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2012-11-08 00:45:21

MIT researchers develop tool to assess regional risks of climate change, potential impacts on local infrastructure and planning. Climate scientists cannot attribute any single weather event – whether a drought, wildfire or extreme storm – to climate change. But extreme events, such as Hurricane Sandy, are glimpses of the types of occurrences the world could be more vulnerable to in the future. As the devastation left by Sandy continues to reverberate, decision-makers at every...

New Device Doubles Smartphone Battery Life
2012-11-03 07:34:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Massachusetts-based company has reportedly developed a power amplifier that could double the battery life of smartphones, tablet computers, handheld gaming systems, and other popular consumer electronic devices. The company, a start-up by the name of Eta Devices, could provide a solution to "a power efficiency problem that is decades old," BGR's Zach Epstein said Thursday, citing MIT's Technology Review. The device aims to...

2012-10-21 04:02:16

Martin Valenzuela's ROP Principles of Engineering students will spend nine months developing an ozone water purification system designed to serve communities with no access to clean water. The Los Alamitos High School students will showcase a prototype of the product at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts in late June. Los Alamitos, CA (PRWEB) October 20, 2012 North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) pre-engineering high school students will spend the year inventing and...

2012-10-19 01:37:02

Thanks to better voting technology over the last decade, the country's election process has seen much improvement, according to a new report released today by researchers at Caltech and MIT. However, the report notes, despite this progress, some problems remain. Spurred by the debacle of hanging chads and other voting problems during the 2000 presidential election, the Voting Technology Project (VTP) was started by Caltech and MIT to bring together researchers from across disciplines to...

2012-10-17 22:53:58

New way to image brain-cell activity could shed light on autism and other psychiatric disorders A team led by MIT neuroscientists has developed a way to monitor how brain cells coordinate with each other to control specific behaviors, such as initiating movement or detecting an odor. The researchers' new imaging technique, based on the detection of calcium ions in neurons, could help them map the brain circuits that perform such functions. It could also provide new insights into the...

Invisibility Cloaking For Better Electronics
2012-10-13 05:18:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The power of cloaking mechanisms could eventually lead the way for developing more efficient thermoelectric devices and new kinds of electronics. MIT researchers applied the idea of harnessing the cloaking mechanisms developed to shield objects from view, to the movement of electrons. Previous work relied on metamaterials made of artificial materials with unusual properties. The composite structures used for cloaking cause light...

2012-10-11 15:22:04

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In the age of digital content creation and circulation, there are myriad new considerations media and marketers alike need to take into account when communicating to key audiences. The need for listening to and empathizing with audiences, new processes of content curation and the challenges of properly using new technologies and platforms for storytelling are just a few. These issues, along with several other topics, will be the focus of the...

2012-10-11 11:22:58

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Living Proof announced today it is joining creative forces with Jennifer Aniston as she becomes a co-owner and hair care spokesperson in the ground-breaking company. Living Proof was founded by Dr. Robert Langer, Institute Professor of MIT and by Jon Flint and Amir Nashat of Polaris Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm that supports the translation of scientific discoveries into meaningful products. Living Proof has distinguished...

Nanotube Pencil Can Draw Sensors On Paper
2012-10-10 04:30:05

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Chemists at MIT have created a customized, carbon nanotube lead that can be used to draw freehand electronic circuits using a conventional, mechanical pencil. A typical pencil lead is fashioned out of graphite -- a form of carbon made up of layers of graphene -- and a clay binder. Whenever a person writes with a graphite pencil, a mixture of tiny graphene flakes and clay are deposited on the paper, leaving behind a mark. In the...

Mathematics Of Decomposition And Carbon Dioxide
2012-10-04 07:48:18

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The fall leaves look like confetti piling up in your back yard with brilliant reds, golds, and oranges. They can be thought of as natural stores of carbon, as well as a beautiful nuisance that you have to rake up each Autumn. Leaves soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere in the spring, converting the gas into organic carbon compounds. In the fall, the leaves fall from the trees and decompose in the soil as they are eaten by...