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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...


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...


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...


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 ... 


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...


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...


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...


'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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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..


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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