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MIT Cheetah Robot Lands the Running Jump

May 29, 2015 | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

In a leap for robot development, the MIT researchers who built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to see and jump over hurdles as it runs — making this the first four-legged robot to run and jump over obstacles autonomously...

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Thin Coating on Condensers Could Make Power Plants More Efficient

June 1, 2015 11:45 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

Most of the world’s electricity-producing power plants — whether powered by coal, natural gas, or nuclear fission — make electricity by generating steam that turns a turbine. That steam then is condensed back to water, and the cycle begins again...

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Photos of the Day: Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator Undergoes Dress Rehearsal

June 1, 2015 10:37 am | by NASA | Comments

Engineers work during a full mission dress rehearsal for the Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD), Friday, May 29, 2015, at the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) in Kauai, HI.  The LDSD crosscutting technology demonstration mission...

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Bringing Microgrids to Rural Villages

June 1, 2015 10:31 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

An estimated 1.3 billion people around the world lack access to electricity, and as a result spend scarce resources on kerosene and other fuels for lighting. Now MIT researchers have developed a system to enable those in rural villages who can afford solar panels to share power with their neighbors...

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A Smart Fluorescent Antenna for Wi-Fi Applications

June 1, 2015 10:31 am | by Universiti Teknologi MARA | Comments

Due to continuously evolving applications, the electronic communications industry requires high performance and speed efficient systems. However, the physical limitations of microwave devices limits further improvements in current ... 

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Circular Orbits Identified for Small Exoplanets

June 1, 2015 10:25 am | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Viewed from above, our solar system’s planetary orbits around the sun resemble rings around a bulls-eye. Each planet, including Earth, keeps to a roughly circular path, always maintaining the same distance from the sun...

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Software 'Reads Kids' Expressions to Measure Pain Levels

June 1, 2015 9:59 am | by University of California - San Diego | Comments

Accurately assessing pain in children in a clinical setting can be difficult. A study by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine has demonstrated the validity of a new method for measuring pediatric pain levels...

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Novel X-Ray Lens Sharpens View into the Nano World

June 1, 2015 9:18 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY | Comments

A team led by DESY scientists has designed, fabricated and successfully tested a novel X-ray lens that produces sharper and brighter images of the nano world. The lens employs an innovative concept to redirect X-rays...

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'Designer Carbon' From Stanford Boosts Battery Performance

June 1, 2015 9:08 am | by Mark Shwartz | Comments

Stanford University scientists have created a new carbon material that significantly boosts the performance of energy-storage technologies. Their results are featured on the cover of the journal ACS Central Science...

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Cosmic Cinema: Astronomers Make 3-D Movies of Plasma Tubes

June 1, 2015 9:02 am | by University of Sydney | Comments

By creatively using a radio telescope to see in 3D, astronomers have detected the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth...

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Boosting Confidence in New Manufacturing Technologies

June 1, 2015 8:56 am | by DARPA | Comments

Additive manufacturing, including emerging “3D printing” technologies, is booming. Last year an astronaut on the International Space Station used a 3D printer to make a socket wrench in space, hinting at a future when digital code...

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The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope: Unlocking the Secrets of Dark Matter and Dark Energy

May 29, 2015 4:35 pm | by The Kavli Foundation | Comments

At a traditional stone-laying ceremony outside La Serena, Chile on April 14th, construction officially began of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST). This ambitious international astrophysics project is slated...

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Insect Mating Behavior Has Lessons for Drones

May 29, 2015 4:31 pm | by University of California - Riverside | Comments

Male moths locate females by navigating along the latter's pheromone (odor) plume, often flying hundreds of meters to do so. Two strategies are involved to accomplish this: males must find the outer envelope...

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Study: Connected Cars to Cause Mobile Network Traffic Jams

May 29, 2015 11:04 am | by TEOCO | Comments

A new independent study from Machina Research today reveals the network management challenges that connected cars will present to mobile operators. The report, commissioned by network assurance and analytics company TEOCO...

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Sharp-Eyed Alma Spots a Flare on Famous Red Giant Star

May 29, 2015 10:34 am | by Chalmers University of Technology | Comments

Super-sharp observations with the telescope Alma have revealed what seems to be a gigantic flare on the surface of Mira, one of the closest and most famous red giant stars in the sky. Activity like this in red giants - similar to what we see in the Sun..

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New Lab Can Create Hurricane Conditions on Demand

May 29, 2015 10:26 am | by Jennifer Kay, Associated Press | Comments

Researchers trying to figure out what makes some hurricanes strengthen into catastrophic monsters have a new lab that allows them to generate tropical storm conditions with the flip of a switch.  The lab...

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