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Research Holds Great Promise for Advancing Sustainable Energy

March 25, 2015 11:19 am | by Yankee Public Relations | News | Comments

New research published by Rutgers University chemists has documented significant progress confronting one of the main challenges inhibiting widespread utilization of sustainable power: Creating a cost-effective process to store energy so it can be used later. "We have developed a ... 

NASA-Funded Mission Studies the Sun in Soft X-Rays

March 25, 2015 11:11 am | by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

At any given moment, our sun emits a range of light waves far more expansive than what our eyes alone can see: from visible light to extreme ultraviolet to soft and hard X-rays. Different wavelengths can have different effects at Earth and, what's more, when observed ... 

New Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

March 25, 2015 10:37 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Computer chips, solar cells and other electronic devices have traditionally been based on silicon, the most famous of the semiconductors, that special class of materials whose unique electronic properties can be manipulated to turn electricity on and off the way ... 

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Michael Stonebraker Wins $1 Million Turing Award

March 25, 2015 9:21 am | by Adam Conner-Simons, CSAIL | News | Comments

Michael Stonebraker, a researcher at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) who has revolutionized the field of database management systems (DBMSs) and founded multiple successful database companies, has won the Association for Computing ... 

New Kind of “Tandem” Solar Cell Developed

March 25, 2015 9:17 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Researchers at MIT and Stanford University have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that ... 

Photo of the Day: NASA Satellites Catch a 'Growth Spurt' from a Newborn Protostar

March 24, 2015 11:36 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Using data from orbiting observatories, including NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and from ground-based facilities, an international team of astronomers has discovered an outburst from a star thought to be in the earliest phase of its development. The eruption, scientists say, reveals ... 

Engineers Enhance Biofuel and Biochemical Production

March 24, 2015 9:58 am | by The University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have used a combination of metabolic engineering and directed evolution to develop a new, mutant yeast strain that could lead to a more efficient biofuel production process that would ... 

DARPA Invites Ideas to Speed Up Computation

March 23, 2015 3:48 pm | News | Comments

Whether designed to predict the spread of an epidemic, understand the potential impacts of climate change, or model the acoustical signature of a newly designed ship hull, computer simulations are an essential tool of scientific discovery. By using mathematical models that capture the complex physical phenomena of the real world ...

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JENN-AIR's Dual Convection Smart Oven

March 23, 2015 3:33 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | Articles | Comments

JENN-AIR is releasing a dual convection oven which can be completely operated via a mobile app ...

Packing Peanuts Get Converted into Battery Components

March 23, 2015 2:52 pm | by Emil Venere, Purdue University | News | Comments

Researchers have shown how to convert waste packing peanuts into high-performance carbon electrodes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that outperform conventional graphite electrodes, representing an environmentally friendly approach to reuse the waste ...                

NASA Announces Teams for 2015 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

March 23, 2015 2:17 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Nearly 100 high school and college teams from around the world will race against each other during NASA’s Human Exploration Rover Challenge April 17-18 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Participating teams are from 15 states and Puerto Rico, as well as international ... 

HotSpot Episode 106: A New App that Animates Your Life

March 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Meaghan Ziemba | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, a ring that provides a shortcut to everything; using virtual reality to decorate your home; making health insurance easy with a new mobile app; and animate your life with Plotagon ...

Photos of the Day: The Universe's Most Energetic Phenomena

March 23, 2015 11:04 am | by Matthew Wright, University of Maryland | News | Comments

Supernovae, neutron star collisions and active galactic nuclei are among the most energetic phenomena in the known universe. These violent explosions produce high-energy gamma rays and cosmic rays, which can easily travel large distances--making it possible to see objects and events far outside our own galaxy ...

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Can't Remember Your Password? Here are 2 New Ways to Log In

March 23, 2015 10:23 am | by BRANDON BAILEY, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tired of trying to remember a different password for each of your online accounts? Or worried about re-using the same password too many times? You're not alone. Tech experts agree that traditional passwords are annoying, outmoded and too easily hacked ...

Obama to Announce $240M in New Pledges for STEM Education

March 23, 2015 10:13 am | by DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is highlighting private-sector efforts to encourage more students from underrepresented groups to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math ...           

Satellite Imagery Can Aid Development Projects

March 23, 2015 10:00 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Projects that target aid toward villages and rural areas in the developing world often face time-consuming challenges, even at the most basic level of figuring out where the most appropriate sites are for pilot programs or deployment of new systems such as solar-power ... 

Stanford Students Build Basketball-Shooting Robots

March 23, 2015 9:55 am | News | Comments

Students in Mechanical Engineering 210 spent most of winter quarter learning about mechanics, electronics and computer programming. After time in the classroom, they integrated everything they had learned to design and build a robot for the ultimate final project. This year's ... 

Tag Heuer Brings Swiss Craftmanship to Silicon Valley

March 20, 2015 4:08 pm | by Jacob Meister, Real Time Digital Reporter | News | Comments

TAG Heuer plans to bring a little bit of Swiss craftsmanship to Silicon Valley, as the watchmakers gears toward smartwatches ...

Wireless Minute: Terminal Navigation for the Blind

March 20, 2015 10:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Alex Shanahan, David Mantey | Videos | Comments

A new technology could help the blind navigate around busy subway stations. Anything for neurotic claustrophobes?    

I Was Kidnapped at South by Southwest

March 20, 2015 10:02 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Okay, so I wasn’t really kidnapped, but I was picked up by a white van with tinted windows on the corner of a city that I’ve never been to before. The experience was organized by Vinli and Gemalto to promote the innovative Vinli aftermarket device that plugs into an OBD-II port ...

Best Innovators Named at South by Southwest

March 20, 2015 9:11 am | by Megan Crouse, Real Time Digital Reporter, Design Group | Articles | Comments

The internet connection-free messenger FireChat and the music service Cone were among the winners of the South by Southwest Interactive Innovation Awards 2015, presented on March 17...

Creating New Senses for Humans

March 20, 2015 9:04 am | by David Eagleman, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

As humans, we can perceive less than a ten-trillionth of all light waves. “Our experience of reality,” says neuroscientist David Eagleman, “is constrained by our biology.” He wants to change that ... 

TGAC's Take on the First Portable DNA Sequencing 'Laboratory'

March 20, 2015 9:04 am | by Hayley London, The Genome Analysis Centre | News | Comments

One of the first research Institutes to be part of MAP, TGAC plans to use the miniaturized sequencing device to conduct live environmental surveillance; rather than gathering samples to take back to the laboratory, enabling the researchers to deliver real-time experimental genetic data for immediate analysis ...

Smart Bandage Detects Invisible Wounds

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Roxanne Makasdjian and Phil Ebiner | Videos | Comments

Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, Berkeley engineers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes and while recovery is still possible ...

‘Smart Bandage’ Detects Bedsores Before They are Visible to Doctors

March 20, 2015 8:39 am | by Sarah Yang, Media Relations, UC Berkeley | News | Comments

Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new “smart bandage” that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes – and while recovery is still possible ...

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