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Photos of the Day: SpaceX Launches Falcon 9 Rocket

April 15, 2015 10:43 am | by The Associated Press & NASA | Comments

After a scrub on Monday, the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket stands ready for another launch attempt at complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, April 14, 2015. This is SpaceX's sixth commercial resupply services mission to the International Space ... 

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"Asleep-Yet-Aware" Electronics Could Revolutionize Remote Wireless Sensors

April 15, 2015 10:35 am | by DARPA | Comments

State-of-the-art military sensors today rely on “active electronics” to detect vibration, light, sound or other signals. That means they constantly consume power, with much of that power and time spent processing what often turns out to be irrelevant data. This power consumption limits sensors’ useful ... 

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MIT Sensor Detects Spoiled Meat

April 15, 2015 9:28 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | Comments

MIT chemists have devised an inexpensive, portable sensor that can detect gases emitted by rotting meat, allowing consumers to determine whether the meat in their grocery store or refrigerator is safe to eat. The sensor, which consists of chemically modified carbon ... 

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A Camera That Powers Itself

April 15, 2015 9:22 am | by Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science | Comments

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered--it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed ... 

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Research for One-Year Space Station Mission Launched Aboard SpaceX Resupply Flight

April 14, 2015 10:15 pm | by NASA | Comments

Research that will help prepare NASA astronauts and robotic explorers for future missions to Mars is among the two tons of cargo now on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft. The spacecraft launched on a Falcon 9 rocket at 4:10 p.m. EDT Tuesday, April 14...

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Taking Aircraft Manufacturing Out of the Oven

April 14, 2015 3:34 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Composite materials used in aircraft wings and fuselages are typically manufactured in large, industrial-sized ovens: Multiple polymer layers are blasted with temperatures up to 750 degrees Fahrenheit, and solidified to form a solid, resilient material. Using this approach, considerable ... 

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Photos of the Day: Solar Orbiter Launch Moved to 2018

April 14, 2015 10:27 am | by European Space Agency | Comments

The launch of Solar Orbiter, an ESA mission to explore the Sun in unprecedented detail, is now planned to take place in October 2018. The launch was previously targeted for July 2017. "The decision to postpone the launch was taken in order to ensure that all of the spacecraft’s scientific ... 

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Quantization of 'Surface Dirac States' Could Lead to Exotic Applications

April 14, 2015 9:27 am | by RIKEN | Comments

Researchers from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science in Japan have uncovered the first evidence of an unusual quantum phenomenon--the integer quantum Hall effect--in a new type of film, called a 3D topological insulator. In doing this, they demonstrated ... 

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5G World Summit to Explore How 5G Will Drive the IoT

April 14, 2015 9:06 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

5G is set to become the first network capable of being versatile and scalable enough to enable the future of the Internet of Things (IoT). With all of our everyday objects hyper-connected, the 5G network will have a huge amount of data to process which is why the 5G World ... 

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Scientists Develop Probabilistic Programming Languages

April 13, 2015 2:51 pm | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Most recent advances in artificial intelligence — such as mobile apps that convert speech to text — are the result of machine learning, in which computers are turned loose on huge data sets to look for patterns. To make machine-learning applications easier to build, computer scientists ... 

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Photo of the Day: Dragon Spacecraft Prepares for Launch

April 13, 2015 10:34 am | by NASA | Comments

Good morning from Kennedy Space Center in Florida where a research equipment-and-cargo-laden Dragon spacecraft is being readied to head off the Earth so International Space Station astronauts can conduct science for the Earth as well as the Journey to Mars. Launch time ... 

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Researchers Test Smartphones for Earthquake Warning

April 13, 2015 8:50 am | by NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology | Comments

Smartphones and other personal electronic devices could, in regions where they are in widespread use, function as early warning systems for large earthquakes, according to newly reported research. This technology could serve regions of the world that cannot afford ... 

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Illinois Teams with Google to Develop More Secure Smartphones

April 11, 2015 10:11 am | by University of Illinois | Comments

Fingerprint identification, password protection and phone storage encryption are a few ways to make your smartphones more secure. But Google is looking to take the security measure one step further, using behavioral analysis of everything from typing habits to photo identifiers to authenticate people to their ... 

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Transistor Laser Research Aims to Push Modulation Speeds into THz Range

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by University of Illinois | Comments

ECE Professor Milton Feng recently received a $657,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) to enhance the modulation speed performance of the transistor laser, a novel 3-terminal device that he and ECE colleague Nick Holonyak Jr. invented in 2004. The transistor laser offers the potential ... 

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Teaching Tykes to Program Robots

April 10, 2015 4:14 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

Playgrounds are popular spaces for young children to play and learn. They promote exploration of the physical environment and motor and social skill development, allowing young children to be autonomous while developing core competencies. Playpens, by contrast, corral children into safe, confined ... 

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