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Watching the Seasons Change on Saturn’s Moon

November 13, 2015 2:30 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Recently, Cassini spacecraft's infrared instrument—the Composite Infrared Spectrometer—detected an even larger ice cloud deeper in Titan’s atmosphere. The gargantuan cloud floats 124 miles above the moon’s surface in the low- to mid-stratosphere, a region above the troposphere.


On the way to Multiband Solar Cells

November 13, 2015 2:00 pm | by Rachel Berkowitz, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

When visiting California’s central valley in the summertime, it’s hard to imagine that solar energy isn’t single-handedly meeting the west coast’s energy needs. But one problem with modern solar cells is that while the solar spectrum covers a wide range of energies they can only harness light of a single energy. This means that very little of the available energy is actually captured.


Lasers could rapidly make materials hotter than the Sun

November 13, 2015 1:52 pm | by Imperial College London | News | Comments

Lasers could heat materials to temperatures hotter than the center of the Sun in only 20 quadrillionths of a second, according to new research.


Photons on a chip set new paths for secure communications

November 13, 2015 9:45 am | by RMIT Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have helped crack the code to ultra-secure telecommunications of the future in an international research project that could also expedite the advent of quantum computing.


Shocking new way to get the salt out

November 13, 2015 9:40 am | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | News | Comments

A team has come up with an innovative approach that, unlike most traditional desalination systems, does not separate ions or water molecules with filters, which can become clogged, or boiling, which consumes great amounts of energy.


Milky Way’s Bulge Holds Oldest Stars

November 13, 2015 9:32 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Pointing the Australian National Univ.’s SkyMapper telescope towards the center of the galaxy, astronomers surveyed the dense bulge of the Milky Way. They were searching for celestial bodies that might hold clues to the galaxy’s start.


India, Home to World’s First Solar Powered Airport

November 13, 2015 9:28 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A view from above India’s Cochin International Airport may show the familiar: an airstrip populated by planes, buildings and green grass. But the near the airport’s international cargo complex is a glittering array of 46,150 solar panels on 45 acres of land.


R&D Technology Conference Continues, Followed by Awards Banquet

November 13, 2015 9:22 am | News | Comments

The R&D Technology Conference in Las Vegas continues today ahead of the Awards Banquet later tonight. The renowned Dean Kamen will deliver his keynote on innovations of the past, present and future to start the day off before launching into numerous sessions.


MIT Scientists Discover Closest Earth-sized Exoplanet

November 13, 2015 9:16 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Thirty-nine light-years from Earth a rocky exoplanet orbits star GJ 1132. With an average surface temperature of 440 F, the planet is inhospitable. However, it’s the closest Earth-sized planet discovered and provides a unique opportunity for scientists.


Antibodies Specifically Validated for Western Blots

November 12, 2015 1:50 pm | by Bio-Rad Laboratories | Bio-Rad Laboratories | Product Releases | Comments

PrecisionAb Antibodies are a product line of rigorously tested primary antibodies validated for detection of endogenous proteins via western blot. Scientists have struggled with antibody unreliability for decades because manufacturing standards and quality control vary widely among vendors, targets and antibody lots.

Ant Colonies Respond to Attack as Superorganism

November 12, 2015 1:49 pm | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from the Univ. of Bristol have successfully demonstrated ants act as a superorganism even when their nests are facing destruction or attack.   


Made to order: Researchers discover a new form of crystalline matter

November 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by American Physical Society | News | Comments

Dust is everywhere: under the bed, on the stairs and even inside of plasmas. A team of researchers using the new Magnetized Dusty Plasma Experiment (MDPX), the first U.S. experiment of its kind, recently discovered a new form of crystalline-like matter in strongly magnetized dusty plasma.


Scientists invent first 'porous liquid'

November 12, 2015 1:41 pm | by Queen's Univ. Belfast | News | Comments

Scientists have made a major breakthrough by making a porous liquid - with the potential for a massive range of new technologies including 'carbon capture'.


Titan takes on the big one

November 12, 2015 1:36 pm | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

A team is using the Titan supercomputer at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) to develop physics-based earthquake simulations to better understand earthquake systems, including the potential seismic hazards from known faults and the impact of strong ground motions on urban areas.


Light wave technique an advance for optical research

November 12, 2015 1:31 pm | by RMIT Univ. | News | Comments

Researchers have developed artificial microflowers that self-assemble in water and mimic the natural blooming process, an important step for advances in frontier-edge electronics.



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