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Physicists Win Onnes Prize for Superconductivity Experiments

August 10, 2009 7:54 am | News | Comments

J.C. Seamus Davis and John Tranquada, physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, along with Aharon Kapitulnik of Stanford University, have been named the recipients of the 2009 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes Prize for outstanding superconductivity experiments


Simulations Shed Light on Freak Wave Hot Spots

August 10, 2009 7:17 am | News | Comments

Geoscience models point to changes in water depth and currents as increasing likelihood of extreme waves


Exoplanet-hunting Kepler Spies Changing Phases in Distant World

August 10, 2009 6:55 am | News | Comments

NASA's new Kepler space telescope has detected the atmosphere of a known giant gas planet, demonstrating the telescope's extraordinary scientific capabilities. The find is based on a relatively short 10 days of test data


Transparent Aluminium is Completely New State of Matter

July 31, 2009 10:20 am | News | Comments

Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser. ‘Transparent aluminium’ previously only existed in science fiction


Physicists Develop Multifunctional Light Storage Device

July 31, 2009 10:05 am | News | Comments

Monolithic microresonator enables controlled coupling of light and matter   A team of physicists have realized a microresonator that combines long storage time, small volume and tunability to arbitrary optical frequencies in a single monolithic device


High-performance Membrane Breaks Performance Barrier

July 31, 2009 9:09 am | News | Comments

New method could increase chemical separations energy efficiency up to 50 times Engineers have developed a new method for creating membranes from crystal sieves called zeolites; the method could increase the energy efficiency of chemical separations up to 50 times over conventional methods and enable higher production rates


Floating Docks Could Harness Clean Energy for NYC

July 31, 2009 7:50 am | News | Comments

Architects have designed a network of modular floating docking stations that would plug into the conventional piers of New York City to harness clean energy.


Tracking Trash: Raising Awareness of How Garbage Impacts the Environment

July 31, 2009 6:58 am | News | Comments

MIT researchers have announced a major project, Trash Track, which relies on development of special electronic tags that will track different types of waste on their journey through New York and Seattle disposal systems


Exploring the Moon in Google Earth

July 31, 2009 6:25 am | News | Comments

On July 20, 1969, the world watched as the crew of Apollo 11 took the first human steps on the surface of the Moon. In celebration of this historic occasion, Google has launched Moon in Google Earth, an interactive 3-D atlas of the Moon


RoboFly Micro Robots Hover More Effectively than Flies

July 31, 2009 6:07 am | News | Comments

Engineers have long been stymied in their attempts to fabricate micro flying robots that can match the amazing flight capabilities of nature’s most advanced flying insects — flies.


What Makes a Rolling Landscape Roll?

July 31, 2009 5:39 am | News | Comments

Explaining evenly spaced ridges and valleys could help identify signs of life on other planets New findings include computer simulations that show how evenly spaced ridges and valleys emerge over many thousands of years


How the Moon Got its Stripes

July 31, 2009 5:09 am | News | Comments

A new study has revealed the origins of tiger stripes and a subsurface ocean on Enceladus — one of Saturn’s many moons. These geological features are believed to be the result of the moon’s unusual chemical composition and not a hot core, shedding light on the evolution of planets and guiding future space exploration.


Soldiers Turn a March into an Electric Charge

July 31, 2009 4:59 am | News | Comments

Engineers are developing a way to capture the kinetic energy produced when soldiers march and to use it to power their equipment. The new system, designed to convert foot power into battery power, could help troops reduce the weight of their packs by up to 10 kg.


Virtual Instrument Cluster Launches on 2010 Range Rover

July 30, 2009 11:54 am | News | Comments

Visteon has launched a reconfigurable cluster platform on Jaguar Land Rover's new Range Rover. Replacing the conventional instrument cluster design, the reconfigurable thin film transistor (TFT) display integrates multiple functions and operating modes to present on-demand information via virtual gauges, graphical displays and a message center.


U.S. Leads the World in Wind Energy Capacity

July 30, 2009 11:36 am | News | Comments

Nearly $14 Million to go to 28 New Wind Energy Projects   The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the release of DOE’s 2008 Wind Technologies Market Report, detailing $16 billion in investment in wind projects made in the U.S. in 2008 — making the U.S. the leader in annual wind energy capacity growth, as well as cumulative wind energy capacity.



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