2015 10:52 am | by ESA | Comments

Thousands of engineers have worked on the seventh and eighth navigation satellites of Europe’s Galileo constellation in recent years.The team from ESA and builders OHB in the S3B building of Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana looked ...

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