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Science Connect: Next-Generation Engineering Facilities

April 17, 2015 | by Lindsay Hock, Editor | Comments

In the past decade, the expansion of research focus areas in engineering has undergone a transformation. The demands of engineering labs present challenges for institutions because most occupied spaces were conceived during an era with radically different needs and required services.

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Simulating path of “magma mush” inside an active volcano

October 2, 2015 11:00 am | by Hannah Hickey, Univ. of Washington | Comments

Months of warning signs from Mauna Loa, on Hawaii’s Big Island, prompted the U.S. Geological Survey to recently start releasing weekly updates on activity at the world’s largest active volcano. For now, such warning signs can only rely on external clues, like earthquakes and gas emissions. But a Univ. of Washington simulation has managed to demonstrate what’s happening deep inside the volcano.


Holography helps to better understand clouds

October 2, 2015 7:55 am | by Allison Mills, Michigan Technological Univ. | Comments

Watching the clouds go by, swirls of white puff up and melt away. The changes mirror mixing within the clouds as drier air mingles with water-saturated air. New research led by Michigan Technological Univ. with support from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Mainz Univ., analyzes this mixing with holographic imaging and an airborne laboratory.


New polymer creates safer fuels

October 2, 2015 7:47 am | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | Comments

Before embarking on a transcontinental journey, jet airplanes fill up with tens of thousands of gallons of fuel. In the event of a crash, such large quantities of fuel increase the severity of an explosion upon impact. Researchers at Caltech and JPL have discovered a polymeric fuel additive that can reduce the intensity of post-impact explosions that occur during accidents and terrorist acts.


Reaction snapshots of a notch-modifying enzyme provide basis for drug design

September 29, 2015 1:00 pm | by Chelsea Whyte, Brookhaven National Laboratory | Comments

Notch receptors are core components of the signaling pathways that regulate the development of cells within the human body. Notch signaling pathways can determine how cells proliferate or change during development, and defects in Notch signaling can lead to many diseases, including several types of cancer and developmental disorders.


First optical rectenna converts light to DC current

September 29, 2015 10:00 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Using nanometer-scale components, researchers have demonstrated the first optical rectenna, a device that combines the functions of an antenna and a rectifier diode to convert light directly into DC current. Based on multiwall carbon nanotubes and tiny rectifiers fabricated onto them, the optical rectennas could provide a new technology for photodetectors that would operate without the need for cooling.


Deep-diving whales could hold answer for synthetic blood

September 25, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jade Boyd, Rice Univ. | Comments

The ultra-stable properties of the proteins that allow deep-diving whales to remain active while holding their breath for up to two hours could help Rice Univ. biochemist John Olson and his colleagues finish a 20-year quest to create lifesaving synthetic blood for human trauma patients.


Soft Exoskeletons Tested by Army

September 25, 2015 8:39 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Trudging through the Maryland woods, the soldier carried a bulbous pack. He held a gun in his hands. But something was different. Cables hung around him, extending from his pack to his pants. At the Aberdeen Proving Ground, scientists are performance testing a battery-powered soft exoskeleton.


Google's Robotic Dog is in Basic Training for Marine Corps.

September 23, 2015 8:40 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

The Marines are currently testing a series of robotic creations to gauge how well they will perform in the field.


How Drones Could Become the Future of Construction

September 22, 2015 11:50 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich released a video showing drones building a bridge as part of the Aerial Construction Project.


3-D Printing Promotes Nerve Regrowth

September 21, 2015 10:06 am | by Greg Watry, Digital Reporter | Comments

Visually, it seems like a simple process. An extruder drizzles clear liquid in a Y formation. Red and green dots are added before the apparatus is complete with more layers of clear liquid. Unlike its deceptive simplicity, the object is meant to guide a complex process.


Siberian Traps likely culprit for end-Permian extinction

September 16, 2015 3:30 pm | by Jennifer Chu, MIT News Office | Comments

Around 252 million years ago, life on Earth collapsed in spectacular and unprecedented fashion, as more than 96% of marine species and 70% of land species disappeared in a geological instant. The so-called end-Permian mass extinction—or more commonly, the “Great Dying”—remains the most severe extinction event in Earth’s history.


Scientists use sound waves to control brain cells

September 16, 2015 8:08 am | by The Salk Institute | Comments

Salk scientists have developed a new way to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle and other cells using ultrasonic waves. The new technique, dubbed sonogenetics, has some similarities to the burgeoning use of light to activate cells in order to better understand the brain.


Ultra-fast electron camera visualizes ripples in 2-D material

September 11, 2015 12:00 pm | by SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory | Comments

New research shows how individual atoms move in trillionths of a second to form wrinkles on a three-atom-thick material. Revealed by a brand new “electron camera,” one of the world’s speediest, this unprecedented level of detail could guide researchers in the development of efficient solar cells, fast and flexible electronics and high-performance chemical catalysts.


Hybrid solar cell converts light and heat from sun’s rays into electricity

September 10, 2015 12:00 pm | by American Chemical Society | Comments

Scientists have developed a new hybrid, solar-energy system that harnesses the full spectrum of the sun’s radiation by pairing a photovoltaic cell with polymer films. The films convert the light that goes unused by the solar cell into heat and then converts the heat into electricity. They report on their device, which produces a voltage more than five times higher than other hybrid systems, in ACS Nano.


Bubble, bubble…boiling on the double

September 8, 2015 1:00 pm | by David L. Chandler, MIT News Office | Comments

The boiling of water is at the heart of many industrial processes, from the operation of electric power plants to chemical processing and desalination. But the details of what happens on a hot surface as water boils have been poorly understood, so unexpected hotspots can sometimes melt expensive equipment and disable plants.



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