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Algorithm for Robot Teams Handles Moving Obstacles

April 21, 2016 10:45 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) | Comments

Researchers will present a new, decentralized planning algorithm for teams of robots that factors in not only stationary obstacles, but also moving obstacles.


Pressing the Simplest Element to Exotic Quantum States

April 21, 2016 9:38 am | by Harvard University | Comments

A team of researchers report the discovery of two novel quantum phase transitions that significantly depart from the behavior of pure hydrogen or deuterium.

Scientists Blend Metals to Obtain Alloys Better than Gold

April 21, 2016 9:30 am | by University of Maryland | Comments

Two scientists have investigated how the alloying processes of the noble metals affect their optical response to identify combinations that enhance or inhibit the absorption of light.  


Orca Tagging Stops after Dead Whale Found with Fragments

April 20, 2016 6:00 pm | by By Phuong Le, Associated Press | Comments

Federal biologists have temporarily stopped tagging endangered killer whales in Washington state's Puget Sound after a dead orca was found with pieces of a dart tag lodged in its dorsal fin.


NRL Reveals Novel Uniform Coating Process of p-ALD

April 20, 2016 1:43 pm | by Naval Research Laboratory | Comments

Applications for this research demonstrate implications for use in materials like abrasion-resistant paints.


Physicists Build 'Electronic Synapses' for Neural Networks

April 20, 2016 1:38 pm | by Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology | Comments

These synapses could potentially be used in fundamentally new computing systems. 


Team Builds First Quantum Cascade Laser on Silicon

April 20, 2016 1:31 pm | by Optical Society of America | Comments

The advance may have applications that span from chemical bond spectroscopy and gas sensing, to astronomy and free-space communications.


Making Electronics Out of Coal?

April 20, 2016 9:25 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) | Comments

Jeffrey Grossman thinks we've been looking at coal all wrong. 


Sushi Alert: Grim Outlook for Bluefin Tuna

April 20, 2016 2:00 am | by By Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press | Comments

The latest scientific assessment paints a likely bleak future for the Pacific bluefin tuna, a sushi lovers' favorite whose population has dropped by more than 97 percent from its historic levels. 


NASA's 3-Satellite View of Tropical Cyclone Fantala

April 19, 2016 12:30 pm | by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Comments

Three NASA satellites provided data on powerful Tropical Cyclone Fantala as it lingered north of Madagascar in the Southern Indian Ocean. 


Botulinum Toxin for Spasticity, Headache, Other Brain Disorders

April 19, 2016 10:59 am | by American Academy of Neurology | Comments

The American Academy of Neurology has updated its 2008 guidelines on the use of botulinum toxin for spasticity, cervical dystonia, blepharospasm and migraine headache. 


Study Provides Structural Basis for Development of New Antibiotic

April 19, 2016 10:47 am | by Duke University | Comments

Researchers have discovered the structure of a well-established target for antibiotic development.


New Nanodevice Shifts Light's Color at Single-Photon Level

April 19, 2016 10:32 am | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | Comments

Scientists have now developed a miniaturized version of a frequency converter, using technology similar to that used to make computer chips.


Study on Worm, Mice Fertility Could Lead to 'The Pill' for Men

April 19, 2016 9:45 am | by Emory University | Comments

Someday, if women toast the discovery of male oral contraceptives, they may want to lift a glass to Emory biology professor Steven L'Hernault and his worms.


Measuring Heat Capacity of Condensed Light

April 19, 2016 9:31 am | by University of Bonn | Comments

Liquid water is a very good heat storage medium – anyone with a Thermos bottle knows that. However, as soon as water boils or freezes, its storage capacity drops precipitously.



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