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Researchers Developing Elecrohydrodynamic Thrust Technology
2013-04-03 19:12:11

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online MIT researchers writing in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A say they found ionic wind thrusters may be a more efficient source of propulsion than conventional jet engines. Ionic wind, or electrohydrodynamic thrust, was first identified in the 1960s. The phenomenon takes place when a current passes between two electrodes, creating a wind in the air between. If enough voltage is applied, the wind produces a thrust...

Smartphone Screens Made Of Sapphire Could Be Around The Corner
2013-03-22 10:36:31

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online The display market has been cranking out some impressive smartphone screens as of late. Samsung´s latest Galaxy S display packs 441 tiny pixels into every square inch. HTC´s latest, One, has a pixel density of 468 pixels per inch (ppi) and both of these phones soundly trump the 326 ppi of Apple´s Retina display. These displays are delivering brighter and crisper images, all in a relatively small size. They´re...

Making Software Better Through Control Theory
2013-03-20 09:11:41

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from MIT and Georgia Tech have adapted techniques that ensure airplanes won´t stall out during flight to prove that computer programs will not divide by zero. Specifically, the researchers demonstrated how to apply principles from control theory, which analyzes dynamical systems ranging from robots to power grids, to something known as “formal verification,” a set of methods for mathematically proving...

Algorithm Helps Make Cloud Computing More Efficient
2013-03-12 18:53:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new software system could help reduce cloud computing hardware requirements by 95 percent, as well as help improve performance. MIT researchers are developing a new system called DBSeer that uses machine-learning techniques to build accurate models of performance and resource demands of database-driven applications. Barzan Mozafari, lead author on a paper presented at the recent Biennial Conference on Innovative Data Systems...

MIT Robotic Cheetah As Energy Efficient As Real Animals
2013-03-08 18:40:28

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Thanks to a group of researchers, one high-tech robotic cheetah is proving itself to be dominant above its flesh-and-blood counterparts in terms of running efficiency. A team of MIT mechanical engineers, led by Sangbae Kim, has developed a 70-pound robotic cheetah that wastes very little energy as it runs for an hour and a half at 5-miles-per-hour. Design principles to minimize energy waste led to the team developing a robot with...


Word of the Day
vermicular
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.
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