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NASA's Europa Mission Begins with Selection of Science Instruments

May 27, 2015 10:02 am | by NASA | Comments

NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa, to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life...


Fly-Catching Robot Developed By Stanford Scientists Speeds Biomedical Research

May 27, 2015 9:57 am | by Amy Adams, Stanford | Comments

Since the early 20th century, an unheralded star of genetics research has been a small and essentially very annoying creature: the fruit fly. Underlying every significant discovery from fruit fly research...


Helping Robots Put It All Together

May 27, 2015 9:50 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Today’s industrial robots are remarkably efficient — as long as they’re in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be.  But put them in an unfamiliar setting...


NASA Sets New Launch Window for Supersonic Vehicle Test

May 27, 2015 9:35 am | by NASA | Comments

The second flight test of NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) now will launch no earlier than 10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT, or 7:30 a.m. HST) Tuesday, June 2, from the U.S. Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) on Kauai, Hawaii...


Photo of the Day: A Bubbly Cosmic Celebration

May 27, 2015 9:30 am | by ESO | Comments

This new image from ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile shows a spectacular red cloud of glowing hydrogen gas behind a collection of blue foreground stars. Within RCW 34 -- located in the southern constellation of Vela...


Linking Superconductivity and Structure

May 27, 2015 9:23 am | by Carnegie Institution | Comments

Superconductivity is a rare physical state in which matter is able to conduct electricity--maintain a flow of electrons--without any resistance. It can only be found in certain materials, and even then...


A Chip Placed Under the Skin For More Precise Medicine

May 27, 2015 9:16 am | by Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne | Comments

The future of medicine lies in ever greater precision, not only when it comes to diagnosis but also drug dosage. The blood work that medical staff rely on is generally a snapshot indicative of the moment the blood...


Advance in Quantum Error Correction

May 26, 2015 9:40 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Quantum computers are largely theoretical devices that could perform some computations exponentially faster than conventional computers can. Crucial to most designs for quantum computers is quantum error correction, which helps preserve the fragile quantum states...


Photo of the Day: Mars Rover's Laser-Zapping Instrument Gets Sharper Vision

May 26, 2015 9:34 am | by NASA | Comments

Tests on Mars have confirmed success of a repair to the autonomous focusing capability of the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) instrument on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover.  This instrument provides information about the chemical composition...


Shedding Light on Untapped Information in Photons

May 26, 2015 9:29 am | by DARPA | Comments

Conventional optical imaging systems today largely limit themselves to the measurement of light intensity, providing two-dimensional renderings of three-dimensional scenes and ignoring significant amounts of additional information that may be carried by captured light...


Disney Researchers Develop 2-Legged Robot That Walks Like an Animated Character

May 26, 2015 9:20 am | by Disney Research | Comments

When Walt Disney created Mickey Mouse, he didn't give much thought to how he might bring his character to life in the real world. But robotics now puts that possibility within reach, so Disney researchers have found a way for a robot to mimic an animated character's walk...


Fine-Tuned Molecular Orientation is Key to More Efficient Solar Cells

May 26, 2015 9:15 am | by RIKEN | Comments

Polymer solar cells are a hot area of research due to both their strong future potential and the significant challenges they pose. It is believed that thanks to lower production costs, they could become a viable alternative to conventional solar cells with silicon substrates...


Engineering Phase Changes in Nanoparticle Arrays

May 26, 2015 9:09 am | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have just taken a big step toward the goal of engineering dynamic nanomaterials whose structure and associated properties can be switched on demand. In a paper appearing inNature Materials...


One Step Closer to a Single-Molecule Device

May 26, 2015 8:59 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

Under the direction of Latha Venkataraman, associate professor of applied physics at Columbia Engineering, researchers have designed a new technique to create a single-molecule diode, and, in doing so, they have developed molecular diodes...


Visualizing How Radiation Bombardment Boosts Superconductivity

May 22, 2015 2:08 pm | by DOE/Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Sometimes a little damage can do a lot of good -- at least in the case of iron-based high-temperature superconductors. Bombarding these materials with high-energy heavy ions introduces nanometer-scale damage tracks that can enhance...



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